Dr Shantenu Jha Photograph of Dr Shantenu Jha

Theme Leader

e-Science Institute


Room: 3.08

Building: e-Science Institute

Email: s.jha@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: 020-7679-5300

Fax: +44 (0)131 650 9819


Theme: http://www.nesc.ac.uk/esi/themes/theme_05/

Biography and Research Interests
I am a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Computation and Technology and an Assistant Research Professor in the Computer Science Department at Louisiana State University. I am also a Visiting Fellow at University College London. I currently serve as a co-chair of the SAGA research group of the Open Grid Forum.

My research interests are primarily in Computational Physics and Grid Computing. My working definition of the later is that it is a novel, potentially very useful, though currently very painful way of doing the former. When I'm not busy feeling the pain (e.g. battling 'lower upper-level grid-middleware' or put simply - grid software) or with work that aims to lessen the pain (grid programming models, 'simple' APIs for grid applications), I work on research problems in Statistical Physics. For the past few years I've been working on biologically inspired problems using computational techniques (primarily molecular dynamics simulations) and statistical physics tools. I've also looked at the transport properties of electrons in Quantum Dots using Monte Carlo simulations.

My research can be summed up in the following sentence: I strive to find quicker, better and easier ways to solve problems numerically. Experience has taught us that using new, sophisticated algorithms - derived from numerical as well as physical insight - often isn't enough to solve scientific problems more quickly. New algorithms can be very difficult to come by and although some algorithms present significant advances theoretically, if implemented using traditional computing approaches they may not be any better than the rest in practice. I've come to believe that the best way forward is an approach that permits the flexibility of new computing techniques to be used with algorithmic advances. Many of these postulates were tested in the joint UK-US project (SPICE), for which I was the scientific lead. SPICE demonstrated the use of Grid computing techniques to understand the translocation of biomolecules in protein nanopore in ways that were not possible before. Click for a glimpse of some of the reviews and awards this work has won.

Interests outside of work include: movies, squash and politics, not to forget sampling exotic Cajun cuisine. (Anyone for Blackened Alligator?)

Visiting Period(s) Role Documents Host
March 2007 - February 2008 Theme Leader - -

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