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Prof Hamprecht and Heidelberg researchers develop a new algorithm for analysing image data (2017-03-16)

"Understanding how the brain works is one of science's greatest mysteries. "Except for a simple roundworm, there is still no circuit diagram of a complete animal brain, let alone a human brain," states Prof. Hamprecht. In recent years, imaging techniques have been developed that can finally produce three-dimensional images of the entire brain at a sufficiently high resolution. These images are so big, however, that manual analysis would take centuries. What is needed, therefore, is an automated analysis process with the lowest possible error rate. [...] In the latest partitioning challenge, the CREMI Challenge on Circuit Reconstruction from Electron Microscopy Images, the researchers at the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing succeeded in producing the most accurate analysis by a large margin. [...] To explain the challenge of using this analysis method to produce a circuit diagram of a brain, Prof. Hamprecht resorts to the fly as an example. The Heidelberg team is using their new algorithm to map the brain circuit of the fly first before moving on to higher animals, according to mathematician Dr Anna Kreshuk."

Link: https://www.uni-heidelberg.de/presse/news2017/pm20170307_progress-towards-a-circuit-diagram-of-the-brain.html

Maria Rupprecht



Prof Mombaur’s robotics going public on SWR1 Baden-Württemberg (2017-03-02)

Making her work more accessible to the general population, Prof Mombaur recently presented her research on humanoid robots within the broadcasting program on SWR1 On March 9, 2017, Prof Mombaur, the leading robotics expert at the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing, was interviewed by Nicole Köster, on SWR1. In her 30 min interview, Mombaur presented her latest research, discussing, for example the challenges of the progressive motion by humanoid robots. Focusing the research on the comprehension of human movement, Mombaur envisions intelligent medical applications in prosthetics and application areas that prove to be life-threatening, such as fire fighting and mine sweeping.

Link: http://www.swr.de/swr1/bw/programm/leute/mombaur-katja-professorin-fuer-mathematik-und-robotik-expertin/-/id=1895042/did=19043360/nid=1895042/1a26eyz/index.html

Maria Rupprecht



Ruth Großeholz receives prize for the best HGS-MathComp fellow talk (2016-12-01)

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On the first and second of December around 80 fellows of the HGS-MathComp as well as invited guests and supervisors came together for the traditional Annual Colloquium in Speyer. For two days they enjoyed vivid scientific discourse and a fun evening program including a trip to the famous local Christmas market.

The prize for the best fellow talk was awarded to Ruth Großeholz for her exciting insight into her research about a brassinosteroid-regulated pathway in the membrane of Arabidopsis thaliana. The first prize for the best poster presentation was given to Ali Farnoud for his work on flow and particle pattern analysis in a human nasal cavity model.

The organizing team would like to thank all participants for their lively inputs in form of talks, presentations and discussions. Special thanks goes out to the invited speakers Dr. Kathrin Hatz (Bayer AG), Dr. Michael Geiger (d-fine GmbH), Dr. Michael Schick (Robert-Bosch GmbH) and Dr. Daniel Gerecht (SAP SE). In four interesting talks they introduced their companies and their very own working life.

Link: http://www.mathcomp.uni-heidelberg.de/annual-colloquium-2016/gallery

Arne Schoch



Heidelberg Robotics Day – Captivating insights into the world of robots (2016-11-09)

On November 9, 2016, the Mathematikon opened its doors to all generations of the public, granting insight into the work of Prof Dr Katja Mombaurs research group – Optimization in Robotics and Biomechanics. The program ranged from presentations, talks and interactive items on the agenda, including a drawing competition for the kindergarten children, to lectures and discussions by distinguished experts. In this context, presenting Mombaur’s HeiCub, the result of a pioneering project developing the humanoid robot, it was our honour to host renowned researchers in the fields of robotics like Prof Dr Oussama Khatib (Stanford University, USA), Prof Dr Bruno Siciliano (University of Naples, Italy) and Dr Thorsten Kröger (Google). We are already looking forward to advancing the research in this field and to consolidating our contacts and cooperations.

Link: http://www.uni-heidelberg.de/presse/news2016/pm20161031_heidelberger_tag_der_robotik.html

Maria Rupprecht



Dr Frederik Graw receives Hengstberger – Award 2016 (2016-10-31)

On October 29, Dr Frederik Graw was one of the three up-and-coming scientists receiving the annual Hengstberger-Award, advancing pioneering researchers from all disciplines. The Hengstberger-Award finances Dr Graw’s scientific symposium on “Systems Immunology and Vaccine design: How to optimally train our immuno-logical memory” at the International Academic Forum Heidelberg on October 9-10, 2017. Within the framework of this symposium, Dr Graw will focus on new approaches developing vaccine, based on the immune system’s capability to memorise former infections and to stimulate the development of persistent memory cells. As a IWR member, Graw will gather immunologists, virologists and parasitologists with experts from systems biology and mathematical modelling. It’s our delight and honour to make our contribution in this significant discipline.

Link: http://www.uni-heidelberg.de/presse/meldungen/2016/m20161031_hengstberger_preis.html

Maria Rupprecht



Prof Mombaur teaching humanoid robots to walk (2016-09-09)

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On account of Prof Dr Mombaur’s pioneering works in the field of optimization in robotics and biomechanics and her international KoiRobot-Project, innovative mathematical methods and algorithms are paving the way for humanoid robots to walk upright.

Affiliating seven institutions from Germany, France, Israel, Italy and the Netherlands, Prof Katja Mombaur gathered and lead an international team of experts from various disciplines to advance the autonomous movement of humanoid robots. The project has met and tackled challenges concerning the analysis of human motion sequences, both from a mathematical and biomechanical approach, developing a data base, compiling data for various environments from stairs to slippery ground and many more. The highly auspicious results were eventually presented last September in the conclusive KoiRobot workshop of the European research project. I-Robot now is one step closer.

Picture / Copyright: Prof Dr Katja Mombaur

Link: https://www.uni-heidelberg.de/presse/news2016/pm20160909_humanoide-roboter-lernen-das-gehen-auf-zwei-beinen.html

Maria Rupprecht



War of the Titans – The marvel of the Jupiter Column in Ladenburg
A HEiKA-MUSiKE-Project (2016-08-18)

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IWR member Dr Hubert Mara just recently had a prosperous collaboration with the Centre for Cultural and General Studies (ZAK) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, under the academic supervision of Prof Dr Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha, increasing the accessibility of the latest findings, concerning the Jupiter Column in Ladenburg.

The interuniversitarian cooperation of the Heidelberg Karlsruhe Research Partnership (HEiKA), including historians, archeologists and computer scientists of the Heidelberg Center for Cultural Heritage (HCCH) presents the results of the MUSiKE-Project (Multidimensional Perceptibility of Cultural Heritage). This team of academics has researched into the marvel of the Jupiter Column in Ladenburg, using the latest technologies of digitization. In the film the technologies employed and the research results are presented by the protagonists of this story of ancient mysteries.

Picture / Copyright: Hubert Mara

Link: https://youtu.be/s3-4Rzye22U

Maria Rupprecht



Christian Kirches, Head of HGS MathComp Junior Research Group, receives two offers of a professorship (2016-07-18)

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Congratulations to Dr. Christian Kirches, Junior Research Leader of Optimization of Uncertain Systems Group, on the occasion of his offers of a W3-professorship for Mathematical Optimization at the Carl-Friedrich-Gauß-Faculty of the Carolo-Wilhelmina, University of Technology, Braunschweig, and a W3-professorship for Applied Mathematics at the Facutly of Electrical Engineering, Informatics and Mathematics, Paderborn University.

After obtaining his a PhD in mathematics (in 2010) from Heidelberg University, Christian Kirches has been awarded several academic distinctions like the 2011 Klaus-Tschira-prize for publicly understandable science in mathematics and the 2014 Hengstberger prize for junior scientists of Heidelberg University. Dr. Kirches has been leading a junior research group on optimization of uncertain systems at the Heidelberg Graduate School of Mathematical and Computational Methods for the Sciences (HGS MathComp) since 2013. In the winter term 2014/15, Dr. Kirches held an interim professorship for numerical mathematics at Heidelberg University and during the 2015-16 academic year, he acted as interim full professor (chair) of mathematical optimization at Technical University of Braunschweig.

Picture / Copyright: Christian Kirches

Link: http://www.iwr.uni-heidelberg.de/groups/optimus/index/

Jan Keese



Heidelberg Laureate Forum meets up-and-coming scientists of
HGS MathComp (2015-08-27)

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On August 27, 2015, it was our honour to welcome venerable award winners within the frame of the 3rd Heidelberg Laureate Forum. Our up-and-coming junior scientists in mathematics and computer science met winners of their fields’ renowned awards, the Abel Award, the Fields-Medal (including the Nevanlinna Award) and the ACM A.M Turing Award. There was a warm welcome by Dr. Michael J. Winckler, postdoc talks by Dr. Dennis Janka and Dr. Valeria Malieva, a discussion with ACM A.M Turing Award winner Frederick Brooks, the presentation of our 3D-scanner and eventually an open get-together, all opening up a wide range of progressive and highly relevant topics, touching Mathematics and Informatics. Already now we are looking forward to connecting more scientists in our fields.

Link: www.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org

Jan Keese



Kathrin Hatz receives best presentation award at the 5th ECCOMAS PhD Olympiad (2015-08-14)

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Former HGS MathComp Fellow Kathrin Hatz has been selected to receive the best presentation award at the 5th ECCOMAS PhD Olympiad. Kathrin was nominated by the International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM) to attend this event. The European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences (ECCOMAS) was founded in 1993. ECCOMAS is a scientific organization grouping together European associations with interests in the development and applications of computational methods in science and technology. The 5th ECCOMAS PhD Olympiad was hosted by the 3rd ECCOMAS Young Investigators Conference (YIC 2015) in July 2015. Kathrin presented her PhD thesis "Efficient numerical methods for hierarchical dynamic optimization with application to cerebral palsy gait modeling".

Congratulations Kathrin!

Picture (from left to right): Stefanie Elgeti, Conference Chair & Member of the Jury and Kathrin Hatz

Picture / Copyright: Kathrin Hatz, 2015

Link: www.yic.rwth-aachen.de/afterthoughts

Jan Keese



Kathrin Hatz awarded Dr.-Körper-Preis (2015-07-23)

Former HGS MathComp Fellow Dr. Kathrin Hatz has been awarded the 2015 Dr.-Körper-Preis for her PhD thesis "Efficient numerical methods for hierarchical dynamic optimization with application to cerebral palsy gait modeling". Congratulations Kathrin!

Link: https://www.gamm-ev.de/index.php/de/stiftungen-preise/dr-koerper-preis.html

Jan Keese



1st HGS MathComp Chess Tournament (2015-07-15)

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In June and July 2015 the 1st HGS MathComp Chess Tournament took place at the IWR.

The winners are:

1st Place: Alex Isakson
2nd Place: Andreas Maurischat
3rd Place: Ruben Garske

Congratulations to all winners!

Link: www.mathcomp.uni-heidelberg.de/events/chess

Jan Keese



DW-TV Interview with Emőke-Ágnes Horvát (2013-10-07)

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HGS MathComp fellow Emőke-Ágnes Horvát was interviewed by Deutsche Welle for the Brilliant Minds series. She talked, amongst other things, about her doctoral thesis and her research at the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing. The Brilliant Minds series introduces young scientists from all over the world who have chosen to live and pursue their research in Germany.

Link: http://www.dw.de/brilliant-minds-physicist-emőke-ágnes-horvát/av-17074560

Jan Keese



Thomas Wick Awarded Humboldt Postdoc Fellowship (2013-06-19)

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The former HGS MathComp Fellow Dr. Thomas Wick (geb. 1983) has been selected to receive a one-year Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship that is given for a proposed research stay at the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at the University of Texas at Austin in the United States. The fellowship is designed to enable highly-qualified scientists and scholars from Germany who are just embarking on their academic careers to spend extended periods of research (6-24 months) abroad. Thomas Wick was selected based on his academic qualifications as assessed by independent peer reviews where the final decision was made by an interdisciplinary panel. Currently he conducts research in the ICES Center for Subsurface Modeling under the supervision of ICES Professor Mary Wheeler. Specifically, he works on the simulation and numerical analysis of hydraulic fracturing and crack propagation that is based on a phase-field formulation. In a second project, he investigates reactive flow in thin channels, such as in fractures. He previously earned his Ph.D. in applied mathematics in December 2011 under supervision of Professor Rolf Rannacher. Before, in the same year, in May 2011, he received the Jan Szmelter Award for the best talk and the best paper from the Polish Association for Computational Mechanics and Scientific Committee of the 19th International Conference on Computer Methods in Mechanics. This research was in collaboration with Dr. med. Jeremi Mizerski from ICM in Warsaw. In a 9-month postdoctoral position with Professor Rolf Rannacher in 2012, Thomas Wick worked on fluid-structure interaction computations. In October 2012, he started working at ICES. Congratulations Thomas!

