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"We do not make predictions about the scientific outcomes of the simulation experiments, but we promise to build collaborative tools that will enable very exciting science," says Meier. Courtesy of F. Hentschel, Heidelberg University

Brain-derived Computing beyond Von Neumann

April 18, 2014 3:30 pm | by Nages Sieslack | Articles | Comments

Karlheinz Meier, professor of experimental physics at Heidelberg University’s Kirchhoff Institute of Physics, will deliver a keynote talk at the International Supercomputing Conference 2014 (ISC’14). The theme for this talk will be ‘Brain-derived computing beyond Von Neumann —  achievements and challenges’. Meier is one of the co-directors of Europe’s Human Brain Project (HBP), where he will be leading a research group

Crews Find Suspected Area of Radiation Leak, May Send Robots

April 18, 2014 12:23 pm | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two months after radiation leaked from the federal government's half-mile deep nuclear waste...

Astronomers Spot Most Earth-Like Planet Yet

April 18, 2014 12:06 pm | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant...

Close-up: Mouse Small Intestine

April 18, 2014 9:21 am | News | Comments

This 200x image of a small intestinal section from a mouse expressing GFP-tagged non-muscle...

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Shadow Portrait of NASA Rover Opportunity on Martian Slope

April 17, 2014 11:45 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity caught its own silhouette in this late-afternoon image taken by the rover's rear hazard avoidance camera. This camera is mounted low on the rover and has a wide-angle lens. The image was taken looking eastward shortly before sunset

The deterministic track of the International Planning Competition is for programs designed to eliminate any element of chance from automated planning in a wide range of fields, such as logistics, robot manipulation, satellite movement and transport.

Worldwide Competition Encourages AI Breakthroughs

April 17, 2014 10:39 am | by The University of Huddersfield | News | Comments

UNIVERSITY of Huddersfield experts are in charge of a worldwide competition that is designed to encourage breakthroughs in the use of artificial intelligence for automated planning and scheduling. High performance computers at the University are being used to test the dozens of complex software...

Dimitris Nikolopoulos, Professor, School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, at Queen's University of Belfast

Dimitris S. Nikolopoulos

April 17, 2014 9:48 am | Biographies

Dimitrios S. Nikolopoulos is Professor in the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, at Queen's University of Belfast, where he holds the Chair in High Performance and Distributed Computing (HPDC) and is Director of Research in the HPDC Cluster. His research interests include the architecture, programming, characterisation and optimisation of scalable computing systems.

Yale N. Patt, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Yale N. Patt

April 17, 2014 9:39 am | Biographies

Dr. Yale Patt is a Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, and holds the Ernest Cockrell, Jr. Centennial Chair in Engineering. He also holds the title of University Distinguished Teaching Professor. He earned his B.S. at Northeastern University and his M.S. and Ph.D. at Stanford University, all in electrical engineering.

Thomas Lippert, Director, Jülich Supercomputing Center

Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Lippert

April 17, 2014 9:19 am | Biographies

Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Lippert is the Director of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre at the Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany.  He is the managing director of the John von Neumann-Institut für Computing (NIC), a virtual institute of the partner centres DESY (Deutsches Elektronensynchrotron, Hamburg), FZJ and GSI (Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung, Darmstadt) in the Helmholtz Association. He holds the chair for Computational Theoretical Physics at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany.

Rainer Spurzem, Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences & University of Heidelberg

Rainer Spurzem

April 17, 2014 8:52 am | Biographies

Rainer Spurzem completed his Ph.D. at the University of Göttingen (Germany) in 1988 with a thesis on stellar systems around supermassive black holes. During the 90s he worked as a researcher and teaching assistant at the University of Kiel (Germany), bringing GRAPE special purpose computers for astrophysical N-body simulations to Europe.

