The Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute
The Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute is a permanent research institute at the University of Utah. Directed by Professor Chris Johnson, the Institute is now home to over 190 faculty, students, and staff. The faculty, drawn primarily from the School of Computing, Department of Bioengineering, and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is noted for its breadth of collaborations both nationally and internationally.
The SCI Institute has established itself as an internationally recognized leader in visualization, scientific computing, and image analysis. The overarching research objective is to create new scientific computing techniques, tools, and systems that enable solutions to problems affecting various aspects of human life. A core focus of the Institute has been biomedicine, but SCI Institute researchers also solve challenging computational and imaging problems in such disciplines as geophysics, combustion, molecular dynamics, fluid dynamics, and atmospheric dispersion.
SCI Institute research interests generally fall within four core tracks. The first track involves research into new techniques for scientific visualization and the development of visual analysis tools to facilitate understanding of increasingly complex and rich scientific data. The second track focuses on technical research into computational and numerical methods requisite for scientific computing. The third track involves creating new image analysis techniques and tools. The final track emphasizes research and development of scientific software environments. SCI Institute researchers also apply many of the above computational techniques within their own particular specialties, including fluid dynamics, atmospheric dynamics, biomechanics, electrocardiography, bioelectric fields, adaptive techniques, parallel computing, inverse problems, and medical imaging.
The SCI Institute currently houses the NIH Center for Integrative Biomedical Computing (CIBC). The Institute is also associated with several additional national research centers, including the DoE Center for the Simulation of Accidental Fires and Explosions (C-SAFE), the DoE Visualization and Analytics Center for Enabling Technologies (VACET), the DoE Scientific Data Management Center, the DoE Center for Technology for Advanced Scientific Component Software (TASCS), the NIH National Alliance for Medical Image Computing (NA-MIC), and the NIH Center for Computational Biology.
A particular aim and hallmark of SCI Institute research has been to develop innovative and robust software packages, including the SCIRun scientific problem solving environment, Seg3D, ImageVis3D, VisTrails, and map3d, and make them broadly available to the scientific community under open source licensing.