Data Science & Scientific Computing (DSSC) at IST Austria comprises the most interdisciplinary track in the PhD program.

Topically, faculty in this track work on a diverse set of problems, ranging from mathematical models of evolution (Barton), medical genomics (Robinson), bioinformatics (Vicoso), systems biology (Guet) and theoretical biophysics (Hannezo, Tkačik), computational neuroscience (Vogels), to machine learning (Lampert), data science and information theory (Mondelli), distributed systems (Alistarh), computational fabrication (Bickel), physics simulation (Wojtan), geophysical fluid dynamics (Muller), and computational material sciences (Chen). Common to these topics — and emphasized as the focus of the track — is the development and use of advanced data analysis methods, numerical simulation, and statistical inference to address complex and data-intensive problems in sciences and engineering.


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Featured Project:

Cells Respond to Waves in Wound Healing

Hannezo Group

PhD students Daniela Boocock (Hannezo Group) and Natalia Ruzickova (unaffiliated Graduate School student), along with colleagues from Kyoto University discover the biophysical mechanism that underpins long-range cell migration towards a site of wound healing, signalled via out-of-phase mechano-chemical waves.

Read a summary of their research on “Research reveals how wound heals in ‘waves'”. The original publication can be found in the journal Nature Physics: “Theory of mechanochemical patterning and optimal migration in cell monolayers“.

Mechano-chemical propogation of waves encode cell signalling information about site of wound healing.  Credit: Tsuyoshi Hirashima, Kyoto University

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