Modern Computational Science - Summer School

International Summer School


August 16-28, 2009, Oldenburg, Germany

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Organizers: Prof. Dr. Alexander K. Hartmann, Dr. Reinhard Leidl, University of Oldenburg


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       SFB/TR 14 AVACS

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Scientific Computing (or Computational Science) is often called the third pillar of science besides theory and experiment. The growing importance of computational methods in many areas of science and engineering is exemplified by the appearance of new disciplines like Computational Physics, Computational Chemistry, Bioinformatics, and many others. Moreover, Computational Science is, almost by definition, an interdisciplinary field, and thus provides a unique opportunity to bring together scientists working in areas that would otherwise be considered as diverse.

This Summer School is intended for advanced undergraduate, graduate, and PhD students of biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and physics who

  • would like to get a thorough introduction to some of the basic methods and tools of Scientific Computing (algorithms, software engineering, data analysis, ordinary and partial differential equations, simulations),
  • are interested in the application of computational methods to current research problems in pure and applied science, and
  • wish to acquire a working knowledge of the material presented in the lectures by attending supplementary exercises at the computer.
The School is also open to applicants from industry. All participants should have at least a little experience with one higher programming language, like C/C++ or Fortran.

We would also like to draw your attention to the new book (scheduled for Spring 2009),
which covers some of the topics that will be dealt with during the first week of the School. Participants will receive a free copy of the book.

Moreover, each participant will be handed out a volume of Lecture Notes (edited by R. Leidl and A.K. Hartmann).

The first week of the School will be (mainly) devoted to the Fundamentals, whereas more specialized topics will be covered in the second week.

  • Fundamentals: programming, algorithms, differential equations, data analysis, software engineering
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics: wind energy, sediment dynamics
  • Quantum Chemistry: ab initio and density functional theory, chemical reactions dynamics
  • Simulations in Statistical Physics: Monte Carlo methods, disordered systems, random processes
  • Modelling of Biological Systems: ecosystems, evolutionary biology, neurobiology
  • Engineering Applications: hybrid systems, signal processing

External Lecturers:

  • Helmut G. Katzgraber, Computational Physics,
    Texas A&M University
  • Stephan Mertens, Computational Complexity and Statistical Mechanics,
    Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg
  • Marc Mézard, Statistical Physics of Disordered Systems,
    Université de Paris Sud
  • Pekka Orponen, Computational Complexity and Combinatorics,
    Helsinki University of Technology TKK
Lecturers from the University of Oldenburg: