Tutorial Workshop – Isaac Newton Institute

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Workshop theme

This week-long workshop will provide an introduction to the core theoretical and applied engineering topics of the DDE programe. Three sessions will be devoted to foundational techniques and methodologies including (i) reinforcement learning and control, (ii) uncertainty quantification and data assimilation, and (iii) model reduction. Another three sessions will be devoted to introductions to current and future challenges for data-driven engineering arising from (i) aeronautics, (ii) chemical and (iii) structural engineering. The tutorials will lay the foundation for the follow-up activities of the DDE programe and the deep-dive study periods in particular. The tutorial workshop is suited in particular for PhD students, postdocs and earlier career scientists from mathematics, statistics, computer science, and computational engineering.

Speakers

  • Sean Meyn (Algorithm design for reinforcement learning and optimization)
  • Sebastian Reich (Uncertainty quantification and data assimilation)
  • Karthik Duraisamy (Model order reduction for complex systems)
  • Luca Magri (Physics aware machine learning in engineering),
  • Antonio del Rio Chanona (Process control and supply chain optimization)
  • Elizabeth Cross (Data-driven structural assessment)

Date

January 16 – 20, 2023

Location

Cambridge, UK or Online (more information in the application section)

More information

Application Deadline: 30 Sep 2022

XSEDE HPC Workshop: BIG DATA and Machine Learning

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XSEDE and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center are offering a two day Big Data and Machine Learning virtual workshop that will focus on topics including big data analytics and machine learning with Spark, and deep learning using Tensorflow.

When: Wed., April 6 @ 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. E.S.T. & Fri., April 8 @11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. E.S.T.

Registration closes on April 4, 2022. Space is limited.

Tentative Agenda

Wednesday, April 6
All times given are Eastern
11:00 Welcome
11:25 A Brief History of  Big Data
12:20 Intro to Spark
1:00    Lunch break
2:00    More Spark and Exercises
3:00    Intro to Machine Learning
5:00    Adjourn

Friday, April 8
All times given are Eastern
11:00 Machine Learning: Recommender System with Spark
1:00    Lunch break
2:00    Deep Learning with Tensorflow
5:00    Tying it All Together
5:30    Adjourn

An Academic and Research Career Workshop for Women in Computational and Data Sciences

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The Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences at UT Austin, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) are partnering to host Rising Stars in Computational and Data Sciences, an intensive workshop for women graduate students and postdocs who are interested in pursuing academic and research careers.

The workshop will be held on April 20-21, 2022, in Albuquerque, NM.

The organizers are seeking nominations for outstanding candidates in their final year of PhD or within three years of having graduated. Approximately 30 women will be selected to come to Albuquerque for two days of research presentations, poster sessions, and interactive discussions about academic and research careers, with financial support for travel provided.

The nomination form requires (1) a letter of nomination and (2) a copy of the nominee’s resume.

Full details, including the nomination form and highlights from previous events can be found here.

Please consider nominating one of your outstanding current/recent PhD students or postdocs.

Nominations are due February 18, 2022.

Fall 2021 Information Sessions

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Fall 2021 information sessions on graduate programs in computational and data sciences at U-M

U-M graduate students interested in computational and data sciences are invited to learn about joint programs that will prepare them for success in computationally intensive fields. The programs are organized by the Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery & Engineering, and the Michigan Institute for Data Science. Both institutes offer vast training and networking opportunities, including webinar series, symposia and student centered events.

Two sessions are scheduled

The sessions will address:

  • The Graduate Certificate in Computational Discovery and Engineering: trains students in computationally intensive research so they can excel in interdisciplinary HPC-focused research and product development environments.

  • The Graduate Certificate in Data Science: focuses on developing core proficiencies in data analytics: modeling, technology and practice.

  • The Graduate Certificate in Computational Neuroscience: provides training in interdisciplinary computational neuroscience to students in experimental neuroscience programs, and to students in quantitative science programs, such as physics, biophysics, mathematics and engineering.

  • The  Ph.D. in Scientific Computing: open to all Ph.D. students who will make extensive use of large-scale computation, computational methods, or algorithms for advanced computer architectures in their studies. It is a joint degree program, with students earning a Ph.D. from their current departments, “… and Scientific Computing” — for example, “Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering and Scientific Computing.”

Across six continents, scientists use computation to optimize cities’ responses to hazardous events

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“Community resilience is a manifestation of the human trait of adaptation. A resilient community is able to withstand and recover from hazardous events with minimal disruption to its way of life.”

