In February 2015, Sarah Lutteropp joined the SCO group (leader: Alexandros Stamatakis) as student worker. She currently studies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) but already made herself a name in the past – aged only 17, she won research competitions, such as the German Bundeswettbewerb Informatik, and participated very successfully in other competitions like Jugend Forscht and Invent a Chip. After her B.A. in Computer Science, Sarah Lutteropp is now doing her MSc. in Computer Science. She also held a scholarship by the Foundation for Gifted Informatics Students in Karlsruhe for her project “Visualization of hierarchic graph structures”.
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.