In the recent ranking “Highly Cited Researchers” by Thomson Reuters, the HITS scientists Volker Springel (Astrophysics) and Tilmann Gneiting (Mathematics) are once again among the highly cited researchers worldwide.
Two scientists of the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) belong to the group of highly cited researchers worldwide. The result of the “Highly Cited Researchers” report by the Thomson Reuters Group show that astrophysicist Prof. Volker Springel and statistician Prof. Tilmann Gneiting rank among the scientists most cited for their subject field and year of publication. Their research during the years 2003 to 2013 was among the one percent of most frequently cited papers worldwide in their special field. The ranking is an important indicator for the impact of a scientific publication. Of the 3,126 most frequently cited scientists worldwide, 184 have a primary or secondary affiliation with a German institution.
The astrophysicist Prof. Volker Springel designed and implemented the largest and most comprehensive computer simulation of the universe worldwide, beginning with the Millennium Simulation in 2005. He developed the “Arepo” code which enabled scientists to simulate the wide range of galaxy shapes and sizes with a supercomputer. An example for his work is the “Illustris” simulation which was published in the journal “Nature”: it is the most detailed computer simulation of galaxy formation. Volker Springel has been group leader of the research group “Theoretical Astrophysics” at HITS since 2010, and is a professor for Astrophysics at Heidelberg University.
Prof. Tilmann Gneiting’s research focuses on the theory and practice of forecasts, and on spatial statistics. For many years, he and his team have developed methods for real-time probabilistic weather forecasts. Tilmann Gneiting cooperates with the German Weather Service and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts in Reading, UK, in order to develop new approaches and statistical methods. Since November 2013, he has been group leader of the research group “Computational Statistics” at HITS, and is a professor at the Institute of Stochastics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
The citation frequency is an indicator for the scientific impact of a paper. The U.S. company Thomson Reuters determines this frequency by drawing on scientific databases. Their report analyzes how many publications of a scientist from the area of natural and social sciences as well as medicine were cited particularly often in publications of their colleagues. Publications from the years 2002-2013 were evaluated. For more information visit the website: highlycited.com
Dr. Peter Saueressig
Head of Communications
HITS Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies
The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS gGmbH) was established by SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira and his foundation, the “Klaus Tschira Stiftung”, as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research involving the processing, structuring and analysis of large amounts of data in the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science. The research topics range from molecular biology to astrophysics. Shareholders of HITS are the “HITS-Stiftung”, Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). HITS cooperates with universities and research institutes, as well as with industrial partners. The Klaus Tschira Foundation provides the major financial support for HITS through the HITS foundation. The main external funding sources are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the German Research Foundation and the European Union.