Sherif El-Tawil
Antoine E. Naaman Collegiate Professor,
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

The combination of natural hazards, climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of community resilience. Community resilience is a manifestation of the human trait of adaptation. A resilient community is able to withstand and recover from hazardous events with minimal disruption to its way of life. As humans, we seek to use our ability to engineer to adapt to the threat of natural hazards. Although achieving resilience is technically challenging and expensive, communities must strive to accomplish the highest level of resilience attainable with the engineering and financial resources available.

The science behind resilience engineering involves many disciplines, each dedicated to a subset of the overall problem. Complex issues lie at the intersection of these subsets, but interdisciplinary research is difficult to achieve because researchers in various disciplines frame problems and perform research from different perspectives and along distinct pathways. However, as computational models are well established in each discipline, computation is a natural language that links the disciplines together.

Last fall, the Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering and the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering brought together established leaders and some of the most innovative rising scholars in the computational hazards research, to present and discuss different computational approaches used in modeling, assessing, and defining standards for community resilience. The speakers included representatives from leading research centers in the field: keynote speaker, Terri McAllister, from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); John van de Lindt (Colorado State University) co-director of the NIST-funded Center of Excellence (CoE) for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning; Gregory Deierlein (Stanford University) from the SimCenter, which represents a consortium of universities on the U.S. West Coast; Sherif El-Tawil (University of Michigan) from ICoR, and Wael El-Dakhakhni (McMaster University) from INTERFACE.  They were joined

by other leaders in the fields including Tasos Sextos from Bristol University, UK, Xinzheng Lu, head of the Institute of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation of Tsinghua University; Hiba Baroud from Vanderbilt University, and Seth Guikema from the University of Michigan. The speakers highlighted their Centers’ or research groups’ capabilities and contributions, then reconvened for a panel discussion to address questions from the audience of nearly 250 participants from 30 countries, across six continents. The event also included a hands-on workshop that highlighted the Simple Run-Time Infrastructure software toolkit (SRTI). The SRTI is a free, open-source solution developed at the University of Michigan. It enables researchers to connect computer programs and simulators written in different languages, share data during execution, and design hybrid systems using disparate simulator modules, with a primary goal of being user friendly. The applications within this workshop demonstrated how one tool can be used to bring together multiple computational dialects to create a single language in the context of natural hazards research. The SRTI software toolkit is a result of the work of Dr. Sherif El-Tawil’s research group at the University of Michigan, supported by the National Science Foundation’s Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) under grant CRISP TYPE II – 1638186. (icor.engin.umich.edu).

The range of techniques and principles that were detailed at this workshop can be applied to the current COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic is a perfect example that demonstrates that investing in mitigating risk reduces the cost, both human and material, of a hazard, and that even hazards with such a low probability of occurrence require enough investment to make ourselves resilient to it. The pandemic also illustrates that computational hazards research is a rich field with many opportunities at the intersection of the various disciplines. One of the most interesting ideas there is to explore is how to fuse sensor data – from the field – with simulations data, to achieve models that can help predict in real time the effect of a natural hazard.

Link to event information and recordings

2020 SIAM Mini-Symposium in Applied Mathematics

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2020 SIAM Mini-Symposium in Applied Mathematics

The SIAM student chapter at the University of Michigan is hosting a student mini-symposium in applied mathematics on May 29, 2020. This event will allow students from different disciplines in the area to see what is being done in the field and promote interest in applied mathematics in general. This mini-symposium is open to all graduate students at the University of Michigan whose research is related to applied mathematics and/or scientific computing.

Time: Friday, May 29th, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location: East Hall 3096, Department of Mathematics

Important Deadlines:

Deadline for submission of abstracts: April 14, 2020

Registration deadline: May 5, 2020

Registration is Open!

Registration to attend the 2020 SIAM Student Mini-Symposium in Applied Mathematics is now open. All are welcome to attend the conference, regardless of registration status, but lunch will be provided only for registered attendees.

To register please fill out the form provided by May 5, 2020.

 

The link for the mini-symposium can be found here: https://sites.google.com/view/siam-minisymposium-2020.

The NSF Computational Mechanics Vision Workshop

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Over October 31 and November 1, 2019 MICDE hosted the 2019 Computational Mechanics Vision workshop that aimed to gather and synthesize future directions for computational mechanics research in the United States. Attended by more than 50 experts in various sub-disciplines of computational mechanics from across the country, including five National Science Foundation Program Directors, the group spent a day and a half brainstorming about the future of computational mechanics and defining new paradigms, methodologies and trends in this exciting and vast field. The workshop focused on four emerging areas in Computational Mechanics: Machine Learning, Additive Manufacturing, Computational Medicine, and Risk and Uncertainty Quantification. Operating through open discussions on talks by experts from within and beyond Computational Mechanics, and breakout sessions on the above four topics, the workshop participants arrived at a series of recommendations that could drive NSF’s investments in this field for the next decade and beyond.

