Curriculum
 The Scientific Computation Concentration is intended for research postgraduate students who are interested in pursuing research in computation related research.
 The general program requirements of the Scientific Computation Concentration are as follows, while the specific course requirements of individual programs involved are provided in the Appendix:
 Conduct research in the area of scientific computation.
 Give a onehour seminar on computation related research within the student’s first four regular terms of study.
 PhD students are required to complete a minimum of 10 credits from the courses listed below. Of the 10 credits, 6 credits must be from the core course list including the required 1credit course MATH6915 Scientific Computation Seminar, which can be repeated for up to 2 credits. The credits earned under the concentration will be counted toward the total credit requirements of the programs.
 MPhil students are required to complete a minimum of 7 credits from the courses listed below. Of the 7 credits, 3 credits must be from the core course list including the required 1credit course MATH6915 Scientific Computation Seminar, which can be repeated for up to 2 credits. The credits earned under the concentration will be counted toward the total credit requirements of the programs.

Core Course List
Course code 
Title 
No of credits 
Offering term 
Remark 
COMP5112 
Parallel Programming 
3 
Spring 

CIVL5390/
MECH5930 
Finite Element Methods 
3 
Fall 

CSIC5001 
Introduction to Advanced Computing Systems 
3 
Fall 

CSIC5011 
Topological and Geometric Data Reduction and Visualization 
3 
Spring 

CSIC5031 
Modeling, Optimization, and Statistics 
3 
Spring 

MATH5311 
Advanced Numerical Methods I 
3 
Fall 

MATH6915 
Scientific Computation Seminar 
1 
Spring (not offer every year) 
This is a required course and can
be taken twice 
Elective Course List
Course code 
Title 
No of credits 
Offering term 
CHEM5210 
Computational Chemistry 
3 
Spring (not offer every year) 
CHEM5220 
Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Applications in Complex Systems 
3 
Fall (not offer every year) 
COMP5212 
Machine Learning 
3 
Fall 
COMP5213 
Introduction to Bayesian Networks 
3 
Spring 
COMP5331 
Knowledge Discovery in Databases 
3 
Fall 
COMP5421 
Computer Vision 
3 
Spring 
CSIC5190 
Special Topics in Scientific Computation 
2 
Spring 
ELEC5810 
Introduction to Bioinformatics Algorithms 
3 
Spring 
ELEC5140 
Advanced Computer Architecture 
14 
Spring 
MATH5350 
Computational Fluid Dynamics for Inviscid Flows 
3 
Fall 
MATH5360 
Weather, Climate and Pollution 
3 
Spring (not offer every year) 
MATH5411 
Advanced Probability Theory I 
3 
Fall 
MATH5431 
Advanced Mathematical Statistics I 
3 
Fall 
MECH5230 
Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer 
3 
Spring 
MECH5280 
Transport Phenomena and Its Application in Energy Systems 
3 
Fall 
PHYS 5410 
Numerical Modeling in Physics 
3 
Spring 

Appendix: Core Course descriptions
CSIC 5001 Introduction to Advanced Computing Systems
Advanced computing systems are essential platforms for modern scientific studies and engineering projects. Their usability and performance are determined by applications, software, and hardware. This course will cover modern computer architecture, software environment, mathematical methods, and typical application cases. The topics include CPU, GPU, FPGA, data structures and algorithms; parallel program design and implementation; algorithm complexity and performance analysis, basic numerical techniques, computational linear algebra, linear programming, and applications in physics, chemistry, biology, and applied science.
CSIC 5002 Parallel Programming
Introduction to parallel computer architectures; principles of parallel algorithm design; sharedmemory programming models; message passing programming models used for cluster computing; dataparallel programming models for GPUs; case studies of parallel algorithms, systems, and applications; handson experience with writing parallel programs for tasks of interest.
CSIC 5011 Topological and Geometric Data Reduction and Visualization
This course is a mathematical introduction to data analysis and visualization with a perspective of topology and geometry. Dimensionality reduction lies in the core of data analysis and visualization. The course starts from classical linear dimensionality reduction, the principal component analysis (PCA) and its dual multidimensional scaling (MDS). Then it paves a way toward nonlinear dimensionality reduction (manifold learning) including ISOMAP, LLE, and diffusion geometry on data graphs. By blowing up data graphs into high dimensional simplicial complexes, topological data reduction can be developed including clustering and hole capture by computational homology etc. Spectral methods, such as Hodge Theory, acts as a bridge connecting geometry and topology, with new modern applications in preference aggregation or statistical ranking etc. To cope with uncertainty in high dimensional data analysis, Stein's Phenomena and random matrix theory in PCA disclose some fundamental tradeoffs between sparse signal and noise. Extensive application examples in biology, finance, and information technology are presented along with course projects.
CSIC 5021 Advanced Numerical Methods I
Numerical solution of differential equations, finite difference method, finite element methods, spectral methods and boundary integral methods. Basic theory of convergence, stability and error estimates.
CSIC 5031* Modeling, Optimization, and Statistics
An introduction to several fundamental and practicallyrelevant areas of numerical computing with an emphasis on the role of modern optimization. Topics include computational linear algebra, basics of linear and semidefinite programming, optimization for statistical regression and classification, and techniques for dealing with uncertainty and intractability in optimization problems. Applications drawn from image processing, statistics, control theory, and engineering.
CSIC 5041 Finite Element Methods
Variation principles and methods; finite element formulation; finite element analysis of 1D, 2D and 3D linear elasticity, heat transfer, eigenvalue and nonlinear problems.
CSIC 5151 Introduction to Genomics and Bioinformatics
DNA is carrying genetic information with four letters: A, C, G and T. Just like letters in a book, letters of DNA is telling stories about growth, development, functioning and reproduction of each cell. Genomics is a discipline to study sequence of these letters in all DNA of your cells. In cancer cells, meanings of some sentences are changed because of alterations in these letters. In this course, we will introduce next generation sequencing and mathematical models of detecting such alterations.
CSIC 5090 Multiscale Modeling and Simulations
This course covers fundamentals of multiscale modeling and computations with emphasis on the coupling of physical descriptions across different scales and on multiscale computational methods. Multiscale concepts are introduced using examples from engineering and scientific problems. Development of fundamental concepts of multiscaling. Description of multiresolution algorithms and multiphysics techniques including stochastic simulations algorithms and their coupling to deterministic schemes.