Prof. Marek Behr was named the Chairman of the Steering Board of the Lichtenberg HPC Facility

At TU Darmstadt, the Lichtenberg High Performance Computer serves scientific research, for many scientists of different universities.

The multifaceted architecture of the high performance computer allows flexible and efficient usage, especially for computationally intensive applications. It supports the efficient execution of a variety of existing programs, as well as the development of new parallel programs.

Prof. Marek Behr Ph.D. was named the chairman of the steering board of the Lichtenberg HPC facility of the TU Darmstadt for another three-year term.

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Helmholtz to Invest an Additional 35 Million Euros Annually in Digitalizing Research

The Helmholtz Association is creating four innovative platforms to digitalize research. To this end, Germany’s largest research organization will invest a total of 35 million euros per year.

Each platform is located at one or more Helmholtz Centers and creates an active network that also includes other researchers. Specific funding lines will be established for this purpose. Helmholtz will build the platforms over the next few months and open a wide range of opportunities to interact with other research organizations and universities. The largest German research organization will recruit leading scientists from around the world and initiate future-oriented projects.

The four new platforms are:

  • Helmholtz Information & Data Science Academy (HIDA): Training young scientists at newly designed graduate schools within a national consortium
  • Helmholtz Artificial Intelligence Cooperation Unit (HAICU): Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Helmholtz Imaging Platform (HIP): Imaging procedures & analysis methods
  • Helmholtz Infrastructure for Federated ICT Services (HIFIS): Basic technologies and services for large scale data-driven research

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Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Computational Engineering (ICCE 2017)

The book comprises the proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Computational Engineering (ICCE 2017), held in Darmstadt, Germany on September 28-29, 2017. The conference is intended to provide an interdisciplinary meeting place for researchers and practitioners working on computational methods in all disciplines of engineering, applied mathematics and computer science. The aims of the conference are to discuss the state of the art in this challenging field, exchange experiences, develop promising perspectives for future research and initiate further cooperation.

Computational Engineering is a modern and multidisciplinary science for computer-based modeling, simulation, analysis, and optimization of complex engineering applications and natural phenomena. The book contains an overview of selected approaches from numerics and optimization of Partial Differential Equations as well as uncertainty quantification techniques, typically in multiphysics environments. Where possible, application cases from engineering are integrated.

Prof. Marek Behr was one of the Editors of the book.

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German Research Foundation Approves Establishment of Three Research Training Groups at RWTH

The German Research Foundation, DFG, has approved three proposals for research training groups from RWTH Aachen. In October, the University will launch the groups to educate and promote highly qualified doctoral candidates. The name of the international research training group is ''Modern Inverse Problems: From Geometry and Data to Models and Applications''. The international research training group consists of researchers from the Aachen Institute of Advanced Study in Computational Engineering Science (AICES) and the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at the University of Texas at Austin. Special emphasis will be placed on inverse problems, focusing in particular on the interaction between geometry, data, models, and applications. Eleven RWTH professors are involved in the group, whose spokesperson is Professor Marek Behr, Chair of Computational Analysis of Technical Systems, CATS.

We are looking forward to a successful IRTG and a great cooperation between RWTH Aachen University and the University of Texas at Austin.

RWTH Scientist Professor Joost-Pieter Katoen received an Advanced Grant

RWTH computer scientist Professor Joost-Pieter Katoen is to receive an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council.  The European Research Council awards such grants to support outstanding researchers in pursuing ground-breaking, high-risk research projects and in opening up new interdisciplinary fields of research.

Katoen is an expert in identifying software errors before they actually occur. He is one of the most recognized scientists in the field of model checking – his book “Principles of Model Checking,” co-authored with the Dresden professor Christel Baier, is the standard work in the field. Now he has been awarded a so-called Advanced Grant from the European Research Council, ERC for short, the most important research award in Europe.


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