Upcoming workshops

15th USPEX workshop (15th Lyakhov school)

15th workshop on crystal structure prediction with USPEX code. 17-19 September 2018
Skolkovo Insititute of Science and Technology, Moscow, Russia

The workshop is organized by
  • Artem R. Oganov, under auspices of Academia Europaea.

Crystal structure prediction has long remained a major unsolved problem in physical sciences. A number of approaches have been formulated over years. Crystal structure prediction is a powerful tool for designing new materials "in silico", thus replacing the traditional Edisonian trial-and-error approach with design by artificial intelligence. It is also a major instrument for discovering new phenomena at extreme conditions. Crystal structure prediction should thus be an everyday tool at the hands of nearly every computational materials scientist.

A major advance in this field happened with the development of the evolutionary algorithm USPEX for crystal structure prediction, which has led to a number of important discoveries. This proved to be a very efficient and reliable method, and the USPEX code, based on it and freely distributed to academic scientists, is currently used by over 4200 researchers worldwide and this number grows rapidly. We should note that in addition to the evolutionary structure prediction, USPEX code features many other techniques (random sampling, metadynamics, minima hopping, particle swarm optimization) and familiarity with this code will give solid background in many structure prediction techniques. Through a regular series of such pedagogical events we want to train a new generation of materials scientists.

Practical details:
  • Registration fees: none. All participants book their own travel tickets and hotel. We may suggest hotels and assist with reservation. We will also help with visa application
  • Language: English.
  • Registration: The number of seats is limited. To participate in the workshop, please send your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (registration deadline is 15 July 2018). We will select the most qualified applicants and invite them to the workshop. Knowledge of crystallography, solid state physics, theoretical chemistry, or materials science is mandatory.
  • The detailed program could be found at: (pdf)
  • The workshop will be held at Skoltech, a new top-level international university located in Moscow. This will give you an opportunity to discover Moscow, one of the most breathtaking cities in the world, with incredible cultural heritage. For a glimpse of Moscow, see: Moscow aerial view.

14th USPEX workshop (14th Lyakhov school)

24-26 June 2018
Nankai University, Tianjin, China

Organizers:
  • Xiang-Feng Zhou (Nankai University, China)
  • Xiao Dong (Nankai University, China)
  • Artem R. Oganov (Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Moscow, Russia)

The workshop is organized under auspices of Academia Europaea. To participate in the workshop, please send your CV to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (registration deadline is 25 May 2018).

The workshop website is available at workshop website.

Past workshops

13th USPEX workshop (13th Lyakhov school)

16-20 June 2017
HPSTAR, Pudong Shanghai, China

Organizers:
  • Yanling Li (Jiangsu Normal University, China)
  • DuckYoung Kim (HPSTAR, China)
  • Vladislav A. Blatov (Samara State University, Russia)
  • Artem R. Oganov (Skoltech/MIPT, Moscow, Russia; Stony Brook University, NY USA)

The joint ToposPro & 13th USPEX Workshops (13th Lyakhov school on Computational Materials Science) has been held in HPSTAR, Pudong Shanghai, China during 16-20 June 2017.

Dear friends, it was a great pleasure to host you in Pudong Shanghai, China!

For workshop program, practical details and registration, see you can visit the workshop website.

12th USPEX workshop (12th Lyakhov school)

11-13 January 2017
University of Poitiers, France

Organizers:
  • Gilles Frapper (University of Poitiers, France)
  • Artem R. Oganov (Skoltech/MIPT, Moscow, Russia; Stony Brook University, NY USA)

The 12th USPEX Workshop (12th Lyakhov school on Computational Materials Science) was held in University of Poitiers, France during January 11-13, 2017. Workshop was organized by prof. Gilles Frapper.

Dear friends, it was a great pleasure to host you in Poitiers, France!

For workshop program and other details you can visit the workshop website.

