Center for Computational Science (CCS) Seminars


This week marks the start of our new semester of the Center for Computational Science (CCS) seminars. The seminars will be on Friday afternoons at 12:00 noon, (with one exception of Monday, November 17th) in PRB595 (3 Cummington Mall) according to the schedule outlined below. We invite you to bring your lunch and scientific curiosity, and participate in our series of exciting seminars on a broad range of computational science topics.

Schedule for the Fall 2014 Center for Computational Science seminars
NOON PRB595 (3 Cummington Mall) on FRIDAY.

October 3rd – Professor David Coker, Chemistry/CCS, MSE, BU
October 10th – Professor Jianshu Cao – Department of Chemistry, MIT
October 31st – Professor Robert Kotiuga – ECE, BU
November 14th – Professor Enrico Bellotti, ECE, MSE, BU
November 17th (MONDAY) – Professor Udo Schwingenschlogl, Materials Science and Engineering, KAUST
December 5th – Professor Anatoli Polkovnikov, Physics, MSE, BU
December 12th – Professor Emily Ryan, Mech. Eng., MSE, BU

CCS Seminar
Friday – October 3, 2014
12:00 pm
Physics Research Building, Room 595
3 Cummington Mall
Professor David Coker 
Department of Chemistry and Director of the Center for Computational Science

Title: Quantum dynamical simulations of energy transport and charge separation in photosynthesis

An overview of theory and computational methods and models for treating dissipative quantum dynamics of complex condensed phase systems will be presented. Applications exploring the elementary processes in biological light harvesting including excitation energy transport in pigment-protein complexes and charge separation in photosynthetic reaction centers will be outlined.
About the Speaker: 

David Coker is a Professor of Chemistry at Boston University and an Adjunct Professor of Physics at University College Dublin (UCD). He is the Director of Boston University’s Center for Computational Science. He has served as the Director of UCD’s Complex Adaptive Systems Laboratory (CASL), as well as the Director of the Atlantic Center for Atomistic Modeling (ACAM), the Irish node of the pan-European network for particle based simulation, Centre Europeen de Calcul Atomique et Moleculaire (CECAM). He received his BSc in Theoretical Chemistry from the University of Sydney, and his PhD in Statistical Physics from the Australian National University. He has been recognized as an NSF Presidential Young Investigator, CECAM Visiting Research Fellow (Ecole Normale Superieure, Lyon, France), Schlumberger Visiting Professor of Theoretical Chemistry (Cambridge University, UK), the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Stokes Professor of Nano Biophysics at UCD, and a visiting Senior Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies. His research focuses on understanding the excited state quantum dynamics and relaxation processes of large complex molecular systems important in Biology and Materials science.