The Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering (MICDE) focuses on the development and innovative use of mathematical algorithms and models on high performance computers (HPC) to support basic and applied research and development across a wide spectrum of disciplines in science and engineering.


MICDE affiliated faculty Monica Valluri (Astronomy) recognized for her outstanding research and teaching achievements

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Monica Valluri, a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Astronomy, has been honored with the U-M Research Faculty Achievement Award for her outstanding research and teaching career in theoretical galaxy dynamics. She uses…

New MICDE Catalyst Grants to fund research projects in computational science

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The Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery & Engineering (MICDE) seeks proposals for innovative research projects in computational science that combine elements of mathematics, computer science, and cyberinfrastructure. Of interest is…

$800,000 in awards for data science projects in partnership with Shanghai Jiao Tong University

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Four research teams from the University of Michigan and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China are sharing $800,000 in awards to study depression, electric vehicles, urban green space and bone…

Info Session: Data Science Services at U-M — Nov. 1

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Representatives of Consulting for Statistics, Computing and Analytics Research (CSCAR) and the U-M Library (UML) will give an overview of services that are now available to support data-intensive research on…

MICDE Highlights

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Combining Big Data and HPC

A new way of computing could lead to immediate advances in aerodynamics, climate science, cosmology, materials science and cardiovascular research.

The National Science Foundation will provide $2.42 million to develop a unique facility for refining complex, physics-based computer models with big data techniques at the University of Michigan. The university will provide an additional $1.04 million.

See the grant description and press release for more information.

Symposium Poster Winners

Three winners of the Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering (MICDE) Poster Competition, held at the MICDE Annual Symposium, were announced April 7, 2016.

They are:

First place – Elizabeth Hou, Statistics (A. Hero), LSA
“Latent Laplacian Maximum Entropy Discrimination for Detection of High-Utility Anomalies”

Second place – Doreen Fan and J. Brad Maeng, Aerospace (P. Roe), CoE
“Is there a better way to solve conservation laws?”

Third place – Rose Cersonsky, Macromolecular Science and Engineering (S. Glotzer), CoE
“Understanding Spatial Packing via Variable Shape”

Approximately 50 posters took part in the competition. The winners were chosen by a vote of symposium attendees.

Paul Zimmerman, Michael Cafarella and Honglak Lee named 2016 Sloan Fellows

MICDE faculty members Paul Zimmerman (Chemistry) and Michael Cafarella (Computer Science), and MIDAS faculty member Honglak Lee (Computer Science) have been awarded 2016 Sloan Research Fellowships, which seeks to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.

Prof. Zimmerman’s research group develops and employs a broad spectrum of computational techniques to chemical problems.

Prof. Cafarella is a co-creator of Hadoop, the data processing system behind Yahoo, Twitter, and Facebook.

Prof. Lee’s research lies in machine learning and its applications to artificial intelligence.

For more information about the award see the press release.

Animation of reducing the bottleneck effect

$5 million to widen ‘bottleneck to discovery’

An NSF grant will create a software-defined network between three Michigan universities

Buried in troves of data that scientists have gathered, but not yet analyzed, could be key insights to improving cancer treatment, understanding Alzheimer’s, predicting climate change effects and developing cheaper, clean energy technologies.

Those are just a few of the countless examples of fields where our capacity to gather scientific data now far exceeds our capacity to crunch it—especially when collaborations span the globe. Some research projects are producing the equivalent of 1,000 consumer hard drives a month, for example. Read more.

Featured Faculty Member

FIGUEROA_Alberto4x5-240x300 C. Alberto Figueroa
Associate Professor

Alberto Figueroa is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in Biomedical Engineering and Surgery. He works on computational methods for patient-specific cardiovascular simulation. Modeling the function of the cardiovascular…