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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.


August 6, 2019

Video Tutorials available for GigaMesh Software Framework

Dr. Hubert Mara (IWR) and his research group releases a series of video tutorial for the GigaMesh Software Framework on YouTube.

The purpose of this channel is to familiarize users with the varies features of the GigaMesh Software Framework. GigaMesh is developed for processing and analyzing 3D meshes, especially for archaeology-related purposes.


[Website Dr. Hubert Mara]

July 23, 2019

Archaeological Exhibition in the Louvre Museum

Dr. Hubert Mara (IWR) contributes visualizations to an archeological Exhibition in the Louvre Museum

From June to December 2019 visualizations with the GigaMesh Software Framework, provided by the IWR, are presented in the Louvre Museum in Paris. These visualizations where done by Dr. Hubert Mara (IWR). They provide a new way to analyze the decorations of archaeological vessels for research in art-history and manufacturing techniques.

The exhibition is dedicated to the Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum (CVA) Project which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2019. The project was founded after the First World War to foster peaceful cooperation of European Countries through archaeological research. The aim of the project is to create reference catalogues of important ancient ceramics to enable a fast classification of discovered components during excavations.

For further information click on the following links:

[CVA Project]

[Forensic Computational Geometry Laboratory, Dr. Hubert Mara]

May 23, 2019

Transregional collaborative research centre "Waves to Weather" renewed

Funding has been renewed for a weather forecasting research group that includes members from Ruperto Carola.

The transregional collaborative research centre "Waves to Weather" (CRC/TRR 165) is investigating the limits of predictability in weather forecasting, as well as the scientific fundamentals required for the next generation of forecasting systems. At Heidelberg University, the “Visual Computing” research group, headed by Prof. Dr. Filip Sadlo, is addressing this by researching novel visualisation techniques. Its research is focused on techniques that enable effective analysis of the resulting weather simulations as well as a better understanding of the simulation processes themselves. The Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich is the lead institution for the CRC/TRR 165, which will receive DFG funding in the amount of approximately 13,3 million euros. Further partners in the transregional consortium include the Technical University of Munich, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, and the University of Mainz.

[Press Release Heidelberg University]

April 5, 2019

IWR members Frauke Gräter and Anna Marciniak-Czochra appointed as new fellows of the Marsilius-Kolleg at Heidelberg University

Prof. Gräter and Prof. Marciniak-Czochra will engage in interdisciplinary research projects focusing on “Fake Science” and misconduct in science and research.

Congratulate to Professors Frauke Gräter and Anna Marciniak-Czochra for being appointed as fellows of the Marsilius-Kolleg at Heidelberg University. From April 2019 until March 2020 they will be part of interdisciplinary research projects and contribute to discussions in the Kolleg. The 12th class focuses on “Fake Science” and misconduct in science and research. Furthermore the class will examine the impact of a partnership on individual health from various approaches, including medical, psychological and social factors.

[Press Release Heidelberg University]

April 5, 2019

Workshop on Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Geographic Phenomena at the IWR

From 1-4 April a compact course and workshop on Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Geographic Phenomena took place at the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR). The event was organized by the 3DGeo and FCGL research groups. Participants from a large number of different scientific fields were introduced to topics like processing and analysis of 3D geodata, particularly in the point cloud domain using topographic LiDAR, as well as the usage and visualization of 3D meshes.

The first part of the workshop consisted of lectures, invited talks and hands-on sessions in which the participants learned about processing and analysis of 3D geodata. The sessions were held by researchers of the organizing groups: Dr. Hubert Mara, Dr. Jack G. Williams, Dr. Bartosz Bogacz and Lukas Winiwarter. The second part comprised of a programming and research challenge which required the participants to work on their own tasks in small teams and to present the results at the end of the workshop. 

The Event was supported by Heidelberg Graduate School of Mathematical and Computational Methods for the Sciences (HGS MathComp).

[News Blog post of the GIScience Research Group]

February 25, 2019

Exhibition Opening “Women of Mathematics throughout Europe - A Gallery of Portraits"

On February 25 the exhibition "Women of Mathematics throughout Europe - A Gallery of Portraits" was officially opened in Heidelberg. It will be on display from February 26 - May 31, 2019 at the Foyer of the Mathematikon. The opening was organized in close cooperation with the conference "Geometric Analysis meets Geometric Topology“. On behalf of the conference organizers, JProf. Dr. Maria Beatrice Pozzetti, and the Managing Director of the IWR, Dr. Michael J. Winckler, welcomed the guests. The exhibition is kindly supported by the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF).

This touring exhibition, whose starting point is the 7th ECM held in July 2016 in Berlin, stems from the observation that nowadays, women still find it difficult to embrace a career in the mathematical academic world and the disparity between the proportion of men and that of women among professional mathematicians is still shamefully large.

The thirteen women mathematicians portrayed here share with us their experience, thus serving as role models to stimulate young women scientists to trust their own strength. In presenting mathematics through women mathematicians’ perspectives and samples of their life stories, we hope to highlight the human aspects of producing mathematics, making this discipline more tangible and therefore more accessible to outsiders or newcomers.

The Exhibition Catalogue is available for 20,00 EUR at the IWR Office (Room 2/303, 2nd Floor, Mathematikon, Opening Hours: Monday-Friday / 09:00-12:00).

[Exhibition Homepage]

18. Januar 2019

Moderne Materialien

16. Modellierungstag Rhein-Neckar findet am 24. Januar statt

Vertreter verschiedener Forschungseinrichtungen sowie Partner aus der Industrie kommen am 24. Januar 2019 an der Universität Heidelberg zum 16. Modellierungstag Rhein-Neckar zusammen. Die Veranstaltung zum Thema „Moderne Materialien“ beschäftigt sich mit aktuellen Entwicklungen in den Materialwissenschaften. In den Vorträgen und Diskussionsrunden werden die rund 50 Teilnehmer aus Wissenschaft und Praxis insbesondere erörtern, welche Rolle die computergestützte Simulationstechnik bei der gezielten Planung von Materialeigenschaften spielt. Organisiert wird die Veranstaltung von der Heidelberger Graduiertenschule der mathematischen und computergestützten Methoden für die Wissenschaften (HGS MathComp) der Ruperto Carola in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Amt für Wirtschaftsförderung und Wissenschaft der Stadt Heidelberg.

„Die Materialwissenschaften zählen zu den Schlüsseltechnologien des 21. Jahrhunderts. Der Einsatz hochmoderner Planungsprozesse sowie bahnbrechende Entdeckungen in der Nanoforschung, in der organischen Elektronik und der computergestützten theoretischen Chemie haben zu einer Revolution in diesem Bereich geführt“, betont Dr. Michael J. Winckler, Geschäftsführer der HGS MathComp. Die Teilnehmer des aktuellen Modellierungstages werden der Frage nachgehen, wie unterschiedliche Forschungsrichtungen zusammenwirken können, um effektive Werkstoffe für höchst unterschiedliche Anwendungsgebiete zu schaffen. Dabei geht es zum Beispiel um die gezielte Kombination von mehreren Eigenschaften, um innovative Materialien zu entwickeln, die gleichzeitig extrem leicht, aber dennoch stabil sind oder die einen effizienten Energietransfer erlauben.

Der 16. Modellierungstag Rhein-Neckar wird in Zusammenarbeit mit der Stadt Heidelberg ausgerichtet. Unterstützt wird der Modellierungstag von der Industrie- und Handelskammer Rhein-Neckar.

[Pressemitteilung Universität Heidelberg]
Last Update: 14.08.2019 - 15:26


Jan Keese
Communications & Organization



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