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Salman Habib

Division Director

Salman Habib is the Director of the Computational Science Division and Interim Deputy Director of the High Energy Physics Division.


Salman Habib is the Director of Argonne’s Computational Science (CPS) Division. He holds a joint position in Argonne’s Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Directorate, the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago, and the Northwestern Argonne Institute of Science and Engineering (NAISE). Salman’s interests cover a broad span of research, ranging from quantum field theory and quantum information to the formation of cosmological structure. 

For the last two decades, Habib has been very interested in the intelligent application of parallel supercomputers to attacking physics problems. This has led to algorithm and code development in a variety of fields and on a variety of platforms, beginning with the Connection Machines in the early 1990′s and leading on to the current BG/Q system, Mira, now installed at Argonne.

More recently he has become involved in efforts — with cosmology as the primary arena — to apply advanced statistical methods to complex inference problems where the datasets are very large (with small statistical uncertainties) and the forward model predictions involve supercomputer calculations. Habib is a member of the Dark Energy Survey (DES) and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) projects.

Habib received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and did his undergraduate work at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India. He was a postdoc at the University of British Columbia, and later, a postdoc and staff member in the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory before moving to Argonne in 2011.

Research Interests

  • Cosmology
  • Astrophysics
  • Accelerator physics
  • Condensed matter physics
  • Atomic and quantum optics
  • Particle physics
  • Quantum dynamics of open systems
  • Nonlinear dynamics and nonequilibrium statistical mechanics
  • Stochastic ODEs and PDEs