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The UNC-BMElab
A Bayesian Maximum Entropy Lab

For Space/Time Geostatistics

In Exposure, Disease and Risk Mapping

at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



The UNC-BMElab
Room 14, Rosenau Hall
Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
School of Public Health
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

BMElab director:  Marc Serre


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The BMElab at the University of North Carolina

The BMElab is a research group at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill dedicated to the numerical development of the Bayesian Maximum Entropy Method of modern Geostatistics, and its application to exposure, disease and risk mapping.  The BMElab provides advanced visualization and computational capabilities for research in space/time Geostatistics under the direction of Marc Serre.

The research at the BMElab is organized around 4 main themes: concepts, mathematical tools, computer programs, and applications.  The computer programs developed include the well-known BMElib package of spatiotemporal Geostatistics used worldwide by scientists and researchers in over 30 different countries.  The applications include mapping of environmental pollutants such as lead, particulate matter, arsenic, ozone, etc., as well as human exposure and health risk assessment, and disease mapping.


Facilities and Equipment

The BMElab is currently located in room 14 in the basement of Rosenau Hall.  The BMElab features a large computational lab with state of the art computational facilities for many BMElab researchers.  The BMElab has both local workstations with space for several researchers.  These computational facilities include 10 local PC workstations with up to 4 processors (type Intel Xeon, 3.07 GHz) and 12 GB RAM on a single workstation, 3 printers, and advanced spatial modeling software, including arcGIS and MATLAB, installed locally on each computer to increase computational efficiency. The BMElab is equipped with high speed Ethernet network sockets able to provide network access to up to 16 computers, making it easy for visiting researchers to connect their personal laptops to the internet.

In addition the BMElab has campus wide access to high performance research computing (ITS Research Computing), which provide a world-class computing infrastructure as well as other technology tools and capabilities to support interdisciplinary research in high end computational science.  Amongst the high performance computers available are a Linux cluster (KillDevil) with more than 9500 computing cores across 774 servers and large memory ranging from 48 GB to 1 TB per core, and Linux cluster (Kure) with more than 1840 computing cores across 230 blade servers. The facilities also include a large variety of scientific software titles allowing to perform specialized tasks in Science, Geographic Information System (GIS), Mathematics and Statistics and advanced Visualization.