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Habilitation for HITSter Christoph Pfrommer

On January 29, 2014, Dr. Christoph Pfrommer (TAP-Group) successfully completed the habilitation process at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Heidelberg University. Christoph’s research interests include High-Energy Astrophysics as well as Cosmology, Computational Astrophysics, and Radio- and Gamma-Ray Astronomy. It is the first habilitation attained by a HITSter. Pfrommers career steps: 1996 Physics studies…

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Michele Catanzaro to be new “Journalist in Residence” at HITS

The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies gives science journalists the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of computer-based, data-driven science with a longer stay at the institute. For the first time, the program was announced internationally. Candidates from 22 countries applied. The jury chose the Barcelona-based science journalist Michele Catanzaro. The Barcelona-based science journalist Michele Catanzaro…

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Mathematics for safer medicine

The new HITS research group “Data Mining and Uncertainty Quantification” analyzes large amounts of data and calculates uncertainties in technical systems. With Prof. Vincent Heuveline as their group leader, the group of mathematicians and computer scientists especially focuses on increasing the security of technology in operating rooms.    Natural Sciences continuously produce larger and more…

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Alexandros Stamatakis board member of IBC, Montpellier/France

Alexandros Stamatakis, leader of the Scientific Computing group at HITS, has been appointed member of the scientific advisory board of the newly founded Computational Biology Institute (IBC) in Montpellier, France. The IBC aims at the development of innovative methods and software to analyze, integrate and contextualize large-scale biological data in the fields of health, agronomy…

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Honorary Certificate for Andreas Reuter

Prof. Andreas Reuter, managing director of HITS, has been awarded an Honorary Certificate by Donetsk National Technical University, Ukraine. He received it on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of scientific cooperation between Donetsk University and the University of Stuttgart, Andreas Reuters´ former affiliation. The Ukrainian university honored his numerous contributions to the establishment of…

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The Science of Forecasting

Mathematician Tilmann Gneiting is leader of the new research group “Computational Statistics” at HITS and Professor at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT). His research focuses on the theory and practice of forecasts as well as on spatial statistics. “Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future,” the Danish physicist Niels Bohr said – probably;…

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Bioinformatics: New type of bacteria found in the human gut

With software techniques, molecular biologists and computer scientists show that around half of the bacteria species in the human gut are yet unknown. With the help of the latest software techniques, a team of molecular biologists and computer scientists was now able to show that around half of the bacteria species in the human gut…

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Computer Science helps astronomers exploring the sky

The new HITS research group “Astroinformatics” will develop methods and software for astronomers and help facilitating the analysis and processing of the rapidly growing amount of data in astronomy. The junior group led by Kai Polsterer will work closely with other astronomical research groups in Heidelberg. The new junior research group “Astroinformatics” has recently commenced…

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Rebecca Wade associate editor for scientific journal

Rebecca Wade, leader of the MCM group, has been appointed as an associate editor for the journal PLOS Computational Biology. PLOS Computational Biology aims at publishing outstanding primary research articles on all aspects of computational biology applied to different and integrated biological scales, from molecules and cells to patient populations and ecosystems. With this appointment,…

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The Human Brain Project has begun

The world’s most ambitious neuroscience project is underway. Scientists from the 135 partner institutions of the Human Brain Project, co-funded by the EU with an estimated budget of €1.2 billion, are meeting in Switzerland for the official launch. One of the principle investigators in this international project is HITS researcher Rebecca Wade. With more than…

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Wissenschaft im TV – Boulevardisierung eines Bildungsmediums?

This content is only available in German. Die Fernsehjournalistin Pia Grzesiak erläutert in einem Youtube-Video, wie schmal der Grat zwischen einer spannend aufbereiteten Wissenssendung und einer rein unterhaltenden Sendung ohne nennenswerten Informationsgehalt ist. Pia Grzesiak war von April bis Juli 2013 „Journalist in Residence“ am HITS. Das Programm ermöglicht Wissenschaftsjournalistinnen und -journalisten die vertiefende Beschäftigung…

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Journalist in Residence at HITS: a program for science journalists

The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) offers experienced journalists with focus on scientific journalism a three-month to six-month paid stay that is to start in January 2014. The program “Journalist in Residence” enables journalists to deal in depth with different research topics, without the pressure of daily business. The stay is endowed with EUR…

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