Prof. Rebecca Wade, head of the Molecular and Cellular Modeling (MCM) group at HITS, is a collaborator in the ‘Human Brain Project’, funded by the European Union. She will be part of a team, working on the Brain Simulation Platform, one of the six ICT-based research platforms. These will be created with the aim of catalyzing global collaboration in neuroscience, medicine and computing.
The ‘Human Brain Project’ is one of the two winners of the European Flagship Competition, the world’s largest funding program for research projects. The HBP brings together 250 researchers from 23 countries. The estimated total cost of this ten-year interdisciplinary project is 1.2 billion euros.
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.