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David Banks

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L O'Donnell: white matter fiber tracts is a member of the UT/ORNL Joint Institute for Computational Sciences, holding positions as tenured faculty in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee and as senior scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's National Center for Computational Sciences. Prof. Banks is a member of the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center; he served as a visiting faculty in the Department of Radiology's Laboratory for Mathematics in Imaging at Harvard Medical School prior to joining the faculty at UT. The Banks Laboratory's research in computational medicine includes simulation and visualization of biomedical data from the scale of nucleons to atoms to molecules to cells to tissue. Motivating questions include the following.

  • What does the brain look like as it responds to injury?
  • How can simulations of physical processes be visualized?
  • How can petascale data be displayed and comprehended?
  • How can physically based lighting fit in the analysis workflow?

Individuals interested in pursuing a PhD in the Banks Laboratory should send an email describing their research interests, including a pointer to their web page containing examples of their work and a list of courses taken. Examples from former students: Beason, Grant, Vidimce.

Questions about graduate admission should be directed to

Computational Simulation

Molecular dynamics simulation of constrained water diffusion (I Huff)

3D ensemble space visualization of water in solid state (I Huff)

MD simulation of nanofluid (M Y Hussaini, B Futch)

Simulation of smoke plume rising (K Beason)

Brain Imaging

Tumor (pink) surrounded by white matter fibers (R Kikinis, C Weigle)

Clustered fiber tracts from diffusion MRI (L O'Donnell, C-F Westin)

Dendritic spines from mouse hippocampus (C Ouimet)

CT of skull with highlighted region of interest (K Beason)