UCL Quantum Science and Technology Institute

Prof Peter Coveney

Prof Peter Coveney

Professor of Physical Chemistry

Dept of Chemistry

Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Oct 2002

Research summary

In my position as Director of the Centre for Computational Science (CCS) and the Computational Life and Medical Sciences Network (CLMS) I lead a strong and sustained effort to enable cutting edge compute- and data-intensive scientific research on HPC and e-Science infrastructures worldwide. Within the CCS we tackle a wide range of scientific problems , from the life sciences to engineering, through simulation, thereby intensively using infrastructures such as the NGS, EGI, TeraGrid, DEISA and PRACE.  Our investigations span time and length-scales from the macro-, through the meso- and to the nano- and microscales. We also embrace grid computing as a means to push our research beyond the boundaries of what can be achieved using a single computational resource, often performing single simulations that span multiple grid machines, and invoke tools such as computational steering and high performance visualisation.

We perform this research not in isolation, but as part of numerous large UK, EU and international collaborative projects (such as Genius, VPH-NoE, Virolab and MAPPER, but also the two recently awarded EU projects VECMA and CompBioMed2). In addition I am a founding editor of the new Journal of Computational Science, have published more than 400 scientific papers, edited 20 books and coauthored two best-selling popular science books (The Arrow of Time and Frontiers of Complexity, both with Roger Highfield).


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University of Oxford
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1985
University of Oxford
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 1982
University of Oxford
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) | 1981


Prof Peter V. Coveney holds a chair in Physical Chemistry, is an Honorary Professor in Computer Science at University College London (UCL), a Professor in Applied High Performance Computing at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), and Professor Adjunct at Yale University School of Medicine (USA). He is Director of the Centre for Computational Science (CCS) 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), its extension as a Platform Grant (2005-09), and the EU FP7 Virtual Physiological Human (VPH) Network of Excellence (2008-13); he is also PI on several current grants from the European Commission and other agencies, including the EU H2020 project Verified Exascale Computing for Multiscale Applications, VECMA (2018-2021), and the EU H2020 Centre of Excellence in Computational Biomedicine, CompBioMed and CompBioMed2 (2016-2023). 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 chaired the UK Collaborative Computational Projects Steering Panel (2005-15) 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 400 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-Infrastructure 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 Academia Europaea, as well as the London Centre for the Theory and Simulation of Materials, The Thomas Young Centre.