The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has announced the creation of the Center for Scientific Computing and Visualization Research, to promote the development of innovative and powerful computational tools to address scientific and societal challenges.
The dramatic increase in the speed and data-handling capability of high-performance computers, and complementary development of novel algorithms, have transformed the nature of scientific investigation.
'At UMass Dartmouth we have a remarkable group of highly-qualified and well-trained scientists with complementary backgrounds and interests who develop and use computational algorithms to simulate and visualise complex physical problems,' said Sigal Gottlieb, director of the centre. 'Our campus has significant multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary expertise in scientific computing and we want to leverage our existing strengths to build an internationally recognised centre of excellence at UMass Dartmouth.'
'The new centre will place UMass Dartmouth at the forefront of computationally-based research and education by providing intellectual, academic and technical leadership in the multi-disciplinary pursuit of discovery and innovation enabled by advanced computational methods and data visualisation,' added Robert Peck, Dean of the College of Engineering.
The Center for Scientific Computing and Visualization Research unites more than a dozen faculty researchers in mathematics, astrophysics, mechanical and civil engineering. It will promote the mission of the university by providing undergraduate and graduate students with high quality discovery-based educational experiences that transcend the traditional boundaries of academic field or department, and foster collaborative research in the computational sciences within the university.