ERC grant to an Italian researcher announced
The International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste has won a Consolidator grant from the European Research Council (ERC) thanks to Gianluigi Rozza, professor at SISSA, Principal Investigator of the AROMA-CFD (Advanced Reduced Order Methods with Applications in Computational Fluid Dynamics) project.
This is a great satisfaction for the team of Professor Rozza, 38 years, who in 2012 returned to Italy after 10 years of research abroad, in Switzerland and the United States, and is now Associate Professor in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing in Trieste: after almost one year, the long procedure ended with the press release of the European Commission issued at the press conference held in Brussels on 12 February 2016, with the awarding of one of its most prestigious and selective research grants.
In the next five years, the project will rely on a 1,66 million euro Consolidator grant to carry out a visionary project, with important national and international collaborations in many fields, including mathematics, engineering and medicine, which will lead to the recruitment of at least 8 new researchers.
The aim of the project is to create a group of scientists within the School who will study Advanced Reduced Order Modelling techniques with a particular focus on computational fluid-dynamics. This is the fourteenth ERC grant received by the School, which confirms SISSA as one of the European institutions with the highest number of ERC grants in proportion to the number of professors.
AROMA-CFD will lead to radical developments in numerical analysis with an impact on many sectors with industrial and medical applications, adapting supercomputing to common electronic devices such as tablets and smartphones, to ensure real time computing and visualization and, thanks to "reduced" order methods, it will allow reliable results to be obtained rapidly, reproducing solutions already calculated by supercomputers or interacting with large "solution databases".
"This is a very important award for me, but also for Italy, in fact, professionally, it is the most important thing in recent years (and, I believe, in my entire career). My return to Italy at the end of 2012 in Trieste, at SISSA, was the beginning of an exciting new adventure which reached its highest point with this award. In these years in the new applied mathematics division at SISSA set up in 2010, the new mathLab laboratory, I have radically reconsidered the relationship between my research, based on the development of numerical methods for science and engineering, and the real needs of the industrial and medical world. We have undertaken research projects in collaboration with Fincantieri, Monte Carlo Yachts and Danieli, to name a few, in addition to many national and international scientific collaborations. The availability of adequate computing resources (including SISSA’s supercomputer capable of 100 thousand billion of operations per second, Ulysses) has allowed us to rethink the way we deal with very complex issues."
"I believed in a dream and in the end it came true, even though it wasn’t easy and I needed a lot of energy, enthusiasm and optimism. And now that the challenge has been launched, the real work on the AROMA project comes. I am proud to have won this research grant as an Italian researcher in Italy and I am happy to bring a bit of Europe to Italy. I believe in my Country that has given so much to Europe and more generally, has significantly contributed to science and the world’s progress. The mindset acquired at the Polytechnic (including the tough selection at Aeronautical Engineering)and the Milanese upbringing have certainly contributed to this success" , said Rozza.
"Europe needs to focus on the most innovative, and often risky research in terms of investments", said Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, ERC President, while the European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, insisted on the need to "keep our most talented researchers in Europe" while "attracting the top researchers from elsewhere in the world".