NASA-NJIT Workshop in Computational Heliophysics

January 12-14, 2016

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

Bld 258, room 221, 9:00am-5:00pm


The primary objective is to initiate collaboration between the NASA/Ames Research Center and the NJIT Center for Computational Heliophysics, and develop plans for joint research topics and proposals for NASA research programs, such as “Living With a Star (LWS)” and “Open Data-Development Element (ODDE) in Support of the Current Heliophysics System Observatory Operating Missions”, and others. These programs open new opportunities for interdisciplinary studies in computer science and heliophysics, and such federally funded synergetic programs will expand in the near future. These studies are driven by the tremendous amount of new observational data from space and ground-based observatories that needs to be analyzed for the deeper understanding of physical processes on the Sun and their effects on our space environment. In addition, rapidly developing supercomputing capabilities provide opportunities for numerical simulations of complicated physical phenomena with high degree of realism. The workshop will focus on current problems of computational heliophysics, including the interdisciplinary areas of heliophysics, computer simulations and modeling, mathematical methods, and big-data databases.


NJIT participants:

A.G. Kosovichev (Professor, Physics)

V. Oria (Associate Professor, Computer Sciences)

Y. Young (Associate Professor, Math Sciences)

G. Nita (Research Professor, Physics)

A. Stejko (PhD Student, Physics)

V. Sadykov (PhD Student, Physics)

N. Gaur (MS Student, CS)

R. Gupta (MS Student, CS)

L. Ma (research associate, Penn State)

NASA/Ames participants:

R. Biswas (NASA Ames Deputy Director)

P. Mehrotra (NAS Division Chief)

N.N. Mansour (Branch Chief, Fundamental Modeling and Simulation)

A.A.Wray (Computational Physicist)

D. H. Hathaway (Astrophysicist)

S. Yoon (Numerical Simulations Specialist)

C. Henze (Scientific Visualization Group Lead)

T. Sandstrom (Visualization Specialist)

R. Nemani (NEX Principal Scientist)

P. Votava (NEX)

J. Becker (NEX)

I.N. Kitiashvili (Senior Research Fellow)

T. Hartlep (Research Scientist)

A. Munafo (Postdoctoral Fellow)


LMSAL and Stanford participants:

W. Liu (LMSAL)

N. Hurlburt (LMSAL)

M. Jin (LMSAL)

J. Zhao (Stanford)

R. Chen (Stanford)


J. Thompson (Galvanize University)

R. Larsen (Google)


NASA/HQ participant:

M. Guhathakurta (NASA Program Scientist)


The preliminary Workshop agenda:

January 12

9:00-9:30 P. Mehrotra – The NASA Supercomputing Division

9:30-10:00 N. Mansour – Computational Heliophysics projects at NASA/Ames

10:00-10:30 A. Kosovichev – Overview of the NJIT research in computational heliophysics

11:00-11:30 J. Thompson – Data science program at Galvanize University

11:30-12:00 D. Hathaway – Magnetic flux transport and data assimilation

1:30-3:30 Tour of the NASA Supercomputing facilities, Visualization Hyperwall

3:30-4:00 W. Liu – Modeling and analysis of solar flares

4:00-4:30 M. Jin – Data-driven modeling

4:30-5:00 Discussion


January 13

9:00 – 9:30 N.N. Mansour – New approaches to large-scale solar modeling

9:30-10:00 L. Ma – Numerical methods for 3D dynamo simulations

10:00-10:30 A. Stejko – Global numerical simulations of the solar dynamics and dynamo

11:00 -11:30 A. Wray – Numerical methods for radiative MHD simulations

11:30-12:00 I. Kitiashvili – Current status of realistic modeling of the solar convection zone and atmosphere

1:30-2:00 J. Zhao – SDO/HMI local helioseismology pipeline

2:00-2:30 T.Hartlep – Flux transport modeling

2:30-3:00 V. Sadykov – Radiation transfer modeling and analysis of IRIS data

3:00-3:30 A. Mufano – NLTE modeling

3:30-5:00 Round-table discussions of the NJIT-NASA/Ames collaboration


January 14

9:00 – 9:30 M. Guhathakurta – Status and Goals of the NASA Heliophysics Research

9:30- 10:00 P. Votava – The NASA Earth Exchange platform for scientific collaboration, knowledge sharing and research

10:00-10:30 V. Oria – Approaches to intelligent databases

10:30-11:00 N. Hurlburt  – Heliophysics Event Knowledgebase

11:00-11:30 G. Nita – Interactive data-driven modeling of solar emission

11:30- 12:00 N. Gaur – Implementation of the Solar-flare database and online tools

13:30-3:30 – Break-out sessions

3:30-5:00 – Discussion of joint research proposals and specific collaborations