Centers and Institutes

Below are a few of the computational institutes and centers affiliated with the University. 

Research Computing Center (RCC)

Created in 2012, the Midway cluster is now one of the top 500 High Performance Computing clusters in the world.

More than 150 principal investigators and 750 general users make use of RCC’s centralized computational resources.

The RCC hosts more than twenty workshops, symposiums, and speakers every year.

The RCC’s team of consultants, application developers, and research programmers assist researchers of all skill levels.

Computation Institute (CI)

Created in 2000 as a joint initiative between The University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory to advance science through innovative computational approaches, the CI is home to over 100 researchers and staff.

The CI has locations at the University of Chicago, the Argonne National Laboratory, and a venture called “1871” in Chicago's Merchandise Mart. 

It brings together researchers from different disciplines and provides expert assistance in the most advanced computational methods. The CI has helped foster high-profile, high-impact projects like the Center for Robust Decision Making on Climate and Energy Policy, the Urban Center for Computation and Data, and the Knowledge Lab.

Toyota Technical Institute (TTIC)

Created in 2003, the TTIC is an independent, $200 million dollar, degree-granting Institute dedicated to basic research and graduate education in computer science.

The TTIC faculty are currently focused on theoretical computer science (algorithms and complexity), machine learning (computational biology, computer vision, natural language processing, robotics, and speech), and scientific computing (numerical analysis, numerical optimization, and signal processing).

Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne is a multidisciplinary science and engineering research center, where world-class researchers address vital national challenges in clean energy, the environment, technology, and national security.

The laboratory has an annual budget of $760 million, and supports the research of 1600 scientists and engineers, 450 graduate and undergraduate students, and 248 joint faculty.

About a 40 minute drive from campus, Argonne is dedicated to very advanced computer science, including extreme-scale computing, grid and cloud computing, large-scale data storage, communication, analysis, and visualization.

Social Sciences Computing Services (SSCS)

The SSCS maintain and support the Social Sciences Data Archive for research across the Social Sciences.

They offer consulting and research opportunities for work in Geographic Information Systems and Science (GIS).

The SSCS supports server-based research in Economics, Political Science, Sociology, the Center for Computational Psychology, the Institute for Mind and Biology, NORC, and the Anthropology Computer Center.