Tropical rainforests are one of the most species-rich areas on earth. Thousands of animal and plant species live there. The smaller microbial protists, which are not visible to the naked eye, are also native to these forests, where they live in the soils and elsewhere. An international team of scientists, among them three HITS researchers,…Details
In this year’s ranking of “Highly Cited Researchers”, three HITS scientists are named among the most cited researchers worldwide: Tilmann Gneiting (Mathematics), Volker Springel (Space Science) and, for the first time, Alexandros Stamatakis (Computer Science). Three researchers from the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) belong to the most cited researchers worldwide. The “Highly…Details
HITS researcher Alexandros Stamatakis is new SAB member of the Greek ELIXIR National Node Prof. Alexandros Stamatakis, head of the Scientific Computing (SCO) group at HITS, has been appointed new member of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of ELIXIR-GR. This is the Greek node of ELIXIR, a distributed infrastructure for life-science information that unites Europe’s…Details
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For their lecture “Introduction to Bioinformatics for Computer Scientists”, SCO group members Alexandros Stamatakis, Andre Aberer, Tomas Flouri, Alexey Kozlov, Kassian Kobert, and their visiting scientist Mark Holder (University of Kansas) have been awarded for “the best master’s level lecture in computer science” at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. The award was presented during the…Details
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…Details
Biologist Emily Jane McTavish (University of Kansas) does evolutionary research using DNA sequence data and computational tools. She is visiting the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) on a fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In December 2014, Dr. Emily Jane McTavish from the University of Kansas joined the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies…Details
Bird tree of life reproduced by gene analysis and supercomputing, new findings about basics of birdsongs, feathers, biodiversity, and bird evolution About 95 percent of the more than 10,000 bird species known only evolved upon the extinction of dinosaurs about 66 million years ago. According to computer analyses of the genetic data, today’s diversity developed…Details
Lucas Czech, PhD student in the HITS group Scientific Computing (SCO), won the Heidelberg Science Slam at O’Reilly’s Heidelberg on 18 November 2014. More than 100 people attended the event and listened to his talk on speech recognition. Lucas presented some of the fundamental techniques and models that are used to make computers understand human…Details
Our visiting PhD student Paschalia Kapli, that visited our lab twice, successfully defended her PhD at the University of Crete on November 24. Members of the committee included her supervisor Nikos Poulakakis, as well as our collaborators and friends from the Hellenic Center of Marine Research Antonis Magoulas and Giorgos Kotoulas.
A collaboration of more than 100 researchers from 10 countries announce the results of an unprecedented scientific study that resolves the evolutionary history of insects. The results are published in Science, the world’s leading peer-reviewed research journal, and include answers to many long held questions about the evolution of the world’s largest and most diverse…Details
Our new PhD student, Lucas Czech, joined the lab.