Michelle Kuttel

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Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Cape Town, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch 7701, Cape Town, South Africa


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My research is in the general area of Computational Science: the development of research software and its application to solve problems in scientific disciplines.
Within this broad field, I work in the areas of:

Computational Chemistry: my focus is on computational glycochemistry, using molecular modelling methods to investigate the conformation and interactions of bacterial carbohydrates playing key roles in infection;
Computational Astronomy: development of software and computational methods to support the South African Square Kilometre Array radio telescope initiative;
Parallel and High Performance Computing: using parallel architectures to accelerate compute-intensive algorithms;
Research Programming: the development of software tools to support research in Chemistry and Astronomy; and
Visualisation: using visualisation methods to generate novel effective visualisations of large, complex scientific data sets.

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Computational approaches are now commonly considered the third mode of the modern scientific method, along with the more traditional forms of laboratory experimentation and development of theory.