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Center for Environmental Analysis - Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CEA-CREST)
(pronounced "sea crest") offers students exciting opportunities for focused and interdisciplinary research in the environmental sciences. Student Fellows participate in the center research teams, the interdisciplinary curriculum, and the university accredited internships with off-campus agencies. Teams of senior scientists from biology, chemistry, geography, geology, and engineering advise student collaborators in four emphasis areas:

  1. Coastal marine population dynamics
  2. Monitoring changing ecosystems at multiple spatial scales
  3. Molecular genetics in evolution, ecology, and conservation
  4. Biogeochemical processes
  5. Hydrology of regional aquifers and riparian areas in arid zone
The Center for Environmental Analysis of the California State University Los Angeles, Principal Investigator: Dr. Carlos Robles

Center for Advanced Computing Research (CACR)
In 1995, the Center for Advanced Computing Research (CACR) was established to ensure that Caltech and its Jet Propulsion Laboratory will be at the forefront of computational science and engineering (CS&E). CS&E is the practice of computer-based modeling for the study of scientific phenomena and engineering designs, and typically involves a multidisciplinary investigation of interactions among the application, solution algorithms, computer architecture, and system software. Computer-based modeling and simulation are indispensable for gaining a better understanding of many scientific phenomena and engineering designs. Computer simulation makes it possible to investigate regimes that are beyond current experimental capabilities, and to study phenomena that cannot be replicated in laboratories, such as the evolution of the universe. In the realm of science, computer simulations are guided by theory as well as experimental results, while the computational results often suggest new experiments and theoretical models. In engineering, many more design options can be explored through computer models than by building physical ones, usually at a small fraction of the cost and elapsed time. CACR simultaneously provides leading-edge capabilities for CS&E research and experiments with new technologies that help define the technical computing environment of the future.

Center for Simulating Dynamic Response of Materials (CSDRM)
Introduction Virtual Facility for Simulating Dynamic Response of Materials The Center for Simulating Dynamic Response of Materials, a DOE ASCI Center of Excellence at the California Institute of Technology, is constructing a virtual shock physics facility in which the full three-dimensional response of a variety of target materials can be computed for a wide range of compressive, tensional, and shear loadings including those loadings produced by detonation of energetic materials.

Center for the Science and Engineering of Materials (CSEM)
The Center for the Science and Engineering of Materials (CSEM), established in September of 2000 (see press release), addresses both research and educational aspects of polymeric, structural, photonic, and ferroelectric materials that will be necessary to solve critical societal needs of the twenty-first century. The Center pioneers a number of exotic and futuristic materials and applications such as liquid metals, responsive gels, and tiny medical sensors.

Coarse-Graining DNA Free Energy Landscapes (CDGNA)
Interagency Modeling and Analysis Group NSF project on Coarse-Graining DNA Free Energy Landscapes (CGDNA) is a joint effort with Erik Winfree and Hideo Mabuchi. Principal Investigator: Niles Pierce


Engineering Microstructural Complexity in Ferroelectric Devices (feMURI)
This project is supported through a Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI), and administered by the Army Research Office (ARO) Program Manager: John Prater. Principal Investigator: Kaushik Bhattacharya.

Environmental Science at Caltech (ESC)

ERC Computational vision (ERCCV)

ERC Neuromorphic systems (ERCNS)

Vision. Olfaction. Hearing. Touch. Learning. Decision making. Pattern recognition. These are all things that even simple biological organisms perform far better and more efficiently than the fastest digital computers. The scientists and engineers at the Center for Neuromorphic Systems Engineering (CNSE) are working to translate our understanding of biologic systems into a new class of electronic devices that imitate the ways animals sense and make sense of the world.

Gharib's Research Group (GRG)

Mabuchi Lab (ML)

Materials and Process Simulation Center (MPSC)
The Materials and Molecular Simulation Center (MSC) was established in July 1990 as part of the Beckman Institute (BI) at Caltech with two major goals: Focus theory research on the key bottlenecks obstructing applications to the most important materials science, biotechnology, chemical, and nanotechnology problems. Facilitate the technology transfer of advances in atomistic simulations of materials and molecules from university research laboratories to industrial practice.

Multi-Res Modeling Group (Multires)
research touches on many areas of computer graphics, but our main focus is on multiresolution methods for modeling, simulation, and visualization. We are also heavily involved in the Caltech Responsive Workbench project.



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