To learn more about the event please visit micde.umich.edu/nsf-compmech-workshop-2019/.

Students at MICDE poster session, 2019

MICDE 2019 Symposium Posters Winners

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Last April 10, at the 2019 MICDE Symposium, graduate students and postdocs presented 46 posters representing 16 departments from all over campus. We’re proud to announce the winners:

  • First Place ($500): “Evaluating vaccination strategies for tuberculosis in endemic and non-endemic settings”, Marissa Renardy, Microbiology and Immunology
  • Second Place ($300): “Efficient analysis of particle simulations with freud”, Vyas Ramasubramani, Chemical Engineering
  • Third Place ($200): “Demographics and the Turing effect: uncovering self-organized spatial structure in a sessile population”, Zachary Hajian-Farooshani, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Honorable Mention: “Probabilistic learning of linear embedding in the nonlinear dynamical system“, Shaowu Pan, Aerospace Engineering
  • Honorable Mention: “Image-Based Computational Models of Thrombus Initiation“, Sabrina Lynch, Biomedical Engineering
  • Honorable Mention: “Numerical modeling of charged aerosols in atmospheric turbulence“, Yuan Yao, Mechanical Engineering
  • Honorable Mention: “Treecode Fast-Summation Methods in the 3D Reference Interaction Site Model“, Leighton Wilson, Interdisciplinary and Applied Mathematics

Winning posters announced for MICDE 2018 Symposium

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Approximately 50 posters from post-docs and graduate students across campus entered the Poster Competition at the 2018 MICDE Symposium on March 22, 2018. We’re proud to announce the winners:

  • First Place ($500): “Modeling and Enhanced Sampling of Protein-Protein Recognition,” Yanmin Wang, Chemistry
  • Second Place ($300): “Non-Newtonian Computational Model of Thrombosis Initiation,” Sabrina Lynch, Biomedical Engineering
  • Third Place ($200): “Computational Modeling of Particle-Laden Flows,” Gregory Shallcross, Sarah Beetham, and Yuan Yao, Mechanical Engineering
  • Honorable Mention:UM/LISA: Efficient Linear and Nonlinear Guided Wave Simulation,” Hui Zhang, Aerospace Engineering
  • Honorable Mention:Temperature-Dependent Green’s Function Methods for Electronic Structure Calculations,” Alicia Welden, Chemistry
  • Honorable Mention:Non-invasive Diagnostics of Coronary Artery Disease using Machine Learning and Computational Fluid Dynamics,” Kritika Iyer, Biomedical Engineering
  • Honorable Mention:Automated Diagnosis and Prognosis System for Traumatic Brain Injury Patients with Subdural Hematoma,” Negar Farzaneh

HPC training workshops begin Tuesday, Feb. 13

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series of training workshops in high performance computing will be held Feb. 12 through March 6, 2018, presented by CSCAR in conjunction with Advanced Research Computing – Technology Services (ARC-TS).

Introduction to the Linux command Line
This course will familiarize the student with the basics of accessing and interacting with Linux computers using the GNU/Linux operating system’s Bash shell, also known as the “command line.”
Location: East Hall, Room B254, 530 Church St.
Dates: (Please sign up for only one)
• Tuesday, Feb. 13, 1 – 4 p.m. (full descriptionregistration)
• Friday, Feb. 16, 9 a.m. – noon (full description | registration)

Introduction to the Flux cluster and batch computing
This workshop will provide a brief overview of the components of the Flux cluster, including the resource manager and scheduler, and will offer students hands-on experience.
Location: East Hall, Room B254, 530 Church St.
Dates: (Please sign up for only one)
• Monday, Feb. 19, 1 – 4 p.m. (full description | registration)
• Tuesday, March 6, 1 – 4 p.m. (full description | registration)

Advanced batch computing on the Flux cluster
This course will cover advanced areas of cluster computing on the Flux cluster, including common parallel programming models, dependent and array scheduling, and a brief introduction to scientific computing with Python, among other topics.
Location: East Hall, Room B250, 530 Church St.
Dates: (Please sign up for only one)
• Wednesday, Feb. 21, 1 – 5 p.m. (full description | registration)
• Friday, Feb. 23, 1 – 5 p.m. (full description | registration)

Hadoop and Spark workshop
Learn how to process large amounts (up to terabytes) of data using SQL and/or simple programming models available in Python, R, Scala, and Java.
Location: East Hall, Room B250, 530 Church St.
Dates: (Please sign up for only one)
• Thursday, Feb. 22, 1 – 5 p.m. (full description | registration)