Link: http://www.ices.utexas.edu/about/news/228/

Sarah Steinbach



Best poster award for Khai (2013-03-18)

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Khai-Long Ho Hoang got the **Best Poster Award** during the //6th International Symposium on Adaptive Motion in Animals and Machines//, that was held in Darmstadt this month from March 11 - 14 (http://www.amam2013.org/). Khai titeled his poster 'Quantifying dynamic stability in healthy and pathological human locomotion'. He describes in this poster his method how "...to perform dynamic simulation of the human walking motion using Optimal Control and Multiple Shooting and to exploit the concept of N-Step Capturability to describe dynamic stability of human locomotion." The award includes the prize money of €300. Congratulations Khai!

Link: www.amam2013.org

Sabine Kluge



First fellows seminar (2013-02-20)

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On February 5th 2013 the First HGS MathComp Fellows Seminar was held. In this first session, around 40 attendees saw two excellent and entertaining talks, one on graphical models by Bernhard Kausler and one on experimental design by Andreas Schmidt. The idea of this seminar is to establish a new, regular HGS-wide event, where current research topics are presented in a comprehensible way. After the talks the attendees have the opportunity for further discussion in a relaxed setting with food and drinks in the common room. Further details about the seminar and the next session on March 20th can be found here: http://www.mathcomp.uni-heidelberg.de/index.php?id=185

Rahul Nair



4th Annual Colloquium in Erbach (2012-12-10)

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On the 20th and 21st of November 2012 more than 100 fellows, mentors and principal investigators came together to meet and present their work. This years motto was "Welcome to the next level" - an allusion to the funding extension of the HGS MathComp as well as to our efforts to improve the Annual Colloquium from year to year, but also a reminder to all of us that a playful approach to science fosters creativity and often helps achieving our goals faster. The scientific program of the first day was made up of 18 talks in 6 minisymposia and 30 posters, and Stefan Wiesberg (best talk) and Cedric Debes (best poster) received the awards for their excellent contributions. On the second day of the retreat we enjoyed two group talks as well as the presentations of 6 invited speakers, Jan Albersmeyer (Enovos), Volkmar Reinhardt (SEW Eurodrive), Hergen Schultze and Annika Wedemeier (both BASF), Tim Flohrer (ESA/ESOC) and Shirin Faraji (IWR). Their presentations gave a valuable insight on the opportunities that we have after our time as PhD students. Equally important and successful as the scientific program was the social program on the evening of the first day, where the attendees of the Annual Colloquium participated in a relaxing night walk, in a most entertaining powerpoint karaoke event, and in a variety of games. Finally, the organizers would like to thank all participants for making the Annual Colloquium such a memorable event. It was a blast. Rahul Nair and Simon Lenz

Rahul Nair



Success with Affine (2012-12-03)

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HGS MathComp fellow Ágnes Horvát and M.Sc. student Andreas Spitz (both at the IWR) received a Karl-Steinbuch-Stipend for their project entitled AFFINE: A network-analytic approach to identifying characteristics of cinematic milestones. The stipend is offered by the MFG Baden-Württemberg, a foundation which promotes innovative ideas in computer science and media, and covers project costs like traveling expenses to international conferences and cooperation partners. The aim of the project is to analyze a network of film references containing more than 70.000 movies, extracted from Internet Movie Database. The network consists of citation relationships between the films (such as quotes, remake or parody) indicating which films inspired creators of subsequent films. Network analysis provides methods to discover central, frequently cited films in the network, the so-called milestones. A machine learning approach then allows identifying essential characteristics of these influential films. Thereby the inquiry addresses debated questions in the industry such as the correlation between awards and the long-term success of films.

Sabine Kluge



Speed Dating Peking - the next round (2012-11-23)

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Due to the extraordinary fruitfull and excellent teamwork of HGS MathComp with its Chinese fellows and guests, representatives of the graduate school are currently attending the PhD Workshop China, which is offered by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Program). As in 2010 Dr. Winckler and Prof. Hermann want to get in contact with junior scientists and high potentials in the broad field of Mathematics, Computer Sciences and Engineering.

HGS MathComp offers outstanding study conditions for Chinese and international doctoral candidates, as the graduate school is already home to a broad Asian junior scientist community. Next to travel grants and scholarships, the HGS MathComp offers to its scholars the unique international and interdisciplinary research environment of Heidelberg University - a German hotspot of science and education.

Link: http://imperia-dev.uni-heidelberg.de/presse/meldungen/2010/m20101124_phd_workshop.html

Sabine Kluge



Weltbilder der Informatik (2012-10-24)

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Die emeritierte Professorin Britta Schinzel, die als erste habilitierte Informatikerin Deutschland den zweiten eingerichteten Lehrstuhl für Informatik an der Universität Aachen besetzte, sprach am Abend des 24. Oktobers über ihre BMBF-Studie "Weltbilder der Informatik".

Das von 2007 bis 2011 durchgeführte Forschungsprojekt erfasste die spezifischen Wahrnehmungen, Vorstellungen und Erfahrungen von Informatik-Studierenden in Bezug auf ihr Studium. Die dabei eingeholten Stimmungsbilder liefern die Datenbasis aufgrund derer die Studie Vorschläge zur Weiterentwicklung der Informatik-Lehre formuliert.

Unter anderem kristallisierte sich in den von Soziologen durchgeführten Gruppendiskussionen und Einzelinterviews mit Informatik-Studierenden (Universitäten Cottbus, Dresden, Freiburg, Karlsruhe und Oldenburg) heraus, dass Nachwuchsinformatiker sich selbst nur selten als Gestaltende sehen: Obwohl sie zumindest in höhreren Semestern wissen, dass ihre Arbeit die Arbeitskultur und damit viele Entscheidungsprozesse in verschiedenen sozialen Subystemen maßgeblich beeinflusst, wird die Verantwortung, die der Informatik innewohnt, nur unzureichend berücksichtigt.

Link: http://mod.iig.uni-freiburg.de/cms/indexfc9a.html?id=308

Sabine Kluge



Andreas Potschka: Gewinner des Klaus Tschira Preises KlarText 2012!!! (2012-10-12)

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Vita Dr. rer. nat. Andreas Potschka (geb. 1980) beendete sein Studium der Mathematik, mit dem Nebenfach Informatik, an der Ruprechts-Karls-Universität Heidelberg im Jahre 2006 mit Auszeichnung. Seine Forschungsarbeit verfasste er anschließend am Interdisziplinären Zentrum für Wissenschaftliches Rechnen (IWR) der Universität Heidelberg. Unter der Leitung von Prof. Dr. Hans Georg Bock legte er im Dezember 2011 seine Promotion mit dem Titel A direct method for the numerical solution of optimization problems with time-periodic PDE constraints ab, welche mit summa cum laude bewertet wurde. 2009 wurde er mit dem Preis "Best talk from a didactical point of view" bei der 14th Belgian-French-German Conference on Optimization in Leuven ausgezeichnet. 2008 wurde er Mitglied der HGS MathComp. Seit 2011 leitet er die Nachwuchsforschungsgruppe MOBOCON am IWR.

Siegerbeitrag Unsere Welt wird immer komplexer. Das gilt nicht nur für die ganz persönliche tägliche Entscheidungsfindung bei ständig wachsender Auswahl an Kaffeevariationen, sondern auch für immer aufwändigere Produktionsmethoden in der Verfahrenschemie. Viele kennen vermutlich das Phänomen, dass sich bei einem Latte Macchiato Milchschaum und Espresso langsam vermischen. Aber lassen sich die Milch und der Espresso eigentlich auch wieder trennen? Vor ähnlichen Fragen steht man häufig in der pharmazeutischen Industrie, wo Wirkstoffe von unwirksamen oder gesundheitsschädlichen Nebenprodukten getrennt werden müssen. In seinem Siegerartikel „Mathe Macchiato: Optimal trennen“ beschreibt Andreas Potschka anschaulich wie komplex die physikalische Trennungsprozesse oft ablaufen. Dabei erklärt er allgemein verständlich die komplizierten Abläufe und Fachbegriffe. Er zeigt, wie diese Prozesse durch Mathematik optimiert werden können und welche Anforderungen der mathematische Algorithmus erfüllen musste, den er hierfür in seiner Doktorarbeit entwickelt hat. In seinem Artikel kommt Andreas Potschka mit einem sprachlichen Bild aus und nimmt den Leser mit in die Geschichte und die wissenschaftliche Fragestellung.

Sarah Steinbach



Summer School on Flow and Transport in Terrestrial Systems (2012-09-27)

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- September 24-28, 2012 - 24 participants from all over the world came together for the second Summer School on Flow and Transport in Terrestrial Systems. In the lectures the organizers Dr. Olaf Ippisch (IWR Heidelberg), Prof. Kurt Roth (IUP Heidelberg) and Prof. Hans-Jörg Vogel (UFZ Leipzig/Halle) covered the physical processes for ground water flow and transport of dissolved chemicals as well as their numerical simulation. In the afternoon the participants used their new knowledge for the exercises, where they did their own numerical simulations on groundwater flow. The Summer School was completed by the conference dinner in the Common Room and a bar hop in the old city.

Rebecca de Cuveland



(2012-09-12)

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Sara Lee, PhD student in the research group of Prof. Rannacher participated in the foto campaign "I am Heidelberg University". Now her foto is published in the annual report of the University...and also in our local newspaper "RNZ".

Sabine Kluge



Science Academy 2012 with vNGG, CoVis and the ICL Group (2012-09-03)

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The Science Academy Baden-Württemberg, an initiative of the school and education association "Bildung und Begabung", Bonn, visited IWR on September 3. About 20 pupils, with a deep interest in computer sciences and mathematics met Julia, Sonja, Bastian, Hubert, Robert as well as Hiko, Gerhard and Laura from the department of computational linguistics (ICL) for learning more about their research projects and the interdiciplinary science of IWR. The topics presented ranged from topology to search engines. Practical demonstrations were shown with the 3D-scanner and the cyberboard.

Hubert Mara



Piano recital with Markus Ridinger (2012-06-01)

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Play list: a) Johann Sebastian Bach - Englische Suite III b) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Sonate a-Moll KV 310 c) Frédéric Chopin - Klaviersonate III h-Moll op. 58 d) Johannes Brahms - Drei Intermezzi op. 117 e) Frank Martin - 8 Préludes pour le piano

Link: https://twitter.com/IWR_HGS/status/208229587421892608

Sabine Kluge



Ladyshenskaya Lecture witth Marta Sanz-Solé (2012-05-07)

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On May 7, Professor Marta Sanz-Solé talked on "Visiting Sets with Random Trajectories". Marta Sanz-Solé is the current president of the European Mathematical Society and also holds a chair at the University of Barcelona. She visited HGS MathComp for our Ladyshenskaya Lecture. This lecture series gives all doctoral students of HGS MathComp and also interested people the chance to meet a famous female mathematician. Whatch out for our next flyer!


Further Info (PDF)

Sabine Kluge



Girls Day 2012 (2012-04-26)

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Thanks to everyone for helping at the Girls Day 2012!

Link: http://www.girls-day.de/aktool/ez/eventvcard.aspx?id=21945&skin=uo

Sabine Kluge



Opening of the Heidelberg Chapter of SIAM (2012-04-04)

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Five doctoral students of the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR) at Heidelberg University founded the Heidelberg Chapter of SIAM at the end of 2011. In the meantime, the group has grown to the largest German Student Chapter and celebrated its Opening Ceremony on March 29. With generous support of SIAM, IWR and the Heidelberg Graduate School HGS MathComp, the event was a bright success, attracting both participants from industry as well as renowned scientists of Heidelberg University. Dörte Beigel and Andreas Sommer are excited: We have expected about 50 participants to attend, finally it have been more than 70! The two were responsible for the organization of the opening event. The remaining members of the executive board of the Heidelberg Chapter of SIAM, Kathrin Hatz, Holger Diedam and Dennis Janka, returned just in time from Hanoi, Vietnam, where they had given a lecture and support for foundation of a new SIAM student chapter. Holger Diedam welcomed the invited guest speaker Jürgen Hairbucher from Intel, as well as the numerous attending guests, among them the co-founder of the IWR Prof. Jürgen Wolfrum and five representatives of the second German SIAM-Chapter of Trier University, and shortly summarized the activities of the newly founded Heidelberg Chapter: The main goal of our Chapter is to foster the bilateral exchange of industry and academia, as well as strenghening the cooperation between young scientists worldwide. Prof. Rolf Rannacher, dean of the faculty of mathematics and computer science at Heidelberg University, gave a detailed introduction on the wide fields of application of mathematical methods developed at IWR, which range from sattelite orbit determination and optimization of chemical reaction networks to simulation of blood in human heart vessels and automated reconstruction of the cambodian Angkor Wat temple from 3d surface scans - to give just a few examples. Guest speaker Jürgen Hairbucher, director of the Intel Open Lab Munich and jointly responsible for coordination of Intels research and development in the European Union, described Intels vision for 2020. The semiconductor giant runs a variety of research, including the areas energy efficiency, mobility and image processing, often in collaboration with universities. Three selected talks describing the state-of-the-art reseach at IWR marked the ending of the scientific part of the opening ceremony. Dr. Mario Mommer gave a presentation on mathematical modeling and simulation of subdiffusion (transport in porous media), that occurs in living cells. Also dealing with medical applications, Dr. Thomas Wick illuminated in his talk the formation of cardio-vascular diseases as a result of disturbed blood circulation. The audience award, if there had been one, would go to Simon Lenz. In his talk titled Delay Effects in the Livescore of ‘Unser Star für Baku (USfB), he bridged the gap between science and everydays life in the most entertaining way (USfB was the 2012 TV show to determine the german candidate for the Eurovision Song Contest that reaches 100-600 million viewers internationally; the Livescore in USfB showed the current ranking of each candidate and was continuously updated by incoming votes). He figured out why the crowd-pleaser Roman Lob who finally won the German final almost failed in the first show despite a tremendous performance. The mathematical analysis clearly shows that two major effects lead to the unwanted outcome: First, the technical delay between broadcasting the television signal and the incoming of votes, and second, the laziness of the viewers that only called if their favorite was acutely in danger of being eliminated explained Simon Lenz. As a result of this voting system, even an outstanding performer could easily fail, just because his supporters recognize too late that he is in danger being voted off the show. Obviously, also the producers of USfB noticed these problems and modified the voting system after the third show.

