Professorships of the Cluster

These professorships were established and successfully filled during the cluster term and are highly relevant for our future research:

The professor, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Felix Fritzen, aims to incorporate data into predictive processes for challenging nonlinear engineering problems, such as architected and functional materials. Starting from the analysis of problem-specific data, novel methods and algorithms are to be developed for reducing computational complexity and improving the quality of the predictions. Research topics include model reduction via data compression, data-assisted simulation schemes, in silico data-provisioning strategies, data-guided validation and adaption of simulation models. The professorship will contribute to PN 1 and PN 3.

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The professor, Jun. Prof. Marco Oesting, develops and analyzes novel and computationally efficient statistical methods for complex and heterogeneous data collected from a variety of sources, specifically large-scale or high-dimensional data. This addresses the following shared cross-disciplinary challenges of statistical analysis, machine learning, and high-performance computing: inverse statistical problems, functional data, stochastic control or optimization, Bayesian non-parametric statistics, and statistical aspects of machine learning. The professorship will contribute to PN 5 and PN 6.

The professor, Jun. Prof. Benedikt Ehinger, works toward a computational foundation of human-computer interaction and advances simulation methods and computational approaches for interactive systems. Techniques to be developed include datadriven modeling and simulation of human behavior, machine learning for the automation of interface design tasks, optimization of complex multimodal interactive systems and intelligent user interfaces, and improving interaction through computational methods. The professorship will contribute to PN 2, PN 4, and PN 7.

The professor, Jun. Prof. Benjamin Uekermann, represents the field of Software Development in Scientific Computing in research and teaching, with a special focus on sustainability, maintainability, usability, efficiency and parallel scalability of numerical simulation software. Further aspects are testing and validation of simulation software, user and developer friendly documentation and configuration interfaces, and minimally invasive application programming interfaces.

The professor, Prof. Dr. Heng Xiao, focuses on simulation methods from a combined HPC and data perspective. This includes the merger of data analytics and machine learning with classical HPC systems, but also with future data-driven architectures like quantum computers. Computational techniques for data assimilation, data reduction, and algorithmic contributions to handle huge amounts of data will focus on flow, porous media, and particles. The professorship will contribute to PN 1 and PN 5.

The professor, Prof. Dr. Mathias Niepert, advances the field of machine learning for simulation science in research and teaching, contributes innovative methods for machine learning and applies and integrates them in the general area of simulation sciences. The research is tightly integrated into the project networks of the EXC SimTech. A combination between theoretical developments and applications to engineering and/or natural sciences is welcome.


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