The Department of Computer Science at the University of Cyprus cordially invites you to the Colloquium entitled:

Advancing Computational Science and Engineering (with applications to chemical and molecular physics)


Speaker: Prof. Thom H. Dunning, Jr.
Affiliation: Director of NCSA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Category: Colloquium
Location: Room 148, Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences (FST-01), 1 University Avenue, 2109 Nicosia, Cyprus (directions)
Date: Wednesday, April 29th, 2009
Time: 16:30 - 17:30 EET
Host: Constantia M. Alexandrou (alexand AT / Pedro Trancoso (pedro AT

Advancing computational science and engineering requires progress along many axes, from the development of the underlying theories and models to the development of new algorithms and computational applications to the validation of the new theories and models. During the past two decades, chemical physicists have made dramatic advances in their ability to predict the structures, states, energetics and reactivities of molecules. However, advances are still needed: hypervalent molecules present conceptual, if not computational, difficulties and the new generation of multicore and many-core processors, especially as embodied in the coming generation of petascale computers, provide new opportunities but present new challenges as well. We will explore these issues in the seminar.

Short Bio:
Thom H. Dunning, Jr., is the director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications as well as the Institute for Advanced Computing Applications and Technologies and a professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before joining Illinois, he was the founding director of the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, a distinguished scientist in computing and computational sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and a distinguished professor at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Prior to moving to Tennessee, Dr. Dunning was responsible for supercomputing and networking for the University of North Carolina System and was a professor of chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Preceding the above academic appointments, Dr. Dunning spent 27 years as a staff member and research director in the Department of Energy's national laboratories (Los Alamos National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory). He then spent two years in DOE's Office of Science as Assistant Director for Scientific Simulation, where he initiated the Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program. Dr. Dunning received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the Missouri University of Science & Technology (1965) and his doctorate in chemistry/chemical physics from the California Institute of Technology (1970). He has written nearly 150 scientific publications on topics ranging from advanced computational techniques for molecular calculations to computational studies of the spectroscopy of high-power lasers and the chemical reactions involved in combustion. Dr. Dunning is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and received the E. O. Lawrence Award in 1997 and DOE's Distinguished Associate Award in 2001.

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