In April 2015, CECAM initiated a series of lectures to highlight interesting developments in different areas of computational science. Each year, two keynote speakers are invited to present their recent work. The lectures are held in the EPFL campus with the goal to enhance the opportunities for scientific exchange offered by CECAM’s workshop and conference program by sharing some of its most exciting topics with the broader EPFL community.

Modeling Experiments in Simulations and Simulations in Experiments: Combining Biomolecular Simulations with Low-Resolution Measurements

Prof. Erik Lindahl
Stockholm University Sweden

Wednesday 23 November 2016

Modeling and simulations of complex biological macromolecules has made tremendous progress since the 1960s as the result of a wonderful marriage of theoretical and computational advances. However, while molecular dynamics simulations have been wonderful

Computational Molecular Design: Mathematical Theory, High Performance Computing, In Vivo Experiments

Prof. Christof Schütte
Free University of Berlin, Germany

Wednesday 25 May 2016

Molecular dynamics and related computational methods enable the description of biological systems with all-atom detail.

Analysis and control of electron dynamics: An ab-initio perspective on the femto-second time scale

Prof. Eberhard Gross
Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Germany

Monday 28 September 2015

This lecture is about the motion of electrons, how it can be monitored, analyzed and, ultimately, controlled with external fields on the femto-second time scale. The investigations are performed with ab-initio simulations, using time-dependent density functional theory as theoretical tool. We shall visualize the laser-induced formation and breaking of chemical bonds in real time, and we shall adress questions like:

Do we really need Quantum Computers to simulate Quantum Chemistry?

Prof. Ali Alavi
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Wednesday 22 Avril 2015

The accurate calculation of the ground state of many-electron systems has been the central goal of quantum chemistry for the last 80 years. Exact methods, such as full CI, can only be applied to systems of a few electrons and it has long been assumed that larger fermionic systems will only be simulated exactly on powerful “quantum computers”.