About CCS

The Center for Computational Sciences at the University of Kentucky was started as a center of Excellence in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1987. In the two decades since then, there has been a revolution in the penetration of computation into every level of academic, industrial and governmental life. The Center has been at the forefront of this revolution, now labeled as Cyberinfrastructure.

Mission: Enable and enhance the success of University of Kentucky researchers, collaborators, and supporters whose work will benefit from research computing solutions.
Goals:
1. Increase publications and research funding linked to research computing at the University of Kentucky
2. Increase access to specialized computational resources (hardware, software applications, computational methodologies, collaborative relationships, and people/expertise)
3. Expand the computational user base through outreach and education

In its lifetime of 29 years, the Center for Computational Sciences has provided leadership at several different levels. It has:

  • provided fellowships for students to carry out computational research in a wide variety of disciplines
  • established several computational professorships
  • assisted the UK Computer Center in the acquisition of high performance computing facilities
  • established new centers such as the Center for Computation in the Humanities and the Center for Resilient Information Systems
  • formed partnerships with other universities such as the Partnership for Advanced Computing Infrastructure and the Computational Chemistry Grid
  • obtained extramural funding for research from several funding sources, including the National Science foundation, the department of Energy, the Department of Defense and the Department of the Treasury
  • assisted researchers in accessing computational resources
  • provided local support and cost sharing for individual grants
  • provided management for the Kentucky Experimental program to Stimulate Competitive Research, which is a statewide program to build infrastructure in many disciplines, including but not confined to Cyberlnfrastructure
  • served as a liaison between the Federal EPSCoR and the computational community, such as hosting the Assessment of Cyberinfrastrure workshop, held in Lexington, KY in 2007
  • sponsored many seminars, workshops and conferences to inform the local community of advances in computation; and
  • provide leadership in the formation of a detailed Cyberinfrastructure Plan for the ,Commonwealth of Kentucky

Some of these areas will be continued; some will be expanded; and new areas will be explored, in alignment with the goals of the University's Strategic Plan, whose goals are listed below.

Prepare Students for Leading Roles in an Innovation-driven Economy and Global Society

The Center will continue and expand its educational, training and outreach activities, through teaching courses in computational sciences; hosting seminars, training sessions and workshops.

It will also expand its role in the NSF-sponsored Campus Champions Program, which started at UK in 2008 and has now expanded to sixty schools. A special effort will be made to broaden the impact of computational facilities and techniques to areas not traditionally associated with them.

Promote Research and Creative Work to Increase the Intellectual, Social, and Economic Capital of Kentucky and the World beyond Its Borders

The Center will support computational research at the University of Kentucky through student fellowships, computational professorships and technical support.

It will Increase extramural support for computational research through coordination and partnerships with other universities and the State and federal Governments. A special effort will be made in the area of materials research, in collaboration with the Center on Advanced Materials and the Center for Advanced Energy Research.

It will expand efforts to introduce computational techniques into those areas which do not traditionally use computers. A particular effort will be made in social sciences and humanities.

Develop the Human and Physical Resources of the University to Achieve the Institution's Top 20 Goals

The Center will encourage the its staff to increase their expertise in computational research through attendance at national meetings and training sessions.

It will coordinate the acquisition of state of the art computational equipment, such as supercomputers or cloud computing.

It will continue to develop and adapt software which is the interface between science and state of the art equipment.

The Center will continue to coordinate and manage the NSF/EPSCoR which is designed to improve the quality of infrastructure at UK and throughout the Commonwealth. In the next five years, these activities will focus on research in advanced materials environmental monitoring, and ecological genomics. Beginning in 2012, this program will formulate a new plan in areas yet to be determined. The new plan will be the result of an open solicitation and peer review procedure.

Promote Diversity and Inclusion

The Center will continue and expand its fellowships for underrepresented groups, such as women, minorities and the economically disadvantaged.

It will develop or expand programs like the existing KSU Computer Science training Program.

It will coordinate with other programs like the LS-AMP (Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation) program.

Improve the Quality of Life of Kentuckians through Engagement, Outreach, and Service

The Center will be a part of building cyberinfrastructure throughout Kentucky. The Center will serve as the focal point for creating and disseminating the Cyberinfrastructure Plan for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

It will work together with the KSTC and the State Government to develop plans for improving the quality of life through applications of cyberinfrastructure to energy efficiency, environmental monitoring, eHealth services, education and economic development.