The Flatiron Institute is an internal research division of the Simons Foundation, launched in 2016. It comprises three centers for computational science: the Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA); the Center for Computational Biology (CCB); and the Center for Computational Quantum Physics (CCQ). It also has a group called the Scientific Computing Core (SCC).
A fourth center is slated to launch in the near future, involving interfaces of geology, oceanography, atmospheric science, biology, and climatology.
The mission of the Flatiron Institute is to advance scientific research through computational methods, including data analysis, modeling, and simulation. The Flatiron Institute was dedicated with a ceremony on September 6, 2017.
Center for Computational Biology
- Launched in 2013 as the Simons Center for Data Analysis
- Director: Leslie Greengard
- Mission: CCB’s mission is to develop modeling tools and theory for understanding biological processes and to create computational frameworks that will enable the analysis of the large, complex data sets being generated by new experimental technologies.
Center for Computational Astrophysics
- Director: David Spergel
- Mission: The next set of advances in astronomy will require understanding complex multi-scale physics and large astronomical datasets. CCA’s mission is to develop the computational tools needed for these calculations, simulations and analyses. CCA will also hold conferences and meetings and serve as a focal point for computational astronomy around the world.
Center for Computational Quantum Physics
- Director: Antoine Georges; co-director: Andrew Millis
- Mission: CCQ’s mission is to develop the concepts, theories, algorithms and codes needed to solve the quantum many-body problem and use the solutions to predict the behavior of materials and molecules of scientific and technological interest.
Scientific Computing Core
- Co-directors: Nick Carriero and Ian Fisk
- Mission: SCC’s mission is to develop and deploy the computing infrastructure – including new computational and statistical methods and storage and data handling system support — necessary for carrying out the research missions of CCA, CCB and CCQ.
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