Interdisciplinary Computational Seminars

Fall 2006 & Spring 2007

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.


Fall 2006

September 18

Status & Challenges in Quantum Mechanics Based Modeling of Materials Behavior
Emily A. Carter, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics, Princeton University

September 25

Optimization and Data Mining Approaches to Seizure Prediction in Epilepsy Research
W. Art Chaovalitwongse, Rutgers University, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

October 2

No Seminar --- Yom Kippur

October 9

Applications of Modeling and Simulations in Clinical Drug Development

October 16

Improving Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Prognosis by Computational Modeling and Image Analysis
David Axelrod, Genetics Department, Rutgers University Slides

October 23

Tuning One's Sense of Self: How T Cells' Signaling Network Discriminate Dynamically Between Self and Non-Self in the Immune System
Gregorie Altan-Bonnet, Computer Biology & Immunology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

October 30
No Seminar --- Fall Break
November 6

Functional Genomics of Inflammation in Humans
Steve Calvano, Surgery, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

November 13

Design of High Resolution and Adaptive Methods for Partial Differential Equations
Phil Colella, University of California-Lawrence Berkeley Lab

November 20

Integration and Functional Analysis of Microarray Data Sets
Curtis Huttenhower, Computer Science, Princeton University

November 27

Astronomical Medicine & the Future of High-Dimensional Data Visualization and Analysis Software
Alyssa A. Goodman, Director of the Center for Innovative Computing, Astrophysics, Harvard University

December 4
Simple Dynamics from Complex Data: Model Reduction for Control of Fluids
Clancy Rowley, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University
December 11

Multicellular Heritage, Unicellular Attitude: Computational Studies of the Leukocyte Lifestyle
Thomas B. Kepler, Chief, Division of Computational Biology, Duke University

MONDAYS, Computer Science Building, Room 302 (unless otherwise noted)

Seminars begin at 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided ~12:20 p.m.

These seminars are partially supported by the Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering (PICSciE)

Spring 2007

February 5

Testable New Theory About Origins of Cosmic Structure: Computational Challenges
Erik VanMarcke, Department of Civil & Envionmental Engineering, Princeton University

February 12

Online Prediction of Multiple Tasks and the Netflix Prize
Ofer Dekel , Hebrew University<\td>

February 19

From Neural Oscillators through Stochastic Dynamics to Optimal Decisions, or Does Math Matter to Gray Matter?
Philip Holmes
, Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University

February 26
Modeling the Soft Geometry of Biological Membranes: From the Endoplasmic Reticulum to Red Blood Cell Shapes
Ranjan Mukhopadhyay, Physics, Clark University
March 5

Climatic Consequences of Regional Nuclear Conflicts
Alan Robock, Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University

March 12

Bayesian Perception and Representation of Visual Motion
Eero Simoncelli, Center for Neural Science, New York University

March 19
No Seminar --- Spring Break
March 26

Interactions, Correlations and Noncausal Modeling
Aleks Jakulin, Department of Statistics, Columbia University

April 2

Power Issues in High-performance Computing
Arch Davis, Davis Systems Engineering

April 9

A Subgrid-Scale Turbulence Model for Simulating Compressible Astrophysical Flows
Paul Woodward, Astronomy, University of Minnesota

April 16
Content-Based Search of Non-Text Data: What Google Does Not Do
Kai Li, Computer Science, Princeton University **Canceled**
April 23

Modeling Fatigue and Wear of Strongly Correlated Electron Materials
Nick Mosey, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University

April 30

Integrators for Systems with Multiple Time-Scales
Eric Vanden-Eijnden, Courant Institute, New York University

This seminar series consists of four 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.
PRIME Research Seminar

Research seminars in conjunction with PRIME (Program for Research on Immune Modeling and Experimentation)

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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