On 9-11 July 2017, EMCL represented by Vincent Heuveline and Chen Song were at the Northeast Electric Power University (NEEPU) in Jilin, China in order to start a corresponding Sino-German cooperation. This visit is supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC).
The four days stay is organized by Prof. Jiawei Zhang (NEEPU). Prof. Dr. Vincent Heuveline and Chen Song had the opportunity to visit his research group and discuss intensively with his staff about different topics in the area of energy research. Based on these discussions, a first research agenda leading to a cooperation has been defined.
Prof. Dr. Vincent Heuveline and Chen Song had then the opportunity to present in a larger audience their activities in energy research with strong emphasise in Uncertainty Quantification (UQ). At the end of his talk Prof. Heuveline congratulated Prof. Mu (NEEPU) for his award obtained from the National Office for Science and Technology Awards of China. This highly recognized prize corresponds to the one of the highest awards for research in China. The intensive discussion after these presentations was followed by a brainstorming with the Junior Professors of the department of Electrical Engineering.
A further highlight of the stay at NEEPU was a meeting with the President of the University, where further strategic aspects of the cooperation could be discussed in more details.
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.