Alex Pothen

Alex Pothen is a Professor in the department of Computer Science at Purdue. Alex's research interests are in combinatorial scientific computing (CSC), parallel computing, and bioinformatics algorithms. He is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. He was the Director of the CSCAPES Institute, a pioneering research center in CSC (2006-2012), and was Associate Head of the computer science department (2015-2018).

Combinatorial Scientific Computing is an interdisciplinary research area where discrete mathematics and algorithms are applied to combinatorial problems from Computational Science and Engineering. More information about the CSC research community and the biennial SIAM Workshops on CSC are available here.

Recent news from my research group:
Ariful Azad joins Indiana University, Bloomington as an Asst. Prof. in the Intelligent Systems Engineering department.
Three PhD students defended their theses in 2017!
Arif Khan, "Computing b-Matching and b-Edge covers in Parallel via Approximation Algorithms", June. Thesis Abstract (PDF) He is now a staff scientist at Pacific Northwest National Lab.
Mu Wang, "Higher Order Reverse Mode in Algorithmic Differentiation", April. Thesis Abstract (PDF) Mu is now with Google in Seattle, WA.
Yu Hong Yeung, "Augmented Matrix Solvers for Dynamic Systems of Equations", December. Thesis Abstract (PDF) Here is a video of his work on surgery simulations from SIGGRAPH 2016 (MP4 format).
Our research is supported by grants from NSF, Department of Energy, and an Intel Parallel Computing Center. More news at the column on the right.