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

The calculated tumor – how algorithms support the search for vaccines against cancer

25. September 2020

Malignant tumors are caused by genetic mutations. In so-called microsatellite unstable (MSI) tumors, an important repair system of the cell has …

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A difficult task: Phylogenetic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 data

13. August 2020

Computer scientists from HITS and KIT review the challenges for phylogenetic methods in analyzing the evolution of the corona virus: Large …

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Verification and post-processing of weather forecasts

20. July 2020

Fellowship term ends for Tilmann Gneiting as one of ECMWF’s first three Fellows CST group leader Tilmann Gneiting was appointed …

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HITS News

Anna Wienhard appointed new Scientific Chairperson of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum

29. September 2020

The mathematician Anna Wienhard, HITS group leader and professor at Heidelberg University, will be the new Scientific Chairperson of the Heidelberg …

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ERC Starting Grant for HITS astrophysicist

7. September 2020

Fabian Schneider has been awarded about € 1.5 million for five years. He will establish his own junior research group at HITS. Astrophysicist …

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Uncovering the structure of stars

1. September 2020

Astrophysicist Saskia Hekker is the leader of the new research group “Theory and Observations of Stars” at HITS and professor in …

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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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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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