# Research Conference

The Research Conference features faculty presentations in the fall semester and graduate student presentations in the spring semester

## Spring 2023

**New in 2023**: APAM will be hosting an inaugural Spring Research Symposium in March, which will replace the weekly spring research seminars from previous years. The full-day event will consist of talks from senior PhD year students in APAM with faculty chairing each session and a prize for the best talk in each session. An official date and information will be announced in late January.

## Fall 2022

Fall 2022 Coordinator: Prof. Lu Zhang

**9/16/22**

Shanyin Tong, Applied Mathematics

"Extreme event probability estimation and control"

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Siu-Wai Chan, Materials Science & Engineering

"What are nano-crystals teaching us?"

**9/23/22**

Simon Billinge, Materials Science & Engineering

"Unsupervised and supervised machine learning for total scattering and pdf analyses"

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Kyle Mandli, Applied Mathematics

"Computational Methods for Shallow Mass Flow"

**9/30/22**

Vladimir Kobzar, Applied Mathematics

"A PDE-Based Analysis of Bandit Problems: the Symmetric Two-Armed Bernoulli Bandit Example"

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Marc Spiegelman, Applied Mathematics

"Integration of Computational Thermodynamics and Geodynamics"

**10/7/22**

Yuan Yang, Materials Science & Engineering

"Materials Designs and Characterizations for Energy Storage and Management"

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Carlos Paz-Soldan, Applied Physics

"Fusion Plasma: Science and Control"

**10/14/22**

Julian Chen, Applied Physics

"What the Universe Consists of: Material Points or Continuous Fields?"

**10/21/22**

Oleg Gang, Applied Physics/Chem Eng

"Programmalbe Nanoscale Assembly "

**10/28/22**

Nanfang Yu, Applied Physics

"Flat optics"

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Michael Weinstein, Applied Mathematics

"Edge states in continuum and discrete models of 2D materials"

**11/4/22**

Adam Sobel, Applied Mathematics

"The science of climate risk"

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Elizabeth Paul, Applied Physics

"Numerical optimization for advancing fusion energy "

**11/11/22**

Lu Zhang, Applied Mathematics

"An energy-based discontinuous Galerkin method for a nonlinear variational wave equation"

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Alexander Gaeta, Applied Physics

"Using photonics to generate ultralow-noise microwaves"

**11/18/22**

Michael Tippett, Applied Mathematics

"ENSO: Some history and questions"

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Robert Pincus, Applied Mathematics

“Radiant energy flows in the climate system”

**11/25/22**

No seminar

**12/2/22**

Chris Wiggins, Applied Mathematics

"The Differential Geometry of Smooth Bandits"

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Gregory Elsaesser, NASA/GISS

"Top-down and bottom-up uses of satellite data in climate model development"

## Spring 2022

Spring 2022 Coordinator: Prof. Amir Sagiv

**1/28/22**

Julian Chen, Applied Physics

"The fundamental understanding of quantum mechanics"

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Dr. Oak Nelson, Plasma Physics (Paz-Soldan group)

"Gradient-limiting mechanisms in the edge of fusion machines"

**2/4/22**

No seminar

**2/11/22**

Huaiyu Li, Applied Mathematics (Weinstein group)

"Existence and Numerical Approximation of Discrete Breathers on 1-D Nonlinear Lattices"

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Xiang Hua, Applied Physics (Herman group)

"Improving the Optical Quality of MoSe2 and WS2 Monolayers with Complete h-BN Encapsulation by High-Temperature Annealing"

**2/18/22**

Isabelle Bunge, Applied Mathematics (Sobel group)

"Convection and the Lindzen-Nigam Effect in the Tropical East Pacific"

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Matthew Patrick, Materials Science & Engineering (Barmak Group)

"Grain Growth in Metallic Thin Films: Current Experimental Work"

**2/25/22**

Xiaoyan Huang, Applied Physics (Yu group)

"Meta-Holograms for OpticalTrapping of Cold Atoms"

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Paulina Czarnecki, Applied Mathematics (Polvani and Pincus groups)

"Physically-Transparent Approaches to Integrating Radiative Fluxes"

**3/4/22**

Michael Carter, Materials Science & Engineering (Yu group)

"Flat-knit Fabric Metasurfaces"

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Boyuan Zhang, Applied Physics (Venkataraman group)

"Short Molecular Insulator Based on Quantum Interference"

**3/11/22**

Kathy Li, Applied Mathematics (Wiggins group)

"Predictive models for menstrual cycle data"

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Stephanie Malek, Materials Science & Engineering (Yu group)

"Resonant Wavefront-Shaping Meta-Optics"

