Notre Dame hosts international virtual workshop on thermal transport, material informatics, and quantum computing

The University of Notre Dame is hosting a four-day virtual workshop on thermal transport, materials informatics, and quantum computing, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). 

This workshop was created to enhance conversations among the thermal transport communities and the greater materials informatics communities to promote international collaboration initiatives. Quantum computing was added as a key element for the future of materials informatics and was encouraged by NSF and JST leadership to be a part of the meeting outcomes. Both sponsors have agreed to accelerate research collaboration, especially in the fields of AI, Robotics, Quantum, Resilience, and Millennium-generation interaction.

Researchers from across the globe will participate in four different sessions, each of which will highlight a specific research theme, with the first day starting Monday, March 22, 2021, in the US/Tuesday, March 23 in Japan and lasting until Thursday, March 25 in the US/Friday, March 26 in Japan. Presenting researchers will be from national labs, industry, and academia.

“We are excited to host this virtual, joint NSF and JST workshop at Notre Dame and have presenters from the US and Japan,” said Tengfei Luo, professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering and a workshop organizer collaborating with another three organizers from the University of Tokyo and the University of California, Berkeley. “Being able to bring experts from different sectors together to discuss the state of thermal transport, materials informatics, and quantum computing will help us establish the direction and future of research in these fields.” 

The workshop aims to accelerate international research collaborations, especially in the areas of AI, robotics, quantum, resilience, and millennium-generation interaction, as well as explore how to apply knowledge and tools for designing new materials for relevant applications, like thermoelectrics and thermal management.

The first three days will feature opening remarks, a general presentation, technical talks falling under four different themes – data infrastructure, simulation-aided materials informatics and thermal transport, Al-driven experiments, and quantum computing – and social hours at the end of each day for networking. The fourth workshop day will feature a poster session and an opportunity for attendees to discuss potential future collaborations.

Other organizers of this workshop include Chris Dames, professor of mechanical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, Junichiro Shiomi, professor and chair of mechanical engineering at the University of Tokyo, and Koji Tsuda, professor of computational biology and medical sciences at the University of Tokyo. 

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Originally published by Brandi Wampler at on March 19, 2021.