Institute for Applied Computational Science

IACS Seminar Series

The IACS Seminar series will resume in February 2019.

IACS seminars are generally held every other Friday during the academic year, and are free and open to the public. No registration is required. Unless otherwise noted, all seminars will take place at Harvard University in Maxwell Dworkin G115.

***NEW TIME*** Due to the new class schedule, seminars will now be held from 1:30-2:30pm. Light refreshments will be served from 1-1:30pm.

Built for speed: Designing exascale computers

“Imagine a heart surgeon operating to repair a blocked coronary artery.

Someday soon, the surgeon might run a detailed computer simulation of blood flowing through the patient’s arteries, showing how millions of red blood cells jostle and tumble through the small vessels. The simulation would identify the best repair strategy.

With a fast enough computer, it could all be done in a few minutes, while the operation is under way.”

Graduate Programs in Applied Computation

Applied Computation, which encompasses Data Science (DS) and Computational Science and Engineering (CSE), is an exciting and rapidly evolving field that exploits the power of computation as an approach to major challenges on the frontiers of natural and social science and all engineering fields.

A new S.M. degree program in Data Science will begin in fall 2018.
For more information, contact Daniel Weinstock, Associate Director of Graduate Studies in Applied Computation.

Computational science as a force for change

While serving as a watch officer and navigator aboard the Willow, a 225-foot Coast Guard cutter, Lt. Isaac Slavitt conducted search-and-rescue missions and patrolled for drug smugglers in the waters off the U.S. Atlantic coast. But it wasn’t always easy to pinpoint a target in a vast expanse of ocean. In the future, the commissioned officer hopes to refine those life-saving maritime operations using the computational skills he is learning in Harvard’s new master’s program in computational science and engineering (CSE).

Harvard launches M.E. degree in Computational Science and Engineering

Cambridge, Mass. – October 11, 2013 – The Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) is launching a Master of Engineering program in Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) and is now accepting applications for Fall 2014 admission.

The Master of Engineering (M.E.) in CSE provides rigorous training in applied mathematics and computing skills. Students will develop and execute a computational approach to a large-scale scientific challenge as part of a second-year thesis project.

Sadasivan Shankar appointed Distinguished Scientist in Residence

Cambridge, Mass. - August 1, 2013 - A leader in computational materials design will bring an industry perspective to the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) this year. Sadasivan Shankar will be the first Distinguished Scientist in Residence at the Institute for Applied Computational Science (IACS) at SEAS from August through December.

An idea that changed the world

The Russian Revolution of 1917 was called the “Ten Days That Shook the World,” the title of a book by foreign correspondent Jack Reed, Class of 1910.

But how about the one day in Russia that shook the world, and still does? That was Jan. 23, 1913, a century ago this week. Mathematician Andrey A. Markov delivered a lecture that day to the Imperial Academy of Sciences in St.Petersburg on a computational technique now called the Markov chain.

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