**4/1/22 **(virtual)

Heqing Huang, Applied Physics (Yu group)

"Leakywave Metasurfaces for Integrated Photonics"

**4/8/22**

Edith Zhang, Applied Mathematics (Du/Blumberg groups)

“VI flow: an analytical view of variational inference”

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Patrick Orenstein, Applied Mathematics (Sobel, Camargo, Elsaesser groups)

"Evaluating Model Parameterizations of Moist Convection"

**4/15/22**

No seminar

**4/22/22**

Prof. Julian Chen, Applied Physics

"Physics of Human Voice Production, Experiments and Theory"

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Luke Holtzman, Materials Science & Engineering (Barmak group)

"Synthesis, Characterization and Defect Computations of Transition Metal Dichalcogenides"

## Fall 2021

Fall 2021 Coordinator: Prof. Lu Zhang

**9/17/21**

Latha Venkataraman, Applied Physics and Chemistry

Machine learning applied to single-molecule ciruits

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Kyle Mandli, Applied Mathematics-Atmospheric Science

Accelerating Prediction of Coastal Flooding in a Changing Climate

**9/24/21**

Carlos Paz-Soldan, Applied Physics-Plasma Physics

"Fusion Plasma: Science and Control"

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James Scott, Applied Mathematics

“Nonlocal Analysis in Continuum Mechanics and Beyond”

**10/1/21**

Adam Sobel, Applied Mathematics-Atmospheric Science

"Tropical intraseasonal oscillations"

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Katayun Barmak, Materials Science & Engineering

"Towards a Theory of Grain Growth in Polycrystalline Materials"

**10/8/21**

Nanfang Yu, Applied Physics-Solid State Physics

"Flat Optics"

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Yang Sun, Applied Physics

"Two-step nucleation of the Earth's inner core"

**10/15/21**

Yuan Yang, Materials Science & Engineering

"Materials Design and Characterization for Energy Storage"

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Simon Billinge, Materials Science & Engineering

"Mapping nanostructure at the micro and nanoscale with the help of x-rays and applied math"

**10/22/21**

Alex Gaeta, Applied Physics-Solid State Physics

"Optical Frequency Combs on a Chip"

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Oleg Gang, Chemical Engineering & Applied Physics

"Programming Assembly and Reconfiguration of Nanomaterial Systems"

**10/29/21**

Michael Tippet, Applied Mathematics-Atmospheric Science

"Predictability of a North American tornado environment index from tropical Pacific SST and the Arctic Oscillation"

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Marc Spiegelman, Applied Mathematics-Atmospheric Science

"Integrating Computational Thermodynamics and Geodynamics"

**11/5/21**

Daniel Bienstock, IEOR and Applied Mathematics

"The complexity of solving algebraic optimization problems"

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Michal Lipson, Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics

"Next Generation of Silicon Photonics"

**11/12/21**

Amir Sagiv, Applied Mathematics

"Uncertainties and Noise in Dynamical Systems"

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Kui Ren, Applied Mathematics

"Coupling Machine Learning with Model-Based Inversion"

**11/19/21**

9:15-9:45 AM

Siu-Wai Chan, Materials Science & Engineering

**11/26/21** - No seminar

**12/3/21**

Irving Herman, Applied Physics

"Herman’s Third Book and Isaac Asimov"

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William Bailey, Materials Science & Engineering

"Magnetization dynamics at fast timescales and small dimensions"

## Spring 2021

**Note:**** All Spring 2021 Seminars will take place via Zoom***The Zoom link will be shared with APAM Department community the week before the seminar. If you are not a member of the APAM Department, please send an email to [email protected] if you would like to attend the seminar.*

Spring 2021 Coordinator: Prof. Amir Sagiv

**1/22/2021**

Huaiyu Li, Applied Mathematics (Weinstein Group)

"Coherent Structures in 1-D Dimer Chains"

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Chris Dupuis, Applied Mathematics-Atmospheric Science (Abernathey Group)

"Optimal Iteration Patterns for Multidimensional Data and Functions"

**1/29/2021**

Aaron Michelson, Materials Science & Engineering (Gang Group)

"DNA Origami Templated Material Synthesis"

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Wenxuan Wang, Materials Science & Engineering (Chan Group)

"Size-dependent Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Nano Oxides"

**2/5/2021**

Jessie Oehrlein, Applied Mathematics-Atmospheric Science (Polvani Group)

"Teaching Disciplinary Practices in Atmospheric Science and Discrete Mathematics"

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Yevgeny Rakita, Materials Science & Engineering (Billinge Group)

"SNEM: Scaning Nano-structure Electron Microscopy

**2/12/2021**

Ziyu Liu, Applied Physics/Physics (Pinczuk Group)

"Observation of flat bands in gated semiconductor artificial graphene"

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Yang Sun, Applied Physics (Wentzcovitch Group)

"Ab initio calculation and crystal structure predictions of Fe-O phases under high pressures"

**2/19/2021**

Songsheng Tao, Applied Physics (Billinge Group)

"The Pair Distribution Function Analysis of the Ni, Fe, Co Nanoparticles from High-throughput Synthesis"

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Stephanie Malek, Materials Science & Engineering (Yu Group)

"Resonant Wavefront-Shaping Flat Optics."