This illustration shows a possible configuration of a floating offshore nuclear plant, based on design work by Jacopo Buongiorno and others at MIT´s Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. Like offshore oil drilling platforms, the structure would i

Nukes at Sea: Floating Plants Could Ride Out Tsunamis

April 17, 2014 7:41 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT | News | Comments

When an earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant complex in 2011, neither the quake nor the inundation caused the ensuing contamination. Rather, it was the aftereffects — specifically, the lack of cooling for the reactor cores, due to a shutdown of all power at the station — that caused most of the harm.

Marius Swoboda, Head of Design Systems Engineering, Rolls-Royce

Marius Swoboda

April 16, 2014 4:37 pm | Biographies

Marius Swoboda is Head of Design Systems Engineering at Rolls-Royce. His experience includes Honorary Professor at TU Berlin and Lecturer in Compressible Aerodynamics TU Berlin.

Gerhard Wellein, Head of HPC Group, Erlangen Regional Computing Center

Gerhard Wellein

April 16, 2014 4:07 pm | Biographies

Gerhard Wellein holds a PhD in Solid State Physics from the University of Bayreuth and is a regular Professor at the Department for Computer Science at University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. He heads the HPC group at Erlangen Regional Computing Center (RRZE) and has more than ten years of experience in teaching HPC techniques to students and scientists from Computational Science and Engineering.

Dr. Franz-Josef Pfreundt

April 16, 2014 4:03 pm | Biographies

Dr. Franz-Josef Pfreundt studied Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science resulting in a Diploma in Mathematics and a Ph.D degree in Mathematical Physics (1986). From 1986-1995 he had a permanent position at the University of Kaiserslautern as Head of the Research Group for Industrial Mathematics. In 1995 he was cofounder of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics – ITWM .

Frank Behrendt, Head of Chair for Energy Process Engineering & Conversion Technologies for Renewable Energies, Technische Universität Berlin

Prof. Dr. Frank Behrendt

April 16, 2014 4:01 pm | Biographies

Prof. Dr. Frank Behrendt got his PhD in 1989 from Heidelberg University for his work on modelling of diffusion flames including detailed chemical reaction mechanisms. Additional research on catalytic ignition and combustion including extended research stays at the Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenborg, Sweden) and the Combustion Research Facility (Sandia National Laboratories, CA, USA) led to his habilitation at Stuttgart University in 1999.

Costas Bekas

April 16, 2014 3:23 pm | Biographies

Costas Bekas is managing the Foundations of Cognitive Computing group at IBM Research-Zurich. He received his B. Eng., Msc and PhD, all from the Computer Engineering & Informatics Department, University of Patras, Greece, in 1998, 2001 and 2003 respectively. Between 2003-2005, he worked as a postdoctoral associate with prof. Yousef Saad at the Computer Science & Engineering Department, University of Minnesota

Nuclear Engineer Receives E.O. Lawrence Award for Groundbreaking Computational Theory

April 16, 2014 2:01 pm | by Oak Ridge National Laboratory | News | Comments

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researcher John Wagner has been named a 2013 recipient of the Department of Energy’s Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award for his work in advancing computer, information and knowledge sciences. Wagner, a nuclear engineer who serves as national technical director for DOE’s Nuclear Fuels Storage and Transportation Planning Project, was recognized for his leadership in the field of computational radiation transport.


Top 10 Things You Didn't Know about Brookhaven National Laboratory

April 16, 2014 1:49 pm | by Ben Dotson, Brookhaven National Lab | News | Comments

Founded on the former site of the U.S. Army’s Camp Upton in New York in 1947, the Energy Department's Brookhaven National Laboratory was originally created out of a post-war desire to explore the peaceful applications of atomic energy. Over the years, its mission has grown to encompass basic and applied research on many frontiers of science — from nuclear physics to nano-science and beyond.

New Study Outlines Water World Theory of Life's Origins

April 16, 2014 12:37 pm | by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory | News | Comments

Life took root more than four billion years ago on our nascent Earth, a wetter and harsher place than now, bathed in sizzling ultraviolet rays. What started out as simple cells ultimately transformed into slime molds, frogs, elephants, humans and the rest of our planet's living kingdoms. How did it all begin?

