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

Revisiting star formation in the era of big data

1. December 2021

HITS group leader Kai Polsterer selected member of an international team at the International Space Science Institute Kai Polsterer, head of …

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“TULIPS” lets astronomy flourish in the classroom

30. November 2021

HITS researcher Eva Laplace has developed a software that visualizes the evolution of stars in short movies. For this project that …

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Searching for a way out of the brain fog caused by COVID-19

1. October 2021

HITS is a partner in the new EU-funded research program “BRAVE” that proposes tackling COVID-19 brain inflammation with computer-designed molecules. The …

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HITS News

And again: “Highly Cited Researcher“ at HITS

16. November 2021

For six years running, computer scientist Alexandros Stamatakis from the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) has been named one of …

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HITSters will be part of new faculty at Heidelberg University

22. September 2021

Heidelberg University has founded the Faculty of Engineering Sciences to pool competences for innovative engineering approaches with international visibility. HITS researchers …

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Issue 3 | 2021

14. September 2021

The astrophysicist Fabian Schneider, head of the junior group “Stellar Evolution Theory” (SET) at HITS, has been awarded the “Ludwig-Biermann-Förderpreis” …

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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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