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The 2021 Chhabra-Landau Lecture

Via Zoom

The 2021 Chhabra-Landau Lecture will take place on April 1 at 3:55-4:55 PM. Our speaker this year will be Professor Roberto Car, and his talk is titled Machine Learning Based Ab-Initio Molecular Dynamics.

Prof. Roberto Car is the Ralph W. Dornte Professor in Chemistry at Princeton University, and Professor of Chemistry in the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials. In 2016, he was elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences for his distinguished achievements in scientific research. Among his many awards he has received the A. Rahman Prize of the American Physical Society and the Dirac Medal and Prize of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics.

The motivation of Dr. Car’s research group is to understand the atomistic and the electronic structure and dynamics in materials: “While the range of problems accessible to well established computational methodologies continues to expand following the extraordinary development of computers, novel theoretical and computational tools are still needed to solve key problems in materials physics and chemistry. In this context our research focuses at extending the sampling capability of molecular dynamics methods, at overcoming current limitations of density functional theory, at including nuclear quantum effects in molecular simulations, and at modeling electronic excitations in connection with spectroscopic and transport studies.”

Professor Car received his Ph.D. in Physics from Technical University of Milan in 1971.

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