Morcos 2018 Team

June 13, 2018 / Sabine Sämisch


IUTAM Symposium brings together niche research community

Dr. Joerg Fehr at the Institute of Engineering and Computational Mechanics (ITM) and Dr. Bernard Haasdonk at the Institute of Applied Analysis and Numerical Simulations (IANS) in the University of Stuttgart organized an IUTAM symposium on Model Order Reduction of Coupled Systems (MORCOS 2018). Rector Wolfram Ressel gave the welcome speech and the IUTAM representative Dr. Peter Eberhard elaborated on the long history of IUTAM symposiums. This SimTech supported conference fosters discussions about the field of Model Order Reduction (MOR), a multidisciplinary field between Mathematics, Engineering, and Computer Science as well as a key thrust area of SimTech. Nowadays simulations demand high computational power. MOR reduces the system complexity, therefore, allowing for faster computations while aiming to retain the accuracy of the model being simulated. The weeklong symposium had 13 contributed sessions and 4 keynote presentations from renowned experts. It was well attended by 56 participants from 11 different countries and 4 continents.

The social program of the event included dinner in the cozy atmosphere of the International Meeting Center on Tuesday. The Center was home of a university professor and is now used as a convenient meeting point for conferences and workshops. Poster presentations were also held in the same building during the dinner. Another social event was organized as a short trip in Stuttgart. This included a guided tour to the Mercedes-Benz museum, a hike up to the vintage Tea House, and finally dinner in a downtown restaurant.

MOR derives its popularity from the challenges of modern computing. As the speed of computers accelerates so does the complexity of the models they are used to solve. MOR aims to reduce the complexity of the problem by drastically reducing the number of unkowns of in the governing equations. This leads to efficient online computation of the problem in a repeated manner. The speakers of the conference presented their latest theoretical and applied results related to advances in the area of MOR.

As the university believes in open access, the public was welcome to attend the talks. More information is available here: