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Computation for Interdisciplinary Data

Posted by Hannah Conrad on 19th July 2012

Guest: Masoud Nikravesh, Executive Director for Berkeley Computational Science and Engineering, CITRIS Director for CSE, and Visiting Research Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Hosts: Karen Bartleson, Sr, Director, Community Marketing, Synopsys Inc. and Yvette Huygen, Director, Worldwide Public Relations and Corporate Communications, Synopsys Inc.

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Twenty years ago, computer science was just a tool. Today, Dr. Nikravesh knows that this has changed, and computer science is now a vital anchor in technology advancement.

The world is changing at a rapid pace, and because of this, UC Berkeley saw the need to make computational science a formal part of their program to allow students to gain skills that could be channeled in the right direction. As executive director of the program, Dr. Nikravesh talks about Berkeley’s Designated Emphasis (DE)  in Computational Science for PhD students.

He also shares some of the problems CITRIS (Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society) wishes to address including energy, infrastructure and healthcare with regard to sensor technology. With the combination of nanotechnology and sensors, he believes we can expect sensors to be planted in bodies at the cell level.

Links of interest:

Dr. Masoud Nikravesh’s Bio

CITRIS

UC Berkeley

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