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Prize of "Beste Selbstständige Lehre" for Prof. Martin Grepl

With the "Beste Selbstständige Lehre", outstanding RWTH Aachen scientists are awarded a prize for their great commitment shown in their lectures and tutorials. The prize was awarded within the frame of the "AbsolventenTag der Mathematik" this autumn. Another Young Researcher of AICES was nominated: Prof. Paolo Bientinesi.

Location: RWTH Aachen
Date: November 2011
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Gauss Lecture given by Prof. Wolfgang Dahmen

On Oct 28, 2011, Prof. Wolfgang Dahmen delivered the second 2011 Gauss Lecture of the Deutsche Mathematiker Vereinigung. His lecture, entitled "Compressive Sensing - oder die Kunst der Abkürzung", took place at the Alte Mensa Forum, University of Mainz.
The Gauss Lectures are usually held twice a year. Speakers are invited as a special distinction, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to mathematics.

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Prof. Alexander Mitsos wins Poster Award at the 2011 Planet XMap

Former AICES Junior Research Group Leader Prof. Alexander Mitsos of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mr. Ioannis N. Melas ,Mr. Dimitris E. Messinis, and Dr. Leonidas G. Alexopoulos of the National Technical University of Athens as well as Dr. Julio Saez-Rodriguez of the European Bioinformatics Institute are the winners of the poster award at the 2011 Planet XMap, that was held this year in Vienna. The title of their presentation was "Construction of large signaling pathways from phosphoproteomic data". This work was co-sponsored by AICES, Virtual Liver Network, and Rockwell International Career Development Professorship.

2011 Planet XMap, USA
October, 2011
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Current Control Theory must be Revised for Biology

In a brief communication arising published Oct. 20 in Nature, Dr. F. J. Müller, CAU Kiel, and Prof. A. Schuppert at AICES, RWTH Aachen, show that todays established high-profile approaches1 for systems control are severely limited in their generalization for the control of biological systems. This finding has direct implications for biomedical research and its current applications such as in the field of stem cell biology.

Nature, Germany
October 20, 2011
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ICCE 2011: 2nd International Conference on Computational Engineering

The conference focused on the modeling and simulation of coupled multi-physical problems. It provided a meeting place for researchers and practitioners working on computational methods in all disciplines of engineering and applied mathematics. The aim of the conference was to discuss the state of the art in this challenging field, develop promising perspectives for future research and initiate cooperations.

Darmstadt, Germany
October 4-6, 2011
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GREAT SUCCESS: AC.CES 2011 - Aachen Conference on Computational Engineering Science

The inaugural Aachen Conference on Computational Engineering Science (AC.CES) was held at RWTH Aachen University in Aachen, Germany, on July 13-15, 2011. Focusing on "Inverse Problems: Methods and Applications," the conference featured seventeen internationally renowned invited speakers from half a dozen countries presenting on methods ranging from model order reduction and optimization, and applications as diverse as seismology and process development for polymer manufacturing. The objective of the conference is both to present cutting-edge research as well as to facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations.
Two other events helped to focus on the interdisciplinary nature of the conference. One, a panel discussion lead by Prof. Wolfgang Dahmen of RWTH and Prof. Omar Ghattas of the University of Texas at Austin, focused on future trends in computational engineering sciences. The other event, the poster session, featured nearly fifty posters from attendees in countries around the world; the winners of the best poster competition hailed from Asia, Europe, and North America.

RWTH Aachen University, Germany
July 13-15, 2011
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Science Prize of the City of Freising for Prof. Marek Behr and Prof. Heiko Briesen

With the "Wissenschaftspreis Weihenstephan der Stadt Freising", the scientists from Technical University of Munich (TUM) and RWTH Aachen University were awarded a prize of 12,000 euros for their joint research. The research team of Prof. Heiko Briesen, Chair for Process Systems Engineering at TUM (and a former AICES Young Researcher) and Prof. Marek Behr, Chair for Computational Analysis of Technical Systems at RWTH Aachen University, received the award for their collaborative work on "Structure Formation of Collodial Aggregates."
The two scientists found new ways to describe the multi-scale processes involving colloidal particles interacting with fluid flows by means of state-of-the-art simulation techniques and high-performance computers. The results enable the optimization of production processes in the food and pharmaceutical industry. The project is being carried out in the framework of the DFG focus program SPP 1273 "Colloidal Process Technology".

Location: Stadt Freising
Date: July 2011
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Arianna Bosco becomes the third AICES fellow to pass her doctoral defense

Arianna Bosco received her BS in Mathematical Engineering from Università di Roma Tor Vergata, Faculty of Engineering in 2005 and her MS in Mathematical Engineering in Politecnico di Torino, Faculty of Engineering, Italy in 2007. She started as an AICES fellow in December 2007, working on her thesis, "Reynolds Stress Model for Hypersonic Flow“, advised by Dr. Birgit Reinartz, Prof. Marek Behr, Ph.D. and Prof. Dr. Siegfried Müller. She is the third fellow of AICES to receive her doctoral degree. Congratulations!

