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Professor Peter V. Coveney

Summary
  Prof Peter V. Coveney holds a chair in Physical Chemistry, is an Honorary Professor in Computer Science at University College London (UCL) and is Professor Adjunct at Yale University School of Medicine (USA). He is Director of the Centre for Computational Science (CCS) and of the Computational Life and Medical Sciences Network (CLMS) at UCL. Coveney is active in a broad area of interdisciplinary research including condensed matter physics and chemistry, materials science, as well as life and medical sciences in all of which high performance computing plays a major role. He has led many large scale projects, including the EPSRC RealityGrid e-Science Pilot Project (2001-05) and its extension as a Platform Grant (2005-09); he is also PI on several current grants from EPSRC and other agencies, including the the role of Coordinator of the EU FP7 Virtual Physiological Human (VPH) Network of Excellence (2008-13). He has been the recipient of many US NSF and DoE as well as European supercomputing awards (from DEISA and PRACE), which provide access to several petascale computers. Coveney chairs the UK Collaborative Computational Projects Steering Panel and has served on programme committees of many conferences, including the 2002 Nobel Symposium on Self-Organisation; he was Chair of the UK e-Science All Hands Meeting 2008, and of the Discrete Simulation of Fluid Dynamics conference 2003. He has published more than 350 scientific papers and co-authored two best-selling books (The Arrow of Time and Frontiers of Complexity, both with Roger Highfield) and is lead author of the first textbook on Computational Biomedicine (Oxford University Press, 2014). Coveney is a founding member of the UK Government’s E-Initiative Leadership Council and a Medical Academy Nominated Expert to the UK Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology on Data, Algorithms and Modelling which has led to the creation of the London based Turing Institute. He is also a member of the London Centre for the Theory and Simulation of Materials, The Thomas Young Centre.
Summary of research group
  Our group is concerned with a broad area of interdisciplinary research including condensed matter physics and chemistry, materials science, as well as life and medical sciences in all of which high performance computing plays a major role.
Research highlights
   
Research Facilities
  Various supercomputing facilities
Awards
 
  • 2008 Transformational Science Award, TeraGrid 08
  • 2008 5K Club Awards, Teragrid 08 (for the highly scalable LB3D and HYPO4D codes)
  • 2006 Life Sciences Award, International Supercomputing Conference (Dresden)
  • 2005 Inaugural HPC Analytics Challenge Award, Supercomputing 2005 (Seattle, USA) for the SPICE project
  • 2004 Integrated Data and Information Management Award, International Supercomputing Conference (Heidelberg, Germany) for the TeraGyroid Project
  • 2003 HPC Challenge Award at Supercomputing 2003 (Phoenix, USA) for “Most Innovative Data-Intensive Application” for the TeraGyroid Project
  • 1996 Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence Award, American Association for Artificial Intelligence
Memberships
 
  • Specialist editor of Computer Physics Communications
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A (Member, Editorial Board)
  • Journal of Computational Science (first issue in 2010; Founding Associate Editor, with P Sloot and J Dongarra)
  • Member, American Chemical Society
Research interests
 
  • Condensed matter physics and chemistry
  • Materials science
  • Life and medical sciences
  • High performance computing 
Teaching
  Teacher, 3rd Year UG - Fluids and Fluid Mixtures, Concepts in Computational Chemistry, Numerical and Analytical Methods (Undergraduate)