GEOLEARN and TIDE new projects under the Marie Skłodowska- Curie Fellowships 2022 in BCAM

  • Matteo Croci and Daniel Eceizabarrena are the two new Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellows 2022 at the Basque Center for Applied Mathematics – BCAM


The GEOLEARN and TIDE projects of researchers Matteo Croci and Daniel Eceizabarrena have been selected for the Marie Curie 2022 European Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA-PF) to be carried out at the Basque Centre for Applied Mathematics – BCAM. The MSCA-PF is one of the most competitive individual fellowships in Europe. 

Matteo Croci, the researcher of the GEOLEARN project, remarks that this fellowship “is a great honour and a great achievement. It is a very competitive grant, and I am very happy and grateful, and also very excited to start it. The MSCA fellowship is great in terms of financial support, but its most attractive features are the freedom to carry out my own research and the career boost it gives, which will hopefully help me obtain a permanent position in the future”.

GEOLEARN’s goal is to guide hydrogen storage technologies through real-time inversion of multi-scale electromagnetic measurements of the subsurface using energy-efficient deep learning (DL) methods. To this end, GEOLEARN will leverage mixed-precision (MP) calculations to maximise energy efficiency and ensure scalability.

His interdisciplinary research currently focuses on 1) Multilevel/Multifidelity Monte Carlo methods, uncertainty quantification and computational stochastics and 2) Reduced- and mixed-precision (RP and MP) algorithms, in particular for solving partial differential equations (PDEs). “These topics have diverse applications in scientific computing and machine learning. For instance, I have applied these methods to brain fluid simulation, biomedical informatics, weather and climate prediction, and plasma physics simulations. The MSCA project will instead focus on hydrogen storage and geophysics applications. We will collaborate with industry to disseminate the project results and hence maximise their exploitation. The new methods will have a major impact inside and outside academia”, explains Croci.

Daniel Eceizabarrena is the researcher of the project TIDE – Turbulence and Interactions with Dispersive Equations and Fourier Analysis. “Obtaining this fellowship and realizing that the projects that I proposed are appreciated by the panel boosts my confidence to persevere in my work and research line. The fantastic resources of the grant will be of great help to travel, attend to conferences and establish new collaborations. I am also excited to come back to BCAM and to collaborate with old friends and new colleagues”, says Eceizabarrena.

The turbulence of fluids and waves is an important mechanism that governs our environment, affecting air travel, prediction of ocean surface or weather forecasting. Simulations are used every day to predict turbulence, but its accurate mathematical description is one of the biggest open problems in Mathematical Physics. On the other hand, dispersive PDEs are among the most successful models for several physical phenomena. “In this project I propose to advance in both theories, turbulence and dispersive PDEs, by studying the interactions between them and drawing from techniques from Fourier Analysis, probability, number theory and geometry“, explains researcher Daniel Eceizabarrena. For that, he aims to accurately describe phenomena in the motion of turbulent fluids. As an example, he adds that “intermittency and multifractality are widely accepted and observed in experiments, but we still do not have a completely satisfactory way to describe them mathematically. Towards finding a successful theory, it is necessary to have rigorous mathematical examples of intermittent and multifractal phenomena”. 

About Matteo Croci

Matteo Croci is an expert in mixed-precision methods for scientific computing and uncertainty quantification. He has 4 years of experience in research collaborations with industry. In BCAM he will collaborate with Prof. David Pardo, who has extensive experience in deep learning methods for inverse problems in geophysics and finite element methods (FEM), and who is currently collaborating with companies relevant to the project.

About Daniel Eceizabarrena

Daniel Eceizabarrena works in Fourier analysis and dispersive PDEs, specially in problems arising from fluid and wave turbulence. He is currently a Simons Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and member of the Simons Collaboration on Wave Turbulence. He obtained his PhD in Mathematics and Statistics in 2020 at BCAM and the University of the Basque Country, for which he obtained a 2022 Vicent Caselles award. In BCAM he will collaborate with Dr. Luz Roncal and Dr. Renato Lucà, both with extensive research experience in Partial Differential Equations and Fourier analysis.

About the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions fund excellent research and innovation and equip researchers at all stages of their career with new knowledge and skills, through mobility across borders and exposure to different sectors and disciplines. The MSCA help build Europe’s capacity for research and innovation by investing in the long-term careers of excellent researchers.

The MSCA also fund the development of excellent doctoral and postdoctoral training programmes and collaborative research projects worldwide. By doing so, they achieve a structuring impact on higher education institutions, research centres and non-academic organisations.

The MSCA promote excellence and set standards for high-quality researcher education and training in line with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the recruitment of researchers.