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

An explosive result

13. January 2020

Nuclear physicists from Finland, Denmark, and Germany succeeded to experimentally determine nuclear processes operating at conditions ten million times denser and 25 …

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The best of both worlds

2. December 2019

KIMMDY is born! A new simulation scheme combining Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations with Kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) enables bond scissions in …

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The way of making memories

7. November 2019

Human beings live and learn and this usually happens through experience and environmental interactions. But how does the brain translate information …

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HITS News

10 years HITS – time to celebrate

10. February 2020

This year, the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) will celebrate its 10th anniversary. The Institute was established in 2010 by physicist …

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Season’s Greetings!

19. December 2019

Another year is drawing to a close and once again, it has been an eventful time at HITS. In April the …

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Andreas Reuter appointed 2019 ACM Fellow

13. December 2019

Andreas Reuter, former Managing Director of HITS, has been named as “2019 ACM Fellow” by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). He …

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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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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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