Kira Feldmann, PhD Student in the Computational Statistics group at HITS, was awarded a poster prize at the “Extremes Symposium 2014” by the Volkswagen Foundation in Hannover. Out of 21 participants, she and three other young researchers from Potsdam, Hamburg and Munich were picked as winners. Kira’s poster was titled: “Spatial postprocessing for forecasts of temperature minima and maxima”.
The symposium “Extreme events: Modeling, Analyses, and Prediction” focused on several research projects funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. The key areas were the geo, environmental, climate, and life sciences as well as mathematical statistics. A specific focus was set on improved methodologies and their application to real-world problems. Tilmann Gneiting, head of the CST group at HITS, was one of the organizers.
HITS, the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, was established in 2010 by physicist and 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, mathematical, and computer sciences. Major research directions include complex simulations across scales, making sense of data, and enabling science via computational research. Application areas range from molecular biology to astrophysics. An essential characteristic of the Institute is interdisciplinarity, implemented in numerous cross-group and cross-disciplinary projects. The base funding of HITS is provided by the Klaus Tschira Foundation.