11th USPEX workshop (11th Lyakhov school)

June 5-9, 2016
Enrico Fermi Conference Center, Villa Monastero, Varenna, Italy

Organizers:
  • Carlo Gatti (CNR ISTM, University of Milan)
  • Davide Ceresoli (CNR ISTM, University of Milan)
  • Artem R. Oganov (Skoltech, Russia; Stony Brook University, USA)

Dear Colleagues and Friends,
International Symposium on Material Design & the 11th USPEX Workshop (11th Lyakhov school on Computational Materials Science) has been hold in Villa Monastero, Varenna, Lake Como, Italy during June 5-9, 2016. Workshop was organized by Institute of Molecular Science and Technologies, National Research Council, Italy.

It was a great pleasure for us to host you in Italy!

Organizing Committee of USPEX workshop 2016

We are glad to present the conference booklet for you (pdf)

10th USPEX workshop (10th Lyakhov school)

August 20-23, 2015
Beijing Computational Science Research Center, China

Organizers:
  • Artem R. Oganov (Stony Brook University, USA)
  • Yan-Ling Li (Jiangsu Normal University, China)
  • Qing-Feng Zeng (Northwestern Polytechnical University, China)

International Symposium on Material Design & the 10th USPEX Workshop (10th Lyakhov school on Computational Materials Science) will be held in Beijing during August 20-23, 2015, which is co-organized by Northwestern Polytechnical University and Beijing Computational Science Research Center. We have great pleasure to invite you to attend this workshop and enjoy the academic tour in Beijing.

We are looking forward to hosting you in Beijing, China!

For more information about this workshop you can see the workshop website.

Registeration closed.

Supporting organizations:
  • Northwestern Polytechnical University
  • Beijing Computational Science Research Center
  • Stony Brook University

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9th USPEX workshop (9th Lyakhov school)

June 25-30, 2015
Poitiers University, France

Organizers:
  • Gilles Frapper (Poitiers University, France; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Artem R. Oganov (Stony Brook University, USA; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

The 9th hands-on workshop (9th Lyakhov school on Computational Materials Science) on Crystal Structure Prediction and Materials Discovery with the USPEX code will take place in Poitiers University (France) on June 25-30, 2015 and organized by Prof. Gilles Frapper. Morning sessions will consist of lectures by developers and advanced users of USPEX and some key figures in this field, whereas afternoons will be dedicated to hands-on exercises. Participants will have an opportunity to solve problems related to their research and to present their work. The workshop will include an excursion to the Loire river (wine tasting, Fontevraud abbey, castles...) and to others historical places in and around Poitiers. For Midsummer day, The "Fete de la Musique" in Poitiers will celebrate the beginning of the workshop. For program and registration details, please see the workshop website.

Supporting organizations:
  • Poitiers University
  • Stony Brook University

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8th USPEX workshop (8th Lyakhov school)

January 20-24, 2015
The Department of Physics
School of Natural Sciences
Shiv Nadar University, India

Organizers:
  • Priya Johari (Shiv Nadar University, India; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Artem R. Oganov (Stony Brook University, USA; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Sayed Faheem Naqvi (Anand International College of Engineering, Jaipur, India)

The 8th USPEX workshop (8th Lyakhov school on Computational Materials Science). The program will consist of theory lectures, hands-on tutorial sessions, and round table discussions. Morning theory lectures will focus on the nature of the crystal structure prediction problems, various ways to address them, theory of energy landscapes, applications of crystal structure prediction, problems related to low-dimensional systems (clusters, surfaces).

For more information about this workshop you can see the poster.

Registeration closed.

Supporting organizations:
  • Shiv Nadar University
  • Stony Brook University
  • International Union of Crystallography

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7th USPEX workshop (7th Lyakhov school)

August 5, 2014
the International Crystallographic Congress
Montréal, Canada

Trainer
  • Prof. Qiang Zhu

7th USPEX workshop (7th Lyakhov school on Computational Materials Science). This workshop aims at demonstrating the capabilities of and the different types of crystal structure prediction possible with the USPEX code, the most widely used tool in the field of crystal structure prediction. After reviewing the basic capabilities, we will have time to solve 1-2 problems brought in by the participants. Bring your own laptop!