Location: Graduate School AICES
RWTH Aachen University
Date: May 27, 2011
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Prof. Peter Binev, Prof. Wolfgang Dahmen and Prof. Tom Vogt have received a National Academies Keck Futures Initiative 2011 Award (USA) for their research on “Smart data acquisition for nanoscale imaging“

Wolfgang Dahmen, Institut für Geometrie und Praktische Mathematik, RWTH Aachen, Tom Vogt and Peter Binev, University of South Carolina received a $100,000 research grant for their research on “Smart data acquisition for nanoscale imaging“. Imaging using high-energy electrons will become increasingly important in the future, especially in materials and life sciences.
Established through a $40 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation in 2003, the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative is a 15-year effort to enhance communication among researchers, funding agencies, universities, and the general public with the objective of stimulating interdisciplinary research at the most exciting frontiers. The National Academies and the W.M. Keck Foundation believe considerable scientific progress and social benefit will be achieved by providing a counterbalance to the tendency to isolate research within academic fields.

Location: National Academies Keck Futures Initiative, Irvine, California
Date: May 2011
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The first CAMMP @ RWTH

CAMMP is organized by Prof. Martin Frank, MathCCES, Prof. Ahmed E. Ismail, Molecular Simulations and Transformations, and Dr. Nicole Faber, AICES Graduate School. The Computational and Mathematical Modeling Program (CAMMP) brought together students and faculty from both high schools and university to introduce the basics of computational modeling through hands-on exploration. Working intensively over the course of a week, students, with contributions from the teachers and university researchers, constructed solutions to challenging mathematical problems drawn from real-world scenarios.

Youth Hotel Nideggen, Germany
May 2011
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CHARLEMAGNE DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES: Prof. Endre Süli

The second lecture of the Charlemagne Distinguished Lecture Series was delivered on May 2, 2011 by Prof. Endre Süli, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford. His lecture on "Analytical and Computational Challenges in Navier-Stokes-Fokker-Planck Systems" was attended by a large audience of researchers and students.
SuperC, RWTH Aachen
May 2011
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Dr. Edoardo Di Napoli awarded the VolkswagenStiftung fellowship "Computational Sciences" 2010-11

Dr. Di Napoli is the recipient of the fellowship "Computational Sciences" awarded yearly by the Volkswagen foundation for the best cross-disciplinary research project. The fellowship lasts two years and will allow Dr. Di Napoli to work on the completion of an innovative project focusing on methods to improve Density Functional Theory simulations. The project will be realized in collaboration with scientists from AICES and the Juelich Supercomputing Center, where Dr. Di Napoli will be based.

Volkswagenstiftung
April 2011
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Bringing Computational Sciences to Schools

The Computational and Mathematical Modeling Program (CAMMP) brings together students and faculty from both high schools and university to introduce the basics of computational modeling through hands-on exploration. Working intensively over the course of a week, students, with contributions from the teachers and university researchers, will construct a solution to a challenging mathematical problem. The first CAMMP will take place May 1-6, 2011 at Jugendherberge Nideggen. CAMMP is organized by Martin Frank, MathCCES; Ahmed E. Ismail, Molecular Simulations and Transformations; and Nicole Faber, AICES Graduate School.

Youth Hotel Nideggen, Germany
May 1- 6, 2011
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Bernhard Schuldt invited to give a talk at the 4th Bioinformatics Stem Cells Satellite Workshop in Essen

Bernhard Schuldt an AICES fellow working for Prof. Andreas Schuppert, and Dr. Franz-Josef Müller (CAU Kiel) will present recent and ongoing research projects in a talk "Pluripotent stem cells: one network to find them, one network to rule them?" at the 4th Bioinformatics Stem Cells Satellite Workshop Stem Cell Network NRW in 
Essen. The talk will give an intuitive overview of different uses of systems biology based on experience in applying network concepts in pluripotent stem cell research. Special emphasis will be placed on recently published work to establish a bioinformatic assay for pluripotency in human cells.


Location: Bioinformatics Stem Cells Satellite Workshop Stem Cell Network NRW
Robert-Koch-Haus, Virchowstr. 179, Essen
Date: April 7, 2011
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Kwok Wah Cheng becomes the second AICES fellow to pass his doctoral defense

Kwok Wah Cheng received his BE in Civil Engineering from National University of Singapore in 2001 and his MS in Computational Mechanics of Technical University of Munich, Germany in 2006. He started as an AICES fellow in October 2007, working on his thesis, "h- and p-XFEM with Application to TWO-Phase Incompressible Flow“, advised by Dr. Thomas Fries, Prof. Marek Behr and Prof. Dr. Arnold Reusken. He is the second fellow of AICES to receive his doctoral degree. Congratulations!

