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Dr Bruno Silva
UCL Research Computing
The Podium Building, 1st Floor
1 Eversholt Street
  • Honorary Research Associate
  • Department of Nanotechnology
  • Div of Surgery & Interventional Sci
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

I graduated in 2002 in Technological Physics Engineering at the University of the Algarve, after which I won a BIC studentship for Research Initiation at the same institution, in Joao Brandao's group, where I specialised in Theoretical Chemistry and Molecular Physics. In 2005 I moved to London and started my PhD studies in Theoretical Molecular Physics under Jonathan Tennyson's supervision. I graduated in 2009, after which I took the opportunity to use the computational skills which I had developed to work in providing High Performance Computing training and support with the UCL's recently formed Research Computing team in ISD. I have since been involved in the development of services and platforms within Research Computing and I have led the Research Computing Platforms team within the newly formed Research IT Services department since 2012.

Research Summary

I am a Physicist by training, specialised in Quantum Mechanics and Theoretical Molecular Dynamics. Owing to the very large computational component of my research, I developed a keen interest in Computational Science and Software Engineering. The increasing commonality of methods and approaches used in a multitude of Research fields with a strong computational component has led to collaborations with researchers, especially in the Life Sciences. I am also interested in understanding how the Brain works from a Physicist's perspective, which has naturally led me to be interested in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. 

As a Physicist, my research has been focused on the development of Potential Energy Surfaces within the Born-Oppenheimer approximation to describe molecular systems and the calculation of their energy levels. In particular, I have built a PES for H2O and have calculated with very high accuracy the energy levels up-to and beyond dissociation of D2H+ and H3+. For this I have developed a module in the DVR3D suite of codes named RES3D, which automates the search of resonant states in triatomic molecules above dissociation. More recently I have been involved in facilitating the linkage analysis of genetic data from families affected by Crohn's disease, and I am a co-author in work to perform integrated analysis of genome-wide genetic and epigenetic association data for identification of disease mechanisms.

Teaching Summary

I have worked as a Demonstrator during my PhD training in disciplines such as Classical Mechanics, Calculus, Differential Equations and Thermodynamics. I am currently responsible for the delivery of Cluster Computing training for the use of Research Computing platforms which UCL provides. I am now working in conjunction with the Research Software Development team to develop the High Performance Computing courses to be delivered within the context of Centres for Doctoral Training with an intensive computational component.

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