Research Conference

The Research Conference meets every Friday morning, when classes are in session, from 9:15-10:15 a.m. in room 214 Mudd. Faculty presentations take place during the fall semester and graduate student presentation take place during the spring semester.

Fall 2018 Coordinator: Renata M. M. Wentzcovitch

Latha Venkataraman
, Solid State Physics
"Quantum interference based single-molecule insulators"
Kyle Mandli, Applied Mathematics
"Computational approaches to storm surge"

Michael E. Mauel, Plasma Physics
"Plasma Science Research for Fusion Energy"
Katayun Barmak
, Materials Science & Engineering
"Grain Structure, Grain Boundary Character Distribution and Grain Growth in Thin Metallic Films"

John W. Paisley, Electrical Engineering
"Machine learning for large-scale clustering of earthquakes"
Renata M. M. Wentzcovitch, Materials Science & Engineering / Earth & Environmental Sciences
"Spin transitions in lower mantle minerals"

Nanfang Yu, Solid State Physics
"Flat optics"
Siu-Wai Chan, Materials Science & Engineering
"Nano-oxides: Ceria, MgO, Magnetite, Co3O4, Cuprite; Their crystal-size dependent bond length, elastic stiffness and thermal responses; applications for better health and environment as well as generating carbon neutral fuel"

Donsub Rim, Applied Mathematics
"Model reduction of scalar conservation laws using displacement interpolation"
Yuan Yang, Materials Science & Engineering
"Material Designs and Characterizations for Advanced Energy Storage and Conversion"


Ryan Abernathy, Earth and Environmental Sciences
"What Are Eddies? The Structure of Ocean Transport Revealed by Dynamical Systems"
Adam H. Sobel, Applied Mathematics / Earth & Environmental Sciences
"Field notes from the west Pacific"

Hadrien Montanelli
, Applied Mathematics
"New error bounds for approximations by deep networks"
Marc W. Spiegelman, Applied Mathematics / Earth & Environmental Sciences
"ENKI: A computational infrastructure for coupled thermodynamics and geodynamics"

Kui Ren, Applied Mathematics
"The Mathematical, Computational and Practical Aspects of Inverse Problems"
Oleg Gang, Applied Physics / Materials Science / Chemical Engineering
"Programmable Self-assembly of Nanoscale Systems"

J. Thomas Vaughan, Biomedical Engineering / Radiology
"A Physics Program and Medical Imaging Shop (APPAMIS) for Columbia"
C. Julian Chen, Applied Physics
"Pitch-Synchronous Spectrogram for Speech and Voice Signals"

Gabriel Chiodo, Applied Mathematics
"The importance of the ozone layer for the response of the climate system to natural and anthropogenic forcings"
Chris A. Marianetti, Materials Science & Engineering
"Ab Initio Materials Science: From Quantum Mechanics to Materials Properties"

No seminar, University Holiday

Alexander Gaeta, Solid State Physics 
"Quantum Photonics in the Frequency Domain"
Chris H. Wiggins
, Applied Mathematics
"Building Better Bandits: Variational and Monte Carlo Approximation Methods for Reinforcement Learning"

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Research Conference History

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