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In-Depth Stories of Our Researchers

ICDS co-hires, associates, and affiliates are expert, advanced computing scientists, innovators, and problem-solvers. They harness the ICDS cyberinfrastructure to make discoveries that advance knowledge in their fields and serve society at large. Here are some of their stories.

Featured Researcher: Kirsten Stephens

Posted on January 13, 2021

Better understanding how volcanoes work — and linking that to improving safety for people who may live near volcanoes — motivate the work of our featured researcher, Kirsten Stephens, a doctoral candidate in geosciences. She’s using the Roar supercomputer to study radar satellite datasets to determine whether changes in the ground underneath a volcanic region […] Read more


Childhood dream to reality: ICS co-hire and volcanologist researches her passion

Posted on June 4, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. — Some children fantasize about growing up and being a doctor, police officer, dancer or a big Hollywood star, but Christelle Wauthier had a different career in mind. “I have been interested in studying volcanoes since I was 6 years old,” Wauthier said. “I don’t remember how I got the idea to […] Read more


Institute for CyberScience co-hire hunts security flaws in software

Posted on April 9, 2018

People use software in their everyday lives, such as online banking or social media browsing, but what happens when these systems aren't secure? Gang Tan, an associate professor for the department of computer science and engineering and an Institute for CyberScience (ICS) co-hire, spends his time researching software issues within systems such as web browsers, web servers and operating systems that can compromise user security. Read more


Xiaofeng Liu in front of computational hardware

Flowing Towards Cleaner Rivers

Posted on December 12, 2017

What does a river researcher look like? The question may conjure images of people in leaning over the sides of boats to gather water samples or standing in swirling currents with large nets to catch debris. You’re probably not picturing someone sitting at a computer, writing code and devising complex algorithms. Yet this is how one ICS co-hire studies the environmental impacts of humans on rivers. Read more


Reuben Kraft observing a brain model with a graduate student

Computation Combats Concussion Damage

Posted on November 28, 2017

As football season rolls on, fans across the country look forward every weekend to touchdowns, tackles, and tailgating. But recent news about football-induced brain injuries is casting a pall on the sport. One researcher in Penn State’s Institute for CyberScience (ICS) is working to reduce the risk of these injuries—and to reverse the damage they cause—through the power of high-performance computing. Read more


Zita Oravecz

Cultivating Kindness through Computation

Posted on October 5, 2017

Most smartphone owners use apps to perform mundane tasks such as checking Facebook or staying on top of emails. As useful as these apps can be, they’re hardly life-changing. But an ICS co-hire is working on an app that can help you avoid stress and make you a more mindful person. Read more