HITS

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.

Research News

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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Data visualization with SABIO-VIS

6. November 2019

Collecting and curating data has never been more important – especially for systems biology. If already existing data isn’t available to …

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HITS News

Distinction for Anna Wienhard

6. December 2019

Anna Wienhard, group leader at HITS and professor at the Mathematical Institute of Heidelberg University, has been elected ordinary member of …

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HITS researcher Michael Strube is Fellow of the ACL

29. November 2019

Michael Strube, leader of the Natural Language Processing group at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS), has been appointed Fellow …

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Siobhan Roberts and Carl Smith to be “Journalists in Residence” at HITS

25. November 2019

The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies gives science journalists the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of computer-based, data-driven science with a …

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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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