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Thurs., April 9 & Fri., April 10, 2020 | 4th Floor, Rackham Bldg. (915 E Washington St., Ann Arbor)

On April 9 & 10, the Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering will host its 2020 Annual Symposium. In addition to talks by external experts who are driving new fronts in computing, the Symposium will showcase some of the game-changing research supported by our Catalyst Grants program, and the workshop on Resilient Cities through Computation organized by MICDE’s Center for Scientific Software Infrastructure and with support from the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Keynote Speakers

Ewa Deelman
Research Professor and Research Director, Information Sciences Institute
University of Southern California

Ian Foster
Professor, Computer Science
University of Chicago
Director, Data Science and Learning Division
Argonne National Laboratory

Therese McAllister
Community Resilience Group Leader and Program Manager,
National Institute of Standards and Technology

New Paradigms in Computing

Thursday, April 9, 2020 | 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Over the past three years MICDE has funded innovative research projects in computational science. The symposium will feature showcase some of the game-changing research supported by the program.

Confirmed speakers

  • Ewa Deelman (University of Southern California) – Keynote speaker
  • Ian Foster (University of Chicago & Argonne National Laboratory) – Keynote speaker
  • Long time-scale simulations using exponential time-propagators, Vikram Gavini (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Enabling Tractable Uncertainty Quantification for High-Dimensional Predictive AI Systems in Computational Medicine, Xun Huan (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Integral equation based methods for scientific computing, Robert Krasny (Mathematics)
  • Real-Time phase-resolved ocean wave forecast with data assimilation enabled by GPU-accelerated computation, Yulin Pan (Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering)
  • Hierarchical computing for dynamic evolutionary inference of complexity, Stephen Smith (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)
  • Determining the 3D shape of Milky Way’s Dark Matter Halo, Monica Valluri (Astronomy) et al.

Students and Post-doctoral Fellows Poster Competition

Thursday, April 9, 2020 | noon – 2:30 pm

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 April 1, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. E.T.

First place will be awarded $500, second $300 and third place $200.


  • To sign up for the poster competition, please register for the symposium and make sure you choose the option “Student Poster Competition, April 9; 12-2:30 pm”
  •  To submit your abstract, use the option “Student Poster Competition (call for abstracts)” on the left hand side of the screen.
  • MICDE will cover the print costs ONLY if you print via ITS MPrint for posters and pick up at the Angell Hall Courtyard (the fishbowl). Detailed instructions will be sent when a poster is accepted. ITS MPrint requires 24 hours to process, so keep that in mind for planning purposes.
  • On the event day MICDE will provide poster boards, easels, and push pins for your use.
  • The judges will visit posters to talk to you between 12:30-2:30 pm.
  • Competition winners will be announced after the last talk on Thursday, April 9, 2020.

Resilient Cities through Computation Workshop

Friday, April 10, 2020 | 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Natural hazards research has evolved into highly specialized sub-disciplines, each dedicated to handling a subset of the overall problem. A key observation is that computational research is widespread in all subfields.

The “Resilient Cities through Computation” workshop will bring together researchers from across campus who are working on various aspects of disaster science and engineering to: 1) exchange information, and 2) discuss means by which to leverage their shared computational interest for achieving community resilience.

Featured speakers

  • Sherif El-Tawil (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
  • Therese McAllister (National Institute of Standards and Technology) – Keynote Speaker
  • Richard Rood (Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering)
  • Seymour Spence (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
  • Ming Xu (School of Environment and Sustainability)
  • Valeriy Ivanov (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
  • Seth Guikema (Industrial & Operations Engineering)

The workshop is sponsored by MICDE and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering under the auspices of its Adaptation research thrust. The event is organized by researchers from the NSF-funded Project ICoR (


Thursday, April 9, 2020 | 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The hackathon’s goal is to introduce the Simple Run-Time Infrastructure software toolkit (SRTI) to the participants, and provide a template project consisting of multiple simulators, each with a specialized purpose, relating to a natural-disaster scenario.

This is a free event and all students from any school/institution are welcome. You need basic coding skills to participate.

The first, second and third place winners will received monetary prizes of $1000, $600 and $400.

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The SRTI is a software toolkit meant to act as middleware for simulators and applications across different languages to share data with each other, with the primary goal of being user-friendly.

Participants will need to replace one of the simulators with their own (in a supported programming language of their choice) to improve the outcome of a virtual-agent’s survival.

The Java Runtime Environment (JRE) is required to run the SRTI. Please refer to for more information on supported operating systems and languages. Participants will need to bring their own laptops to take part.

Individuals or groups of 2 people can participate in the event.

Food will be provided.

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NEAR ZERO WASTE: Please note, this event aims to reduce waste at every point possible by using both recyclable and compostable materials. Please bring a reusable mug or water bottle, if you can.

Programs will be provided electronically.
U-M Visitor Parking is available on U-M’s Central Campus at the Palmer Drive structure located on Palmer Drive just west of Washtenaw Avenue (see map).

  1. The Palmer Drive Parking Structure is a U-M faculty-staff parking facility with 180 visitor parking spaces. It is adjacent to Palmer Commons at the intersection of Washtenaw Avenue and Palmer Drive. The Palmer Structure is managed by U-M Parking and Transportation Services.
  2. From Washtenaw Avenue, turn on Palmer Drive, proceed approximately 100 yards to the 2nd parking entrance on your left that is marked “Visitor Parking”.
  3. Pull a ticket, (which is .70 per half-hour) and park on levels LL (lower level) and P1 (level 1).
  4. If the Palmer Structure is full, please try the Maynard Structure at 324 Maynard St.
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