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CSEweek - March 28, 2017

2017 - 2018 CSE Fellows

Call for Proposals


Graduate students are invited to submit proposals for support of interdisciplinary research in Computational Science and Engineering (CSE).

Projects must be interdisciplinary and must be oriented towards computational science and engineering and/or applied math.

Submission Information:  2017 - 2018 CSE Fellows

Application Information:  Apply Here Soon!!!

Submission Deadline:  FRIDAY, March 31, 2017 at 5:00 pm.

Student participants in winning proposals will be designated as CSE Fellows and will receive the following benefits:

  • Stipend corresponding to a 25% research assistantship in their home department
  • Tuition waiver
  • Access to computational facilities provided by CSE
  • Accounts on parallel supercomputers at NCSA
  • Some limited support for conference travel

 Application Requirements:

  • Cover Page
  • Resume
  • Research Proposal
  • DARS Report
  • Two Letters of Recommendation

Awards will be announced in May.

Note: If DARS Report is not available in your home department, please submit an unofficial transcript obtained in University of Illinois Enterprise Applications/Self-Service.

If you have further questions, please e-mail us at

CSE Training Workshops
Computational Science and Engineering is offering the following workshops to interested students and postdocs. Registration is encouraged, but not required. These workshops will be offered until May 3, 2017.
Python Workshops Tuesdays 1:00pm - 3:00 pm - L520 DCL
Fluent (CFD) Workshops Tuesdays 1:00pm - 3:00 pm - 1001 MEL
MATLAB Workshops Wednesdays 1:00pm - 3:00 pm - 1001 MEL

Please check for more information.

Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunity

Accelerated Molecular Dynamics Simulation Using Deep Neural Networks
- Prof. Andrew Ferguson, Materials Science and Engineering

Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are used to computationally model the conformational structure and motions of molecules including proteins, nucleic acids, and nanoscale materials. Simulations of proteins have been instrumental in improving our understanding of how these molecules fold and assemble, and in guiding the design and development of new drugs and therapeutics. Despite advances in simulation software and high-performance hardware, it remains a challenge to simulate large proteins for biologically relevant time scales. We have developed an approach to accelerate MD simulations by training deep neural networks with autoencoding topologies to discover the important collective dynamical motions governing protein folding dynamics, and to then use these artificial neural networks to accelerate MD simulations along these important directions. We have developed a prototype CPU implementation of this methodology that demonstrates its success. In this undergraduate research project, the student will work with the faculty member and graduate researcher to port the methodology into CUDA and integrate it into the state-of-the-art MD simulation package OpenMM to fully realize the power and acceleration of this approach by enabling it to run on high-performance GPU accelerators.

Qualified applicants for this undergraduate research position will possess a strong background in C++, parallel CPU (MPI, OpenMP) and GPU (CUDA, OpenACC) programming. Some experience in software engineering and data analysis for machine learning models is also desirable. This is an ~8-week paid research position for Summer 2017. Interested applicants should contact Prof Andrew Ferguson.

CSE Spring 2017 Seminar Series

The CSE Seminar Series aims to bring together researchers from across campus who share a common interest in the use of computational techniques in all disciplines, and to engage students in both the development and application of numerical methods, data analysis, computer modeling, and related techniques. 

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
1030 NCSA


Upcoming Spring 2017 CSE Seminar Series:
March 30 -  Dr. Oscar Lopez-Pamies - Civil and Environmental Engineering
April 13 -  Dr. Minh Do - Electrical and Computer Engineering
April 20 -  Dr. Roy Dar - Bioengineering

The Hacker Within Student Group

The Hacker Within (THW) is an officially registered student organization with CSE affiliation. THW's goal is to encourage students to learn and share tenets of the scientific computing endeavor by arranging a venue for peer-driven teaching, discussions, and forums for sharing skills and best practices for scientific computation, events, and professional resources for putting them into practice.  The group meets bi-weekly with each meeting consisting of at least a discussion/tutorial on a scientific computing problem and a lightning research talk aimed to provide students an overview on a specific area of research.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
2100 NCSA

2017 THW dates and topics:
Mar 29Introduction to Debuggers: GDB and PDB
We'll look at some of the basic commands in both gdb and pdb, such as run, next, continue, print, step, and break. I'll demonstrate how to set conditional breakpoints, drop into a debugging session after an exception in an ipython notebook, and a couple other tricks that I've found useful.
Apr 5 — Scientific Visualizations
Apr 19 — Managing Data with Databases
May 3 — Quantitative Plotting

For more information: The Hacker Within-IL | Github | Google Group

Algorithm Interest Group

The Algorithm Interest Group is hosting weekly meetings to facilitate inter-departmental dialogue EVERY TUESDAY at 2 pm in NCSA 2100 through the end of the semester.

