Welcome to the Chair of Computational Mathematics and Simulation Science (MCSS)

Director of Chair: Professor Jan S Hesthaven

The research activities in the Chair focuses on the development, analysis and application of high-order accurate computational methods for time-dependent partial differential equations. During recent years this has included research activities in discontinuous Galerkin and spectral methods, certificed reduced basis methods, methods of uncertainty quantification, methods for multiscale problems in time and space, fractional differential equations and the use of machine learning techniques in computational science.

While the emphasis in on the development and analysis of new methods, the research is application driven and we generally maintain a strong focus on tying the theoretical developments to real applications, ranging from electromagnetics and plasma physics to geoscience and cosmology.

There is also a sustained interest in the development of methods and algorithms for parallel computing, GPU accelerated computing and the development of resilient algorithms, to support the development and use of large scale computational tool to enable predictive simulation science. A more recent activity is the development and use of machine learning techniques in the contact of computational science.


For prospective students and postdoctoral assistants

If you are interested in joining the chair as a Master student, get in touch and we can discuss your research interests to see if there is overlap.

As a prospective doctoral students you will have to apply directly to the EPFL doctoral school for admission. You can check Open Positions to see if there is anything availabe but you are certainly also welcome to contact me regarding research opportunities – something that will vary over time.

If you are uncertain about what you want to do, it may be worth consulting the CSE Master as an option – and an option that would prepare you well for further studies at EPFL or elsewhere.

Prospective postdoctoral assistants should consult Open Positions to look for openings but you are welcome to contact me to discuss research and funding opportunities.

Before more serious looking into joining the chair as a student or a postdoctoral researchers, please take a look at a summary of expectations I have for new students and postdoctoral researchers.

Interested in learning more ? – or perhaps you have questions
Shoot me an email
Jan.Hesthaven-AT-epfl.ch