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The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies was established in 2010 by physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute.
HITS conducts basic research in the natural sciences, mathematical and computer science. Major research directions include complex simulations across scales, making sense of data, and enabling science via computational research. Application areas range from molecular biology to astrophysics. An essential characteristic of the Institute is interdisciplinarity, implemented in numerous cross-group and cross-disciplinary projects. The base funding of HITS is provided by the Klaus Tschira Foundation.
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The AIN group develops new methods and tools to deal with the exponentially increasing amount of data in astronomy.
The CCC group uses state-of-the-art computational chemistry to explore and exploit diverse functional organic materials.
The CME group focuses on developing algorithms, computer architectures, and high-performance computing solutions for bioinformatics.
The CST group focuses on the theory and practice of forecasts as well as on spatial statistics.
The DMQ group uses stochastic mathematical models, high-performance computing, and hardware-aware computing to quantify the impact of uncertainties in large data sets.
The GRG group investigates various mathematical problems in the fields of geometry and topology, which involve the interplay between geometric spaces.
The MLI group – established at HITS in September 2022 – works on novel algorithms and models for data-efficient learning, geometric deep learning, and …
The MBM group focuses on deciphering how proteins have been designed to specifically respond to mechanical forces in the cellular environment or as a biomaterial.
The MCM group focuses on the interactions of biomolecules. Research methods include interactive, web-based visualization tools and atomic-detail molecular simulations.
The NLP group develops methods, algorithms, and tools for the automatic analysis of natural language.
The PSO group models thermonuclear explosions of white dwarf stars leading to the astronomical phenomenon of Type Ia supernovae.
The SDBV group improves data storage and the search for life science data, making storage, search, and processing simple to use for domain experts who are not computer scientists.
The SET group seeks to investigate the turbulent and explosive lives of massive stars.
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The HITS Lab fosters collaboration across groups and disciplines emphasizing research across disciplinary boundaries.
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