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November 2020

Colloquium: Boris Kozinsky

November 20, 2020 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Online

On Friday, November 20 at 2:00 PICS will host a virtual workshop featuring Professor Boris Kozinsky, Associate Professor of Computational Materials Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science. Title: Designing energy conversion materials with ab-initio and active machine learning computations of electron-phonon and ion dynamics. Abstract: Accurate atomistic computations of transport and reaction dynamics are an important challenge and an opportunity for designing materials for energy conversion and storage. In the context of thermoelectric materials, we develop…

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December 2020

Colloquium: Arvind Gopinath

December 4, 2020 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Online

On Friday, December 4th at 2:00 PICS will present a colloquium featuring Professor Arvind Gopinath, Assistant Professor at University of California Merced.¬† Title: Swarming bacteria as novel active biomaterials - insights into the collective mechanics, particle transport and morphological adaptation in swarming bacteria from in-silico experiments. Abstract: Flagellated and motile bacteria, in isolation or in coexistence with fungi, are implicated in about two-thirds of human infections. During infection, and generally even in relatively benign situations, bacteria may colonize surfaces via…

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Colloquium: Kunihiko (Sam) Taira

December 8, 2020 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

On Friday, April 23 at 2:00 PICS will host a virtual colloquium featuring Professor Kunihiko (Sam) Taira of UCLA Title: TBA Abstract: TBA

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January 2021

Colloquium: Steven Brunton

January 22 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Online

On Friday, January 22 at 2:00 PICS will host a colloquium featuring Dr. Steven Brunton of the University of Washington. Title: Machine learning for Fluid Mechanics Abstract: Many tasks in fluid mechanics, such as design optimization and control, are challenging because fluids are nonlinear and exhibit a large range of scales in both space and time. This range of scales necessitates exceedingly high-dimensional measurements and computational discretization to resolve all relevant features, resulting in vast data sets and time-intensive computations.…

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February 2021

Colloquium: Elbridge Gerry Puckett

February 19 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Zoom

On Friday, February 19 at 2:00 PICS will be hosting a virtual colloquium with Professor Elbridge Gerry Puckett Professor of Mathematics at the University of California Davis. Title: Recent Advances in Modeling Subduction and Viscoelastic Flow in Geodynamic Computations. Abstract: We will describe two separate but related methodologies that have been implemented in the open source, finite element code ASPECT, which computational geophysicists use to model a wide variety of problems that arise in Earth and Planetary geophysics. The first…

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Colloquium: Nicole Yunger Halpern

February 26 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Zoom

On Friday, February 26 at 2:00 PICS will be hosting a virtual colloquium featuring Dr. Nicole Yunger Halpern ITAMP Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University Department of Physics. Title: Learning about learning by many-body systems Abstract:Many-body systems from soap bubbles to suspensions to polymers learn the drives that push them far from equilibrium. This learning has been detected with thermodynamic properties, such as work absorption and strain. We progress beyond these macroscopic properties that were first defined for equilibrium contexts: We…

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March 2021

Colloquium: Zachary Ulissi

March 26 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Zoom

On Friday, March 26 at 2:00 PICS will host a virtual a colloquium featuring Assistant Professor Zachary Ulissi of Carnegie Mellon University. Title: Workflows, Datasets and Models for Active Discovery in Catalysis Abstract: Machine learning accelerated catalyst discovery efforts has seen much progress in the last few years. Datasets of computational calculations have improved, models to connect surface structure with electronic structure or adsorption energies have gotten more sophisticated, and active learning exploration strategies are becoming routine in discovery efforts.…

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April 2021

Colloquium: Sapna Sarupria

April 2 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Zoom

On Friday, April 2 at 2:00 PICS will host a virtual colloquium featuring Associate Professor Sapna Sarupria of Clemson University   ¬†Title: Molecular Engineering of Ice Responsive Materials: Decoding Heterogeneous Ice Nucleation Abstract: The presence of particles such as dust and pollen affect cloud microphysics significantly through their effect on the state of water. These particles can hinder or accelerate the liquid-to-solid transition of water, and also affect the ice polymorph formed in the clouds. This indirectly cloud reflectivity, cloud…

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Colloquium: Jin Liu

April 16 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Zoom

On Friday, April 16 at 2:00 PICS will host a virtual colloquium featuring Professor Jin Liu of Washington State University. Title: Modeling and simulations of protein conformational changes and virus entry Abstract: Virus infections remain major threats to human health worldwide. Viruses are intracellular parasites, and must enter host cells and deliver their genetic material to initiate infection. Virus entry is a highly complex process that may involve hundreds of trans-membrane and peripheral membrane proteins. This highly complex process is…

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Colloquium: Kunihiko (Sam) Taira

April 23 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Zoom

On Friday, April 23 at 2:00 PICS will host a colloquium featuring Associate Professor Kunihiko (Sam) Taira of UCLA. Title: Network-Based Characterization, Modeling, and Control of Fluid Flows Abstract: The network of interactions in a sea of vortices gives rise to the amazingly rich dynamics of fluid flows. To describe these interactions, we consider the use of mathematical tools from the emerging field of network science that is comprised of graph theory, dynamical systems, data science, and control theory. In…

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