Location: Graduate School AICES
RWTH Aachen University
Date: March 22, 2011
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AICES Fellow Anna-Lena Gerner interviewed by Britta Mersch for Leonardo - WDR5

Anna-Lena Gerner emphasized the outstanding quality of the AICES advising concept during her doctoral research phase at the AICES Graduate School.

Location: Channel Leonardo WDR 5
Date: March 16, 2011
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Nature Methods paper by Bernhard Schuldt (AICES group of Prof. Andreas Schuppert) presents PluriTest, a novel tool for stem cell research

Bernhard Schuldt, an AICES fellow together with Dr. Franz-Josef Müller, CAU Kiel and partners from The Scripps Research Institute (San Diego, USA) has developed a new bioinformatic algorithm allowing pattern recognition which can differentiate between pluripotent and non-pluripotent stem cell lines (published in Nature Methods, DOI: 10.1038/nmeth.1580). The research group thus offers an alternative to tests on stem cell lines with lab mice. The new procedure was implemented in the PluriTest web-based tool (www.pluritest.org) and is available across the world for researchers to use to analyse their stem cell lines. Bernhard Schuldt is a member of a project to create reconstruction procedures for biological networks under the leadership of Professor Andreas Schuppert, which is financed by Bayer Technology Services GmbH (Leverkusen)

Location: AICES Graduate School
Date: March 7, 2011
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AICES Fellow Zoltan Szebenyi will present his dissertation project at the IPDPS 2011 Conference in Anchorage/Alaska

Zoltan Szebenyi, an AICES fellow together with Prof. Felix Wolf from the German Research School for Simulation Sciences, will present his dissertation project on the performance dynamics of parallel simulation programs at the Ph.D. forum of the IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium. In addition to his thesis work as a whole, Szebenyi will also present a technical paper on a specific aspect dealing with the challenge of how to lower the overhead of performance measurements.

Location: IPDPS 2011 Conference in Anchorage/Alaska, USA
Date: May 16-20, 2011
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Christian Waluga invited to SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE11), Reno/US

The SIAM CS&E conference serves as a platform to discuss new trends in research and education in Computational Engineering Science. AICES fellow Christian Waluga was representing the AICES graduate program, and gave a talk on his doctoral research topic "Hybrid Discontinuous Galerkin Methods for Incompressible Flow Problems" at the SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE11)

Location: SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE11), Reno/NV, USA
Date: February 28 - March 4, 2011
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New Deputy Scientific Director at AICES

Prof. Paolo Bientinesi has been appointed by the Steering Committee as the new Deputy Scientific Director at AICES for 2011.

Location: AICES Graduate School
Date: January 2011
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Professor Dr. Wolfgang Marquardt elected as new head of the Wissenschaftsrat

At its recent winter session, the Wissenschaftsrat, an advisory scientific council for the German federal government and state governments, elected Professor Dr. Wolfgang Marquardt as its new head. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Marquardt is head of AVT–Process Systems Engineering at RWTH Aachen University, Director of the Center for Computational Engineering Science, and a Member of the Steering Committees for AICES Graduate School and the Tailor-Made Fuels from Biomass Cluster of Excellence. In 2007 and 2009 he was a member of the strategy board of RWTH Aachen University. He is a highly valued expert in these respective disciplines. In 2001, he received the highly-sought Leibniz Prize of the DFG.

Location: Wissenschaftsrat, Berlin
Date: January 2011
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Professor Karen Veroy Grepl, Ph.D. was formally inducted to the Junge Kolleg of the Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste

Professor Karen Veroy Grepl, Ph.D. was formally inducted to the Junge Kolleg of the Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste. The ceremony took place on January 18, 2011 in the presence of the North Rhine-Westphalian Minister of Innovation, Science and Research, Svenja Schulze. The Junge Kolleg was founded in 2006 through financial support from the Stiftung Mercator to promote young researchers in NRW. In addition to the opportunity to discuss their research in an interdisciplinary forum, members of the Junge Kolleg receive an annual stipend and additional research funding.

Location: Junge Kolleg of the Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste, Düsseldorf
Date: January 2011
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AICES Fellows all over the world: Roman Iakymchuk was accepted as internship student by the National Institute of Informatics (NII), Tokyo/Japan

After the succesful internships of e.g. Zoltan Szébenyi in the US and Arianna Bosco in Australia, Roman Iakymchuk was accepted as internship student by the National Institute of Informatics (NII), Tokyo/Japan. This program is part of the NII’s international exchange activities with students from organizations with which the NII has concluded an MOU agreement. Its aim is to give interns the opportunity to engage in research activities as well as receive guidance in their research from professors at NII. Roman Iakymchuk conducts research in Cloud Computing under the supervision of Professor Fuyuki Ishikawa. He will receive a scholarship of the National Institute of Informatics (NII), Tokyo/Japan during his stay from January to April 2011.

Location: Graduate School AICES, RWTH Aachen University
Date: January 2011