During September 18-22, 2017, Professor Ridgway Scott from University of Chicago visited CCMA and gave two talks in both the Computational and Applied Mathematics Colloquium and Department Colloquium. He also interacted with CCMA members to discuss various research topics.
In the CAM Colloquium talk, Scott talked about electron correlation in van der Waals interactions. In the Department Colloquium talk, he talked about Automated Modeling with FEniCS. He is the first developer of the FEniCS project of basic software components and end-user codes to automate numerical solution of partial differential equations.
During the visit, Scott discussed various research topics with several members in CCMA such as robust solver for nearly singular problems with Jinchao Xu, solver for Stokes and linear elasticity based on the discontinuous Galerkin discretization and the idea of using the block smoother for keeping the kernel of the divergence operator with Qingguo Hong. In addition, Professor Xu showed parameter robust solver for linear elasticity problem discretized by the Scott-Vogelius finite elements.
Professor Wenrui Hao from CCMA also discussed with Professor Scott about the applications of FEniCs on computational modelling of the cardiovascular disease and gave some suggestions on publishing the code on the FEniCs website so that other researchers can download and use the model for other projects. Professor Scott also discussed with Professor Wenrui Hao about the applications of Fenics on computational modeling of the cardiovascular disease and gave some suggestions on publishing the code on the Fenics website so that other reseachers can download and use the model for other projects.
Professor Scott was our former colleague at Penn State. In 1986, he became Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics at Pennsylvania State University where he helped to establish a program in parallel scientific computing. He has been Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Chicago since 1998, and the Louis Block Professor since 2001. At the University of Chicago, he was a Member of the Executive Committee of the ACCI Flash Centre and is a founding member of the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics. He was also the director of the University of Chicago partnership in The National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure based at SCSC/USCD. He obtained the Ph. D degree in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973. His thesis and later research were devoted to fundamental properties of finite element method.