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Success Stories

The exact total number of original research papers of all IWR members is not determinable. However, randomly sampling the number of publications of ten members gives on average ten publications per year per researcher. Neglecting the 12 junior research groups, the IWR has published ~2250 research papers during the last five years (2009 - 2014), and most likely even more. The developed mathematical tools are collected in software packages, which are disseminated into the scientific community, usually for free. Among these packages are, for example:

  • Deal II: A C++ software library supporting the creation of finite element codes and an open community of users and developers [Link Website]
  • Dune: The “Distributed and Unified Numerics Environment” software is a modular toolbox for solving partial differential equations (PDEs) with grid- based methods [Link Website]
  • Gascoigne: This finite-element simulation toolkit is developed for incompressible, compressible, non-reacting and reacting flows in two and three dimensions based [Link Website]
  • MUSCOD-II: A software package for numerical solution of optimal control problems involving differential-algebraic equations [Link Website]
  • Q-Chem: A comprehensive software package for quantum-chemical calculations [Link Website]
  • VIGRA: It’s an image processing and analysis library with main emphasis on customizable algorithms and data structures [Link Website]

Third-Party Funding

One measure of success of a research institute is the amount of third-party funding raised by its members. In this respect, the IWR was extremely successful. The researchers applied for all kinds of grants comprising numerous individual project proposals with varying funding periods and financial volumes as well as grants for huge research consortia. The number is too large to list here each of these proposals of all IWR members within the last five years (2009 - 2014), instead, a small selection of important grants is presented.

  • 2007 - 2010 Numerical optimization methods for parameter estimation and design of optimal experiments considering uncertainties in model validation of technical processes in chemistry and biotechnology (NOVOEXP) Prof. H. G. Bock • German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  • 2007 - 2012 Graduate College 850/3 "Modeling of Molecular Properties“Prof. P. Comba • German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • 2009 - 2014 BIOMS (Center for Modeling and Simulation in Biosciences) Prof. W. Jäger • Klaus Tschira Stiftung, Federal State of Baden-Württemberg
  • 2009 - 2014 Principles of development and pattern formation in biologyProf. A. Marciniak-Czochra • Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
  • 2010 - 2015 Emmy Noether research group “Mathematical modelling of transport processes in plant tissues”Dr. A. Chavarría Krauser • DFG
  • 2010 - 2015 VirtualLiverProf. U. Kummer • BMBF
  • 2010 - 2015 ICGC: The Genomes of Early Onset Prostate Cancers – Data Management & Bioinformatics Prof. R. Eils • BMBF
  • 2010 - 2019 Research Training Group 1653 “Spatio/Temporal Probabilistic Graphical Models and Applications in Image Analysis”Prof. C. Schnörr • DFG
  • 2012 - 2017 Heidelberg Collaboratory for Image Processing (HCI)Prof. B. Jähne, Prof. F. Hamprecht, Prof. B. Ommer, Prof. C. Schnörr • Industry / DFG
  • 2012 - 2017 Heidelberg Graduate School of Mathematical and Computational Methods for the Sciences (HGS MathComp)Prof. P. Bastian • DFG

These grants have been selected, since they represent together the typical distribution of grants within the IWR. Of course, particularly important are the large collaborative grants, the Graduate College (GRK) 1653 “Spatio/Temporal Probabilistic Graphical Models and Applications in Image Analysis” funded by the DFG, the Heidelberg Collaboratory for Image Processing (HCI), which is funded within the Excellence Initiative and with substantial support by seven industry partners, the Center for Modeling and Simulation in Biosciences (BIOMS) funded largely by the Klaus-Tschira Stiftung and the Heidelberg Graduate School for Mathematical and Computational Methods in the Sciences (HGS MathComp) funded by the DFG in the framework of the Excellence Initiative. Most impressive is the total amount of third-party funding by the ten core members of the IWR only. This amounts to about 6 Million € per year since 2009.

ERC Grants

Grants of the European Research Council (ERC) are particularly prestigious. At present nine current or former members of the IWR hold such ERC grants.

