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Center for Informatics

Informatics is the science of information, information processing, and the study of structures, algorithms, behavior, and interactions of natural and artificial systems that store, process, access and communicate information. The science of informatics thus overlaps a wide range of disciplines.

 

The Center for Informatics was founded under the aegis of the School of Natural Sciences (SoNS), Shiv Nadar University. Informatics is the science of information, information processing, and the study of structures, algorithms, behaviors and interaction of natural and artificial systems that store, process, access and communicate information. The science of informatics thus overlaps a wide range of disciplines. The center also encompasses research - linking different subject areas and fields.

Specific research programs and areas in the Center are set by the individual faculty, who nucleate inter-disciplinary research in select areas, exploiting synergies between overlapping programs in one or more schools the University. The current research focus includes Bioinformatics and Cheminformatics; Computational Nanoscience; Design of Organic Dyes and Organic / Polymer Semiconductors.

To know more on the Center and its activities, please contact:

Dr. N. Sukumar - n.sukumar@snu.edu.in

Head, Center for Informatics

Computational Infrastructure

Computational facilities at SoNS include a high performance IBM cluster (“Magus”) consisting of 63 compute nodes (1008 cores) with a total capacity of 30 TF of Theoretical Peak Performance, plus 8 nodes with high-end CPUs. Additionally, several Linux workstations are used for teaching as well as research purposes. Software for bioinformatics and cheminformatics, molecular modeling, molecular dynamics, quantum chemistry, data analysis and statistical learning are also available.

Computational Design of materials for solar energy applications

Using state-of-the-art first principles electronic structure calculations perovskite materials such as organo-metallic halides and CsSnX3 with X = halogen atoms, are being studied for high efficiency solar cells that could provide a headway in new generation photovoltaics. We are also working on nano-structured materials like layered chalcogenides which are graphene-like materials, but unlike graphene they have a finite band gap that can be exploited in making solar cells and switching devices.

Computational Nanoscience

Research on nanomaterials has been attracting great attention because of the importance of these materials in daily life and for the development of future energy-efficient and environment-friendly designer materials. Properties of nanomaterial are often vastly different from those of the corresponding bulk material and therefore there are unprecedented opportunities to explore materials behaviour at the nanoscale.

Bioinformatics and Cheminformatics

Bioinformatics and cheminformatics are scientific disciplines that have evolved in recent decades at the interface between chemistry, biology, and computer science. In many areas of chemistry, biology, and materials science, the huge amount of data and information produced by robotic high-throughput assays and micro-array technologies can only be processed and analysed using computational techniques.

Research Areas

Specific research programs and areas in the Center for Informatics at SNU are set by the individual faculty, who nucleate inter-disciplinary research in select areas, exploiting synergies between overlapping programs in one or more schools at SNU. Currently active areas of interest include the following:

Bioinformatics and Cheminformatics

 

 

Visitors Program

The visitors program is designed to attract national and international scholars for short- to medium-duration residencies at SNU. Short-term residencies can be anywhere from two weeks to three months and can be arranged at short notice with a minimum of formalities. Residencies with duration of four months to a year require a brief research proposal and letters of support. The visitors program is intended to provide a vibrant pool of talent for cross-fertilization of ideas across various disciplines related to informatics.

About the Center

Informatics is the science of information, information processing, and the study of structures, algorithms, behaviour, and interactions of natural and artificial systems that store, process, access and communicate information. The science of informatics thus overlaps a wide range of disciplines, including bioinformatics; cheminformatics; systems biology; social, biological and computer networks; materials informatics; drug design; cognitive sciences; statistical and machine learning.

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