New CELS divisions to focus on computation, data science strengths
The Computing, Environment & Life Sciences (CELS) Directorate has formed two new research divisions to focus its lab-wide foundational expertise on computational science and data science activities.
The new units are the Computational Science Division (CPS), led by Argonne Distinguished Fellow Paul Messina, and the Data Science and Learning Division (DSL), led by Argonne Distinguished Fellow Ian Foster. These new divisions are part of Argonne’s overall advanced computing strategy to enhance lab-wide, cross-cutting capabilities to enable new scientific knowledge and insight in a wide range of disciplines.
CPS will focus on solving the most challenging scientific problems through advanced modeling and simulation on the most capable computers. DSL will tackle advanced scientific problems where data analysis and artificial intelligence can provide critical insight.
These two new units will also bring together experts from across the laboratory to work together on a wide range of multidisciplinary projects. In addition, the new divisions will serve as interdisciplinary activity centers for next-generation programs and projects.
Both Messina and Foster have deep connections to the lab’s research environment and long histories of building pioneering research programs around high-performance computing and data, and have helped shape the nation’s scientific computing program for decades by understanding that the research community has an insatiable desire to push boundaries.
The new divisions join Argonne’s Directorate for Computing, Environment & Life Sciences, growing the directorate to four computing divisions in all, with the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility providing world-leading capability, the Mathematics and Computer Science Division refocusing its efforts to supporting long-term fundamental research, and continued and potentially expanded collaboration from the Biosciences and Environmental Science divisions.