Thomas Gillis

I have joined the van Rees lab in November 2019 as a BAEF fellow ( My contributions to the lab research concern vorticity-based methods, fluid-structure interaction solvers and high-performance computing frameworks.

As one of the main author of the FLUPS library (, I contribute to the development of a pre-exascale implementation of a vortex method. This tool is the key ingredient in the study of the energy harvesting through collaboration among multiple agents (birds, fish or wind-turbines) and its underlying phenomena: the interactions between wakes and flow devices.

I have received my PhD in engineering at Université Catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain), under the supervision of Profs. Grégoire Winckelmans and Philippe Chatelain. My work focused on accurate and efficient treatment of solid boundaries for the Vortex Particle-Mesh method.