Heidelberg
Institute for
Theoretical
Studies

Think beyond the limits!

The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies was established in 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

Multiscale simulations unveil molecular mechanisms that shape brain plasticity

1. August 2022

New publication on multiscale molecular simulations to investigate adenylyl cyclase-based signaling in the brain, together with colleagues collaborating in the Human …

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Integrative data-intensive approaches to drug design

28. July 2022

The 23rd EuroQSAR Symposium will take place in Heidelberg, chaired by HITS group leader Rebecca Wade. Deadline for abstract submission: 4 August 2022 …

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The invisible needle in a stellar haystack

19. July 2022

An international research team with participation of HITS discovered a “dormant” black hole in a binary-star system outside our galaxy. These …

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HITS News

Deadline 18 September: Call for “HITS Journalist in Residence” in 2023

17. August 2022

Are you an experienced science journalist? Would you like to delve into new areas of research and deepen your technical knowledge? …

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Who will win? Phylogenetics help to predict

12. August 2022

Outreach talk (in German) by HITS group leader Alexandros Stamatakis about efficiently simulating elimination tournaments using concepts from phylogenetics At the “…

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Digital Worlds 20.22: In the beginning was the Code

28. June 2022

Come and join us for our Open Day at HITS on Saturday, 9 July, from 11am-5pm After four years the Heidelberg …

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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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Stellar Evolution Theory

The SET group seeks to investigate the turbulent and explosive lives of massive stars.

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HITS Lab

The HITS Lab fosters collaboration across groups and disciplines emphasizing research across disciplinary boundaries.

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