HITSter Philipp Gerstner was now honored by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) for the best diploma of his class. Philipp studied Techno-Mathematics at KIT from 2008 till 2014 and achieved the best overall grade among all 15 graduates in his year. He wrote his thesis about modeling and numerical simulation of the spreading of wildfires.
Philipp joined the DMQ group at HITS in April 2014 as PhD-student where he is now working on mathematical methods for optimizing power system operation.
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.