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The IWR is an interdisciplinary research center for Scientific Computing which builds bridges across disciplines. It promotes mathematical and computational methods in science, engineering and the humanitites. Currently the IWR comprises more than 50 research teams from various faculties. Around 600 scientists work together in interdisciplinary cooperation projects. In addition to educating the next generation of excellent scientists the IWR also focuses on advacing international research networks.


October 30, 2017

Making cancer more predictable

For his research and his outstanding work on the temporal development of diseases Dr. Marcel Mohr was awarded with the annual Klartext-Preis 2017 in mathematics

Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Anna Marciniak-Czochra and in cooperation with the two physicians Dr. Dirk Hose and Dr. Anja Seckinger from the laboratory for research on myeloma, Dr. Marcel Mohr explored how mathematics can make a contribution to medicine with direct benefits for the patients. More precisely Mohr refined a growth model, which calculates the temporal development and the progress of cancer. 

Besides benign plasma cells, cancer patients also develop malignant cells, which suppress the benign cells. This proceeds in different tempos, depending on the doubling time of the patient´s malign cells. Marcel Mohr´s model of growth is essential in the sense that it is not restricted to an exponential model but also takes other components into account (e.g., the interaction between benign and malign plasma cells). Calculations with real patients’ data revealed that this advanced model predicts the ongoing development of the disease very precisely, and thus it is able to open doors for new treatment approaches. 


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July 12, 2017

IWR in collaboration with AIMS conducts summer school in Cape Town

The summer school on Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing, jointly organized by the Universität Heidelberg and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) was conducted in Cape Town, South Africa from 13th to 17th February 2017.

The workshop conducted in a highly interactive and well-organized manner, facilitated the training of participants with updated research methods and techniques such as the application of an optimal control, parameter estimation and simulation as well as numerical simulations with the finite element method. The workshop fostered exchange of new scientific knowledge among the top scholars of the field from Africa and Europe as well as provided opportunity for the students to interact with their fellow students from other African countries.

Participants found the skills acquired at the workshop highly beneficial. Teaching on the Finite Element Methods, one of the core concept for the numerical solution of PDE, was especially mentioned by many participants as one of the most important and influential topics of this summer school. To read more about the experiences of our participants, click here.

Report by: Namia Akhtar

Copyright: IWR/2017

May 2017

Jörg Langowski (1955 - 2017)

The Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing is deeply saddened by the news of Jörg Langowski’s passing. We have lost an exceptional scientist, treasured colleague and dear friend.

Our deepest sympathies go out to his family during this difficult time.

March 28, 2017

Professors Kanschat and Gertz fellows in the 10th class of the Marsilius-Kolleg

Congratulations to our venerable IWR-members, Prof. Dr. Guido Kanschat and Prof. Dr. Michael Gertz on their fellowship in the Marsilius-Kolleg of 2017.

It’s our privilege to announce the participation of our esteemed professors Michael Gertz and Guido Kanschat in the 2017 fellow class of the Marsilius Kolleg, Heidelberg University. Until March 2018 they will pioneer interdisciplinary research projects and participate in discussions. In their regular meetings, they will devote themselves to topics like the treatment of chronic diseases with methods that are located beyond the clinical approach. Furthermore they will focus on analyzing aspects of stress management from various approaches, including the disciplines of behavioral economics, psychology and neuroscience.

Directed by Prof. Dr. Thomas Rausch and Prof. Dr. Bernd Schneidmüller, the Marsilius Kolleg is a cornerstone within Heidelberg’s Excellence Initiative. It is geared towards the junction of distinguished academics and expediting the interconnected, interdisciplinary dialogue of the humanities, natural, social and life sciences and thus meets the focus of the IWR in every respect.

[Press release Heidelberg University]

March 16, 2017

Hamprecht and his researchers develop a new algorithm for analysing image data

The working group "Image Analysis and Learning", lead by Prof Dr Fred Hamprecht, is advancing research towards a circuit diagram of the brain  

"Understanding how the brain works is one of science's greatest mysteries. "Except for a simple roundworm, there is still no circuit diagram of a complete animal brain, let alone a human brain," states Prof. Hamprecht. In recent years, imaging techniques have been developed that can finally produce three-dimensional images of the entire brain at a sufficiently high resolution. These images are so big, however, that manual analysis would take centuries. What is needed, therefore, is an automated analysis process with the lowest possible error rate. [...]

In the latest partitioning challenge, the CREMI Challenge on Circuit Reconstruction from Electron Microscopy Images, the researchers at the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing succeeded in producing the most accurate analysis by a large margin. [...]

To explain the challenge of using this analysis method to produce a circuit diagram of a brain, Prof. Hamprecht resorts to the fly as an example. The Heidelberg team is using their new algorithm to map the brain circuit of the fly first before moving on to higher animals, according to mathematician Dr Anna Kreshuk."

[Press release Heidelberg University]

March 13, 2017

Prof Mombaur’s robotics going public on SWR1 Baden-Württemberg

Making her work more accessible to the general population, Prof Mombaur recently presented her research on humanoid robots within the broadcasting program on SWR1

On March 9, 2017, Prof Mombaur, the leading robotics expert at the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing, was interviewed by Nicole Köster, on SWR1. In her 30 min interview, Mombaur presented her latest research, discussing, for example the challenges of the progressive motion by humanoid robots. Focusing the research on the comprehension of human movement, Mombaur envisions intelligent medical applications in prosthetics and application areas that prove to be life-threatening, such as fire fighting and mine sweeping.

[Reportage SWR1 Baden Württemberg]
Last Update: 03.11.2017 - 12:17


Jan Keese
Communications & Organization




HGS MathComp Fellow Emőke-Ágnes Horvát on DW-TV.

Lange Nacht der Robotik 2013 in Heidelberg.