**2/26/2021 **- No seminar

**3/5/2021 **- No seminar

**3/12/2021**

Bok Young Kim, Applied Physics (Gaeta Group)

"Kerr Frequency Combs in Normal Group-Velocity Dispersion"

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Cheng-Chia Tsai, Applied Physics (Yu Group)

"An Efficient Method for Obtaining the 3-dimensional Structure of Insect Wings Using Thermal Photography"

**3/19/2021**

Philip Dinenis, Applied Mathematics (Bienstock/Mandli Groups)

"Optimization of Protective Measures against Coastal Flooding

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Edith Zhang, Applied Mathematics (Du Group)

"Unveiling mode connectivity of an optimization landscape"

**3/26/2021 **- No seminar

**4/2/2021**

Judah Ryoo, Applied Mathematics (Mandli Group)

"2D h-box methods/SRD"

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Jared Ginsberg, Applied Physics (Gaeta Group)

Ultrafast Nonlinear Optics of 2D Materials

**4/9/2021**

Tianwei Jin, Materials Science & Engineering (Yang Group)

"Bio-inspired Interfacial Designs for Structural Batteries with Enhanced Mechanical Properties"

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Zeyu Hui, Materials Science & Engineering (West/Yang Groups)

"Understanding and Optimizing Transport of LIBs electrodes with Physics-based models"

## Fall 2020

Fall 2020 Coordinator: Prof. Lu Zhang

**9/18/2020**

Latha Venkataraman, Applied Physics

"Using Quantum Interference to Create Highly Non-Linear Devices"

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Kyle Mandli, Applied Mathematics

"Numerical Methods for Predicting Coastal Flooding With Uncertainty"

**9/25/2020**

I.C. Noyan, Materials Science and Engineering & Earth and Environmental Engineering

"Accuracy and Precision Limits for Diffraction Strain Measurements"

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Allen Boozer, Applied Physics

“My Research: Magnetic Fusion and Magnetic Reconnection”

**10/2/2020 **

Siu-Wai Chan, Materials Science and Engineering & Earth and Environmental Engineering

Study on Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Crystallites

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Michal Lipson, Electrical Engineering & Applied Physics

"Photonics - challenges and opportunities"

**10/9/2020**

Yuan Yang, Materials Science and Engineering

"Material Design for Energy Storage and Thermal Management"

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Marc Spiegelman, Applied Mathematics

"Integrating Computational Thermodynamics and Geodynamics"

**10/16/2020**

Oleg Gang, Chemical Engineering, Applied Physics, and Material Science

"Nanoscale Lego"

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John Wright, Electrical Engineering

"Nonconvex Optimization for Low-Dimensional Structure: Dictionaries, Deconvolution and Deep Networks"

**10/23/2020**

Nanfang Yu, Applied Physics

"Flat Optics"

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Alexander Gaeta, Applied Physics

"Optical Frequency Combs on a Chip"

**10/30/2020**

Kui Ren, Applied Mathematics

"Computational optimal transport for inversion and learning"

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Michael Tippett, Applied Mathematics

"Comparing El Niño-Southern Oscillation in forecasts and observations"

**11/6/2020**

Cancelled

**11/13/2020**

Amir Sagiv, Applied Mathematics

"Measurements with an Unknown Observation Function - a Kernel Approach"

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Qiang Du, Applied Mathematics

"Informative and Intelligent Scientific Computing"

**11/20/2020**

Michael Weinstein, Applied Mathematics

"Waves in 2D Materials; from PDEs to Topology"

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Daniel Bienstock, Applied Mathematics

"What is polynomial optimization?"

**12/4/2020**

Nongnuch Artrith, Chemical Engineering

"Modeling the Dynamics of Complex Energy Materials with Machine Learning"

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Aron Pinczuk, Applied Physics & Physics

"Electron Fluids in Semiconductor Quantum Structures"

**12/11/2020**

Michael Mauel, Applied Physics

"Instabilities of Magnetically Confined Plasma"

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Simon Billinge, Materials Science & Engineering

"Nanostructure, and it's mapping