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Integrative Systems Science


To progress from isolated numerical approaches to integrative systems science, we pursue five central visions.
[Photo: David Ausserhofer]

Simulation Technology as a Systems Science

It is our mission to promote the advancement of simulation technologies from isolated numerical approaches to an integrative systems science. In doing so, we set new standards. Our activities are based on a broad range of research areas, from basic research to industrial applications in various fields.

A crucial factor in our endeavor to establish simulation technologies as a systems science is communicating the results to

  • the scientific community,
  • policy makers
  • and to the public.

This interdisciplinary, integrating approach is what fundamentally sets apart SimTech from traditional approaches, in which engineers and natural scientists mainly develop isolated numerical approaches to their specific problem.

Visions: Major Fields of Application

The Cluster of Excellence has been using this approach to since 2007 to pursue five central visions in promising fields of application.

These visions are our main motivation. They represent our joint requirements for basic research in the field of simulation technologies and motivate us to increase knowledge transfer with industry.

Modeling and simulation technologies are among the traditional core competencies of the University of Stuttgart. It is our vision to apply these technologies to further key research areas of the University of Stuttgart: The development of new materials, complex systems and communication, environmental technologies, production design and mobility. Against this backdrop, we have developed our five central visions.


The greatest challenge in our mission lies in developing reliable, easy-to-use cyber-based technologies and tools. These range from simulation applications

  • in mobile devices
  • to robust, error-controlled scientific tools
  • and intelligent simulation frameworks,
  • which are scalable to future hardware architectures.


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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h. c.

Wolfgang Ehlers

Spokesperson, Executive Director, Coordinator Project Network 4, Coordinator Research Area B

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Thomas Ertl

Vice Spokesperson, Vice Director, Coordinator Research Area E