  • 2008 Intermolecular Coulombic Decay • Chemistry, Advanced Grant • Prof. L. S. Cederbaum
  • 2008 BioStruct: Multiscale Mathematical Modelling of Dynamics of Structure Formation in Cell Systems • Mathematics, Starting Grant • Prof. A. Marciniak-Czochra
  • 2010 Self-Amplifying Stereodynamic Catalysts in Enantioselective Catalysis AMPCAT • Chemistry, Starting Grant • Prof. O. Trapp
  • 2012 Model-Based Optimizing Control - from a Vision to Industrial Reality Mathematics, Advanced Grant • Prof. H. G. Bock
  • 2012 The Science of Forecasting: Probabilistic Foundations, Statistical Methodology and Applications • Mathematics, Advanced Grant • Prof. T. Gneiting
  • 2012 Hydrodynamical Simulations of Galaxy Formation at the Peta- and Exascale • Physics, Starting Grant • Prof. V. Springel
  • 2013 STARLIGHT: Formation of the First Stars • Physics, Advanced Grant • Prof. R. S. Klessen
  • 2013 Light Field Imaging and Analysis • Mathematics, Starting Grant • Prof. B. Goldlücke
  • 2014 Deformation Spaces of Geometric Structures • Mathematics, Consolidator Grant • Prof. A. Wienhard

Initial Appointments of Researchers from the IWR

Another marker for the success of the research groups at the IWR and the quality of the promoted scientific education is the success of our young academics. Within the last five years (2009 - 2014) 17 of our young academics were appointed to professorships at various universities in Germany or their home countries. This remarkable rate certifies the high qualification of the graduates of the IWR.

  • 2010 Junior Professor (W2) • University of Münster • Dr. Christian Engwer
  • 2010 Junior Professor • Insitute for Applied Mathematics, Heidelberg University • Dr. Thomas Richter
  • 2010 Junior Research Group Leader (W2; Associate Professor) • Max-Planck-Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Magdeburg • Dr. Matthias Stein
  • 2011 Junior Professor • Department of Mathematics, Hamburg University • Dr. Winnifried Wollner
  • 2011 Professor • University of Applied Sciences Albstadt-Sigmaringen • Dr. Ralph Gauges
  • 2011 Lecturer (now Dean) • Royal University of Phnom Penh • Dr. Pheakdey Nguonphan
  • 2011 Independent Research Group Leader • Robert Koch Institute • Dr. Bernhard Renard
  • 2012 Professor (W3) • Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg • Dr. Sebastian Sager
  • 2013 Professor (W2) • University of Konstanz • Dr. Bastian Goldlücke
  • 2013 Professor (W3) • Medical Faculty, Heidelberg University • Dr. Benedikt Brors
  • 2013 Professor (W2) • Jena University Hospital • Dr. Rainer König
  • 2013 Junior Professor • University of Mannheim • Dr. Simone Paolo Ponzetto
  • 2014 Professor (W2) • Clausthal University of Technology • Dr. Olaf Ippisch
  • 2014 Associate Professor • School of Atmospheric Physics, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, China • Dr. Cao Le
  • 2014 Professor • Department of Mechanical Engineering, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile • Dr. Hernán A. Olguín Astudillo
  • 2014 Assistant Professor • TU München • Dr. Björn Menze
  • 2014 Assistant Professor (tenure track) • The University of Texas at El Paso, USA • Dr. Natasha Sharma

Honors and Awards

The scientists of the IWR have received several honors and awards during the last five years (2009 - 2014). The best-paper awards and poster prizes are numerous, and shall not be listed here. Again, only a small fraction of selected awards can be presented. However, the IWR is particularly proud of its distinguished scientists, who have received honorary degrees from various renowned international universities.

  • 2009 Best Business Idea Award, Innovation Forum 2009 of Baden-WürttembergProf. C. Cremer
  • 2009 Honorary doctoral degree, Sofia UniversityProf. L.S. Cederbaum
  • 2009 The Outstanding Young German Scientist Award of the Lise Meitner-Minerva Center of Computational Quantum ChemistryProf. A. Dreuw
  • 2009 Honorary doctoral degree, University of Erlangen-NurembergProf. R. Rannacher
  • 2009 Award of the German Society for Radiooncology (DEGRO)Prof. J. Hesser
  • 2010 Roberts PriceProf. J. Hesser
  • 2010 Honorary doctoral degree, Vietnamese Academy of Science and TechnologyProf. W. Jäger
  • 2011 Klaus Tschira Award for Achievements in Public Understanding of ScienceDr. C. Kirches
  • 2012 Honorary doctoral degree, Russian Academiy of SciencesProf. H. G. Bock
  • 2012 Klaus Tschira Award for Achievements in Public Understanding of ScienceDr. A. Potschka
  • 2013 Grand Prize Winner, international Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition, MITProf. R. Eils
  • 2013 Honorary Professorship (Physics), Johannes Gutenberg University MainzProf. C. Cremer
  • 2013 Award of the German Society for Pattern Recognition (DAGM)Prof. F. Hamprecht
  • 2014 Honorary doctoral degree, Peoples Friendship University of RussiaProf. W. Jäger
Last Update: 13.06.2016 - 19:11

IWR Report 2014

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