The next Research Talks session will be in January 2019.
The Research Talks series celebrates research and provides an opportunity for staff, faculty, and students to learn about some of the world-class research underway at Waterloo.
Pushing back the frontiers of knowledge with supercomputing
Wednesday, December 5, 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Mathematics and Computer Building
A panel presentation and discussion exploring the impact of supercomputer Graham on big data research for Waterloo staff, faculty, and students featuring:
Understanding the structures and properties of nanoclusters by engaging supercomputing
Scott Hopkins is an associate professor, chemistry, at Waterloo who directs a multidisciplinary research program that seeks to unravel the chemistry and physics that underpin the structures and properties of nanoclusters. To do this, the Hopkins group employs a suite of experimental techniques, the outcomes of which must be supported by high-level quantum chemical calculations. Professor Hopkins will provide a brief overview of how his research team uses high performance computing to model the complex structures and properties of isolated gas phase nanocluster systems.
Processing remote sensing data using supercomputing to improve knowledge of sea ice
Andrea Scott is an assistant professor, systems design engineering, at Waterloo, whose research focuses on the use of data to improve model predictions. This involves the assimilation of remote sensing data to improve knowledge of the state of sea ice in the Arctic. She will discuss how she utilizes supercomputing to conduct research on the assimilation of sea ice thickness and/or sea ice temperatures from visual/infrared sensors, and uses Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data to estimate sea ice concentration.
Developing novel computational methods with supercomputing to study biomolecular systems
Régis Pomès is a senior scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children and an associate professor, biochemistry, at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on the development of computational methods to study biological processes. He seeks to uncover the link between the structure, dynamics, and function of proteins. Utilizing computer simulations of molecular models, he gleans spatial and temporal resolutions inaccessible by experimental methods. With supercomputing, he studies systems of biological relevance with atomistic resolution over time scales extending from the femto - to the microsecond and beyond - 9 to 11 orders of magnitude in time over which many important biological processes occur at the molecular level.