Link: http://siamchapter.uni-hd.de

Andreas Sommer



DuB Foundation: Postdoc Sponsorship (2012-03-22)

To January 1st 2012, the Daimler and Benz Foundation will establish a new fellowship program which is addressed to young postdoc scientists, regardless of the applicant's nationality. Especially in this phase, important research work is done. To support their work in science, postdocs and junior professors, as well as young scientists in a comparable position, e. g., independent team leaders of groups of young researchers, are to be sponsored in the early phase of their scientific work. Applications can be submitted for the first time until November 15th 2011. The annual funding sum is 20,000 Euros per fellowship. Because the Daimler and Benz Foundation wants to promote outstanding young scientists in the autonomy of their research, the use of the funds is placed at the fellowship holders discretion. It can be used, according to the fellow's individual needs, for financing computers or technical equipment, scientific assistants, research travel, or for participation in conferences. Only printing costs and expendable items are excluded. For the organization of own scientific conferences, additional funds from the foundation can also be applied for to an amount of 2,500 Euros.

Link: http://www.daimler-benz-stiftung.de/cms/index.php?page=postdoc-stipendium-2

Sabine Kluge



ZONTA award for Alumna Miriam Fritsche (only German) (2012-03-14)

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Für ihre herausragende Dissertation auf dem Gebiet der Statistischen Physik und der Biophysik wird Dr. Miriam Fritsche mit dem Förderpreis 2011 des ZONTA Clubs Heidelberg ausgezeichnet. Die Nachwuchswissenschaftlerin erhält die mit 3.000 Euro dotierte Auszeichnung, die in Kooperation mit der Universität Heidelberg vergeben wird, für ihre Doktorarbeit zum Thema Chromosome Kissing und Chromosomenfaltung in Eukaryotischen und Bakteriellen Zellen. Die Arbeit ist im Rahmen der Heidelberger Graduiertenschule der mathematischen und computergestützten Methoden für die Wissenschaften (HGS MathComp) an der Fakultät für Physik und Astronomie der Ruperto Carola entstanden. Die Preisverleihung findet am Montag, 5. März 2012, statt. Die Präsidentin des Heidelberger ZONTA Clubs, Dr. Andrea Köster, wird den Preis überreichen. Miriam Fritsche (Jahrgang 1983) studierte Physik an der Technischen Universität Darmstadt, der Cantoblanco Universidad in Madrid (Spanien) sowie der Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca (Italien). Nach dem Master-Abschluss im Jahr 2008 wechselte sie an die Universität Heidelberg, um hier ihre Dissertation vorzubereiten. Dafür erhielt sie ein Promotionsstipendium der HGS MathComp. Forschungsaufenthalte führten sie an das Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research und das Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge (USA). Ihre Doktorarbeit, die sie im Herbst vergangenen Jahres abschließen konnte, wurde von Prof. Dr. Dieter W. Heermann vom Institut für Theoretische Physik der Universität Heidelberg betreut. Aktuell will Dr. Fritsche am Collège des Ingénieurs in Paris, einer Einrichtung zur Förderung von überdurchschnittlich guten Absolventen der Ingenieur- und Naturwissenschaften mit der Vorbereitung auf eine verantwortliche Tätigkeit in der Industrie, einen postgradualen Master of Business Administration erwerben. ZONTA International ist ein weltweiter Zusammenschluss von Frauen, die selbstständig oder in verantwortlicher Position tätig sind und das Ziel verfolgen, die rechtliche, politische, wirtschaftliche und berufliche Stellung der Frau zu stärken. Der ZONTA Club Heidelberg mit rund 50 Mitgliedern unterstützt in diesem Zusammenhang regionale und überregionale Projekte. Darüber hinaus wird jährlich der Young Women in Public Affairs Award an sozial engagierte Schülerinnen sowie alle zwei Jahre zusammen mit der Ruperto Carola der Zonta-Förderpreis für junge Wissenschaftlerinnen vergeben.

Link: http://www.die-stadtredaktion.de/2012/03/wissenschaft-ressorts/wissenschaft/universitat-wissenschaft/zonta-club-heidelberg-zeichnet-dr-miriam-fritsche-aus/http://www.die-stadtredaktion.de/2012/03/wissenschaft-ressorts/wissenschaft/universitat-wissens

Sabine Kluge



Visit of a renowned Mathematician - Prof Varadhan at the HGS MathComp (2012-02-08)

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Prof Srinivasa Varadhan from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York, USA, visited Heidelberg University in the course of HGS MathComps Courant Lecture series. In his talk on \"large deviations for random graphs and random matrices\", the renowned mathematician and expert on probalistic theory reported on his current research. Complex networks can be found nearly everywhere. There are economic or social networks like commodities or partnerships as well as communication or transport networks in form of internet and logistics. Physiochemical, biological or technological networks are chemical reactions, populations, ecosystems and whole production systems. Prof Varadhan analyses mathematically the behavior of networks like these, which are characterized by the number of knots and random cross-linking. He showed that the networks can adopt different conditions and that the transition between the conditions is accidental. For the understanding and the handling of networks the exploration of possible conditions is crucial. Since 1963 Prof Varadhan has been working at the Courant Institute, one of the leading centers for mathematics and its applications. He received several honors as the renowned Abel Prize of the Norwegian Academy of Sciences, which he was awarded in 2007, and in 2010 he obtained the National Medal of Science from the hands of the President of the USA. Varadhan is a current member of numerous societies. His visit to Heidelberg was made possible by HITS, MATCH and HGS MathComp. The Courant Lecture of HGS MathComp serves the purpose is supposed to invite international top researchers in the field of mathematical theory and its transfer to application.

Sabine Kluge



Annual Colloquium 2011: Third time is a charm! (2011-11-16)

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The 3rd HGSMathComp Annual Colloquium held from November 9 - 10, 2011 at the Youth Hostel in Altleiningen was given the motto Solus Numquam Vades! (You will never walk alone!) - a statement to emphasize the fellowship of the graduate school. The colloquium was situated at the beautiful site of the Castle Altleiningen in the Palatinate Forest. The well elaborated two days schedule included four Mini-Symposia and a poster session on the first day, as well as Software Introductory Lectures and Alumni Talks on the second day and offered the participating PhD students and their supervisors a great platform to meet and discuss ideas with other fellows. The contributions provided an overview over the wide range of research fields associated with HGSMathComp, e.g. applications in environmental physics, biomolecular simulation and scientific computing in the humanities. During the colloquium excellent talks were given and remarkable posters were presented with the most outstanding among them honored by a Referee Best Talk Award (Sven Wanner), two Referee Best Poster Awards (Karsten Staack and Christoph Weiler), an Audience Best Talk Award (Kathrin Hatz), as well as an Audience Best Poster Award (Christian Goll). Congratulations to the honorees! The vivid and well-attended Social Event that offered both a cozy get-together in the restaurant and an adventurous midnight walk with torches was a great occasion to keep good company with the fellows in a casual and fun way. After all, the 3rd HGSMathComp Annual Colloquium was a great and successful event! True to the motto - Solus Numquam Vades! - spending two days together in a remote location brought all HGSMathComp fellows closer together - both professionally and socially.

Khai-Long Ho Hoang



Excellent Science, Vivid Presentation (2011-10-18)

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On Thursday, October 13th, the Klaus Tschira Foundation presented the KlarText! award for understandable Science. Dr. Christian Kirches, who studied numerical mathematics and optimization in the work group of Prof. Dr.Dr.h.c. Hans Georg Bock, had already completed his diploma thesis at the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR) at Heidelberg University. He completed his doctoral thesis under the supervision of Bock and his colleague Prof.Dr. Gerhard Reinelt in the structured graduate program of HGS MathComp in November 2010 summa com laude. Titled Fast Numerical Methods for Mixed-Integer Nonlinear Model-Predictive Control, Kirches describes in this thesis fast control algorithms and their applications in automotive industry. The algorithms that he developed during his PhD project are already patented. Christian Kirches was a doctoral fellow of the Heidelberg Graduate School of Mathematical and Computational Methods for the Sciences. After his thesis he conducted a 4-months visit at Argonne National Laboratory, IL, USA and is now working as a postdoc at IWR. If every vehicle would choose the economically best gear any time during driving, much energy and time could be saved. To complete this task, Kirches had to fight a one with 24 zeroes: That is the incredible number of gear shift combinations for trucks with 16 gears doing 20 gear shift operations. To make it possible for a mathematician to teach gear shifting to the board computer, a series of specialized problems had to be solved to downsize this huge number. The solution was a method where the researcher only selectively adjusted gear shifts and partially computed optimal shift combinations. In Kirches publication Schnell Geschaltet! (Fast Shifting!) the reader gets a fascinating insight into the world of mathematics. Through constant connection to every-day-problems, clear and precise language and intuitive analogies the numbers don\'t stay abstract quantities. The reader experiences how science helps to solve optimization problems.

Link: http://www.klaus-tschira-preis.info/

Sabine Kluge



Interdisziplinäres Doktorandinnen-Kolloquium (IDK) Wintersemester 2011/2012 (2011-10-08)

Das IDK ist eine offene interdisziplinäre Diskussionsplattform, die Heidelberger Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen nun schon seit 20 Jahren die Möglichkeit bietet, einander ein Forum zu geben, aktuelle Forschung zu diskutieren, Networking zu betreiben und die wissenschaftliche Karriere zu planen. Das Kolloquium bietet die Möglichkeit, das eigene Dissertationsprojekt vorzustellen und interdisziplinär diskutieren zu lassen. Im besten Fall begleitet das Kolloquium die Promovierende durch die gesamte Dissertationsphase und räumt ihr die Möglichkeit ein, die Fortschritte ihrer Arbeit regelmäßig in Form von Fortschritts- und Abschlussberichten zu präsentieren. Gerade hier hat sich die interdisziplinäre Zusammensetzung der Gruppe - vor allem in der Diskussion von Methoden- und Forschungsansätzen - als sehr bereichernd und konstruktiv erwiesen. Neben interdisziplinärem Austausch, gegenseitiger Hilfestellung und Motivation bietet das IDK auch Gelegenheit zum Austausch über die Position als Doktorandin und die Möglichkeiten akademischer Karriereplanung für Frauen. In den letzten Semestern konnten wir immer wieder externe Referentinnen und Referenten für spezifische Themenabende gewinnen. Somit geben wir - von Semesterprogramm zu Semesterprogramm unterschiedlich gewichtet - neben inhaltlich-thematischen Schwerpunkten auch der Aneignung überfachlicher Kompetenzen, die für die wissenschaftliche Laufbahn zielführend sind, und der Reflexion der eigenen Karrieren in der Wissenschaft Raum. Zeit: Mittwochs (2x im Monat) um 19:00 Uhr; Beginn 19. Oktober 2011 Ort: Neue Uni, Hörsaal 12a

Link: http://graduateacademy.uni-heidelberg.de/
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Sabine Kluge



The role of multiscale structure in biological systems (2011-10-07)

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From September 27-29, 2011, there was a a workshop on the role of multiscale structure in biological systems at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling in Warsaw (ICM). This workshop was devoted to mathematical modelling of the population dynamics including spatial aspects, such as intra and extra cellular transport of molecules, and physiological heterogeneity. Junior investigators and fellows of HGS MathComp, e.g. Alexandra Köthe, Elfriede Friedmann, Daniel Gerecht and Anna Marciniac-Czochra, gave talks there and organized this two-day event. More information can be found on the corresponding website. The workshop proved to be a very successful scientific event, gathering app. 50 participants, as Dr. Anna Trykozko (ICM) reports.

