Joshua Levine, Assistant Professor, Selected for DOE Early Career Award

Aug. 22, 2018

Computer Science Assistant Professor, Joshua Levine is one of 84 scientists across the nation selected by the Department of Energy (DOE) to receive substantial funding for research as part of the DOE Office of Science’s Early Career Research Program. In an effort to support the nation’s scientific workforce, the award will provide over $800,000 in research funding that will support graduate students and postdocs at the University of Arizona.

Levine’s award, titled “Analyzing Multifaceted Scientific Data with Topological Analytics,” will help build his research program in visualization and data analysis over the next five years. The proposed work will develop new techniques for analyzing data that combine topological analysis, which studies the shape of data, and machine learning, which studies statistical distributions of data. These techniques will help to understand the relationships in complex simulations, such as those that come from the models of the Earth's climate currently run on DOE supercomputers.

“University of Arizona’s Department of Computer Science is a great location to perform this research,” says Levine. “We have excellent connections to DOE laboratories as well as one of the strongest Hydrology & Atmospheric Science departments with which to collaborate. I’m honored to have won the award and looking forward to working with our students here.”

In support of the DOE effort to strengthen research support, Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry states, “supporting talented researchers early in their career is key to building and maintaining a skilled and effective scientific workforce for the nation. By investing in the next generation of scientific researchers, we are supporting lifelong discovery science to fuel the nation’s innovation system. We are proud of the accomplishments these young scientists have already made, and look forward to following their achievements in years to come.”

View a list of the awardees’, including Levine’s, abstracts here and the DOE story: Department of Energy Selects 84 Scientists to Receive Early Career Research Program Funding here.