31
Jan
2014

This year, the Computation Institute is launching a new series of talks from CI researchers called Inside The Discovery Cloud. In this talk, Knowledge Lab director James Evans talks about the research center's early projects in pursuit of understanding the formation of knowledge and the efficiency of the scientific process.

28
Jan
2014

Less than one week remains to apply to be a fellow or a mentor for the 2014 Eric & Wendy Schmidt Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship. In recent weeks, the DSSG blog has posted multiple recaps of the projects executed by its Class of 2013, working with government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and foundations on problems that really matter. 

24
Jan
2014

The secret weapon of the modern automobile engine is a tiny nozzle with an opening less than one millimeter across: the fuel injector. Since fuel injections systems replaced carburetors in the 80’s and 90’s, they have helped automakers build cars with higher fuel efficiency, lower emissions, and higher performance. Because of this important role, manufacturers are in fierce competition to find better designs or systems that can utilize a new generation of biofuels. But the complex physics and chemistry happening at the very tiny tip of a fuel nozzle are extremely difficult to study with standard experimental methods. Engineers at the CI and Argonne increasingly overcome these obstacles -- and other challenges in combustion engine design -- through the use of detailed simulations performed on powerful supercomputers and computing clusters.

22
Jan
2014

This year, the Computation Institute is launching a new series of talks from CI researchers called Inside The Discovery Cloud. The CI’s vision of The Discovery Cloud seeks to make the most powerful computational resources available to research of all scales and disciplines, accelerating the discovery of tomorrow’s critical breakthroughs and innovations. In this series, CI researchers will discuss work on topics ranging from the future of cities to climate change to genomics, using technology from the world’s fastest supercomputers to the common laptop. 

16
Jan
2014

For high school graduates, choosing the right college depends on many different factors. Academics, cost, distance from home, athletics, and social factors all play a role in choosing which schools to send applications. But students and their families often have incomplete information about the colleges they are qualified academically to attend or those that will provide the necessary financial aid. When a student settles for a college beneath their qualifications, the phenomenon is called "under-matching." The 2013 Data Science For Social Good team of Min Xu, Edward Su, Nihar Shah, and mentor Michelangelo D'Agostino used data analytics to tackle this educational problem. 

14
Jan
2014

Science is often driven by the instruments scientists use to answer questions and study the world. The historical inventions of the telescope, the microscope, the gene sequencer, or the spectrometer have propelled researchers into new frontiers of discovery. Today, as computing becomes integral to research in virtually every research field, software is arguably the most important scientific instrument.

09
Jan
2014

To the naked eye, the brain is pretty unimpressive: just a pink, wrinkly lump of an organ. To see the true complexity of the brain, one must find a way to observe the intricate symphony of electrical and chemical communication that underlies all of the brain’s functions. But for decades, scientists were largely limited to watching the electrical activity of one neuron at a time, akin to trying to comprehend that symphony by listening to just a single violin in the orchestra. In Nicholas Hatsopoulos’ talk for the University of Chicago Research Computing Center’s Visualizing the Life of the Mind series, he explained the recent technological advances that have allowed his laboratory to reveal more of the brain’s busy conversation.