Link: http://gc.icm.edu.pl/rmsbs/index.php

Sabine Kluge



Fellowships (2011-09-29)

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Die Forschungsautonomie herausragender Nachwuchswissenschaftler zu stärken, ist das Ziel eines neuen Stipendienprogramms der Daimler und Benz Stiftung. Zwei Jahre lang erhalten Postdoktoranden und Juniorprofessoren ein jährliches Stipendium in Höhe von 20.000 Euro. Die Stipendiaten können die Mittel nach individuellem Bedarf frei für ihre Forschung einsetzen: Finanzierung von Computern oder technischer Ausrüstung, wissenschaftlicher Hilfskräfte, Forschungsreisen oder der Teilnahme an Tagungen. Zusätzlich können 2.500 Euro für die Organisation eigener wissenschaftlicher Konferenzen beantragt werden. Das Programm ist offen für alle Fachdisziplinen und Themen. Bewerben können sich Nachwuchswissenschaftler, die in eine deutsche Universität oder wissenschaftliche Einrichtung institutionell eingebunden sind und ein eigenes Forschungsprojekt betreiben. Bewerber sollten zum Zeitpunkt des angestrebten Förderungsbeginns nicht älter als 35 Jahre sein. Zum 1. Januar 2012 werden das erste Mal circa zehn Stipendien vergeben. Bewerbungsschluss ist der 15. November 2011. Ausführliche Informationen zum Programm auf der Internetseite der Stiftung: www.daimler-benz-stiftung.de Dort steht auch die Ausschreibung der Stiftung zum Download: www.daimler-benz-stiftung.de/cms/uploads/images/posdocs/postdoc-ausschreibung.pdf Kontakt: Dr. Jörg Klein Geschäftsführer der Daimler und Benz Stiftung Telefon: 06203-1092-0 Telefax: 06203-1092-5 E-Mail: info@daimler-benz-stiftung.de

Link: http://www.daimler-benz-stiftung.de/cms/index.php?page=foundation
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Sabine Kluge



(2011-09-08)

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With an international research team Francesco published an article in the renowned journal Nature Chemistry. HGS MathComp congratulates!

Link: http://www.nature.com/nchem/journal/v3/n9/full/nchem.1112.html

Sarah Steinbach



Equal opportunities (2011-08-01)

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An information afternoon on the topic of achieving excellent gender equality, organized for students and affiliates by the equal opportunities commissioners of the faculities of Mathematics & Computer Sciences and Physics & Astronomy took place in the main lecture hall of the Kirchhoff Institute for Nuclear Physics on June 8th. On this occasion instead of nuclear research and new methods in mathematics, the issue which hopefully will soon be a day-to-day one at Heidelberg University, was about combining science and family life. Scientist of both genders and different career levels who successfully combine career and family life, reported on their personal experiences: A PhD student of the physic research group "dynamics of complex systems" started the talk sessions. She reported about the daily routine which she adjusted to optimize her situation: in the early morning some time for child, household, doctor's appointments etc. from 1 pm onwards highly concentrated laboratory work which has to be interrupted at 6 pm due to the closure of the child care facility. A postdoc researcher from the "Universe Cluster Munich", who is nine month pregnant with her third child, mentioned the importance of her own individual organization to allow for a full time job. Furthermore she is dependend on crèche facilities and an au-pair. A BIOMS- and Emmy Noether group leader combines his career- and family duties with the help of his wife who works part-time. Finally Prof Barbara Paech, successful scientist and university lecturer and mother of two, talked about her development and emphasized also the positive aspect of the concept of dual career. After a snack, which gave the opportunity of individual exchange and networking, the equal opportunity office of Heidelberg University presented its options. The success of the event was reflected in the very vivid discussions among the participants and gives the scientists reason to hope that the combination of career and family will one day be a matter of course. For further information contact Dr. Elfriede Friedman, equal opportunities commissioner of the faculty of maths and informatics.

Elfriede Friedmann



FIFA Women's World Cup (2011-07-16)

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Thanks to HGS Mathcomp for giving us the opportunity to watch the match for third place of the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011. It took place in the Rhine-Neckar-Arena in Sinsheim. We had a lot of fun watching the French and the Swedish soccer teams fighting for the bronze medal. Due to the awesome goal of Marie Hammarstrom in the 82nd minute, Sweden won the match 2:1. Although some of us were hoarse cheering the French players, we were happy for the Swedish team and it was fun to see the winners dancing ;-) … and by the way: Congratulations to the Japanese team on winning the world cup!!!

Lilian Kramer



SCCH 2011 (2011-07-12)

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Last week the 3rd conference on Scientific Computing and Cultural Heritage (SCCH'11) took place in the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (HAW) organized by the IWR and the HGS MathComp. Like the previous conference in 2009 it attracted speakers from all over Europe as well as the United States and Asia. The contents of the presentations span an interesting wide range of various methods, applications and projects, like the MayaArch3D collaboration of the University of New Mexico and the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) in Bonn. The invited talk by Henri Eisenbeiss (ETH Zürich) gave an exhaustive overview about newest Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) used in remote sensing and photogrammetry. The invited lecture about detecting and predicting climate effects on cultural stone deterioration by Marie-Francoise Andre (Université Blaise Pascal) demonstrated the urge to understand the long term effects of restoration and tourism on precious temple sites all around the world. Not only Cultural Heritage senior professional were attracted - there were also remarkable student presentation about analysis of historic documents of China, Quadrocopters for excavations as well as reverse engineering to understand archaeological artefacts. The latter was presented by Vera Moitinho (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and won the price for the best student presentation. Due to the success of this biannual conference, the next event is planned for early fall 2013.

Hubert Mara



(2011-06-28)

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The IWR / HGS Soccer team wins the 11th Chemie Cup! We Thank: Jurgis Pods, Florian Kehrle, Sebastian Sager, Robert Kircheis, Arash Rashidi, Christoph Weiler , Pavel Hron, Thomas Hoffmann, Le Zhang

Jens Fangerau



New Service Point INF of the Graduate Academy (INF) (2011-05-27)

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The Graduate Academy, the Welcome Centre for International Scholars and the Equal Opportunities Office of the University of Heidelberg have joined together to establish a new Service Point in Neuenheimer Feld. We are pleased to provide the same support and services at the Service Point INF as at our city center offices but at a more convenient location for students and researchers working in Neuenheimer Feld! You will find the following service facilities at the Service Point INF : * Welcome Centre for International Scholars (The Welcome Centre offers assistance to international scholars with questions concerning everyday life and work.) * Graduate Academy/Service for Doctoral Students (The Graduate Academy Service Point offers advice and assistance on topics of general interest to young researchers, such as doctoral training, health insurance, administrative formalities and financial support.) * Equal Opportunities Office (The Equal Opportunities Office and Family Service of the University provide assistance to researchers with affairs concerning family life.) We hope that you will take full advantage of our new location and office hours! For further information about office hours and contact details, please refer to the attached flyer or visit our website: www.graduateacademy.uni-heidelberg.d

Link: www.graduateacademy.uni-heidelberg.de
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Sabine Kluge



36 EURIAS Fellowships Humanities and Social Sciences (2011-05-10)

The European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) Fellowship Programme is an international researcher mobility programme offering 10-month residencies in one of the 14 participating Institutes: Berlin, Bologna, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Cambridge, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Lyons, Nantes, Paris, Uppsala, Vienna, Wassenaar. The Institutes for Advanced Study support the focused, self-directed work of outstanding researchers. The fellows benefit from the finest intellectual and research conditions and from the stimulating environment of a multi-disciplinary and international community of first-rate scholars. EURIAS Fellowships are mainly offered in the fields of the humanities and social sciences but may also be granted to scholars in life and exact sciences, provided that their proposed research project does not require laboratory facilities and that it interfaces with humanities and social sciences. The diversity of the 14 participating IAS offers a wide range of possible research contexts in Europe for worldwide scholars. Applicants may select up to three IAS outside their country of nationality or residence as possible host institutions. The Programme welcomes applications worldwide from promising young scholars as well as from leading senior researchers. Based on the 2011/2012 application campaign, the EURIAS selection process has proven to be highly competitive. To match the Programme standards, applicants have to submit a solid and innovative research proposal, to demonstrate the ability to forge beyond disciplinary specialisation, to show an international commitment as well as quality publications in high-impact venues. For the 2012-2013 academic year, EURIAS offers 36 fellowships (19 junior and 17 senior positions). All IAS have agreed on common standards, including the provision of a living allowance (in the range of EUR 26,000 for a junior fellow and EUR 38,000 for a senior fellow), accommodation (or a mobility allowance), a research budget, plus coverage of travel expenses. Applications are submitted online via http://www.eurias-fp.eu , where, you will find detailed information regarding the content of the application, eligibility criteria, selection procedure, etc. Deadline: 31.5.2011 SELECTION PROCEDURE - Scientific assessment by two international referees - Pre-selection by the EURIAS international Scientific Committee - Final selection by the IAS academic boards - Publication of results (December 2011) Contact: Mylène Trouvé RFIEA Foundation 190-198 avenue de France 75013 PARIS - France phone: +33 1 49 54 21 49 mylene.trouve@eurias-fp.eu

Sabine Kluge



HCI Celebration (2011-04-20)

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The Heidelberg Collaboratory for Image Processing (HCI) at the University of Heidelberg celebrated 25 years of research in image processing in Heidelberg on April 15, 2011 in the old auditorium (Alte Aula) of the University. Within 25 years a small research group at the Institute for Environmental Physics grew into Germany's largest image processing center. Three alumni (Dr. Horst Haußecker, Intel Labs Santa Clara; Dr. Timo Kohlberger, Siemens Princeton; Dr. Björn Menze, MIT Cambridge), one of the industrial cooperation partners (Dr. Wolfgang Niehsen, Bosch Hildesheim) and Prof. Bernd Jähne (HCI) gave a vivid insight into the developments of the last 25 years and the many application fields of image processing. The Heidelberg Collaboratory for Image Processing (HCI) is an "Industry-on-Campus"-project of the University of Heidelberg. It was founded in 2008 together with Robert Bosch GmbH, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Heidelberg Engineering, Silicon Software GmbH, and PCO AG as part of the University's excellence initiative. The goal of the HCI is a close interaction between basic and applied research in an environment characterized by interdisciplinary - the HCI is part of a central university institute bridging several faculties, the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR), and a multitude of fields such as industrial quality control, driver assistance systems, medicine, biology, and environmental sciences, to name just a few. The HCI works on the paradigm that the basic problems of image processing are largely independent of its array of applications. In this way, any solutions to basic problems will immediately become beneficial to many applications at once.

Link: http://www.inspect-online.com/news/uni-heidelberg-bildverarbeitung-seit-25-jahren

Bernd Jähne



Heidelberg half marathon (2011-04-10)

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On the occasion of the 625th anniversary of Heidelberg University more than 12 faculties as well as the team of the central university administration took part in the Heidelberg half marathon on April 10. Also the IWR and HGS MathComp team ran the 21 km ambitious route. The pictures show Phillip Harbach, HGS MathComp student in Prof Dreuw's research group "Theoretical and Computational Chemistry". A tribute to all University teams will be held on July 8, in the sports area of Heidelberg University

Sabine Kluge



Interdisziplinäres Doktorandinnen-Kolloquium im SS 2011 (2011-04-08)

Das IDK ist eine offene und interdisziplinäre Diskussionsplattform, die Heidelberger Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen nun schon seit mehr als 15 Jahren die Möglichkeit bietet, einander ein Forum zu geben, aktuelle Forschung zu diskutieren, Networking zu betreiben und die wissenschaftliche Karriere zu planen. Die teilnehmenden Doktorandinnen der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften schaffen sich selbst den Raum zum wissenschaftlichen Austausch über die eigenen Forschungsprojekte. Das Kolloquium bietet die Möglichkeit, das eigene Dissertationsprojekt vorzustellen und interdisziplinär diskutieren zu lassen. Im besten Fall begleitet das Kolloquium die Promovierende durch die gesamte Dissertationsphase und räumt ihr die Möglichkeit ein, die Fortschritte ihrer Arbeit regelmäßig, in Form von Fortschritts- und Abschlussberichten, zu präsentieren. Gerade hier hat sich die interdisziplinäre Zusammensetzung der Gruppe - vor allem was die Diskussion von Methoden- und Forschungsansätzen betrifft - als sehr bereichernd und konstruktiv erwiesen. Abgesehen vom interdisziplinären Austausch, von gegenseitiger Hilfestellung und Motivation haben wir in den letzten Semestern auch zunehmend externe Referentinnen und Referenten zu spezifischen Themenabenden eingeladen. Ausgehend von unserer eigenen wissenschaftlichen Position als Doktorandinnen steht dabei die akademische Karriereplanung als Frau im Vordergrund. Somit geben wir - von Semesterprogramm zu Semesterprogramm stets unterschiedlich gewichtet - neben inhaltlich-thematischen Schwerpunkten auch der Aneignung überfachlicher Kompetenzen, die für die wissenschaftliche Laufbahn zielführend sind, und der Reflexion der eigenen Karrieren in der Wissenschaft Raum. Alle interessierten Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen sind herzlich zur Teilnahme im Rahmen des Sommersemester-Programms eingeladen! Zeit: Mittwochs (2x im Monat) um 19:00 Uhr; Beginn 21. April 2011 Ort: Neue Uni, Hörsaal 12a Koordination: Christiane Bürger, Isabelle Lux

Link: http://www.graduateacademy.uni-heidelberg.de/interdisz/idk.html
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Sabine Kluge



Science Slam Premiere (2011-03-29)

Science Slam ist eine neue Form der Wissenschaftskommunikation, die schneller und verständlicher ist als herkömmliche Fachpublikationen. Es geht vor allem darum, jungen Wissenschaftlern die Möglichkeit zu bieten ihre Forschungsergebnisse einem breiten Publikum zu präsentieren und mit anderen Wissenschaftlern fachübergreifend in Kontakt zu treten. Doktoranden und Postdoktoranden aus allen Fachrichtungen sind herzlich eingeladen ihre Forschungsthemen bzw. -Ergebnisse in 10-minutigen Vorträgen zu präsentieren. Selbstverständlich freuen wir uns auch, wenn zahlreiche junge Wissenschaftler als Zuschauer zum Science Slam erscheinen. Wer gerne diesen noch ungewöhnlichen Weg in der Pressearbeit gehen möchte, dem biete ich natürlich meine Unterstützung an! Bitte melden!

