Interdisciplinary Research

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ICES is the focal point for interdisciplinary research in computational science and engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. In recent years, the breadth of the Institute has expanded significantly to now include more than 15 research centers and research groups focused on solving Grand Challenge problems that could potentially impact the quality of life and well-being of every person in the US. Some of the topics under investigation and/or investigated in recent years include:


  • patient-specific modeling of heart valves
  • turbulence modeling for large eddy simulation
  • hurricane storm surge and oil transport along the Gulf coast
  • parameter estimation and uncertainty quantification for subsurface flows
  • development of constitutive models for native and engineered soft tissues
  • CO2 sequestration and enhanced oil recovery
  • numerical simulation of semiconductor devices
  • fast algorithms for problems arising in kinetic theory and seismic imaging
  • reactive transport in magma
  • protein hydration dynamics
  • computational modeling of biomolecules
  • hardware/software design for irregular parallel programs
  • source detection in non-linear advection-reaction-diffusion systems
  • computational methods for geophysical flow problems
  • electronic structure theory of materials
  • Bayesian graphical models in genomics
  • uncertainty quantification applied to hypersonic entry
  • modeling plasma-induced surface damage in materials using molecular dynamics
  • multiscale mortar methods for porous media flows
  • dynamics of polar ice sheets
  • theory of defects in wide band gap oxides using first-principles methods
  • multiscale methods for coupling atomic and continuum models
  • integral equation methods for 2D vesicle simulations
  • computational geometry for biological applications
  • performance optimization of multicore chips and multichip nodes
  • shallow water hydrodynamics
  • optimization and uncertainty quantification of ocean boundary layer physics
  • nanoparticle drug delivery systems
  • algorithms for petroleum reservoir characterization
  • ribosome protein modeling and evaluation
  • high-performance dense linear algebra libraries
  • Cryo-EM biological data reconstruction and data processing


Leading this research mission are over 40 core faculty and 80 research staff that manage and participate in more that 125 projects funded from government agencies, private industry, and non-profit sources.  Overall, approximately 65 percent of these projects involve faculty from two or more departments or universities and 37 percent of the projects involve faculty from three or more departments. Information regarding the ICES research centers, groups, and affiliates programs is available on the side bar navigation or the pull down menus.   Also available from the navigation menus is the option for ICES Faculty and Researchers, in collaboration with Visiting Scholars, Post-Doctoral Fellows, and CSEM Students, to submit preliminary research results to be published as ICES technical reports prior to publication in refereed journals and conference proceedings.