A Materials Genome Initiative Workshop

The White House, May 14-15, 2012

Event website: http://events.energetics.com/MGIWorkshop/index.html

Granta took part in two events conducted by the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) in Washington, DC. These aimed to explore the vision and challenges to be overcome in harnessing the power of computing and communications technologies for rapid development and use of advanced materials. The overall focus was be on the critical infrastructure needed for rapid materials innovation.

This short video was prepared as a submission to the Materials Genome Initiative workshop held in Washington in May 2012. Prof. Mike Ashby (Professor at Cambridge University Engineering Department and chairman of Granta Design) provides a three-minute overview of the development of materials information technology, the work of Granta in this field, and its potential relationship to the Materials Genome Initiative.

The first event was the MGI White House Event: The MGI—Catalyzing a National Movement, kicking-off two days of discussions through an open forum for communicating the MGI vision and reviewing first steps.

The second event—MGI Workshop on Building the Materials Innovation Infrastructure: Data and Standards was conducted in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The objective of the workshop was to understand the critical challenges to the creation of a new, highly capable Materials Innovation Infrastructure (MII). The MII will leverage advances in materials modeling, computing and communications infrastructure to complement existing experimentally-based approaches.

Presentations from this event, including the talk by Prof. Mike Ashby (Granta and Cambridge University), are now available to download from the event website: http://events.energetics.com/MGIWorkshop/downloads.html

More details on the Materials Genome Initiative are available on the White House Blog.