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 irresistible pull – when massive stars collide

9. October 2019

All neutron stars are magnetic, but some are more magnetic than others. The latter, so-called magnetars, are the strongest magnets in …

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KBbox is online!

10. September 2019

A new web server, KBbox, provides a toolbox of computational methods for studying the kinetics of molecular binding Recent research has …

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Local and Precise: Neural Networks in Weather Forecasts

24. July 2019

Thunderstorms, sun, heat and cold – this year’s May showed how quickly the weather can change. Responsible is the “chaotic system” …

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HITS News

Auf der Suche nach der Wahrheit (in German)

30. September 2019

HITS „Journalist in Residence“ Andreas von Bubnoff spricht am 7. Oktober, 16:00, in Heidelberg über Wissenschaftsjournalismus in Zeiten von post-truth und reproducibility crisis …

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“Best Poster and Demonstration Award” for HITS NLP scientist

16. September 2019

Mark-Christoph Müller from the Natural Language Processing (NLP) group at HITS has been awarded the “Best Poster and Demonstration Award” …

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Opening Ceremony of the Max Planck Schools

12. September 2019

The three pilot Schools officially welcome their first students at the Harnack House Berlin, September 11th: The Max Planck Schools have …

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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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