Heidelberg
Institute for
Theoretical
Studies

Think beyond the limits!

The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies was established 2010 by 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, mathematics and computer science with a focus on the processing, structuring, and analyzing of large amounts of complex data and the development of computational methods and software. The research fields range from molecular biology to astrophysics.

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Research News

“Something in the way they move” – zooming in on cell migration

17. March 2022

Getting from A to B can be a tricky business, especially for cells on the move. An international team of researchers …

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HITS helps ESCAPE improve their data discoverability with machine learning

2. March 2022

ESCAPE, the European Science Cluster of Astronomy & Particle Physics ESFRI Research Infrastructures, has successfully tested new machine learning prototypes that …

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Digital tools for effective virus research

27. January 2022

The “Serratus” cloud-computing infrastructure enables researchers to effectively search public sequence databases for biological viruses. So far, more than 130,000 new RNA …

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HITS News

DFG Heinz-Maier Leibnitz Prize for SIMPLAIX researcher

5. May 2022

Congratulations to our SIMPLAIX Principal Investigator Pascal Friederich (KIT) on the award of a Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize 2022 for his outstanding research …

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“The magic triangle” advances molecular research with machine learning and simulations

28. April 2022

The “SIMPLAIX” collaboration started with an inaugural symposium in Heidelberg.  Researchers from HITS, Heidelberg University, and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (…

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Computer simulations and Artificial Intelligence – a “booster” for molecular research

7. April 2022

In the new “SIMPLAIX” collaboration, researchers from HITS, Heidelberg University, and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are addressing challenges in the …

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Research Groups

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Astroinformatics

The AIN group develops new methods and tools to deal with the exponentially increasing amount of data in astronomy.

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Computational Carbon Chemistry

The CCC group uses state-of-the-art computational chemistry to explore and exploit diverse functional organic materials.

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Computational Molecular Evolution

The CME group focuses on developing algorithms, computer architectures, and high-performance computing solutions for bioinformatics.

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Computational Statistics

The CST group focuses on the theory and practice of forecasts as well as on spatial statistics.

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Data Mining and Uncertainty Quantification

The DMQ group uses stochastic mathematical models, high-performance computing, and hardware-aware computing to quantify the impact of uncertainties in large data sets.

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Groups and Geometry

The GRG group investigates various mathematical problems in the fields of geometry and topology, which involve the interplay between geometric spaces.

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HITS Lab

The HITS Lab fosters collaboration across groups and disciplines emphasizing research across disciplinary boundaries.

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Molecular and Cellular Modeling

The MCM group focuses on the interactions of biomolecules. Research methods include interactive, web-based visualization tools and atomic-detail molecular simulations.

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Molecular Biomechanics

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.

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Natural Language Processing

The NLP group develops methods, algorithms, and tools for the automatic analysis of natural language.

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Physics of Stellar Objects

The PSO group models thermonuclear explosions of white dwarf stars leading to the astronomical phenomenon of Type Ia supernovae.

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Scientific Databases and Visualization

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.

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Stellar Evolution Theory

The SET group seeks to investigate the turbulent and explosive lives of massive stars.

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Theory and Observations of Stars

Stars are an important source of electromagnetic radiation in the universe allowing for studies of many phenomena, from distant galaxies to …

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