September 29, 2017 / Lisa Pietrzyk

DFG decisions regarding the excellence strategy: successful draft proposal

In the framework of the excellence strategy to strengthen cutting edge details in Germany decided by the Federation and Regional States, the German Research Association (DFG) made an announcement on 29.09.2017 stating for which of the submitted draft proposals the universities are allowed to make a full application. No fewer than four draft proposals by the University of Stuttgart were positively reviewed by the expert panel and permitted to make an application. One of the permitted draft proposals is made by the current Cluster of Excellence in Simulation Technology (SimTech). In one year, on 27th September 2018, a decision will be reached on the final selection of the clusters of excellence applications in the excellence commission.

Professor Wolfgang Ehlers, Spokesperson and Director of SimTech, was delighted about the decision reached by the expert panel for the excellence strategy after the announcement of the results by the DFG and said: “Today is a very good day for all researchers of the SimTech Cluster of Excellence. The authorisation our draft proposal is a special success and a milestone for the simulation research at the University of Stuttgart. I would like to thank all those scientists working in the cluster for their achievements and commitment. Now SimTech has, for the third time since 2007, the opportunity of applying for a funding by the excellence strategy by the German federal state. We now face the possibility to continue our excellent research in the field of Simulation Technology and to enhance it.

Data-integrated simulation sciences 

Since ten years the Cluster of Excellence in Simulation Technology (SimTech) has forged ahead with the simulation sciences in terms of models, methods and computing aspects from an engineering perspective in great depth and breadth and established them with its interdisciplinary and methodical profile as an internationally visible research focus. The new application indicates also new direction for future research: data-integrated simulation science.  

The orientation of the proposed cluster on data-integrated simulation sciences stands for a multitude of pioneering research questions. The large amount of data available today from sensor measurements, data collections, experiments and simulations offer new and increasingly significant possibilities of acquiring knowledge. Its research goal is a new category of simulation as well as data-driven approaches that raise the applicability of simulation as well as the reliability of decisions based on this to a new level.   


Wolfgang Ehlers
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h. c.

Wolfgang Ehlers

Fellow (SC)

Thomas Ertl
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h. c. Dr.-Ing. E. h.

Thomas Ertl

Director and Spokesperson of the Cluster, Principal Investigator (EXC), Fellow (SC)

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