For the Third Time: Award for Teaching Bioinformatics

20. June 2018
Alexandros Stamatakis (Photo: HITS)

All good things come in threes: Dr. Alexandros Stamatakis – head of the HITS research group Scientific Computing and a computer science professor at KIT Karlsruhe – is being awarded for his teaching activities at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) for the third time. The “hands-on bioinformatics practical” which Dr. Stamatakis conducted together with PhD student Michael Hamann (who works at the Chair of Dr. Dorothea Wagner), was rated the best practical in the Department of Computer Science at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

The certificates will be presented on June 22 as part of the 2018 Computer Science Day.

The joint practical also highlights the increased collaboration between the chairs in the funding application process for the excellence cluster “Algorithm Engineering for the Scalability Challenge” (AESC). At the same time, the practical reveals how strong the research in KIT’s Department of Computer Science is because the results were published by the participating students in the academic journal “Bioinformatics.”

Alexandros Stamatakis is head of the research group Scientific Computing at HITS and Professor of High Performance Computing in Life Sciences at KIT. He received awards for his courses at KIT in 2015 and 2016.



About HITS

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.

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