About this Course
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This course gives you an introduction to modeling methods and simulation tools for a wide range of natural phenomena. The different methodologies that will be presented here can be applied to very wide range of topics such as fluid motion, stellar dynamics, population evolution, ... This course does not intend to go deeply into any numerical method or process and does not provide any recipe for the resolution of a particular problem. It is rather a basic guideline towards different methodologies that can be applied to solve any kind of problem and help you pick the one best suited for you. The assignments of this course will be made as practical as possible in order to allow you to actually create from scratch short programs that will solve simple problems. Although programming will be used extensively in this course we do not require any advanced programming experience in order to complete it....
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Introduction and general concepts

This module gives an overview of the course and presents the general ideas about modeling and simulation. An emphasis is given on ways to represent space and time from a conceptual point of view. An insight of modeling of complex systems is given with the simulation of the grothw and thrombosis of giant aneurysms. Finally, a first class of modeling approaches is presented: the Monte-Carlo methods....
Reading
7 videos (Total 85 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Modeling and Simulation13m
Modeling Space and Time15m
Example of bio-medical Modeling9m
Monte Carlo methods I9m
Monte Carlo methods II15m
Monte Carlo methods III10m
Reading1 reading
Course slides10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Introduction and general concepts8m

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Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Introduction to programming with Python 3

This module intends to provide the most basic concepts of high performance computing used for modeling purposes. It also aims at teaching the basics of Python 3 which will be the programming language used for the quizzes in this course....
Reading
12 videos (Total 94 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
Video12 videos
Concepts of code optimization6m
Concepts of parallelism4m
Palabos, a parallel lattice Boltzmann solver5m
An introduction to Python 36m
Running a Python program6m
Variables and data types11m
Operators8m
Conditional Statements7m
Loops7m
Functions15m
NumPy11m
Reading2 readings
Course slides10m
Dive into python 310m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Introduction to programming with Python 310m
Project - Piles2m
Project - Class:Integration2m

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Section
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3 hours to complete

Dynamical systems and numerical integration

Dynamical systems modeling is the principal method developed to study time-space dependent problems. It aims at translating a natural phenomenon into a mathematical set of equations. Once this basic step is performed the principal obstacle is the actual resolution of the obtained mathematical problem. Usually these equations do not possess an analytical solution and advanced numerical methods must be applied to solve them. In this module you will learn the basics of how to write mathematical equations representing natural phenomena and then how to numerically solve them....
Reading
9 videos (Total 92 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
Video9 videos
The random walk14m
Growth of a population8m
Balance equations I8m
Balance equations II13m
Integration of ordinary differential equations7m
Error of the approximation8m
The implicit Euler scheme11m
Numerical integration of partial differential equations13m
Reading3 readings
Course slides10m
References for numerical analysis10m
A reference for the random walk10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Dynamical systems and numerical integration8m
The implicit Euler scheme18m
Project - Lotka-Volterra8m

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2 hours to complete

Cellular Automata

This module defines the concept of cellular automata by outlining the basic building blocks of this method. Then an insight of how to apply this technique to natural phenomena is given. Finally the lattice gas automata, a subclass of models used for fluid flows, is presented....
Reading
7 videos (Total 108 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
Historical background9m
A mathematical abstraction of reality20m
Cellular Automata Models for Traffic13m
Complex systems20m
Lattice-gas models9m
Microdynamics of LGA17m
Reading2 readings
Course slides10m
Notes on the Parity Rule10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Cellular Automata8m
Project - The Parity Rule6m
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Top Reviews

By EMNov 18th 2017

This course was a perfect match with my expectations! I think it is a perfect introduction to Computer modeling of natural processes. I enjoyed lectures and tasks. Thank you very much!

By ARApr 18th 2018

Excellent course for people who love math, physics and simulations ! I choose it to get an insight on Lattice Boltzmann Method, I was happy to apply it and extend it to other cases.

Instructors

Bastien Chopard

Full Professor
Computer Science

Jean-Luc Falcone

Research Associate
Computer Science

Jonas Latt

Senior Lecturer
Computer Science

Orestis Malaspinas

Research Associate
Computer Science Department

About University of Geneva

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