The Center for Biomedical Computing (CBC) aims at advancing computational methodologies for simulating complex physics in important problems affecting human health. The research is truly multi-disciplinary and brings together experts in physical modeling, mathematics, numerical methods, scientific software development, bioengineering, medical research, and clinical practice.

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Status 2014

CBC is approaching the end of its funding period, and this reality has had some impact on CBC activities through 2014. Several internal workshops have been organized with the aim of reviewing the original milestones of the Center, and ensure that the collective research efforts are well aligned with these goals. These workshops have left us with the general impression that a considerable number of milestones have already been met, and we are well on track to complete most of the remaining ones. Although some revisions to the list of goals and milestones have been made, these are remarkably small when considering CBC's ten years of operation in a rapidly changing scientific environment. CBC started out with a strong bias towards methods and software development, but towards the end of the 10 year period we combine this activity with an increasing focus on putting the tools to use for addressing important questions in biomedical science.

In terms of scientific achievements, 2014 has been another excellent year for the CBC. Publication metrics are maintained at a high level, with an increase in journal publications from the previous year. Although it is much to early to evaluate and rank last yearÕs publication in terms of their scientific impact, a few of the papers stand out as particularly central to the research of the CBC. A paper on the Unified Form Language (UFL) was published in ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software in 2014. In addition to being a core technology in FEniCS, and thereby an important building block in much of CBC's research, UFL has received attention outside the FEniCS usersÕ community, and is in use in other software frameworks. Furthermore, the software framework for automating the solution of adjoint problems has been extended to a framework for automated stability analysis, and published in SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing. Finally, Douglas Arnold and Anders Logg published an article titled The Periodic Table of the Finite Elements in the high-profiled SIAM News. Being a welcome attempt to group and organize the large collection of finite elements developed and used in scientific computing, the article has already received substantial attention.

CBC Midterm Evaluation

The midterm evaluation of CBC was conducted by the Research Council in the fall of 2010, three and a half years after start-up of the Center. The self-evaluation was submitted on Dec 1, 2010, and detailed feedback from scientific experts was received in the winter of 2011. The appointed international committee for the evaluation of the eight Centers of Excellence with startup in 2007 met with the CBC management in March 2011. In this meeting we presented the main results and the remaining challenges for the period 2012-2017. The committee asked in- sightful questions and demonstrated a thorough understanding of the mission, the achievements, and the potential of CBC, a fact that was further reinforced in their final report.
The evaluation report awarded the center with the highest possible grade: exceptionally good.

We were especially pleased by their opening remarks about the center:
CBC is a perfect example of the benefits of the Centres of Excellence, in that the establishment of the Centre has created the opportunity for developing a much broader vision than originally planned (tools developed have wide-spread applications to coupled multi-physics problems) so that the Centre has already exceeded its original ambitions, and, in the process developed unanticipated new national and international collaborations.

The evaluation committee commended our efforts in securing additional external funding, our role in the establishment of the Centre for Research Based Innovation (CCI), and our success in developing collaborations that provide necessary expertise to the Center. In closing, there were five recommendations for our next 5- year period, which we will obviously pay close attention to in years to come:

  1. The Evaluation Committee recommends that the Centre put significant effort into increasing its visibility in the biomedical field, and in particular, in expanding its publications in the biomedical scientific literature.
  2. CBC should also work on building their international profile and ensure the wide use of computational tools that it has created (and will create in the future).
  3. The Evaluation Committee also recommends that CBC take advantage of the newly funded Centre for Research Based Innovation to build its exit strategy.
  4. Efforts should continue to provide assistance to the Director so that he can pursue high quality research while managing the Centre.
  5. The Centre should continue its efforts to establish a training program for a new generation of biomedical researchers with strong skills in fluid dynamic modelling and modelling of cardiac electrical activity.
These recommendations fit very well with our research plan for the second five-year period, and we have already taken additional steps in this direction by incorporating some of them in our milestones plan. We are therefore happy to be on track with our research plans and ambitions, and are excited about continuing our research after this glowing review of the center.

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