Research Spotlights

Studying Motor Speech Disorders

Dr. Kaitlin Lansford

Dysarthria is a motor speech disorder that impacts people with neurological impairments and disorders, including ALS, Parkinson’s disease, or stroke. Due to the progressive nature of many diseases that cause dysarthria, traditional speech therapy to improve speech is not always appropriate.

sound wave digital representation

Managing Storm Risk at the College of Business

Sue Ellen Smith

When it comes to hurricanes, it’s only a matter of time before the next big storm will strike Florida. That’s one reason why, in 2007, Florida’s Legislature created The Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center at Florida State University. Housed in the College of Business, the Center coordinates critical research in catastrophe risk management to help facilitate decision making by state policy makers.


Hadoop, HPC, and Spear at the Department of Statistics

Dr. Adrian Barbu

Try to imagine a spreadsheet with a billion rows and 60,000 columns.

Adrian Barbu at the Florida State University Department of Statistics regularly works with data this large. Dr. Barbu creates algorithms and statistical methodologies for a variety of applications. Repeatedly running his algorithms over the immense matrix of numbers takes a large amount of time.

Adrian Barbu

Simulating and Controlling Fluid Flow at AME and RCC

Kunihiko Taira

The Florida State University Aeropropulsion Mechatronics & Energy Center (AME) is already well-known for big wind tunnels, robots, and other big research projects. AME also engages in big computing to expand the research horizon with computation fluid dynamics (CFD).

kunihiko taira

Electron Transfer Chemistry in Sulfite Reductase

Dr. Elizabeth Stroupe

Every day in nature, innumerable times, chemical conversions change sulfite compounds into hydrogen sulfide. Despite nature’s fluency with the process, scientists still have a hard time recreating the process efficiently in a laboratory setting.

Elizabeth Stroupe

Jail breaking the PDF and digitizing biological Collections at iDigInfo

Dr. Greg Riccardi

In the era of big data, the dissemination and management of scientific information is becoming an increasing challenge for researchers. The Institute for Digital Information and Scientific Communication(iDigInfo) at the College of Communication and Information is a new Research Institute at Florida State University aiming to make a dent in that challenge.

Greg Riccardi

Computers as Biochemistry Microscopes

Dr. Wei Yang

Biochemists have long dreamed of using computer simulations to provide an atomic level view of complex biochemical systems. These simulations would act like a microscope to reveal complex biochemical interactions. Many well-known supercomputers, including IBM's "Blue Gene" and "Anton" at DE Shaw Research, were architected specifically to achieve that application.

Wei Yang

Studying the Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Dr. Steve Morey, COAPS

The ability to collect, store and analyze vast amounts of data is a major challenge in the field of oceanographic studies. Dr. Steve Morey, a physical oceanographer at the Florida State University Center for Ocean and Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS), is very familiar with issues in conducting research at such a scale.