Upcoming Speakers and Topics:
March 28, 2017:  Alex Munoz - Pagerank
April 4, 2017:  Ben Prather - SHA-1 Collision

Contact Paul Yang for details. 

MechSE: The Arthur Newell Talbot Distinguished Lecture

One a Robust Shell Finite Element and Non-Local and Non-Classical Continuum Mechanics Theories

Professor J.N. Reddy
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
4:00 pm
NCSA Auditorium
Reception Immediately Following

MEng Program Information Session

Bryan Wang will be hosting two information sessions on how to earn a professional master's degree in computational engineering.

Monday, April 10, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1040 NCSA

Please contact Bryan if you have questions.

CSE Annual Meeting: 2017 Fellows Symposium

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Room 1030 NCSA

In late spring each academic year, CSE hosts an Annual Fellows Symposium featuring keynote addresses by two distinguished invited speakers. In addition, each CSE Fellow gives a presentation on their research during the CSE Fellowship year.


Keynote Speakers:
Haig P. Papazian Distinguished Service Professor - Department of Chemistry
The University of Chicago

Department Head and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Penn State University

CSE Fellows:
Antoine Blanchard (Aerospace Engineering), Dimitrios Fytanidis (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Rachel Mansbach (Physics), Shriyaa Mittal (Biophysics), Advitya Patyal (Theoretical and Applied Mathematics), Amirhossein Taghvaei (Mechanical Science and Engineering), Sixian You (Bioengineering), Xiao Zhang (Mechanical Science and Engineering).

CSE Certificate Option and Transcriptable Enrollment

CSE offers interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate specializations which are designed to provide students with a solid foundation in problem-solving using computation as a major tool for modeling complicated problems in science and engineering.

Graduate Concentration—transcriptable option available to both Ph.D. and M.S. students
Undergraduate Minor—transcriptable option available to students in the Colleges of Engineering and LAS
Undergraduate Certificate Option—available to undergraduate students enrolled in participating departments

For more information:

New Students:
Moitreya Chatterjee – Electrical Engineering
Santiago Nunez-Corrales - Informatics
Tejaswin Parthasarathy - Mechanical Engineering
Andrei Rykhlevskii – Nuclear Engineering

Funding Opportunities

CSE works hand-in-hand with our affiliates to assist you in staying up-to-date with the latest funding opportunities. All the funding opportunities are listed on the CSE website, please view our comprehensive list: Our staff is available to support team formation and proposal development. CSE is in the process of creating teams around the solicitations. If you are interested in joining or would like more information about funding opportunities, please send us an email at