Link: http://www.scienceslam.net
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Sabine Kluge



Successfull presentation of HGS MathComp at this year's AAAS Conference (2011-02-23)

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of a number of acclaimed journals such as "Science", held its annual conference from February 17-21, 2011 in Washington DC. The Heidelberg Graduate School of Mathematical and Computational Methods for Sciences took part in this international meeting and presented its scientific aims and students at the corresponding exhibition. Dr. Nina Zweig, junior research group leader at IWR's Collaboratory for Image Processing (HCI) gave a talk at the workshop "Discover the German Southwest: Study and Research in Baden-Württemberg", organized by Baden-Württemberg's Agency for International Economic and Scientific Cooperation. This year's theme of the AAAS - Science without Borders - offered an interdisciplinary blend of more than 150 symposia, plenary and topical lectures, specialized seminars, poster presentations, and the large exhibit hall, where Heidelberg University presented it's Cluster of Excellence "CellNetworks", the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe", the Graduate Academy and the HGS MathComp who all presented their research approaches and prospects for funding doctoral and postdoctoral researchers. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is a non-profit professional society dedicated to the advancement of scientific and technological excellence across all disciplines, and to the public's understanding of science and technology. AAAS is one of the oldest scientific societies in the USA, having been founded in Philadelphia in 1848.

Link: http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2011/02/live-aaas---andrew-schwartz-on-r.html

Katharina Anna Zweig



DITA 2011 (2011-02-07)

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Die 1. Deutsche Informatikerinnentagung findet am 7. und 8. März 2011 in Stuttgart statt. Die Tagung wird gemeinsam von der Universität Stuttgart und der RWTH Aachen ausgerichtet und durch das Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst des Landes Baden-Württemberg MWK gefördert. Chairs sind Prof. Sabina Jeschke (RWTH Aachen University) und Meike Tilebein (Universität Stuttgart) sowie Susanne Ihsen (Technische Universität München), Heidi Schelhowe (Universität Bremen) und Heike Wiesner (Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin). Das übergreifende Ziel der Tagung besteht darin, eine große Zahl der heute im deutschsprachigen Gebiet tätigen Wissenschaftlerinnen der Informatik und eng verwandter Gebiete zusammenzubringen, um neue Kooperationen und Netzwerke anzustoßen. Unter den Dachthemen "Green IT" und "Cloud Computing" rufen die Veranstalterinnen der 1. Deutschen Informatikerinnentagung zur Einreichung von Beiträgen (Full Paper und Poster-Abstracts) auf. Um ein möglichst breites Spektrum an Themen abzudecken und die wissenschaftliche Bandbreite der Informatikerinnen in Deutschland in ihrer Heterogenität abzubilden, sind Einreichungen aus allen Bereichen der Informatik willkommen, die in Bezug zu einem der beiden übergeordneten Themen "Green IT" oder "Cloud Computing" stehen und deren Einfluss auf die verschiedenen theoretischen und angewandten Themengebiete der Informatik behandeln.

Link: http://deutsche-informatikerinnentagung.de/

Sabine Kluge



International Human Frontier Science Program Organization, Strasbourg (2011-01-26)

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Research grants are provided for teams of scientists from different countries who wish to combine their expertise in innovative approaches to questions that could not be answered by individual laboratories. Emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring together scientists preferably from different disciplines (e.g. from chemistry, physics, computer science, engineering) to focus on problems in the life sciences. The research teams must be international. The principal applicant must be from one of the eligible countries. However, other participating scientists and laboratories may be situated anywhere in the world. Applicants must submit a letter of intent to apply for a research grant via the HFSP web site with a deadline at the end of March, and after review, selected teams will be invited to submit a full application. Two types of Research Grant are available: Young Investigators' Grants and Program Grants. The Human Frontier Science Program, Strasbourg, supports novel, innovative and interdisciplinary basic research focused on the complex mechanisms of living organisms; topics range from molecular and cellular approaches to systems and cognitive neuroscience. A clear emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring biologists together with scientists from fields such as physics, mathematics, chemistry, computer science and engineering to focus on problems at the frontier of the life sciences.

Link: http://www.hfsp.org/about/AboutProg.php

Sabine Kluge



Klaus Tschira Preis für verständliche Wissenschaft (2011-01-13)

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Die Klaus Tschira Stiftung sucht Nachwuchswissenschaftler, die exzellent forschen und anschaulich schreiben. Der Klaus Tschira Preis für verständliche Wissenschaft KlarText! wird vergeben in den Fächern Biologie, Chemie, Informatik, Mathematik, Neurowissenschaften und Physik. Wenn Sie in einem dieser Fächer im Jahr 2010 promoviert wurden und ihre Forschungsergebnisse in einem populärwissenschaftlichen Artikel beschreiben möchten - dann bewerben Sie sich um den Klaus Tschira Preis für verständliche Wissenschaft 2011. Die besten Artikel werden mit je 5.000 Euro ausgezeichnet und in einer Sonderbeilage der Zeitschrift Bild der Wissenschaft veröffentlicht. Der Klaus Tschira Preis für verständliche Wissenschaft wird jährlich ausgeschrieben. Bewerben können sich jeweils Nachwuchswissenschaftler, die im Jahr zuvor promoviert wurden. Für weitere Infos und Unterstützung steht Ihnen Sabine Kluge (INF 368, Raum 505) zur Verfügung!

Link: http://www.klaus-tschira-preis.info/

Sabine Kluge



Körber Stiftung Studienpreis (2010-12-23)

Deutscher Studienpreis 2011 Bewerbungsfrist: 1. März 2011 Für Beiträge junger Forscher von herausragender gesellschaftlicher Bedeutung vergibt die Körber-Stiftung jährlich Preise im Gesamtwert von über 100.000 Euro, darunter drei Spitzenpreise in Höhe von 30.000 Euro. Die Ausschreibung richtet sich an Promovierte aller wissenschaftlichen Disziplinen, die mit magna oder summa cum laude promoviert worden sind. Einzureichen ist ein Text von maximal 40.000 Zeichen, in dem Bewerber die zentralen Forschungsergebnisse der Dissertation und deren gesellschaftliche Bedeutung spannend und verständlich darstellen. Der Deutsche Studienpreis wird jährlich ausgeschrieben und richtet sich jeweils an alle Promovierte eines Jahrgangs. Alle, die im Jahr 2010 mit einem exzellenten Ergebnis promovieren, können sich folglich bis zum 1. März 2011 für den Deutschen Studienpreis bewerben. Weitere Informationen zum Preis sowie zu den Teilnahmebedingungen finden Sie im Anhang oder unter: http://www.koerber-stiftung.de/index.php?id=1137 Kontakt Körber-Stiftung Deutscher Studienpreis Kehrwieder 12 20457 Hamburg Tel: +49 (0) 40 80 81 92 - 143 E-Mail: dsp@koerber-stiftung.de Unterstützung beim Schreiben des Textes bekommt ihr von Sabine Kluge - bei Interesse bitte melden!

Sabine Kluge



The Graduate Academy has moved (2010-12-03)

Dear Doctoral Candidates, We would like to let you know that the Graduate Academy has moved to Seminarstrasse 2 (Central University Administration). Our new visitor's address is Seminarstr. 2, 1st Floor, Room 135 (Service Point), 69117 Heidelberg . Our office hours will remain the same: Service Point Mondays through Thursdays: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. and by appointment Landesgraduiertenförderung (LGFG) Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and by appointment Please pass this information on to any other colleagues as well.

Link: http://www.graduateacademy.uni-heidelberg.de/
Further Info (PDF)

Sabine Kluge



Feedback to the Annual Colloquium 2010 (2010-11-26)

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Annual Colloquium: 2010-11-19 "Methods meet Applications" was the motto of the second Annual Colloquium of the Heidelberg Graduate School of Mathematical and Computational Methods for the Sciences. True to this motto, the doctoral students of the HGS MathComp contributed talks and posters giving a picture of the wide spectrum of research carried out at the HGS MathComp: Applications ranging from modeling the HIV life cycle, creating modern art by dynamic motion to analyzing the airline pricing problem as well as theory on the numerical treatment of the related differential equations models. The lunch and coffee breaks rounded off the event offering time for discussion of new ideas and projects with the other fellows and supervisors. A novelty of this year's Annual Colloquium was the participation of alumni which provided an excellent insight into the multitude job opportunities for the fellows. Congratulations to the winners of the best talk award (Thorsten) and the best poster award (Astha, Andreas). Christoph Zimmer

Christoph Zimmer



Newsflash Archive

People

Prof Mombaur teaching humanoid robots to walk [2016-09-09]
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Link: https://www.uni-heidelberg.de/presse/news2016/pm20160909_humanoide-roboter-lernen-das-gehen-auf-zwei-beinen.html

Maria Rupprecht



Christian Kirches, Head of HGS MathComp Junior Research Group, receives two offers of a professorship [2016-07-18]
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Link: http://www.iwr.uni-heidelberg.de/groups/optimus/index/

Jan Keese



Heidelberg Laureate Forum meets up-and-coming scientists of
HGS MathComp [2015-08-27]
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Link: www.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org

Jan Keese



Best poster award for Khai [2013-03-18]
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Link: www.amam2013.org

Sabine Kluge



Success with Affine [2012-12-03]
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Sabine Kluge



[2012-09-12]
imgSara Lee, PhD student in the research group of Prof. Rannacher participated in the foto campaign "I am Heidelberg University". Now her foto is published in the annual report of the University...and also in our local newspaper "RNZ".

Sabine Kluge



Science Academy 2012 with vNGG, CoVis and the ICL Group [2012-09-03]
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Hubert Mara



Ladyshenskaya Lecture witth Marta Sanz-Sol [2012-05-07]
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Further Info (PDF)

Sabine Kluge



Opening of the Heidelberg Chapter of SIAM [2012-04-04]
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Link: http://siamchapter.uni-hd.de

Andreas Sommer



ZONTA award for Alumna Miriam Fritsche (only German) [2012-03-14]
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Link: http://www.die-stadtredaktion.de/2012/03/wissenschaft-ressorts/wissenschaft/universitat-wissenschaft/zonta-club-heidelberg-zeichnet-dr-miriam-fritsche-aus/http://www.die-stadtredaktion.de/2012/03/wissenschaft-ressorts/wissenschaft/universitat-wissens

Sabine Kluge



Visit of a renowned Mathematician - Prof Varadhan at the HGS MathComp [2012-02-08]
imgProf Srinivasa Varadhan from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York, USA, visited Heidelberg University in the course of HGS MathComps Courant Lecture series. In his talk on \"large deviations for random graphs and random matrices\", the renowned mathematician and expert on probalistic theory reported on his current research. Complex networks can be found nearly everywhere. There are economic or social networks like commodities or partnerships as well as communication or transport networks in form of internet and logistics. Physiochemical, biological or technological networks are chemical reactions, populations, ecosystems and whole production systems. Prof Varadhan analyses mathematically the behavior of networks like these, which are characterized by the number of knots and random cross-linking. He showed that the networks can adopt different conditions and that the transition between the conditions is accidental. For the understanding and the handling of networks the exploration of possible conditions is crucial. Since 1963 Prof Varadhan has been working at the Courant Institute, one of the leading centers for mathematics and its applications. He received several honors as the renowned Abel Prize of the Norwegian Academy of Sciences, which he was awarded in 2007, and in 2010 he obtained the National Medal of Science from the hands of the President of the USA. Varadhan is a current member of numerous societies. His visit to Heidelberg was made possible by HITS, MATCH and HGS MathComp. The Courant Lecture of HGS MathComp serves the purpose is supposed to invite international top researchers in the field of mathematical theory and its transfer to application.

Sabine Kluge



Annual Colloquium 2011: Third time is a charm! [2011-11-16]
imgThe 3rd HGSMathComp Annual Colloquium held from November 9 - 10, 2011 at the Youth Hostel in Altleiningen was given the motto Solus Numquam Vades! (You will never walk alone!) - a statement to emphasize the fellowship of the graduate school. The colloquium was situated at the beautiful site of the Castle Altleiningen in the Palatinate Forest. The well elaborated two days schedule included four Mini-Symposia and a poster session on the first day, as well as Software Introductory Lectures and Alumni Talks on the second day and offered the participating PhD students and their supervisors a great platform to meet and discuss ideas with other fellows. The contributions provided an overview over the wide range of research fields associated with HGSMathComp, e.g. applications in environmental physics, biomolecular simulation and scientific computing in the humanities. During the colloquium excellent talks were given and remarkable posters were presented with the most outstanding among them honored by a Referee Best Talk Award (Sven Wanner), two Referee Best Poster Awards (Karsten Staack and Christoph Weiler), an Audience Best Talk Award (Kathrin Hatz), as well as an Audience Best Poster Award (Christian Goll). Congratulations to the honorees! The vivid and well-attended Social Event that offered both a cozy get-together in the restaurant and an adventurous midnight walk with torches was a great occasion to keep good company with the fellows in a casual and fun way. After all, the 3rd HGSMathComp Annual Colloquium was a great and successful event! True to the motto - Solus Numquam Vades! - spending two days together in a remote location brought all HGSMathComp fellows closer together - both professionally and socially.

