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Wolfgang Losert
Wolfgang Losert

The mission of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology (IPST) is to foster excellence in interdisciplinary research and education at the University of Maryland. IPST accomplishes this by integrating people, science and technology.

Our selective and highly ranked graduate programs in the fields of

provide specialized training at the intersection of traditional fields, and are a central component of our mission.

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IPST Fall Assembly Meeting

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Place: 1116 IPST Bldg. - Conference Room


News and Special Events

Machine Learning and Chemistry

August 8, 2019. IPST and Chemistry/Biochemistry Assistant Professor Pratyush Tiwary is organizing an NSF workshop on machine learning titled "Machine Learning and Chemistry: Challenges on the Way Forward".

The dual-purpose workshop, scheduled for November 16-18, 2019, will be a cross-talk between experts using machine learning (ML) in different aspects of chemistry, such as designing models of molecular interactions, drug design, enhanced sampling, designing chemical synthesis routes and others. As well, the workshop will have a strong emphasis on considering questions concerning the software side of using ML in chemistry.

Located in Room 0112 (Marker Seminar Room) of the Chemistry Building, the workshop should also have hands-on tutorials on machine learning in physical sciences. Limited spots (with no associated fees) for UMD participants will be made available at the workshop website on a first-come-first-serve basis.


Wolfgang Losert Named Interim Director of IPST

July 16, 2019. Professor Wolfgang Losert (IPST / Physics / IREAP) has been appointed interim director of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology, effective July 1, 2019. "When I look at our institute, interdisciplinary graduate training really stands out as a major accomplishment."

Losert, who earned his Ph.D. in Physics from the City College of the City University of New York in 1998, will serve in this position while the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences conducts a national search to find a replacement for Christopher Jarzynski, who recently completed his five-year term as director.


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