Three Atmospheric Dragons: Low Pressure Areas around US

April 16, 2014 12:26 pm | by Rob Gutro, NASA | News | Comments

There are three low pressure systems around the U.S. and they resemble dragons on satellite imagery. This NOAA GOES-13 and GOES-15 satellite image from March 31, 2014, shows the low pressure systems in the eastern Pacific Ocean, over the nation's Heartland, and in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. All three lows have the signature comma shape that make them appear to be curled up dragons.

Richard Membarth, Full professor for Computer Graphics, Intel Visual Computing Institute, Saarland Universit

Richard Membarth

April 16, 2014 10:26 am | Biographies

Richard Membarth is a full professor for Computer Graphics at Intel Visual Computing Institute, Saarland Universit. His research projects include Multi-core Architectures and Programming; InvasIC: Invasive Algorithms, Architectures, and Programming; ExaStencils: Advanced Stencil-Code Engineering; and Heterogeneous Image Systems.

Damian Rouson, Managing Director, Center for Computational Earth & Environmental Sciences at Stanford University

Damian Rouson

April 16, 2014 9:25 am | Biographies

Damian Rouson is the Managing Director of the Center for Computational Earth and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University.  He holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Howard University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. His professional interests relate primarily to software engineering for computational science and engineering and turbulence in classical, quantum, and magnetohydrodynamic flows.

Francisco José Rodrigo Duro

April 16, 2014 8:38 am | Biographies

Investigating Use of Google Glass in Surgical Settings

April 16, 2014 6:36 am | by International Journal of Surgery | News | Comments

An article shows the potential applications for Google Glass in the surgical setting, particularly in relation to training. Personal portable information technology is advancing at a breathtaking speed. The authors of the study obtained a Glass device through Google's Explorer Program and have tested its applicability in their daily pediatric surgical practice.

Tilted orbits such as those shown might make some planets wobble like a top that’s almost done spinning, an effect that could maintain liquid water on the surface, thus giving life a chance. Courtesy of NASA/GSFC

Astronomers: Tilt-a-worlds could Harbor Life

April 15, 2014 8:39 pm | by Peter Kelley, University of Washington | News | Comments

A fluctuating tilt in a planet's orbit does not preclude the possibility of life, according to new research by astronomers at the University of Washington, Utah's Weber State University and NASA. In fact, sometimes it helps. That's because such "tilt-a-worlds," turned from their orbital plane by the influence of companion planets, are less likely than fixed-spin planets to freeze over, as heat from their host star is more evenly distributed

Richard Kenway, Professor, University of Edinburgh

Richard Kenway

April 15, 2014 7:10 pm | Biographies

Professor Kenway was appointed to the Tait Chair of Mathematical Physics at the University of Edinburgh in 1994. His research explores non-perturbative aspects of theories of elementary particles using computer simulation of lattice gauge theories, particularly the strong interactions of quarks and gluons described by Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD).

Paolo Carloni, Head of Laboratory Computational Biophysics, German Research School for Simulation Science (GRS)

Prof. Dr. Paolo Carloni

April 15, 2014 7:08 pm | Biographies

Paolo Carloni obtained his PhD in Chemistry (majoring in computational biophysics) at the University of Florence in 1993 with a thesis entitled “Theoretical Studies on Metalloproteins'. He was supervised by Lucia Banci, Pier Luigi Orioli (University of Florence, Itay) and Michele Parrinello (then IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, Switzerland).

Christian Lang, Professor, University Graz

Christian Lang

April 15, 2014 6:21 pm | Biographies

Christian Lang is a theoretical physicist. His interest lies in elementary particle physics and statistical physics, in particular Lattice Field Theory.

Ben Moore

April 15, 2014 6:17 pm | Biographies

Ben Moore is Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Zurich. His research is centered on understanding the origin and evolution of the Universe and how stars, planets and galaxies form. Custom built supercomputers are often used, such as the in-house constructed zBox.

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