Miscellaneous Funding Opportunities

DoE - Creating Innovative and Reliable Circuits Using Inventive Topologies and Semi Conductors (CIRCUITS) DoD - Diverse Collegiate Research and Development Collaboration Program
DoE - Advanced Manufacturing Projects for Emerging Research Exploration
DoE - Innovative Pathways
DoE - Request for Information (RFI): Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Manufacturing: Identifying Specific Components for Manufacturing Standardization
DoD - Armament Technology Broad Agency Announcement
DoD - Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Department of Defense Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI)
DoD - Fiscal Year 2018 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)
DoD - 2017 Broad Agency Announcement: Engineer Research and Development Center
DoD - RadioBio
DoD - Distributed and Collaborative Intelligent Systems and Technology (DCIST) Collaborative Research Alliance (CRA)
DoD: Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)
DoD: Late-stage Software Customization and Complexity Reduction S&T for Legacy Naval Systems
DoD: NRL Wide Broad Agency Announcement
HHS - Research Education Program Grants for CryoEM Curriculum Development (R25)
HHS - Academic-Industrial Partnerships to Translate and Validate in vivo Cancer Imaging Systems (R01)
HHS - Academic-Industrial Partnerships to Translate and Validate in vivo Cancer Imaging Systems (R01)
HHS - Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERCs) Program: RERC on Rehabilitation Strategies, Techniques, and Interventions
HHS - Enhancing Science, Technology, EnginEering, and Math Educational Diversity (ESTEEMED) Research Education Experiences (R25)
NASA - ROSES 2016: New Frontiers Data Analysis Program
NASA - ROSES 2017: Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science
NASA: ROSES 2017: Astrophysics Data Analysis Program
NSF - Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications
NSF - Communications, Circuits, and Sensing-Systems  (CCSS)
NSF - Electronics, Photonics and Magnetic Devices  (EPMD)
NSF - Energy, Power, Control, and Networks  (EPCN)
NSF - Catalysis
NSF - Algorithms for Modern Power Systems (AMPS)
NSF - Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) and HBCU Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (RISE)
NSF - Critical Techniques, Technologies and Methodologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Sciences and Engineering
NSF - EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (RII Track-2 FEC)
NSF - Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES)
NSF - Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC)
NSF - Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI)
NSF - Dear Colleague Letter: Request for Input on Federal Datasets with Potential to Advance Data Science
NSF - Geotechnical Engineering and Materials
NSF - Mind, Machine and Motor Nexus
NSF - Tomorrow's Internet Project Office
NSF - ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE)
NSF - Building Community and Capacity in Data Intensive Research in Education  (BCC-EHR)
NSF - Geotechnical Engineering and Materials
NSF - Innovation Corps (I-Corps TM) - National Innovation Network Nodes Program (I-Corps Nodes)
NSF - Innovation Corps Teams Program (I-Corps Teams)
NSF - Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program
NSF - Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science Phase I (TRIPODS)
NSF - Biophotonics
NSF - Cellular and Biochemical Engineering
NSF - Disability and Rehabilitation Engineering
NSF - Engineering of Biomedical Systems
NSF - Environmental Engineering
NSF - Fluid Dynamics
NSF - Nano-Biosensing
NSF - Particulate and Multiphase Processes
NSF - Process Systems, Reaction Engineering and Molecular Thermodynamics
NSF - STEM + Computing Partnerships (STEM+C)
NSF - Thermal Transport Processes
NSF - Dear Colleague Letter: Encouraging Submission of Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC) Proposals in the Area of Cybersecurity

Additional Funding Opportunities can be found on the CSE Website.

Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Program

The Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Program is accepting applications  through March 31, 2017.  The Program supports postdocs to conduct research at universities, colleges, and U.S. government laboratories throughout the United States.

Recent Ph.D. graduates or doctoral students who will soon complete their degrees are encouraged to apply.  The fellowships offer a very competitive annual stipend and an annual travel allowance for the Postdoc, as well as awards to the host institution. 

Award Details:
Annual stipends range from $75,000 to $79,000, depending on research location
Annual travel budget of up to $6,000
Appointments for 2 years, and option to extend for a third year
Host institutions receive an annual laboratory budget of up to $5,000
Research Advisors receive a $10,000 stipend and an annual travel budget of up to $2,000

Postdoc Eligibility:
U. S. citizenship required
Ph.D. received within 5 years of the application deadline

To learn more and to apply, please visit

A key component of the application is to prepare a research proposal that supports that selected research opportunity.  Applications require input from both the Postdoc and a Research Advisor.  Therefore, we encourage you to identify a Research Advisor early in the process, seeking his/her feedback on the proposal and confirming the willingness of the Advisor and host institution to support the fellowship appointment, as indicated in the application instructions at

2017 LCI Workshops

For the first time, LCI is offering trainings for HPC administrators at two different levels:  Introductory AND Intermediate!

Introductory Workshop

May 22-26, 2017
University of Wyoming (in collaboration with University Corporation for Atmospheric Research)
Laramie, WY
If you are a Linux system administrator new to HPC, this is the workshop for you! Learn more!  Register today!

Intermediate Workshop

August 14-18, 2017
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA
If you have some experience as an HPC system administrator and want to expand your skills, this is the workshop for you! Learn more!
Register today!

Sandia National Laboratories Technical Intern Program

Center for Cyber Defenders (CCD)
The Center for Cyber Defenders (CCD) program is focused on developing the next generation of
experts in the field of computer security from the software stack down to embedded hardware. Our
program fosters students’ abilities to address the serious and unique challenges existing in the
realm of cyber security research, and encourages the exploration of original ideas necessary to
keep pace with the rapid changes in information technology and the increasing sophistication of
cyber threats. Students will gain experience in some of the following: operating systems analysis,
virtualization technologies including software defined networking, distributed systems, storage,
and algorithm analysis and development, advanced modeling and emulation, machine learning, reverse
engineering, network programming, cryptography research and analysis, and much more. Projects range
from working on small research and development (R&D) efforts to large, multidisciplinary team

Summer, Year-­‐round and Co-­‐op Internships
High school, undergraduate and graduate students:
•     Computer Science
•     Computer Engineering
•     Cybersecurity

For more info:

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