Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) is rapidly developing field that brings together applied mathematics, engineering and (social) science. DCSE is represented within six different faculties from TU Delft to know Aerospace Engineering (AE), Applied Sciences (AS), Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CEG), Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS), Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Science (3ME) and Technology, Policy and Management (TPM) are included. About forty research groups and more than three hundred faculty members are connected to, and actively involved in DCSE and its activities. Over 250 PhD students perform research related to computational science.
CSE is a multidisciplinary application-driven field that deals with the development and application of computational models and simulations. Often coupled with high-performance computing to solve complex physical problems arising in engineering analysis and design (computational engineering) as well as natural phenomena (computational science). CSE has been described as the "third mode of discovery" (next to theory and experimentation). In many fields, computer simulation, development of problem-solving methodologies and robust numerical tools are integral and therefore essential to business and research. Computer simulations provide the capability to enter fields that are either inaccessible to traditional experimentation or where carrying out traditional empirical inquiries is prohibitively expensive.
From a computational science point of view on engineering, three success-factors can be identified to transform the social and engineering challenges into achievable goals. Firstly, a deep and thorough understanding of underlying phenomena. This requires insightful mathematical approximations, efficient algorithms, smart computer simulations and high-end computing resources. Secondly, a holistic approach to engineering, where people from different backgrounds and with different perspectives cooperate to identify, approach and solve problems. And finally, a trained “next generaion” of researchers, engineers and developers in both abovementioned directions.
DCSE’s mission is for TU Delft to take a leading role in developing problem-solving techniques and methodologies utilizing computational techniques and simulations to accurately model natural phenomena. In addition, to become an authoritative community on computational science and engineering related research, education and technology transfer for both peers and industry at the university, national and international levels.
Core to the strategy of the institute is its profile. The profile is based on a three pronged approach representing engineering domains of interest, computational topics of interest and priority areas. The engineering domains of interest are Dynamics, Mechanics, Solids and Socioeconomics and Life. At TU Delft these themes represent major research areas covered by the participating scientific departments from six faculties. The specific computational topics of interest are multi-scale phenomena, algorithms, uncertainty and future computing. The priority areas represent the activity clusters of the institute: research, education, strategic collaboration and outreach.