Interdisciplinary Computational Seminars

Fall 2005 - Spring 2006

These graduate student-oriented seminars provide a forum to present and learn about computationally-oriented research occurring in many different disciplines. Interaction is encouraged with an emphasis on sharing ideas and obtaining feedback regarding issues arising at any stage of the computational pipeline, from applications through models and methods to scalable parallel and distributed computing, storage and visualization. To make these talks accessible to a multi-disciplinary audience of researchers, no prior knowledge of the specific discipline area will be assumed by the speakers.


Spring 2006 Schedule

February 13
Adaptive Ocean Sampling: Optimal Use of Mobile Sensors to Study Physical and Biological Dynamics
Naomi Leonard, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University
February 20

Computational Techniques for Stochastic Source-to-Dose Modeling of Human Exposures
Sastry Isukapalli, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI), UMDNJ-RW Johnson Medical School and Rutgers University

February 27
The Difference Between Genetic Regulatory Networks and the WWW Structures
Yoram Louzoun, Math Department, Bar Ilan University, Israel
March 6
Collective Motion and Decision-Making in Animal Groups
Iain Couzin, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford
March 13
Visualization with Contextual Emphasis in Scientific Data
Michael Burns, Computer Science, Princeton University
March 20
No Seminar --- Spring Break
March 27
An Elastic Rod Model for Anguilliform Swimming
Tyler McMillen, Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics, Princeton University
April 3
Transport, Mixing and Coherent Structures in Chaotic Flows
Francois Lekien, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University
April 10
**CANCELED** Design of High Resolution and Adaptive Methods for Partial Differential Equations
Phil Colella, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
April 17
Computation, Machine Learning and BioMarker Discovery in High-Throughput Proteomics
Daniel Fasulo, Project Manager, Siemens Corporate Research
April 24
**CANCELED** Descriptions of Electrons Beyond Density Functional Theory
Emily Carter, MAE and PACM, Princeton University
May 1
Tracking Thoughts with Functional MRI
Ken Norman, Department of Psychology, Princeton University

Fall 2005 Schedule

September 19
Computational Analysis and Design of DNA Devices 
Niles Pierce, Applied & Computational Mathematics and Bioengineering, California Institute of Technology
September  26
Scalability and Relevance in an Internet-scale Persistent Search System
Erich Schmidt, Computer Science, Princeton University
October 3
No Seminar
 October 10
Computational methods for optimizing interparticle interactions using inverse methods
Mikael Rechtsman, Department of Physics, Princeton University
October 17
Aggregating Human Expertise & Regression in Sensor Networks: Applications for Alternating Projection Algorithms
Joel Predd, EE, Princeton University
October 24
Materials Properties from ab-initio Simulations: Recent Progress, New challenges and Open issues
Guilia Galli, Department of Chemistry, University of California at Davis and Quantum Simulations Group Leader, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
October 31
No Seminar
November 7
Computing the Future of Biomedicine
Chris Johnson, Computer Science, University of Utah
November 14
Automatic Generation of Data-Processing Tools
Yitzhak Mandelbaum and David Walker, Computer Science, Princeton University
November 21
Visual Display of Diffusion Tensor Fields
Gordon Kindlmann, Laboratory of Mathematics in Imaging at Brigham and Women's Hospital
November 28
Free Energy of Nearly Jammed Hard-Particle Systems and the Glass Transition
Aleksandar Donev, Department of Mathematics, Princeton University
December 5
Likelihood Inference for Discretely Sampled Diffusions
Yacine Ait-Sahalia, Director, Bendheim Ctr.  for Finance,  Dept. of Economics Princeton University
December 12

Computational methods for high-dimensional dynamic programs for discrete resource allocation
Warren Powell & Hugo Simao,
The Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering, ORFE, Princeton


MONDAYS, Computer Science Building, Room 302 (unless otherwise noted)
Seminars begin at 12:30 p.m.
These seminars are partially supported by the Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering (PICSciE)
This seminar series consists of three types of talks:
PICASso "Successes" Seminar
Leading researchers are invited to present special sessions about key "Successes of Computational Science" in their field; i.e., areas of success in the science that could not have been (or easily been) achieved without scalable computation.
PICSciE Colloquium
Leading researchers are invited to present accessible overviews of their work, or tutorials on specific methods.
PICASso Research Seminar
Graduate students, post-docs and young faculty present overviews of their research projects and/or tutorials on computational methods they are using.

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