Daniele Boffi is a professor of numerical analysis who recently joined the KAUST Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE) Division. The distinguished professor, considered one of the world's leading experts on mixed finite elements and the approximation of eigenvalue problems arising from partial differential equations, joins KAUST having spent the past fourteen years working as a full professor in UniPV’s Department of Mathematics, Lombardy, Italy.

Boffi received his Ph.D. in mathematics from UnIPV, with a thesis on “Mixed finite elements for the Stokes problem,” in 1996. During his time in Italy, he held the position of Director of Pavia’s Higher Education School, served on several academic committees, and as a member of the university's Academic Senate and Evaluation Committee.

Research Interests

Professor Boffi's research interests are related to the numerical approximation of partial differential equations. His expertise includes the finite element methods, mixed finite elements, the numerical approximation of eigenvalue problems; his research is mainly applied to fluid-dynamics, interactions of fluids and structures, and electromagnetism.

Selected Publications

  • Boffi, Daniele and Gastaldi, Lucia, 2019, Adaptive finite element method for the Maxwell eigenvalue problem: SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis, 57,478-494.
  • Boffi, Daniele and Gastaldi, Lucia, 2017, A fictitious domain approach with distributed Lagrange multiplier for fluid-structure interactions: Numerische Mathematik, 135, 711-732.
  • Boffi, Daniele, Cavallini, Nicola, and Gastaldi, Lucia, 2015, The Finite Element Immersed Boundary Method with Distributed Lagrange multiplier: SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis, 53, 2584-2604.
  • Boffi, Daniele, Brezzi, Franco, and Fortin, Michel, 2013, Mixed Finite Element Methods and Applications: Springer Series in Computational Mathematics, 44.
  • Boffi, Daniele, 2010, Finite element approximation of eigenvalue problems: Acta Numerica, 19, 1-120.
  • Boffi, Daniele, Costabel, Martin, Dauge, Monique, Demkowicz, Leszek, and Hiptmair, Ralf, 2011, Discrete compactness for the p-version of discrete differential forms: SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis, 49, 135-158.
  • Boffi, Daniele, Brezzi, Franco, Demkowicz, Leszek, Duran, Ricardo G., Falk, Richard S., and Fortin Michel, 2008, Mixed finite elements, compatibility conditions, and applications: Lecture Notes in Mathematics, Springer Verlag. 1939, D. Boffi, L. Gastaldi editors.
  • Boffi, Daniele, Gastaldi, Lucia, Heltai, Luca, and Peskin, Charles S., (2008), On the hyper-elastic formulation of the immersed boundary method: Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 197, 2210-2231.
  • Boffi, Daniele, Gastaldi, Lucia, and Heltai, Luca, 2007, Numerical stability of the finite element immersed boundary method: Mathematical Models and Methods in Applied Sciences, 10, 1479-1505.
  • Arnold, Douglas N., Boffi, Daniele, and Falk, Richard S., 2002, Approximation by quadrilateral finite elements: Mathematics of Computation, 71, 909-922.
  • Boffi, Daniele, 2000, Fortin operator and discrete compactness for edge elements: Numerische Mathematik, 87, 229-246.
  • Boffi, Daniele, Brezzi, Franco, and Gastaldi, Lucia, 2000, On the problem of spurious eigenvalues in the approximation of linear elliptic problems in mixed form: Mathematics of Computation, 69, 121-140.
  • Boffi, Daniele, Fernandes, Pablo, Gastaldi, Lucia, and Perugia, Ilaria, 1999, Computational models of electromagnetic resonators: analysis of edge element approximation: SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis, 36, 1264-1290.
  • Boffi, Daniele, 1997, Three-dimensional finite element methods for the Stokes problem: SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis, 34, 664-670.

Education Profile

  • Ph.D. Mathematics, University of Pavia, 1996.
  • M.S. Mathematics, University of Pavia, 1990.