Registeration closed.

Supporting organizations
  • Stony Brook University
  • International Union of Crystallography

6th USPEX workshop (6th Lyakhov school)

January, 11-12, 2014
Northwestern Polytechnical University
Xi’an, China

Trainers
  • Prof. Artem R. Oganov (Stony Brook University, USA)
  • Prof. Qingfeng Zeng (Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an, China)
  • Dr. Dong Dong
  • Congwei Xie
  • Jin Zhang
  • Junhui Peng

6th USPEX workshop (6th Lyakhov school on Computational Materials Science). On January 11-12, 2014, we will hold a training event at Northwestern Polytechnical University (NWPU, Xi’an, China). This will be held at the base of the USPEX Training Center of NWPU. Participants from all countries are welcome.

The total number of participants is limited to about 20, so please register early. Registration will close on 15 December 2013. To participate in the training, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., attaching your CV and publication list.

There is no registration fee, participants only cover their own hotel and living costs. 10 most qualified applicants will receive a grant to cover their housing and meals during the workshop, and can stay for free for a period of up to one week to learn USPEX deeper.

This training event will consist of mostly hands-on training. Participants are welcome to bring their own computational problems, which will be addressed during this training event.

Supporting organizations
  • Stony Brook University
  • Northwestern Polytechnical University

5th USPEX workshop (5th Lyakhov school)

August 3-8, 2013
Guilin University of Electronic Technology
Guilin, China

Organizers
  • Prof. Chaohao Hu (Guilin University of Electronic Technology)
  • Prof. Artem R. Oganov (Stony Brook University, USA)
  • Prof. Qingfeng Zeng (Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an, China)
  • Prof. Tian Cui (director of the State Key Lab for Superhard Materials, Jilin University, China)
Supporting organizations
  • Guilin University of Electronic Technology
  • Stony Brook University
  • Northwestern Polytechnical University

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4th USPEX workshop (4th Lyakhov school)

December 10-15, 2012
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, USA

Registeration closed.

Organizers
  • Artem R. Oganov (Stony Brook University, USA)
  • Andriy O. Lyakhov (Stony Brook University, USA)
  • Gilles Frapper (Univeristy of Poitiers, France)
  • Mario Valle (Swiss Supercomputer Centre, Manno, Switzerland)
Supporting organizations
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • COMPRES (NSF)
  • Stony Brook University (Offices of the Vice-President for Research,Provost, and College of Arts and Sciences)

3rd USPEX workshop (3rd Lyakhov school)

October 22-26, 2012
CECAM-HQ-EPFL
Lausanne, Switzerland

Crystal structure prediction using the USPEX code.

Registeration closed.

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2nd USPEX workshop (2nd Lyakhov school)

August 2-6, 2011
Xi'an, China

Computational Discovery of New Materials and Mineral Phases: evolutionary structure prediction using the USPEX code.

Registeration closed.

Organizers
  • Artem R. Oganov (Stony Brook University, USA)
  • Laifei Cheng (Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an, China)
  • Qingfeng Zeng (Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an, China)
  • Tian Cui (Jilin University, Changchun, China)
Supporting organizations
  • International Cooperation Office (Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an, China)
  • College of Arts & Sciences, Provost and Vice-President for Research (Stony Brook University, USA)
  • National Key Laboratory for Thermostructure Composite Materials (Xi'an, China)
  • Beijing Hongcam Software Technologies, Ltd. (Beijing, China)

1st USPEX workshop (1st Lyakhov school)

Discovery of novel nanoparticles, surfaces and bulk materials: evolutionary structure prediction using the USPEX code

June 26 - July 1, 2011
Poitiers, France

Registration closed.

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