Upcoming event: Fortran Specialist Group AGM – 2022 and joint IoP/BCS Conference

Date of event 29 September 2022. Location UCL, London/Online.

The Fortran SG AGM will be on the 29th September, followed by an afternoon of presentations held jointly with the IOP Computational Physics Group.  While both are hybrid events, you are still required to book even if not physically attending as the Zoom link will be distributed by the booking mechanism.

We are always seeking new and enthusiastic members for the committee and if this interests you please let the group secretary know on or before the 22nd September.  The secretary is Sam Ellis <sam.ellis@bcs.org.uk>.  

There are three talks in the afternoon, each allocated 50min with gaps for refreshments/breaks. Lunch will not be provided but we hope to have soft drinks & nibbles for the afternoon talks.

Schedule for the day (Times are London local, BST)

* AGM (10:30 – 12:00)
* Lunch break / Networking (12:00 – 14:00) – NB Lunch will *not* be provided but there are many restaurants/pubs in the vicinity
* Afternoon Talks (14:00 – 17:00) – Jointly held with the IoP Computational Physics group.

Talks running order (titles may be refined nearer the date):

* The new features of Fortran 2023 – John Reid (RAL)
* Nvidia Fortran Compiler – Getting Fortran onto GPUs – Jeff Larkin & Jeff Hammond (Nvidia)
* Fortran Lang Projects – FPM & others – Laurence Kedward (Bristol University)

Further details here:  https://fortran.bcs.org/futurevents.php
          Booking link:  https://29september2022fortran.eventbrite.co.uk/

Hybrid meeting Machine Learning for Healthcare, 21 November 2022, London, England: Call for Abstracts

Join us for the Machine Learning for Healthcare hybrid meeting by the Institute of Physics Medical Physics and Computational Physics Groups at the IOP Headquarters in London, King’s Cross, on Monday 21st of November 2022.

Machine learning is a game changing technology with the potential to revolutionise a wide range of healthcare applications. Early diagnosis and treatment are vital in improving overall patient outcomes. By automating and expediting imaging and treatment planning, machine learning in healthcare is a promising solution that can assist in meeting the demands of today’s growing workload. Developing, validating, and integrating new machine learning tools within the healthcare current infrastructure is not without challenges however. Storage, sharing, and privacy of patient health information are just some of the key issues.

Researchers from both academia and industry and healthcare practitioners are invited to participate in this one-day meeting. With an exciting line-up of invited speakers, the aim is to review the latest developments, benefits, and challenges of integrating machine learning into healthcare practice.

How to submit an abstract (deadline 16th September 2022) and/or register can be found at the conference webpage https://iop.eventsair.com/mlh2022

Summer school Quantum in the Summer, 1-5 August 2022, Bristol, UK

Quantum in the Summer is a free, week-long summer school for sixth form students introducing them to important concepts in quantum physics, as a taster for what it’s like to study physics at university. It includes theory talks, hands on experiments, lab tours, and evening social activities. This year it will run from 1-5 August. You can find more information on the website: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/qet-labs/outreach/quantum-summer/, or by email at quantum-summer@bristol.ac.uk.

Conference on Motility in Microbes, Molecules and Matter, 6-7 December 2021, London, England

Image credit: Esinam Dake, Loughborough University
Living systems are continually in active motion. From global scale migration down to enzymatic conformational transitions and kinetic action, living systems self-organize by moving. Moreover, motility as a response to stimuli is a key strategy by which living organisms capitalize on opportunities and combat threats. Motion is then a characteristic hallmark of biological complexity; however, it is also fundamentally physical. This has made studying motility one of the most fruitful points of collaboration between biologists and physicists, and remains an exciting frontier for both groups.This workshop aims to stimulate new collaborative partnerships between experimental biologists and computational physicists. The programme is organized jointly by the IOP Biological and Computational Physics Groups and seeks to address: Biological questions that have yet to receive sufficient attention from computational modellers; Emerging numerical approaches with potential for simulating biological motions.

More details can be found at the conference webpage:

Sarah Jenkins Awarded IoP CPG Thesis Prize

This year’s 2021 IoP CPG Thesis Prize has been awarded to Sarah Jenkins, University of York. Sarah’s thesis, titled Spin Dynamics Simulations of Iridium Manganese Alloys, develops an atomistic model of IrMn. This poorly understood material is antiferromagnetic and has been used in hard disk drives for some time; however, its physics at the atomic scale has not previously been well understood due to the complexity of the material’s structure. Sarah implemented a multiscale micromagnetic model within the open-source VAMPIRE simulation package. Sarah’s thesis presents her findings on IrMn alloys in three parts: (i) its ground state magnetic structure and thermal stability, (ii) its magnitude and magnetic anisotropy (iii) the interaction (exchange bias) at the interface with a ferromagnetic layer. Her results resolve the microscopic origins of exchange bias with potential impacts in future data storage, neuromorphic computing and antiferromagnetic spintronics.

We look forward to hearing about Sarah’s work in the CPG Talks Series and reading more about Sarah’s project in the next IoP Computational Physics Group Newsletter. In the meantime, Sarah’s thesis is available online.

