Conference on Computational Science and Engineering 2019

Santiago Ospina De Los Ríos
January 2020

Our chapter was invited to participate in the student days of the SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering 2019 (CSE19), held in Spokane (WA) between February 25 and March 1. The CSE19 is the biggest SIAM conference held up to now.

As with last years SIAM Annual Meeting 2018 (AN18), student chapter representatives were brought together by the Student Days; a program "for students and about students". The agenda was not only vast but also optimal for student interests. Among others it included programs such as the Welcome Reception, Students Orientation, a Career Fair, an Industry Reception, a Mentor-Mentee program, and Master and Bachelor presentations. Moreover, we had the great opportunity to discuss about the different chapter activities around the globe in the events tailored for student representatives and endorsed by the SIAM Leadership, which was an exceptional occasion for us to introspect our chapter!

The conference itself covered many topics related to Scientific Computing. Some talks can be viewed online as usual with SIAM conferences. One of those talks is the presentation given by Prof. Alistair Adcroft, where he pointed out the current challenges for climate ocean models. In particular, he explained that the choice of grid resolutions and coordinate systems is one of the major determinants in achieving eddy-resolving models. However, this is contrasted with the "cutting-edge" climate model algorithms not adopting these capacities fast enough to the new computer architectures. This conveys a clear call for applied mathematicians to help in this field! Another interesting talk was given by Prof. Gianluigi Rozza. He made a comprehensive overview of Reduced Order Methods for PDEs and indicated the importance of integrating "Data, Modelling, Analysis, Numerics, Control, Optimization and Uncertainty Quantification in a parametrized, reduced and coupled paradigm".

Altogether, the participation in the Student Days represented an invaluable experience for us, and we feel very much obliged to encourage our members to embrace upcoming SIAM conferences.

Finally, we want to mention that this activity would have not been possible without the financial support of SIAM and the HGS MathComp, which we gratefully acknowledge.