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Collaborative Projects and Knowledge Transfer with Industry

Scientific computing has developed into a key enabling technology in many branches of the industry, also triggered by the research successes of the IWR. From the start, our research groups have produced many highly technologically relevant research results that have boosted many individual as well as collaborative projects with the industry, from global players to small or medium-sized enterprises.

The collaborations typically start with smaller joint research projects, which are profitable also for fundamental research, since complex industrial problems that require the know-how of IWR research usually provide excellent challenges for methodological research. Based on the grown faith of the industry in the potential of scientific computing to help solving their technological problems, new forms of intensified collaborations, i.e. of private public partnerships (PPP), between industry and the IWR have emerged.

The most prominent and extremely successful example of the IWR is the “Industry-on-Campus” venture Heidelberg Collaboratory for Image Processing (HCI), which is largely financed by companies like Bosch, Zeiss, Sony and smaller enterprises. In addition, Heidelberg University supports the HCI via funds of the Excellence Initiative. From its foundation, the HCI has grown to a remarkable research unit with altogether about 80 scientists with more than 1,5 Mil- lion € third-party funding per year. The HCI is the lighthouse collaboration with industrial partners and serves as role model for other PPPs. Inspired by the HCI, the IWR is presently founding the Heidelberg Collaboratory for Industrial Optimization (HCO) with partners like BASF, Daimler, ESA, Lufthansa and others. A forerunner of the HCO, is the BASF funded research group “Optimum Experimental Design”, which has received about 250,000 € per year over the last six years for basic research.

The strategic Committee for Mathematical Modeling, Simulation and Optimization (KoMSO) located at the IWR and funded by the BMBF plays an essential role for intensifying national and international networking of the Ruprecht-Karls University with industrial partners. It also serves as the German node in the European Network for Industrial Mathematics (EU-MATHS-IN).

Partners and Collaborations (HCI)

HCI Members

  • Robert Bosch GmbH, Stuttgart
  • Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Heidelberg
  • Heidelberg Engineering GmbH, Heidelberg
  • Silicon Software GmbH, Mannheim
  • PCO AG, Kelheim

HCI Partners

  • Intel Visual Computing Institute, Universität des Saarlandes Saarbrücken
  • Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg GmbH, Ludwigsburg

DIP Partners

  • Sony Deutschland, Stuttgart
  • PMDTechnologies GmbH, Siegen
  • Fraunhofer IMS, Duisburg
  • Institut für Mikroelekronik (IMS Chips), Stuttgart
  • Max-Planck Institut für Chemie, Mainz
  • Institut für Ostseeforschung, Warnemünde (IOW)
  • IFM GEOMAR, Universität Kiel
  • Institut für Meereskunde, Universität Hamburg
  • Strömungslehre und Aerodynamik (SLA), TU Darmstadt
  • Center of Smart Interfaces (CSI), TU Darmstadt
  • Biofluid Mechanics Laboratory, Charite - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, Lamont
  • Finish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki
  • Environmental Fluids and Thermal Engineering Lab, Kyoto University, Japan

MIP Partners

  • Robert Bosch GmbH, Stuttgart
  • Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Heidelberg

IPA Partners

  • Robert BoschGmbH, Hildesheim
  • Heidelberg Engineering GmbH, Heidelberg
  • LaVision GmbH, Göttingen

Computer Vision Partners

  • ETH Zürich, Machine Learning Lab, Prof. Buhmann
  • UC Berkeley, Computer Vision Group, Prof. Malik
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, USA
  • Universität Heidelberg, Institut für Europäische Kunstgeschichte, Prof. Saurma
  • Universität Heidelberg, Pharmakologisches Institut, Prof. Kuner
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Last Update: 13.10.2014 - 18:25