Brian Van Koten

I am a postdoctoral scholar in the department of statistics at the University of Chicago.

Contact Info

  • Office: GCIS 214E
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Research Interests

I specialize in numerical analysis. Currently, I am working with Jonathan Weare on the development of methods for simulating rare events. These methods apply to a broad range of problems in materials science, biology, and chemistry. I am also interested in atomistic-to-continuum couplings, which are methods for the simulation of defects in crystalline materials.



  • Xingjie Helen Li, Christoph Ortner, Alexander V. Shapeev, and Brian Van Koten. Analysis of Blended Atomistic/Continuum Hybrid Methods. arXiv:1404.4878
  • Brian Van Koten and Christoph Ortner. Symmetries of 2-lattices and second order accuracy of the Cauchy--Born model. Multiscale Modeling and Simulation , 11(2):615--634, 2013. arXiv:1203.5854
  • Mitchell Luskin, Christoph Ortner, and Brian Van Koten. Formulation and optimization of the energy-based blended quasicontinuum method. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering , 253:160--168, 2013. arXiv:1112.2377
  • Brian Van Koten, Xingjie Helen Li, Mitchell Luskin, and Christoph Ortner, A Computational and Theoretical Investigation of the Accuracy of Quasicontinuum Methods. Numerical Analysis of Multiscale Problems, volume 83 of Lect. Notes Compu. Sci. Eng. Springer, 2012. arXiv:1012.6031
  • Brian Van Koten and Mitchell Luskin, Analysis of energy-based blended quasi-continuum approximations. SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis, 49(5):2182--2209, 2011. arXiv:1008.2138

From my undergraduate years

  • Rowena Held, Iva Stavrov, and Brian VanKoten. (Semi-)Riemannian geometry of (para-)octonionic projective planes. Differential Geom. Appl., 27(4):464--481, 2009. arXiv:0702631
  • J. Hardin, A. Mitani, L. Hicks, and B. VanKoten. A robust measure of correlation between two genes on a microarray. BMC Bioinformatics, 8(1):220, 2007.

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