Uppsala: Project in Computational Science

Dear Colleagues,

With this letter we kindly invite you to suggest a project assignment for the forthcoming course, entitled ‘Project in Computational Science’. The course is organized by the Division of Scientific Computing at the Institute for Information Technology, Uppsala University and will take place in the period October 24-December 23, 2011.

With some of you we have already had the pleasure to work during some of the previous course editions, and some we contact for the first time. For completeness we shortly describe the course aims and organization.

The course comprises two-month work for students in their last years of study (usually the best ones) on a project, given by some industrial or academic institution.

The students work in teams of two or three, and should be exposed to conditions much closer to those in nonacademic institutions than those at the university. They have to work to a great deal on their own, including understanding the task, investigations, analysing and solving a given problem, planning, meeting deadlines to fulfill the tasks, communicating with the project supervisors, and reporting the results orally and in written form. A report on the work done has to be written and they usually get the month after the final oral presentation, to finish that.

The students work under the guidance of the project supervisors. We ask them, thus, you, to be present at least at two occasions: in the beginning, when the course starts and the projects are explained, and at the end, when the results are reported. The course participants work at our department and we are providing them with a working place, computing resources and some guidance regarding basic scientific, programming or organization questions, which might arise during the course period.

Some more details about the course organization, as well as about projects from earlier years, reports and posters can be found on the course web-pages:
http://www.it.uu.se/edu/course/homepage/projektTDB/ht11 – under preparation
http://www.it.uu.se/edu/course/homepage/projektTDB/vt08 etc.

The course has been moved from the Spring to the Fall term and we expect many participants this year, therefore we aim at collecting at least about 15 projects. The students will be given the right to list three projects they wish to work on and, unless a personal contact has been established earlier, the groups will be assigned to projects by us, taking into account their background knowledge and wishes.

At this stage we kindly ask you for a short description of a project (or projects) of interest for you, which could be fulfilled within two months.
The projects should target large scale scientific computations, defined in a broad sense. The project may target numerical simulations of some phenomena in Physics, Biology, etc, may be related to handling computationally heavy tasks within a data-base systems, parallel programming, programming modern heterogeneous architectures and so on.

In order to announce the projects on the web and make them accessible for the students as soon as possible, we would like to have your proposals at your earliest convenience but not later than by September 15, 2011.

Should you need more information about the course and its organization, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you in advance for your help with this course and for the time invested.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Maya Neytcheva
/Course coordinator/

P.S. For avoiding some possible misunderstanding, we state that, apart from Matlab, Comsol Multiphysics and Fluent, we are not in a position
to provide access to commercial software packages.

Course web-page: http://www.it.uu.se/edu/course/homepage/projektTDB/ht11
(currently under preparation)
Maya Neytcheva
Scientific Computing
Department of Information Technology
Uppsala University
Box 337, SE-75105 Uppsala, Sweden
__tel: +46-18-471 29 79 __fax: +46-18-52 30 49
__e-mail: Maya.Neytcheva@it.uu.se