Thursday, March 22, 2018
Rackham Building, Ann Arbor

The Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering 2018 Symposium featured eminent scientists from around the world and the U-M campus. The symposium this year demonstrated how computational science is leading the research at all scales in our lives, from the molecular level to the sky.

Please click on the agenda for more details, including titles, abstracts and full schedule.

Selected videos are now available on the ARC YouTube channel.

Also, please read this summary of some of the symposium talks and activities by Bradley Dice, a Ph.D student in physics and scientific computing.

Photos by Marc-Gregor Campredon


Guruduth Banavar
Chief Technology Officer

Cynthia Chestek
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering and EECS
University of Michigan

Alison Marsden
Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Bioengineering
Stanford University

Cleve Moler
Cofounder and Chief Mathematician

Raju Namburu
Chief Scientist, Computational and Information Sciences Directorate
Army Research Lab

Stephen Smith
Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Michigan

Beth Wingate
Professor, Mathematics
University of Exeter

Poster Competition

The symposium included a poster competition highlighting outstanding computational work from U-M students and postdocs. First place was awarded $500, second $300 and third place won $200.

1st Place

Modeling and Enhanced Sampling of Protein-Protein Recognition

Yanming Wang
2017-2018 MICDE Fellow

2nd Place

Non-Newtonian Computational Model of Thrombosis Initiation

Sabrina Lynch
Biomedical Engineering

3rd Place

Computational Modeling of Particle-Laden Flows

Gregory Shallcross,
Sarah Beetham,
Yuan Yao
Mechanical Engineering

Approximately 40 posters were submitted. View this spreadsheet to see the titles and abstracts.

Poster Competition Guidelines

MICDE’s Annual Poster Competition highlights the outstanding computational work from U-M. All posters with a computational science component are welcome to present, but only those  of current students and postdocs will be part of the competition. Deadline to submit an abstract and the pdf version of the poster is March 15, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

To register:

  1. REGISTRATION: Please complete the symposium registration form and submit the title, description and authors of your poster.
  2. PDF VERSION: Once you register, you will have until March 15, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. to submit a pdf version of your poster in order to be part of the competition. PDFs should be sent to
  3. PRINTING: MICDE will cover the costs of printing your poster IF you print it at GroundWorks (Duderstadt Center)
    • GroundWorks prints posters Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. only. Let them know you are printing for the MICDE Symposium on March 22, 2018.
    • Please plan to print your poster 3’ x 4’ landscape.
    • MICDE will provide poster boards, easels, and push pins for your use.
    • The judges will visit posters to talk to you between 12-2:00 pm
  5. Competition winners will be announce after the last talk of the symposium.

If you have any question, please send an email to