ICES creates Center for Big Data Analytics ICES creates Center for Big Data Analytics

ICES has created the Center for Big Data Analytics (CBDA) , an interdisciplinary research center focusing on large-scale data analysis.

Led by Director Inderjit Dhillon and Associate Director Pradeep Ravikumar, CBDA conducts fundamental research in the computational analysis of massive data sets that arise in various scientific and industrial applications. Read more.

Posted: March 11, 2014
CSEM Students Win Parallel Program Contest

CSEM students Amir Gholaminejad, Dhairya Malhotra, and James (Jimmy) Carleton won second, third and eighth places, respectively, in the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) parallel programming contest sponsored by BP America.

ICES Professor George Biros is the supervising professor for Gholaminejad and Malhotra. ICES Professors Greg Rodin and Michael Sacks are supervising professors of Carleton.

Contestants competed in two phases and were judged according to accuracy of results, performance of programs and time-to-development. Read more.

Posted: March 5, 2014
Finite Element Rodeo starts Friday

This weekend the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences is hosting the 2014 Finite Element Rodeo, an annual research conference.

The conference, which rotates among universities in Texas and Louisiana, enables researchers, students, and faculty studying finite element methods to share their latest research over two days. Presentations are informal and short, lasting about 10 minutes. Lecture topics are announced at the time of the presentation.

About 80 participants from over 10 universities have registered to attend the rodeo; about 40 have registered to speak. Read more.

Posted: Feb. 24, 2014
Ravikumar wins Sloan Foundation Fellowship Ravikumar wins Sloan Foundation Fellowship

Pradeep Ravikumar, associate director of the ICES Center for Big Data Analytics and an assistant professor of computer science, has been selected to receive a 2014 Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Awarded to 126 outstanding U.S. and Canadian researchers this year, the $50,000 fellowship funds the research of early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders. Read more.

Posted: Feb. 19, 2014
Postdoc fellow awarded fellowship from national lab Postdoc fellow awarded fellowship from national lab

ICES postdoctoral fellow Pablo Seleson has received the 2014 Alston S. Householder Fellowship from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Department of Energy’s largest science and energy laboratory.

This prestigious fellowship promotes scientific computing research through mentorship and individual research initiatives. It is awarded each year to an outstanding candidate with a “proven academic record of high quality research with a clear potential to perform cutting edge, innovative research in applied mathematics, statistics and/or computational science,” according to the Oak Ridge website. Read more.

Posted: Feb. 11, 2014