Michael Wilde, Swift; Juan de Pablo, University of Chicago
December 17, 2014
Searle 240A, University of Chicago & Adobe Connect

Abstract: Materials science research like the work performed at the Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME) involves running large numbers of simulation and modeling programs, often in complex patterns, over long periods of time, by many collaborators. This work may be done to simulate natural phenomena, reduce the design space for subsequent physical experiments, or interpretthose experiments in terms of detailed molecular models.

Balamurugan Desinghu, Suchandra Thapa, David Champion, Lincoln Bryant, Rob Gardner
December 15, 2014 to December 17, 2014
University of Chicago, Searle 240

Software Carpentry (SWC) has emerged as a popular format for teaching best practices in scientific computation, with an emphasis on the start-up “computing lab skills” necessary to become productive in modern scientific research.

Duncan Watts, Microsoft Research
December 05, 2014
Quadrange Club Library, UChicago

Abstract: The past 15 years have witnessed a remarkable increase in both the scale and scope of social and behavioral data available to researchers, leading some to herald the emergence of a new field: “computational social science.” Against these exciting developments stands a stubborn fact: that in spite of many thousands of published papers, there has been surprisingly little progress on the “big” questions that motivated the field in the first place—questions concerning systemic risk in financial systems, problem solving in complex organizations, and the dynamics of epi