Theoretical modelling is becoming an increasingly important research area. Realistic simulations of complex systems can be used to supplement practical experiments, which are often both expensive and time-consuming. In some cases, mathematical models and simulations can completely replace experiments that may be dangerous, or experiments within geophysics and astrophysics that are extremely difficult or impossible to carry out.
New and exciting possibilities are now available to solve several important problems in a realistic way. Rapid developments in computer technology, efficient calculation algorithms, computer programs and databases filled with information give rise to an increased need for research and education in theory and modelling.
At LiU, research is carried out within bioinformatics, theoretical physics, theoretical chemistry, theoretical biology, and theory and modelling in organic electronics.
The National Supercomputer Centre (NSC) at Linköping University is also a provider of leading edge national supercomputing resources.