Spring newsletter released

The spring 2021 edition of the newsletter is now available to read, with contributions from the 2020 IoP CPG PhD thesis prize winner Dr Javier Diaz, as well as conference and workshop reports and future events.


Upcoming event: Lessons learned in lockdown – Teaching computational physics in 2020 and beyond

Organised by the IOP Computational Physics Group and the IOP Higher Education Group 

Date of event 14 April 2021. Location online.

The impact of COVID-19 on the higher education sector was immediately disruptive. However, university instructors of computational physics met these unexpected challenges head on, delivering complex content to students in innovative ways. Now, we have the opportunity to reflect on what has worked and what has not in order to strengthen our community’s ability to deliver world-class education to the next generation of computational physicists. Lessons Learned in Lockdown will bring together lecturers, instructors and higher education professionals who have been involved in teaching numerical or computational physics in the face of COVID-19 disruptions. Jointly hosted by the IOP Higher Education and Computational Physics groups, the event will serve as a forum to exchange experiences and discuss lessons learned, as well as identify opportunities to advance the ways we teach numerical techniques to physics students. This online event is scheduled for 14 April 2021. 

Call for abstracts:

Abstracts are requested for short talks, interactive workshops and posters presenting student work e.g. project work. Abstracts of a maximum of 250 words should be submitted online by 1 March 2021

Key Dates:

Abstract submission deadline:   1 March 2021
Registration deadline:                13 April 2021

For more information on the conference, please visit https://www.iopconferences.org/iop/1643/home 

Javier Díaz Brañas Awarded IoP CPG Thesis Prize

This year’s 2020 IoP CPG Thesis Prize has been awarded to Javier Díaz Brañas, University of Lincoln. Javier’s thesis, titled Computer Simulations of Block Copolymer Nanocomposite Systems, implemented efficient, parallel code to simulate the interaction of nanoparticles in diblock copolymer systems by developing a hybrid-technique based on Cell Dynamic Simulations for the polymers and Brownian Dynamics for the particles. Block copolymer melts can themselves self-assemble into mesoscale soft matter structures, thanks to the connectivity between different segments along these macromolecules. The addition of nanoparticles can induce morphological transitions, resulting in complex co-assembly processes in which a rich variety of structures are formed.

A large-scale simulation result of block copolymers mixed with nanoparticles (a) and an associated detailed view around a single nanoparticle (b)

We look forward to reading more about Javier’s work in the next IoP Computational Physics Group Newsletter. In the meantime, Javier’s thesis is available online.


Machine Learning in Physics meeting by the CPG

The IoP had an inaugural Physics in the Spotlight event from 21st-25th October 2019, celebrating the move to their new head quarters in King’s Cross with events organised by many groups together. On the 24th of October the Computational Physics group (CPG) hosted a one-day meeting on machine learning applications in physics. This was in collaboration with the Particle Accelerator and Beam group, the Plasma Physics group and Polymer Physics group.

Attendees of the Machine Learning conference

The plenary sessions were a sell-out, hitting the 140 capacity of the lecture theatre in the new venue, showing the appetite and interest in the field. With keynote speakers from the Alan Turing Institute, STFC’s Scientific Machine Learning group, and an ex-accelerator scientist turned FinTech Machine Learning consultant who refreshed us on the journey machine learning had taken since his work with it on ion beam spectroscopy a decade ago, there was a strong and varied programme on forefront techniques. After a short break this was followed up by talks from Jacqui Cole (Cambridge) and Aldo Glielmo, the winner of the CPG thesis prize.

Opening keynote

The afternoon was split into two parallel sessions. This allowed us to explore developments more specific to each group interests. The CPG organized one with the plasma physics group and accelerator physics group getting together to understand commonalities in large facility design and data exploration. Presentations by Matt King and Hannah Kockelbergh and a panel discussion featuring Stephen Dann set the scene for a discussion session, which overall highlighted the need for cross community training to help those looking to exploit ML and data-centric methods for physics.

The second parallel session was organized with the Polymer Physics group and focused on machine including deep learning in soft and biological matter. Presentations related to Gaussian processes were given by Richard Graham (Nottingham) and Richard Clayton (Sheffield). Applications to 2D or 3D image data were by Alan Lowe (UCL), Rollo Moore and Ladislav Urban (NIHR); Dimitris Pinotsis (City/MIT) presentation was on network architectures.

Launch of the ‘Machine Learning: Science and Technology’ journal

The day also featured the launch of the IoP Journal ‘Machine Learning: Science and Technology’. Alongside the introduction to the scope of the journal, there was a cake cutting at the end of the day. Discussions continued over refreshments into the evening.

The organizing committee consisted of Jonathan Smith (CPG/PABG), Gavin Tabor (CPG), Bart Vorselaars (CPG), as well as Joao Cabral and Nigel Clarke (both Polymer PG) and Greg Daly (Plasma PG). Furthermore, David Dunning (PABG) was also helpful in finding some of the speakers.