The principal activity of ICIS is intensive workshops on topics of scientific interest that can be addressed by using advancing computing. Representative areas include multiscale modeling for biological systems, geoengineering for global warming mitigation, and uncertainty quantification in economics and the social sciences.

Workshop topics are proposed by the scientific community and reviewed by a scientific steering committee for their timeliness, ties to computation, and potential impact. Workshops may range from one week to several months.

ICIS Strategy

ICIS differs from traditional institutes in two significant ways:

  • ICIS provides an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on scientific talent from a variety of disciplines to focus on specific problems in collaborative research. An example: the synthesis of new nanostructures raises problems of force fields that are key to determining protein structure.
  • ICIS focuses on computational science. Whereas some institutes host occasional workshops on computational topics, the central focus of ICIS is how advances in computing can be harnessed for new scientific discoveries.


The home base of ICIS is the new Theory and Computing Sciences (TCS) building at Argonne National Laboratory. With access to a state-of-the-art conference facility, private and shared offices, meeting rooms, and computing facilities, the TCS is ideal for longer-term ICIS programs. For shorter summer meetings, ICIS also hosts workshops in other locations such as Park City, Utah.


Future outreach activities that ICIS plans to support include the following:

  • Visiting faculty program to encourage faculty to come to the Institute, either as workshop participants or for an extended sabbatical.
  • Visiting fellows program to encourage technical professionals from industry and government to spend time re-connecting with the scientific community.
  • Postdoctoral and postgraduate training to develop the next generation of computational scientists.

ICiS Leadership

Rick Stevens, Director Argonne National Laboratory and University of Chicago

ICiS Staff

Jutta Strate-Meyer, Operations

Laura Wolf, Communications

Cheryl Zidel, Program Development and Operations

Contacting ICiS

Institute for Computing in Science
Argonne National Laboratory
Theory and Computing Sciences Building
Building 240, 4th Floor
9700 S. Cass Ave.
Argonne, IL 60439

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Steering Committee

Andrew Chien, University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory
Ian Foster, Argonne National Laboratory and University of Chicago
William D. Gropp, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Doug Kothe, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Robert F. Lucas, Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California
Rob Schreiber, Hewlett Packard Laboratories
Horst Simon, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and University of California, Berkeley
Rick Stevens, Argonne National Laboratory and University of Chicago
Frederick Streitz, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Alex Szalay, Johns Hopkins University
Andrew White, Los Alamos National Laboratory

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