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Berkeley CSE

Multidisciplinary Research and Education
in Computational Science and Engineering

Our Vision

To support the work of the most creative minds in science, mathematics, and engineering as they pursue complex and computationally intensive basic and applied research that will enhance national scientific, technological, and economic leadership and competitiveness while improving the quality of life for humanity.

Our Mission

  • To conduct world-leading research in applied mathematics, computer science, and computational science in high-impact areas of science and engineering such as energy, environment, climate, nanoscience, intelligent systems, cyberinfrastructure, and astrophysics, to name a few.
  • To develop, deploy, and facilitate access to the largest-scale computer systems focusing on scientific and technological discoveries and world-changing breakthrough solutions.
  • To educate and train the next generation of Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) leaders and give students a competitive edge for the most desirable jobs in academia and industry. Critical to our mission is the education of graduate students capable of confronting challenging problems at the leading edge of CSE.

What Is Computational Science and Engineering (CSE)?

CSE is a rapidly growing multidisciplinary field that encompasses real-world complex applications (scientific, engineering, social, economic, policy), computational mathematics, and computer science and engineering. High performance computing (HPC), large-scale simulations, and scientific applications all play a central role in CSE.

Simulation of complex problems is sometimes the only feasible way to make progress if the theory is intractable and experiments are too difficult, too expensive, too dangerous, or too slow. Through modeling and simulation of multiscale systems of systems, and through scientific discovery from large-scale heterogeneous data, CSE aims to advance solutions for a wide range of problems in the areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology, energy, climate change, engineering design, neuroscience, cognitive computing and intelligent systems, plasma physics, transportation, bioinformatics and computational biology, earthquake engineering, geophysical modeling, astrophysics, materials science, national defense, information technology for health care, engineering better search engines, socio-economic-policy modeling, and other fields that are critical to scientific, economic, and social progress. CSE also aims to enhance human knowledge and innovation by bringing people and resources together across geographical and cultural boundaries.