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.
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.
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."
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.
Last Update: 06.04.2017 - 11:16