Khai-Long Ho Hoang



Excellent Science, Vivid Presentation [2011-10-18]
imgOn Thursday, October 13th, the Klaus Tschira Foundation presented the KlarText! award for understandable Science. Dr. Christian Kirches, who studied numerical mathematics and optimization in the work group of Prof. Dr.Dr.h.c. Hans Georg Bock, had already completed his diploma thesis at the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR) at Heidelberg University. He completed his doctoral thesis under the supervision of Bock and his colleague Prof.Dr. Gerhard Reinelt in the structured graduate program of HGS MathComp in November 2010 summa com laude. Titled Fast Numerical Methods for Mixed-Integer Nonlinear Model-Predictive Control, Kirches describes in this thesis fast control algorithms and their applications in automotive industry. The algorithms that he developed during his PhD project are already patented. Christian Kirches was a doctoral fellow of the Heidelberg Graduate School of Mathematical and Computational Methods for the Sciences. After his thesis he conducted a 4-months visit at Argonne National Laboratory, IL, USA and is now working as a postdoc at IWR. If every vehicle would choose the economically best gear any time during driving, much energy and time could be saved. To complete this task, Kirches had to fight a one with 24 zeroes: That is the incredible number of gear shift combinations for trucks with 16 gears doing 20 gear shift operations. To make it possible for a mathematician to teach gear shifting to the board computer, a series of specialized problems had to be solved to downsize this huge number. The solution was a method where the researcher only selectively adjusted gear shifts and partially computed optimal shift combinations. In Kirches publication Schnell Geschaltet! (Fast Shifting!) the reader gets a fascinating insight into the world of mathematics. Through constant connection to every-day-problems, clear and precise language and intuitive analogies the numbers don\'t stay abstract quantities. The reader experiences how science helps to solve optimization problems.
Link: http://www.klaus-tschira-preis.info/

Sabine Kluge



Equal opportunities [2011-08-01]
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Elfriede Friedmann



The Graduate Academy has moved [2010-12-03]

Link: http://www.graduateacademy.uni-heidelberg.de/
Further Info (PDF)

Sabine Kluge



Feedback to the Annual Colloquium 2010 [2010-11-26]
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Hanna Remmel



Honorary Symposium at Cluj-Napoca, Romania [2010-09-24]
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Link: http://naat.math.ubbcluj.ro/symp.htm

Maria Neuss-Radu



Successful start of the Courant Lecture series - talk by Nick Trefethen [2010-05-19]
imgMathComp's <i>Distinguished Lectures Program</i> encourages leading international scientists to make a presentation at the HGS and stay for a short-term visit, and to be available for individual work with the doctoral students as well as their supervisors. As a prominent speaker of the first <b>Courant lecture</b> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Trefethen">Prof. Lloyd Nicholas Trefethen</a> gave a stimulating introduction to a new way of numerical computing. The original idea was to represent functions using Chebyshev expansions whose length is determined adaptively to maintain an accuracy close to machine precision. Building on this, a powerful computational methodology has been developed that the current president-elect of <a href="http://siam.org">SIAM</a> explained and illustrated in his talk. The successful start of the lecture series was celebrated accordingly with a follow-up reception in the common room of MathComp.
Link: http://www.mathcomp.uni-heidelberg.de/

Sebastian Sager



Talk Dr. Naydenova [2010-03-29]
imgToday, Dr. Iliyana Naydenova from the College of Energetics and Electronics, Technical University Sofia, Bulgaria gave a public talk at HGS MathComp about "Soot Formation Modeling". The topic of modeling the formation of soot in combustion processes is highly complex and currently only partially understood. A complete model to treat not only specific combustion processes, but several temperature and pressure ranges, combustors and gas mixes is an area of active research.<br><br> At IWR the work groups "Modeling and Simulation of Reactive Flows" and "Multiphase Flows and Combustion" are working towards the understanding, the modeling and simulation of combustion processes. Several PhD students of HGS MathComp currently work on doctoral projects in this interdisciplinary field.

Michael Winckler



Prof. Rolf Rannacher receives honorary doctor at Erlangen University [2009-11-06]
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Link: http://www.uni-erlangen.de/infocenter/meldungen/nachrichten/2009/10/29/381.shtml

Michael Winckler



Places

Speed Dating Peking - the next round [2012-11-23]
imgDue to the extraordinary fruitfull and excellent teamwork of HGS MathComp with its Chinese fellows and guests, representatives of the graduate school are currently attending the PhD Workshop China, which is offered by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Program). As in 2010 Dr. Winckler and Prof. Hermann want to get in contact with junior scientists and high potentials in the broad field of Mathematics, Computer Sciences and Engineering. <p> HGS MathComp offers outstanding study conditions for Chinese and international doctoral candidates, as the graduate school is already home to a broad Asian junior scientist community. Next to travel grants and scholarships, the HGS MathComp offers to its scholars the unique international and interdisciplinary research environment of Heidelberg University - a German hotspot of science and education.
Link: http://imperia-dev.uni-heidelberg.de/presse/meldungen/2010/m20101124_phd_workshop.html

Sabine Kluge



Summer School on Flow and Transport in Terrestrial Systems [2012-09-27]
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Rebecca de Cuveland



DuB Foundation: Postdoc Sponsorship [2012-03-22]
To January 1st 2012, the Daimler and Benz Foundation will establish a new fellowship program which is addressed to young postdoc scientists, regardless of the applicant's nationality. Especially in this phase, important research work is done. To support their work in science, postdocs and junior professors, as well as young scientists in a comparable position, e. g., independent team leaders of groups of young researchers, are to be sponsored in the early phase of their scientific work. Applications can be submitted for the first time until November 15th 2011. The annual funding sum is 20,000 Euros per fellowship. Because the Daimler and Benz Foundation wants to promote outstanding young scientists in the autonomy of their research, the use of the funds is placed at the fellowship holders discretion. It can be used, according to the fellow's individual needs, for financing computers or technical equipment, scientific assistants, research travel, or for participation in conferences. Only printing costs and expendable items are excluded. For the organization of own scientific conferences, additional funds from the foundation can also be applied for to an amount of 2,500 Euros.
Link: http://www.daimler-benz-stiftung.de/cms/index.php?page=postdoc-stipendium-2

Sabine Kluge



The role of multiscale structure in biological systems [2011-10-07]
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Link: http://gc.icm.edu.pl/rmsbs/index.php

Sabine Kluge



SCCH 2011 [2011-07-12]
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Hubert Mara



New Service Point INF of the Graduate Academy (INF) [2011-05-27]
imgThe Graduate Academy, the Welcome Centre for International Scholars and the Equal Opportunities Office of the University of Heidelberg have joined together to establish a new Service Point in Neuenheimer Feld. We are pleased to provide the same support and services at the Service Point INF as at our city center offices but at a more convenient location for students and researchers working in Neuenheimer Feld! You will find the following service facilities at the Service Point INF : * Welcome Centre for International Scholars (The Welcome Centre offers assistance to international scholars with questions concerning everyday life and work.) * Graduate Academy/Service for Doctoral Students (The Graduate Academy Service Point offers advice and assistance on topics of general interest to young researchers, such as doctoral training, health insurance, administrative formalities and financial support.) * Equal Opportunities Office (The Equal Opportunities Office and Family Service of the University provide assistance to researchers with affairs concerning family life.) We hope that you will take full advantage of our new location and office hours! For further information about office hours and contact details, please refer to the attached flyer or visit our website: www.graduateacademy.uni-heidelberg.d
Link: www.graduateacademy.uni-heidelberg.de
Further Info (PDF)

Sabine Kluge



36 EURIAS Fellowships Humanities and Social Sciences [2011-05-10]

Sabine Kluge



HCI Celebration [2011-04-20]
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Link: http://www.inspect-online.com/news/uni-heidelberg-bildverarbeitung-seit-25-jahren

Bernd



Feedback to the Annual Colloquium 2010 [2010-11-26]
imgAnnual Colloquium: 2010-11-19 "Methods meet Applications" was the motto of the second Annual Colloquium of the Heidelberg Graduate School of Mathematical and Computational Methods for the Sciences. True to this motto, the doctoral students of the HGS MathComp contributed talks and posters giving a picture of the wide spectrum of research carried out at the HGS MathComp: Applications ranging from modeling the HIV life cycle, creating modern art by dynamic motion to analyzing the airline pricing problem as well as theory on the numerical treatment of the related differential equations models. The lunch and coffee breaks rounded off the event offering time for discussion of new ideas and projects with the other fellows and supervisors. A novelty of this year's Annual Colloquium was the participation of alumni which provided an excellent insight into the multitude job opportunities for the fellows. Congratulations to the winners of the best talk award (Thorsten) and the best poster award (Astha, Andreas). Christoph Zimmer

Christoph Zimmer



Digital Postprocessing of Images for Historians [2010-10-25]
imgAn excursion to the State Archives of Venice was organized by Transcultural Studies of Heidelberg University, Trading Diasporas group of Georg Christ and took place from September 4 to 12, 2010. In a cooperation with the Visualization and Numerical Geometry group of Susanne Kr&ouml;mker, IWR, participants of the excursion learned about digital image processing in theory and practice. The course was especially designed for graduate students and PhD students, but also postdocs of the Historical Seminar who more and more are faced with scanned images of original texts. These handwritten and hardly readable originals gain much by sophisticated image processing techniques available in standard programs like Adobe Photoshop or the free software gimp. Course notes have been made available on http://www.iwr.uni-heidelberg.de/groups/ngg/Venedig/. It is planned to also investigate handwritings on vellum with a 3D close range scanner in a future activity. Therefore the course also introduced to scanning technique recording embossments in the micrometer range. In this way the cooperation with the State Archives of Venice will hopefully go on next year including nondestructive investigations on highly damageable documents.
Link: http://www.iwr.uni-heidelberg.de/groups/ngg/Venedig/.

Susanne



Interdisziplinre Diskussionsplattform [2010-10-15]

Link: http://www.graduateacademy.uni-heidelberg.de/interdisz/idk.html

Sabine Kluge



deal.II Workshop "Recent and future development with and of deal.II" [2010-08-23]
imgAbout 30 people participated in the workshop about deal.II. Among them were students, Ph.D students as well as professors mainly from Germany but also from other countries in Europe and the United States. We had three days of great talks about the development within deal.ll and talks given by people that use deal.II. There was also time in this workshop to discuss the future development of the finite element software library with experts and users. With a smaller group we continued until Friday evening and already started the future by implementing some stuff that was discussed the days before.
Link: http://www.dealii.org/workshop-2010/workshop.html

Brbel Janssen



VW Fellowships "Computational Sciences" [2010-08-04]
imgThe Volkswagen-Stiftung, Hannover, announces fellowships in computational sciences within the initiative "New Conceptual Approaches to Modeling and Simulation of Complex Systems". This initiative's focus lies on the theory of complex systems and the development of new methods which lead to a better understanding of complexity. Theoreticians from a variety of disciplines are encouraged to pool their expertise and to combine complementary approaches. At present, the initiative is composed of the following components: Fellowships "Computational Sciences" Highly talented young researchers may apply for a self-designed project including their own postdoctoral position and thus move to an institute offering the ideal research environment and conditions for the work planned. Research projects are considered only after alternating calls on specific interdisciplinary topics. The calls "Extreme events: Modeling, Analysis, and Prediction", "Computer Simulation of Molecular and Cellular Bio-Systems as well as Complex Soft Matter" and "Complex Networks as Phenomena across Disciplines" are closed for new applications.
Link: http://www.volkswagenstiftung.de/foerderung/
Further Info (PDF)

Sabine Kluge



Hubert Mara of IWR looks into mysterious "Alte Burg" ("Old Castle") [2010-04-06]
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Link: http://www.thurant.de/

Hubert Mara



Workshop German Stock Exchange [2010-03-25]
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Link: http://www.iwr.uni-heidelberg.de/groups/ngg/GPGPU-Workshop/

Michael Winckler



Workshop in Shanghai zum Thema Scientific Computing [2010-03-11]
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Link: http://www.uni-heidelberg.de/presse/meldungen/2010/rueck20100325_scientific_computing.html

Dieter Heermann



Annual Colloquium 2009 [2009-10-10]
imgOn Saturday, October 10th 2009 the Graduate School celebrated its Annual Colloquium. In a 1-day-conference doctoral students presented their current research topics. Discussions, new ideas and the exchange of information was the leading idea of this gathering.
Link: http://www.mathcomp.uni-heidelberg.de/program/annual_ws0910.php

