Colloquium: Dr. Elijah Flenner, Research Scientist at Colorado State University

PICS Large Conference Room – 534 3401 Walnut Street, 5A, Philadelphia, PA, United States

On Friday, October 14 at 2:00 PICS will host an in-person colloquium featuring Elijah Flenner, Research Scientist II at Colorado State University   Title: “Sound Attenuation and the Vibrational Properties of Glasses” Abstract: Understanding of the universal low-temperature properties of glasses and why they differ from their crystalline counterparts requires the understanding of the vibrational […]

PICS Colloquium: “The Virtual Pregnancy: Using Computational Models to Probe Human Reproduction”

PICS Large Conference Room – 534 3401 Walnut Street, 5A, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Abstract Preterm birth affects approximately ten percent of pregnancies and rates of maternal mortality in the US are rising. Computational investigations of pregnancy have great potential to explore fundamental aspects of reproductive physiology that are otherwise difficult or even impossible to investigate in humans. There are few-to-no good animal models of human pregnancy, and the […]

PICS Colloquium: “Modeling Assembly of Colloids with Charges and with Mobile Binders”

PICS Large Conference Room – 534 3401 Walnut Street, 5A, Philadelphia, PA, United States

  Speaker: Assistant Professor of Chemistry at New York University   Abstract: In this talk, I will present our recent efforts in probing the physical processes underlying self-assembly of colloidal gels and crystals. Nano-meter to micron sized particles in suspension can be a powerful platform for assembly novel functional materials, but the challenge is to […]

PICS Colloquium: “MFEM: Accelerating Efficient Solution of PDEs at Exascale”


Abstract: Upcoming exascale architectures require rethinking of the numerical algorithms used in large-scale PDE-based applications. These architectures favor algorithms, such as high-order finite elements, that expose fine-grain parallelism and maximize the ratio of floating point operations to energy intensive data movement. In this talk we present an overview of MFEM , a scalable library for […]

PICS/MSE Colloquium: “Quantum Simulations for Quantum Technologies” with Giulia Galli

Wu and Chen Auditorium 3330 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA, United States

Grace Hopper Lecture Position: Giulia Galli, Liew Family Professor, University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory Abstract: In this talk, I will describe theoretical and computational strategies based on quantum mechanical calculations, aimed at predicting material properties suitable for the development of quantum technologies. Specifically, I will present results obtained on both classical and near-term […]

PICS Colloquium: “An introduction to neural ODEs in scientific machine learning” with Patrick Kidger


Speaker: Patrick Kidger, Mathematician at Google X Abstract: This is a quick introduction to neural ODEs for scientific applications. The goal is to (a) provide a modelling tool that enhances the expressivity of existing theory-driven approaches, (b) demonstrate that neural ODEs are easy to use via modern autodifferentiable software, and (c) give enough of the […]

PICS Colloquium: “Wall-models of turbulent flows via scientific multi-agent reinforcement learning” with Jane Bae

PICS Large Conference Room – 534 3401 Walnut Street, 5A, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Speaker: Jane Bae, Assistant Professor of Aerospace at Caltech Abstract: The predictive capabilities of turbulent flow simulations, critical for aerodynamic design and weather prediction, hinge on the choice of turbulence models. The abundance of data from experiments and simulations and the advent of machine learning have provided a boost to turbulence modeling efforts. However, simulations […]

PICS Colloquium: “Genetic testing and adverse selection” with Eduardo Azevedo

PICS Large Conference Room – 534 3401 Walnut Street, 5A, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Title: Genetic testing and adverse selection Speaker: Eduardo Azevedo, Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at Wharton, John M. Bendheim Professor, Thomas L. Bendheim Professor Abstract: Technology is dramatically driving down the cost of sequencing genetic data and increasing the quality of predictions made with this data. A standard concern is that these predictions […]

PICS Office Clean Out on May 3rd

Penn Institute for Computational Science 3401 Walnut Street, 5th Floor, Philadelphia, PA, United States

The PICS office will be hosting an office clean out on Friday, May 3rd. This office clean out will happen throughout the day on Friday. Please join us to clean out your office. We will have larger trash and recycling bins available to help with cleaning.