Sunday, March 12
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Room 291

Who Should Attend?
Anyone who studies liquids, colloids, polymers, biomaterials, granular materials, and all topics of soft matter physics. This short course is built for students and post­docs, who want to form a solid foundation for their computational research. It should also be strongly considered by experimentalists and theorists up to the faculty level, who want to understand the common computational methods that their collaborators use.

Soft matter physics is an inclusive discipline, comprised of a variety of physical systems that are nestled comfortably between the stricter notions of liquids and solids. It includes a variety of fields, such as polymers, biomaterials, colloids, active matter, and more. Recent developments in both computer hardware and software have driven many advances in our understanding of such systems. This day­long course will review the theories, methods, and tools common to today’s computational research of soft matter physics. Over the course of several lectures, we will survey particle, field, and finite­element based models. We will also cover various tools actively used in computational research.

Registration Fees

  • Students/Postdocs: $100
  • APS Members: $150
  • Non-APS Members: $200

Registration Information

  • Register when you register for the meeting
  • Preregistration required
  • Limited to 40 participants

Gray Arrow Meeting Registration Information

Contact: Isaac Bruss ( or Jens Glaser (

Class Schedule

Sunday, March 12
8:00 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
8:35 a.m. Continuum and Energy Minimization Approaches to Soft Matter
Tim Atherton, Tufts University
9:45 a.m. Field Theory of Soft Matter
Alfredo Alexander-Katz, MIT
10:55 a.m. Coffee Break
11:10 a.m. Molecular Dynamics Simulation Basics
Lisa Hall, Ohio State University
12:20 p.m. Lunch
1:05 p.m. SSAGES & COPSS - Advanced Sampling and Continuum-particle Coupling in Molecular Simulations
Juan de Pablo, University of Chicago
Jonathan Whitmer, University of Notre Dame
1:25 p.m. Accelerating Molecular Simulations with GPUs
Ryan Olson, NVIDIA
2:20 p.m. Introduction to HOOMD-blue, a High Performance General Purpose Particle Simulation Toolkit
Joshua Anderson, University of Michigan
3:20 p.m. Coffee Break
3:35 p.m. Modeling Dynamics of Elastic Solids via Finite Element Methods
Robin Selinger, Kent State University
4:45 p.m. Methods for Atomistic Simulations of Soft Matter
Amalie Frischknecht, Sandia National Labs
6:00 p.m. Adjourn