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Research Talks

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

Room 2017

A panel presentation and discussion exploring the impact of supercomputer Graham on big data research for Waterloo staff, faculty, and students featuring:

Scott Hopkins

Understanding the structures and properties of nanoclusters by engaging supercomputing

Scott Hopkins

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. 

Andrea Scott

Processing remote sensing data using supercomputing to improve knowledge of sea ice

Andrea Scott

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.

Régis Pomès

Developing novel computational methods with supercomputing to study biomolecular systems

Regis Pomes

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.


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Research Talks is supported by the Research Support Fund.

Watch webcasts of previous Research Talks: 

Research Talks Poster

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Sarah Burch.

Sarah Burch

Transformative Governance on an Urban Planet

November 17, 2017

Roy Brouwer.


Richard Hughson's head shot

Richard Hughson

​​Cardiovascular Aging in Space

October 6, 2017


Karim S. Karim

Karim S. Karim

Colourful X-rays

March 24, 2017


Joanne Atlee

J​oanne Atlee

Detecting and resolving software errors

January 27, 2017


Geoff Fong

Geoffrey Fong 

Tackling the global tobacco epidemic

November 25, 2016


Linda Nazar head shot

Linda Nazar

New vistas in electrochemical energy storage

September 23, 2016


Jennifer Clapp


Ian Goldberg

Ian Goldberg

Battling Internet censorship and surveillance

February 18, 2016


Susan Tighe

Susan Tighe

Roads of the future

November 11, 2015


Heather Keller


Eric Helleiner

Eric Helleiner

Legacies of the 2008 global financial crisis

March 27, 2015


David Cory

David Cory

The quest for the first quantum computer

January 23, 2015