This fall, Heidelberg University has founded the Faculty of Engineering Sciences. HITS group leaders Rebecca Wade (Molecular and Cellular Modeling), Frauke Gräter (Molecular Biomechanics), and Vincent Heuveline (Data Mining and Uncertainty Quantification) are part of the new Faculty. They bring with them their vast expertise in computational research on biomolecular systems and materials as well as in engineering mathematics and high-performance computing.
Improving predictions of COVID-19 infection rates is the goal of the German-Polish COVID-19 Forecast Hub, in which researchers from the Computational Statistics group are participating. In a study, they analyzed strengths and weaknesses of different COVID-19 forecast models and used them to form so-called ensemble forecasts that improve forecasts over individual models. The study was published in the journal “Nature Communications”.
Finally, we present the “HITS Lab”, an internal program for projects in which at least two HITS groups from different disciplines work on a common topic. It serves to promote interdisciplinarity at 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.