Michael Winckler



Excursion: Castles in the Palatinate Forest [2009-10-01]
imgOn October 1st & 2nd 2009, HGS MathComp and Transcultural Studies jointly organized an excursion to castles in the Palatinate Forest. From the Trifels (Annweiler) to Hambach (Neustadt) the group of 19 participants got a tour de force through both historical and geographical aspects of the area and the castles as well as technical information on scanning techniques, questions of dating parts of old buildings or aspects of statics of construction in medieval times.<br><br> This truely interdisciplinary excursion was from the point of view of the participants not only a valuable part of the education program of Heidelberg University and the two participating institutions but also a great opportunity to see ,,the other discipline'' (and so to say, the respective other part of the city at work and in their own habits and traditions. Enjoying a good time while working in heigher education seems to be a universal asset in both areas, though ;-) <br><br> One of the participants, Teresa Sartore, converted all these various impressions into a photo blog (see link).
Link: http://transculturality.tumblr.com/

Michael Winckler



Compact Course: Optimization with Differential Equations (July 20-24, 2009) [0000-10-01]
imgMore than 40 doctoral students from Heidelberg, but also from partner universities in Trier, Darmstadt, Freiburg, Leuven, and Toulouse participated in MathComp's compact course "Optimization with Differential Equations", organized by Sebastian Sager.<br><br> The course implemented the postgraduate teaching concept that was first proposed within the proposal in the context of the "Exzellenzinitiative".<br><br> The main goal of this compact course was to provide insight into the state-of-the-art of the research area Optimization with Differential Equations. To this end, the foundations were taught in a tutorial part with hands-on practical exercises. In a second part, current research projects were presented by people working in the field, i.e., doctoral students of MathComp, and experienced, internationally leading heads of research groups.<br><br> The block course did build on a compact overview of deterministic optimization algorithms, derivative generation, and extensions towards optimal control and numerical algorithms for modeling in altogether nine one-hour lectures. The theoretic overview was complemented by practical hands-on exercises in the computer pool of IWR on four afternoons, giving participants enough time to implement also their own optimization problems.<br><br> On Thursday, several doctoral students - Christian Hoffmann, Simon Lenz, Claudia Schillings, Stephan Schmidt, Christian Kirches, and Leonard Wirsching - gave the audience an idea of what current research and state-of-the-art projects in the field of optimization with differential equations may look like. On Friday, Dirk Lebiedz, Volker Schulz, and Stefan Ulbrich presented their point of view and complemented the course contents with lectures on model reduction techniques, one shot methods, and interior point methods for PDE constrained optimization problems.<br><br> The lecturer's experience with this course, as well as the oral and written feedback provided by the participants, is very positive. It is encouraging to pursue this generic approach to giving an insight into state-of-the-art by combining a tutorial part with practical exercises and specific in-detail examples of current research projects.

Further Info (PDF)

Richa Batra



Publications

Weltbilder der Informatik [2012-10-24]
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Link: http://mod.iig.uni-freiburg.de/cms/indexfc9a.html?id=308

Sabine Kluge



Interdisziplinres Doktorandinnen-Kolloquium (IDK) Wintersemester 2011/2012 [2011-10-08]

Link: http://graduateacademy.uni-heidelberg.de/
Further Info (PDF)

Sabine Kluge



Fellowships [2011-09-29]
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Link: http://www.daimler-benz-stiftung.de/cms/index.php?page=foundation
Further Info (PDF)

Sabine Kluge



Science Slam Premiere [2011-03-29]

Link: http://www.scienceslam.net
Further Info (PDF)

Sabine Kluge



Klaus Tschira Preis fr verstndliche Wissenschaft [2011-01-13]
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Link: http://www.klaus-tschira-preis.info/

Sabine Kluge



Krber Stiftung Studienpreis [2010-12-23]

Sabine Kluge



Relating the shape of protein binding sites to binding affinity profiles: Is there an association? [2010-10-05]
imgThe foundation of the rational drug design process is built on identifying the crucial factors of the molecular recognition mechanism of a particular protein. Our recently published paper (Simon et al., Relating the shape of protein binding sites to binding affinity profiles: Is there an association? BMC Structural Biology 2010, 10:32) is the first study to investigate the relation between the geometric features, i.e. the "shape" of the binding sites of proteins and the computed binding affinity of drug molecules to them. Based on our findings we conclude that proteins having similar binding sites in terms of shape have some tendency to bind similar molecules but this is not a pivotal factor in the protein-ligand interaction. However, we succeeded in identifying classes of drugs where the geometric features of the protein binding site indeed played a major role in the molecular recognition process. Representative of these classes are morphine derivatives, benzodiazepines, barbiturates and antihistamines.
Link: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6807/10/32/
Further Info (PDF)

Gergely



Workshop on Angkor/Cambodia [2010-05-02]
imgFor its still mysterious past, Cambodia and its archaeological site of Angkor has always been a focal point of national and international archaeologist, architects, and scholars from a wide range of disciplines. State-of-the-art technologies and methodologies from the branches of humanities and natural science have become indispensable as the practical works at the site increase, facing more complex problems each time. <br><br> International expertise with a wide variety of related experiences from around the world has now the opportunity for an exchange and discussions at the International Workshop on Angkor "Local Social Practice vs. Global Virtual Reality" which is jointly organized by Dr. Michael False from Excellence Cluster "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" and Dr. Michael Winckler, Administrative Director of Heidelberg Graduate School MathComp at theKarl Jaspers Center for Advanced Transcultural Studies.
Link: http://www.heritage.uni-hd.de/

Pheakdey Nguonphan



Popcorn

Piano recital with Markus Ridinger [2012-06-01]
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Link: https://twitter.com/IWR_HGS/status/208229587421892608

Sabine Kluge



Girls Day 2012 [2012-04-26]
imgThanks to everyone for helping at the Girls Day 2012!
Link: http://www.girls-day.de/aktool/ez/eventvcard.aspx?id=21945&skin=uo

Sabine Kluge



FIFA Women's World Cup [2011-07-16]
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Lilian Kramer



[2011-06-28]
imgThe IWR / HGS Soccer team wins the 11th Chemie Cup! We Thank: Jurgis Pods, Florian Kehrle, Sebastian Sager, Robert Kircheis, Arash Rashidi, Christoph Weiler , Pavel Hron, Thomas Hoffmann, Le Zhang

Jens Fangerau



Heidelberg half marathon [2011-04-10]
imgOn the occasion of the 625th anniversary of Heidelberg University more than 12 faculties as well as the team of the central university administration took part in the Heidelberg half marathon on April 10. Also the IWR and HGS MathComp team ran the 21 km ambitious route. The pictures show Phillip Harbach, HGS MathComp student in Prof Dreuw's research group "Theoretical and Computational Chemistry". A tribute to all University teams will be held on July 8, in the sports area of Heidelberg University

Sabine Kluge



Interdisziplinres Doktorandinnen-Kolloquium im SS 2011 [2011-04-08]

Link: http://www.graduateacademy.uni-heidelberg.de/interdisz/idk.html
Further Info (PDF)

Sabine Kluge



Wundersame Früchte erfolgreicher Pressearbeit [2010-11-11]
imgAufgrund eines best paper awards von Hubert Mara (Arbeit an Keilschrifterkennung) verfasste die HGS MathComp eine Pressemeldung, die von den Medien &uuml;berregional aufgegriffen wurde...schaut selbst!
Link: http://www.jesus.ch/news/gesellschaft/wissen/177640-jaeger_des_verlorenen_wissens.html

Sarah Steinbach



Oktoberfest at IWR [2010-09-28]
imgHGS MathComp and IWR present Oktoberfest! Shortly after the kick-off of the new term we would like to give you the opportunity to appreciate an bavarian menue as well as an autumn style-punch. Please register! Contribution 10 EURO/person can be paid in room 507!
Link: http://hgs.iwr.uni-heidelberg.de/Portfolio_HGS/VERANSTALTUNGEN/reg_form/reg_form.php?id=45

Sabine Kluge



New Erasmus Collaboration with Milano [2010-04-09]
imgAn Erasmus collaboration between the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Mathematics of Politecnico die Milano was signed by Prof. Kohnen in Heidelberg and Prof. Spinelli at Politecnico. <br><br> This collaboration is intended to strengthen the partnership between HGS and the Modeling and Scientific Computing School in Milan (MOX http:mox.polimi.it). The collaboration initially spans three years and involves the exchange of 3 students and 1 post-doc each way. <br><br> HGS acknowledges Dr. F. Ciucci for promoting the Erasmus partnership between HGS and MOX and for making the initial contacts possible.
Link: http://www.eu.uni-hd.de

Sabine Kluge



New social activity: Indoor-Soccer [2009-12-01]
imgIn winter term 2009/10, HGS MathComp sponsors a weekly get-together for all fellows interested in playing soccer. So far we don't have ambitions to join the professionals, so fitness and soccer skills are not that important. What comes first is the fun to play and the pleasant anticipation of cool drinks after an exciting soccer match...<br><br> If you are interested please contact Leonard Wirsching or Simon Hafner or just join us!!! We play each Wednesday from 9:30 to 11:00 pm in the SoccArena in Heidelberg Kirchheim (www.soccarena-hd.de). See you soon! Your HGS-Soccer-Team.
Link: http://www.soccarena-hd.de

Leonard Wirsching



Various

Prof Hamprecht and Heidelberg researchers develop a new algorithm for analysing image data [2017-03-16]
"Understanding how the brain works is one of science's greatest mysteries. "Except for a simple roundworm, there is still no circuit diagram of a complete animal brain, let alone a human brain," states Prof. Hamprecht. In recent years, imaging techniques have been developed that can finally produce three-dimensional images of the entire brain at a sufficiently high resolution. These images are so big, however, that manual analysis would take centuries. What is needed, therefore, is an automated analysis process with the lowest possible error rate. [...] In the latest partitioning challenge, the CREMI Challenge on Circuit Reconstruction from Electron Microscopy Images, the researchers at the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing succeeded in producing the most accurate analysis by a large margin. [...] To explain the challenge of using this analysis method to produce a circuit diagram of a brain, Prof. Hamprecht resorts to the fly as an example. The Heidelberg team is using their new algorithm to map the brain circuit of the fly first before moving on to higher animals, according to mathematician Dr Anna Kreshuk."

Leonard Wirsching



Prof Mombaurs robotics going public on SWR1 Baden-Wrttemberg [2017-03-02]
Making her work more accessible to the general population, Prof Mombaur recently presented her research on humanoid robots within the broadcasting program on SWR1 On March 9, 2017, Prof Mombaur, the leading robotics expert at the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing, was interviewed by Nicole Kster, on SWR1. In her 30 min interview, Mombaur presented her latest research, discussing, for example the challenges of the progressive motion by humanoid robots. Focusing the research on the comprehension of human movement, Mombaur envisions intelligent medical applications in prosthetics and application areas that prove to be life-threatening, such as fire fighting and mine sweeping.

Leonard Wirsching



Ruth Groeholz receives prize for the best HGS-MathComp fellow talk [2016-12-01]
imgOn the first and second of December around 80 fellows of the HGS-MathComp as well as invited guests and supervisors came together for the traditional Annual Colloquium in Speyer. For two days they enjoyed vivid scientific discourse and a fun evening program including a trip to the famous local Christmas market.

The prize for the best fellow talk was awarded to Ruth Groeholz for her exciting insight into her research about a brassinosteroid-regulated pathway in the membrane of Arabidopsis thaliana. The first prize for the best poster presentation was given to Ali Farnoud for his work on flow and particle pattern analysis in a human nasal cavity model.

The organizing team would like to thank all participants for their lively inputs in form of talks, presentations and discussions. Special thanks goes out to the invited speakers Dr. Kathrin Hatz (Bayer AG), Dr. Michael Geiger (d-fine GmbH), Dr. Michael Schick (Robert-Bosch GmbH) and Dr. Daniel Gerecht (SAP SE). In four interesting talks they introduced their companies and their very own working life.

Leonard Wirsching



Heidelberg Robotics Day Captivating insights into the world of robots [2016-11-09]
On November 9, 2016, the Mathematikon opened its doors to all generations of the public, granting insight into the work of Prof Dr Katja Mombaurs research group Optimization in Robotics and Biomechanics. The program ranged from presentations, talks and interactive items on the agenda, including a drawing competition for the kindergarten children, to lectures and discussions by distinguished experts. In this context, presenting Mombaurs HeiCub, the result of a pioneering project developing the humanoid robot, it was our honour to host renowned researchers in the fields of robotics like Prof Dr Oussama Khatib (Stanford University, USA), Prof Dr Bruno Siciliano (University of Naples, Italy) and Dr Thorsten Krger (Google). We are already looking forward to advancing the research in this field and to consolidating our contacts and cooperations.

Leonard Wirsching



Dr Frederik Graw receives Hengstberger Award 2016 [2016-10-31]
On October 29, Dr Frederik Graw was one of the three up-and-coming scientists receiving the annual Hengstberger-Award, advancing pioneering researchers from all disciplines. The Hengstberger-Award finances Dr Graws scientific symposium on Systems Immunology and Vaccine design: How to optimally train our immuno-logical memory at the International Academic Forum Heidelberg on October 9-10, 2017. Within the framework of this symposium, Dr Graw will focus on new approaches developing vaccine, based on the immune systems capability to memorise former infections and to stimulate the development of persistent memory cells. As a IWR member, Graw will gather immunologists, virologists and parasitologists with experts from systems biology and mathematical modelling. Its our delight and honour to make our contribution in this significant discipline.

