Which schools are strongest in computational astrophysics?

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InquilineKea
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Which schools are strongest in computational astrophysics?

Postby InquilineKea » Sun May 23, 2010 2:00 pm

as above ^^

I dont have a CS major, but I have plenty of CS and applied math courses, and I'm also a big fan of data mining/pattern recognition.

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Re: Which schools are strongest in computational astrophysics?

Postby spence21989 » Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:44 pm

bump; I'm in a similar position and am curious in others opinions.

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Re: Which schools are strongest in computational astrophysics?

Postby razor » Sat Jan 29, 2011 5:25 am

cornell astronomy?

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Re: Which schools are strongest in computational astrophysics?

Postby rhythm_keeper » Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:10 am

Chicago, Princeton, Harvard, UCSC as well. Maryland is also well known. UC Irvine has some well known computational people.

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Re: Which schools are strongest in computational astrophysics?

Postby bfollinprm » Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:57 am

Irvine is a great quality/reputation bargain in computational astrophysics. Also, outside of the US, a lot of computational cosmologists moved to Paris, and there's a big group in Vancouver.

Is there a particular type of astrophysics you're interested in? The answer will be different for CMB/dark matter/large scale structure/catalogues/etc.

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Re: Which schools are strongest in computational astrophysics?

Postby InquilineKea » Sat Jan 29, 2011 1:59 pm

I'm particularly interested in the intersection of computational astrophysics + planetary sciences. Actually, my own institution (Washington) is strong in that since it has Tom Quinn and Rory Barnes, although I'm doing research with another professor right now.

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Re: Which schools are strongest in computational astrophysics?

Postby rhythm_keeper » Sat Jan 29, 2011 5:56 pm

Berkeley has quite a bit of computational research, and actually a good number of them interested in either planetary formation, star formation, or the ISM.

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Re: Which schools are strongest in computational astrophysics?

Postby bfollinprm » Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:05 pm

NYU is big into Sloan, since the east coast is pretty much bugger for any other astronomy. Ditto for UMCP. UIUC's department is computationally leaning as well.

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Re: Which schools are strongest in computational astrophysics?

Postby InquilineKea » Sun Jan 30, 2011 7:40 am

Ah, thanks for the examples. What about astroinformatics?

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Re: Which schools are strongest in computational astrophysics?

Postby bfollinprm » Mon Jan 31, 2011 9:15 am

Look for some people who've already applied in the field for a good starting list, i.e. here:
viewtopic.php?f=3&t=3421&p=30073#p30073

then look at the faculty there, find what collaborations they belong to, and where other collaborators are, and make your own shortlist of 20-25 schools. Then research further, and cut down.

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Re: Which schools are strongest in computational astrophysics?

Postby grae313 » Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:06 am

To add to this excellent advice, look for papers on google scholar on stuff you're interested in and track down where the professors are from. Then browse their research web pages and the facilities at that school. The more you show that you've done some of your own homework and can ask more educated and directed questions, the more people are going to want to help you.

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Re: Which schools are strongest in computational astrophysics?

Postby InquilineKea » Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:46 am

Okay good points.

I'll try to do more of my own research next time. I actually mostly just wanted a thread for computational astrophysics students to gather around (especially those lurkers who might not have posted already), but I probably should have made that more explicit in the thread title.

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Re: Which schools are strongest in computational astrophysics?

Postby creepypasta13 » Sun Feb 27, 2011 3:32 pm

rhythm_keeper wrote:Maryland is also well known.


It is? Thats not what I thought based on what I saw on their website

I know Arizona is one of the best for instrumentation, but what about for computational astro?

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Re: Which schools are strongest in computational astrophysics?

Postby bfollinprm » Sun Feb 27, 2011 3:39 pm

I second Maryland. Chicago is also good, because they have a large supercomputing presence (they host a major NSF computational resource).

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Re: Which schools are strongest in computational astrophysics?

Postby InquilineKea » Mon Feb 28, 2011 8:37 pm

Oh funny, we're having the same discussion at http://physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=470438




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