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The Forecaster’s Dilemma: Evaluating forecasts of extreme events

Accurate predictions of extreme events do not necessarily indicate the scientific superiority of the forecaster or the forecast method from which they originate. The way forecast evaluation is conducted in the media can thus pose a dilemma. When it comes to extreme events, public discussion of forecasts often focuses on predictive performance. After the international…

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The Dark Side of Natural Language Processing

At the first “Ethics in Natural Language Processing” workshop in Valencia, scientists discussed the opportunities and dangers of automatic speech analysis. According to HITS researcher Michael Strube, “Exceedingly few people know how well we can analyze unstructured data.” Smartphones are a part of our everyday lives both at work and at home. We write emails,…

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On the front cover: Multiexpert Platform for the Identification of Hits Targeting Parasitic Enzymes

In the New Medicines for Trypanosomatidic Infections (NMTRypI) project funded by the EU and completed in January 2017, in which 13 partners participated, including the HITS Molecular and Cellular Modeling (MCM) and Scientific Databases and Visualization (SDBV) groups, novel anti-leishmanial and anti-trypanosomal hit compounds that inhibit pteridine reductase 1 (PTR1) were discovered. PTR1 is an enzyme of…

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The presentation of the membershop certificate (f.l.t.r.): Prof. Dr. Jutta Schnitzer-Ungefug, Secretary General Leopoldina, Prof. Dr. Volker Springel, HITS, Prof. Dr. Jörg Hacker, President, Leopoldina Photo: Markus Scholz / Leopoldina

Simulated Universes

Volker Springel elected to the German Academy of Sciences “Leopoldina”. Presentation of the membership certificate in Halle, Germany Volker Springel, head of the Theoretical Astrophysics group at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS), has been elected to the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. He received his his membership certificate at the official inauguration ceremony…

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“Journalist in Residence”: T.V. Padma at HITS

Science journalist T.V. Padma from Delhi, India, has begun her stay at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) as “Journalist in Residence.” The program of the same name offers science journalists a stay of up to 6 months at the institute and focuses on data-driven research in areas ranging from molecular biology to astrophysics.…

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New Scientific Director: Michael Strube

As of January 2017, Prof. Dr. Michael Strube is the new Scientific Director (“Institutssprecher”) of HITS. As the position of Scientific Director rotates through the group leaders, this is a planned change in the HITS management. Rebecca Wade, who was Scientific Director for the last two years, stepped down from the position at the end…

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Season´s Greetings

Dear friends and colleagues, As we come to the end of an eventful and turbulent year, we and all the HITSters send you our best wishes for a peaceful holiday season and a successful New Year. The New Year will bring a planned change in the HITS management as the position of Scientific Director rotates…

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