Leonard Wirsching



War of the Titans The marvel of the Jupiter Column in Ladenburg
A HEiKA-MUSiKE-Project [2016-08-18]
imgIWR member Dr Hubert Mara just recently had a prosperous collaboration with the Centre for Cultural and General Studies (ZAK) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, under the academic supervision of Prof Dr Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha, increasing the accessibility of the latest findings, concerning the Jupiter Column in Ladenburg.

The interuniversitarian cooperation of the Heidelberg Karlsruhe Research Partnership (HEiKA), including historians, archeologists and computer scientists of the Heidelberg Center for Cultural Heritage (HCCH) presents the results of the MUSiKE-Project (Multidimensional Perceptibility of Cultural Heritage). This team of academics has researched into the marvel of the Jupiter Column in Ladenburg, using the latest technologies of digitization. In the film the technologies employed and the research results are presented by the protagonists of this story of ancient mysteries.

Picture / Copyright: Hubert Mara

Leonard Wirsching



Kathrin Hatz receives best presentation award at the 5th ECCOMAS PhD Olympiad [2015-08-14]
imgFormer HGS MathComp Fellow Kathrin Hatz has been selected to receive the best presentation award at the 5th ECCOMAS PhD Olympiad. Kathrin was nominated by the International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM) to attend this event. The European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences (ECCOMAS) was founded in 1993. ECCOMAS is a scientific organization grouping together European associations with interests in the development and applications of computational methods in science and technology. The 5th ECCOMAS PhD Olympiad was hosted by the 3rd ECCOMAS Young Investigators Conference (YIC 2015) in July 2015. Kathrin presented her PhD thesis "Efficient numerical methods for hierarchical dynamic optimization with application to cerebral palsy gait modeling".

Congratulations Kathrin!

Picture (from left to right): Stefanie Elgeti, Conference Chair & Member of the Jury and Kathrin Hatz

Picture / Copyright: Kathrin Hatz, 2015

Leonard Wirsching



Kathrin Hatz awarded Dr.-Krper-Preis [2015-07-23]
Former HGS MathComp Fellow Dr. Kathrin Hatz has been awarded the 2015 Dr.-Krper-Preis for her PhD thesis "Efficient numerical methods for hierarchical dynamic optimization with application to cerebral palsy gait modeling". Congratulations Kathrin!

Leonard Wirsching



1st HGS MathComp Chess Tournament [2015-07-15]
imgIn June and July 2015 the 1st HGS MathComp Chess Tournament took place at the IWR.

The winners are:

1st Place: Alex Isakson
2nd Place: Andreas Maurischat
3rd Place: Ruben Garske

Congratulations to all winners!

Leonard Wirsching



DW-TV Interview with Emőke-gnes Horvt [2013-10-07]
imgHGS MathComp fellow Emőke-gnes Horvt was interviewed by Deutsche Welle for the Brilliant Minds series. She talked, amongst other things, about her doctoral thesis and her research at the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing. The Brilliant Minds series introduces young scientists from all over the world who have chosen to live and pursue their research in Germany.

Leonard Wirsching



Thomas Wick Awarded Humboldt Postdoc Fellowship [2013-06-19]
imgThe former HGS MathComp Fellow Dr. Thomas Wick (geb. 1983) has been selected to receive a one-year Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship that is given for a proposed research stay at the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at the University of Texas at Austin in the United States. The fellowship is designed to enable highly-qualified scientists and scholars from Germany who are just embarking on their academic careers to spend extended periods of research (6-24 months) abroad. Thomas Wick was selected based on his academic qualifications as assessed by independent peer reviews where the final decision was made by an interdisciplinary panel. Currently he conducts research in the ICES Center for Subsurface Modeling under the supervision of ICES Professor Mary Wheeler. Specifically, he works on the simulation and numerical analysis of hydraulic fracturing and crack propagation that is based on a phase-field formulation. In a second project, he investigates reactive flow in thin channels, such as in fractures. He previously earned his Ph.D. in applied mathematics in December 2011 under supervision of Professor Rolf Rannacher. Before, in the same year, in May 2011, he received the Jan Szmelter Award for the best talk and the best paper from the Polish Association for Computational Mechanics and Scientific Committee of the 19th International Conference on Computer Methods in Mechanics. This research was in collaboration with Dr. med. Jeremi Mizerski from ICM in Warsaw. In a 9-month postdoctoral position with Professor Rolf Rannacher in 2012, Thomas Wick worked on fluid-structure interaction computations. In October 2012, he started working at ICES. Congratulations Thomas!

Leonard Wirsching



First fellows seminar [2013-02-20]
imgOn February 5th 2013 the First HGS MathComp Fellows Seminar was held. In this first session, around 40 attendees saw two excellent and entertaining talks, one on graphical models by Bernhard Kausler and one on experimental design by Andreas Schmidt. The idea of this seminar is to establish a new, regular HGS-wide event, where current research topics are presented in a comprehensible way. After the talks the attendees have the opportunity for further discussion in a relaxed setting with food and drinks in the common room. Further details about the seminar and the next session on March 20th can be found here: http://www.mathcomp.uni-heidelberg.de/index.php?id=185

Leonard Wirsching



4th Annual Colloquium in Erbach [2012-12-10]
imgOn the 20th and 21st of November 2012 more than 100 fellows, mentors and principal investigators came together to meet and present their work. This years motto was "Welcome to the next level" - an allusion to the funding extension of the HGS MathComp as well as to our efforts to improve the Annual Colloquium from year to year, but also a reminder to all of us that a playful approach to science fosters creativity and often helps achieving our goals faster. The scientific program of the first day was made up of 18 talks in 6 minisymposia and 30 posters, and Stefan Wiesberg (best talk) and Cedric Debes (best poster) received the awards for their excellent contributions. On the second day of the retreat we enjoyed two group talks as well as the presentations of 6 invited speakers, Jan Albersmeyer (Enovos), Volkmar Reinhardt (SEW Eurodrive), Hergen Schultze and Annika Wedemeier (both BASF), Tim Flohrer (ESA/ESOC) and Shirin Faraji (IWR). Their presentations gave a valuable insight on the opportunities that we have after our time as PhD students. Equally important and successful as the scientific program was the social program on the evening of the first day, where the attendees of the Annual Colloquium participated in a relaxing night walk, in a most entertaining powerpoint karaoke event, and in a variety of games. Finally, the organizers would like to thank all participants for making the Annual Colloquium such a memorable event. It was a blast. Rahul Nair and Simon Lenz

Leonard Wirsching



Andreas Potschka: Gewinner des Klaus Tschira Preises KlarText 2012!!! [2012-10-12]
imgVita Dr. rer. nat. Andreas Potschka (geb. 1980) beendete sein Studium der Mathematik, mit dem Nebenfach Informatik, an der Ruprechts-Karls-Universitt Heidelberg im Jahre 2006 mit Auszeichnung. Seine Forschungsarbeit verfasste er anschlieend am Interdisziplinren Zentrum fr Wissenschaftliches Rechnen (IWR) der Universitt Heidelberg. Unter der Leitung von Prof. Dr. Hans Georg Bock legte er im Dezember 2011 seine Promotion mit dem Titel A direct method for the numerical solution of optimization problems with time-periodic PDE constraints ab, welche mit summa cum laude bewertet wurde. 2009 wurde er mit dem Preis "Best talk from a didactical point of view" bei der 14th Belgian-French-German Conference on Optimization in Leuven ausgezeichnet. 2008 wurde er Mitglied der HGS MathComp. Seit 2011 leitet er die Nachwuchsforschungsgruppe MOBOCON am IWR.

Siegerbeitrag Unsere Welt wird immer komplexer. Das gilt nicht nur fr die ganz persnliche tgliche Entscheidungsfindung bei stndig wachsender Auswahl an Kaffeevariationen, sondern auch fr immer aufwndigere Produktionsmethoden in der Verfahrenschemie. Viele kennen vermutlich das Phnomen, dass sich bei einem Latte Macchiato Milchschaum und Espresso langsam vermischen. Aber lassen sich die Milch und der Espresso eigentlich auch wieder trennen? Vor hnlichen Fragen steht man hufig in der pharmazeutischen Industrie, wo Wirkstoffe von unwirksamen oder gesundheitsschdlichen Nebenprodukten getrennt werden mssen. In seinem Siegerartikel Mathe Macchiato: Optimal trennen beschreibt Andreas Potschka anschaulich wie komplex die physikalische Trennungsprozesse oft ablaufen. Dabei erklrt er allgemein verstndlich die komplizierten Ablufe und Fachbegriffe. Er zeigt, wie diese Prozesse durch Mathematik optimiert werden knnen und welche Anforderungen der mathematische Algorithmus erfllen musste, den er hierfr in seiner Doktorarbeit entwickelt hat. In seinem Artikel kommt Andreas Potschka mit einem sprachlichen Bild aus und nimmt den Leser mit in die Geschichte und die wissenschaftliche Fragestellung.


Leonard Wirsching



[2011-09-08]
imgWith an international research team Francesco published an article in the renowned journal Nature Chemistry. HGS MathComp congratulates!

Leonard Wirsching



Successfull presentation of HGS MathComp at this year's AAAS Conference [2011-02-23]
imgThe American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of a number of acclaimed journals such as "Science", held its annual conference from February 17-21, 2011 in Washington DC. The Heidelberg Graduate School of Mathematical and Computational Methods for Sciences took part in this international meeting and presented its scientific aims and students at the corresponding exhibition. Dr. Nina Zweig, junior research group leader at IWR's Collaboratory for Image Processing (HCI) gave a talk at the workshop "Discover the German Southwest: Study and Research in Baden-Württemberg", organized by Baden-Württemberg's Agency for International Economic and Scientific Cooperation. This year's theme of the AAAS - Science without Borders - offered an interdisciplinary blend of more than 150 symposia, plenary and topical lectures, specialized seminars, poster presentations, and the large exhibit hall, where Heidelberg University presented it's Cluster of Excellence "CellNetworks", the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe", the Graduate Academy and the HGS MathComp who all presented their research approaches and prospects for funding doctoral and postdoctoral researchers. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is a non-profit professional society dedicated to the advancement of scientific and technological excellence across all disciplines, and to the public's understanding of science and technology. AAAS is one of the oldest scientific societies in the USA, having been founded in Philadelphia in 1848.

Leonard Wirsching



DITA 2011 [2011-02-07]
imgDie 1. Deutsche Informatikerinnentagung findet am 7. und 8. Mrz 2011 in Stuttgart statt. Die Tagung wird gemeinsam von der Universitt Stuttgart und der RWTH Aachen ausgerichtet und durch das Ministerium fr Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst des Landes Baden-Wrttemberg MWK gefrdert. Chairs sind Prof. Sabina Jeschke (RWTH Aachen University) und Meike Tilebein (Universitt Stuttgart) sowie Susanne Ihsen (Technische Universitt Mnchen), Heidi Schelhowe (Universitt Bremen) und Heike Wiesner (Hochschule fr Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin). Das bergreifende Ziel der Tagung besteht darin, eine groe Zahl der heute im deutschsprachigen Gebiet ttigen Wissenschaftlerinnen der Informatik und eng verwandter Gebiete zusammenzubringen, um neue Kooperationen und Netzwerke anzustoen. Unter den Dachthemen "Green IT" und "Cloud Computing" rufen die Veranstalterinnen der 1. Deutschen Informatikerinnentagung zur Einreichung von Beitrgen (Full Paper und Poster-Abstracts) auf. Um ein mglichst breites Spektrum an Themen abzudecken und die wissenschaftliche Bandbreite der Informatikerinnen in Deutschland in ihrer Heterogenitt abzubilden, sind Einreichungen aus allen Bereichen der Informatik willkommen, die in Bezug zu einem der beiden bergeordneten Themen "Green IT" oder "Cloud Computing" stehen und deren Einfluss auf die verschiedenen theoretischen und angewandten Themengebiete der Informatik behandeln.

Leonard Wirsching



International Human Frontier Science Program Organization, Strasbourg [2011-01-26]
imgResearch grants are provided for teams of scientists from different countries who wish to combine their expertise in innovative approaches to questions that could not be answered by individual laboratories. Emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring together scientists preferably from different disciplines (e.g. from chemistry, physics, computer science, engineering) to focus on problems in the life sciences. The research teams must be international. The principal applicant must be from one of the eligible countries. However, other participating scientists and laboratories may be situated anywhere in the world. Applicants must submit a letter of intent to apply for a research grant via the HFSP web site with a deadline at the end of March, and after review, selected teams will be invited to submit a full application. Two types of Research Grant are available: Young Investigators' Grants and Program Grants. The Human Frontier Science Program, Strasbourg, supports novel, innovative and interdisciplinary basic research focused on the complex mechanisms of living organisms; topics range from molecular and cellular approaches to systems and cognitive neuroscience. A clear emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring biologists together with scientists from fields such as physics, mathematics, chemistry, computer science and engineering to focus on problems at the frontier of the life sciences.

Leonard Wirsching



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