CIS Computing & Information Services

Application Scientists

The Center for Computation and Visualization retains a staff of research scientists and specialists trained in various disciplines to partner with you in your research effort. These Ph.D. and Masters level researchers are available to work as part of your team in a fully integrated manner. They may be grant funded by you for a substantial portion of their time for a long duration, as it suits your projects. When research scientists and specialists are not working on grant funded projects, they may be consulted on an ad hoc basis to help with workshops, individual consulting, code optimization, and system architecting.

Application Scientists

Ben Knorlein, Graphics

Ben uses his knowledge of Computer Graphics, Computer Vision and Human Computer Interaction to develop software for different departments of Brown University and to develop, maintain and demonstrate applications using the CAVE system of CCV. The main focus of his work is the software development for the XROMM project. XROMM uses biplanar x-ray video in combination with 3D models of bone morphology to recover highly accurate 3D motion of bones during rapid movements, e.g. bird flight, frog jumping or human running.

Ben acquired his Ph.D. at the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland (ETH Zurich) where he was working on a medical training simulator using visuo-haptic Augmented Reality. Before that he studied computational visualistics in Koblenz, Germany.


Peisi Yan, Statistics

Peisi specializes in supporting the Brown Bio community especially in brain sciences working as part of their grants. She provides programming support to researchers, most recently for the Brain Institute for Brain Science. She works closely with HPC users to make sure their programs run efficiently.

Peisi received a B.S. degree in Mathematics from University of Science and Technology of China and a Ph.D. in statistics from Yale University.


Helen Kershaw, Engineering/HPC

Helen provides scientific programming support to Brown researchers, helping them turn their ideas into workable code. She works closely with Oscar users to make sure their programs run optimally on the cluster.

Helen received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Canterbury and a bachelor's degree in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Leeds. Helen has worked as a geophysicist for an airborne survey company and mostly recently as a software engineer at the National Center for Atmospheric Research for the Data Assimilation Research Testbed.


Mukul Dave, Engineering/Software

Mukul supports researchers at Brown by working with users to run HPC applications on Oscar. His responsibility is to make sure that the system performance and software packages are up to date and that researchers are able to run applications smoothly. Mukul also provides programming support for research projects.

Mukul received a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University where he supported research computing as a student worker. He has a keen interest in Computational Fluid Dynamics and making HPC more accessible to researchers across a wide range of applications.