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.
The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) was established in 2010 by the 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 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. The shareholders of HITS are the HITS-Stiftung, which is a subsidiary of the Klaus Tschira Foundation, Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). HITS also cooperates with other universities and research institutes and with industrial partners. The base funding of HITS is provided by the HITS Stiftung with funds received from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The primary external funding agencies are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the European Union.