Meet New ICES Director Dr. Karen Willcox

The Institute’s new leader co-directed MIT’s computational programs, chaired ICES board

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ICES News

Dr. Tsai ICES Research Awardee

Mathematics for a Better World: Richard Tsai Earns 2018 Peter O’Donnell Distinguished Researcher Award

Imagine a small UAV drone—the kind you see kids piloting at parks—whizzing through the halls of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.

There’s no behind-the-scenes operator, nor pre-programmed flight path controlling the drone as it makes its way past the priceless works. It’s machine learning and data analysis deployed in real-time that enables the vehicle to move through the halls, inspecting every inch of the museum—including the artwork—without risking a run-in with a Rembrandt in the process. Read more.

Nov. 1, 2018

Trossman seafloor

Chemistry of ocean floor impacted by human emissions

Normally the deep sea bottom is a chalky white. It’s composed, to a large extent, of the mineral calcite (CaCO3) formed from the skeletons and shells of many planktonic organisms and corals. The seafloor plays a crucial role in controlling the degree of ocean acidification. The dissolution of calcite neutralizes the acidity of the CO2, and in the process prevents seawater from becoming too acidic. But these days, at least in certain hotspots such as the Northern Atlantic and the southern oceans, the ocean’s chalky bed is becoming more of a murky brown. As a result of human activities the level of CO2 in the water is so high, and the water is so acidic, that the calcite is simply being dissolved... Read more.

Oct. 30, 2018

2018 ICES Grand Challenge Awardees

Three Receive 2018 Grand Challenge Awards

Three ICES faculty, John Foster, David Goldstein, and Greg Rodin, received the ICES 2018 W. A. "Tex" Moncrief Grand Challenge Awards, based on their highly compelling research proposals related to the Grand Challenges in computational engineering and sciences that affect the competitiveness and international standing of the nation.

ICES will provide these faculty with necessary resources to cover release time from teaching for one or more semesters to work on their research. Stipends of up to $75,000 per award per semester are provided to cover salary and other expenses. Read more.

Oct. 18, 2018

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ICES leads new $10 million center for applied mathematics research in learning and optimization under uncertainty

A joint university—U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories team of researchers led by The University of Texas at Austin Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) Professors Omar Ghattas and Karen Willcox has been awarded a four-year, $10 million grant by the DOE's Advanced Scientific Computing Research program to create the "AEOLUS" center for applied mathematics research in experimental design, optimal control, and learning, with application to advanced manufacturing and materials.

ICES professors George Biros, Robert Moser and J. Tinsley Oden are co-principal investigators on the AEOLUS center. Other institutions involved include Brookhaven National Lab, MIT, Oak Ridge National Lab, and Texas A&M University. Read more.

Sept. 25, 2018

Arctic Ocean Exhibit

ICES hosts "Exploring the Arctic Ocean" art exhibition

While the Arctic has long been subject to exploration, its very core, the Arctic Ocean remains an uncharted territory for many. An exhibition developed by ICES researchers, Exploring the Arctic Ocean Sept. 21-Dec. 7, brings together eight diverse projects that rely on the power of visual media to make these unknown waters accessible. The projects—video installations, photographic series, and data visualizations—revolve around the inherent dynamics of the Arctic Ocean’s unique but changing environment, its increasingly important geopolitical role, and its many cultural meanings. Read more.

Sept. 18, 2018

Featured ICES Research Group

The Center for

Computational Oncology

CSEM Student Andrew Wilson
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Andrew Wilson

Andrew’s Ph.D. program races alongside his Olympic swimming dreams. He earned two undergraduate degrees in physics and applied math while swimming into the 2016 Olympic qualifying rounds. He hopes to do the same while pursuing his Ph.D.

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