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Prof. Ming Hu, Ordered-Disordered Material as High Efficiency Thermoelectrics


Ming Hu’s new project “Ordered-Disordered Material as High Efficiency Thermoelectrics“ is expected to start in November 2015 and will last for 3 years.

The overall goal of the project is to advance the fundamentals underlying the thermal transport properties of some representative ionic systems and rationally performed nanostructuring as novel materials and strategy for high efficiency thermoelectrics.

Ming will take the position of the sole principle investigator of the project, which is funded by German Research Foundation (DFG).


August 2015


Prof. Paolo Bientinesi, editor of arXiv


Paolo Bientinesi is one of the subject editors of arXiv; he is responsible for the sections "Numerical Analysis", "Mathematical Software", and "Computational Engineering, Finance, and Science" of the Computing Research Repository

arXiv.org is an electronic archive for research articles in physics, mathematics, computer science, nonlinear sciences, quantitative biology and statistics.

August 2015


AICES Fellow Lorenzo Zanon achieved 3rd Place at Lousberglauf


Despite the weather conditions the 26th “Lousberglauf” with its 5.555 km and 2000 participants was again a great success for the AICES Graduate School. Lorenzo Zanon was able to achieve the 3rd place with a time of 17'46'' with remarkable less than 30 seconds on the 1st place.

The Lousberglauf was additionally the finale of the „Unilauf-Cup“ where the RWTH Team managed to defend its title, beating the other university teams in Dortmund, Münster and Köln, with Lorenzo Zanon being 1st in Dortmund & Münster and 3rd in Köln.

Congratulations Lorenzo!



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August 2015


Dr. Mayim Bialik at RWTH Aachen


On 24th July 2015, in conclusion of the two European conferences YIC GACM and AC.CES, on the topics of simulation technology, applied mathematics and computational engineering at RWTH Aachen the conferences hosted US star Dr. Mayim Bialik ("The Big Bang Theory“) as a guest speaker.

The neuroscientist Dr. Mayim Bialik, who is best known for her current role as Amy Farrah Fowler in the US sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” talked about “The Science of Big Bang”, reporting on her exploration of the two worlds of science and acting and her own experience with “nerds” as portrayed in the comedy series.

The over 250 audience members were delighted by the absorbing combination of scientific content and entertaining anecdotes.



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August 2015


AC.CES 2015


On 23rd and 24th July 2015 the 3rd Aachen Conference on Computational Engineering Science (AC.CES) was hold in direct sequence with the 3rd ECCOMAS Young Investigator Conference (YIC) and 6th GACM Colloquium, opening the opportunity to attend both events.

Bringing together leading experts in theory, method development, and applications in computational engineering, the main objectives of the conference were to present cutting-edge research and to foster the growth of a stronger CES community, as well as to facilitate collaborations and cross-fertilization of ideas across the different CES disciplines.

The conference was organized as a series of plenary sessions with invited talks as well as supplementary poster sessions contributed by regular participants.



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August 2015


YIC GACM Conference 2015


The 3rd ECCOMAS Young Investigators Conference (YIC) took place in conjunction with the 6th German Association for Computational Mechanics (GACM) Colloquium from July 20th through 23rd, 2015 at RWTH Aachen University.

The goal was to bring together young researchers and students working in the broad areas of computational science and engineering for them to discuss, learn, and collaborate.

During this event a variety of highlights were offered for the participants such as a Science Slam, Journal Club, Movie Night, Conference Dinner and the ECCOMAS Ph.D. Olympiad of 2015.

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August 2015


CAMMP WEEK 2015


How do you have to arrange the mirrors in a solar power plant to generate the most electricity? How can you improve the booking system of a Carsharing-Company? And can you measure velocity with the help of a cellphone camera? For the 5th time, the Computational and Mathematical Modeling Program (CAMMP) sought to provide answers to those kinds of questions.

CAMMP's main objective is to make school students aware of their talents and potential as well as to develop sustainable interest in the different STEM fields. Moreover, a smooth transition from school to university should be ensured.

CAMMP Week took place from June 07-12, 2015 in a youth hostel in Voeren, Belgium, and is organized by Professor Martin Frank (MathCCES), Professor Ahmed Ismail (Molecular Simulations and Transformations), as well as Dr. Nicole Faber (AICES Graduate School).

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June 2015



For her Doctoral Thesis Dr. Olga Mula has Been Awarded the Paul Caseau Award.


The Paul Caseau award is delivered by the French Academy of Technologies and Électricité De France. The distinction is given every year to three researchers that have defended their thesis the previous year.

The criterion is the scientific quality of the work in terms of the originality of the ideas and their potential impact on one or several of the following fields: Energy efficiency, numerical modelling and simulation, efficient use of massively parallel computers

Olga Mulas thesis “Some contributions towards the parallel simulation of time dependent neutron transport and the integration of observed data in real time” can be seen as a contribution to numerical modelling and simulation as well as efficient use of massively parallel computers and has been written in Laboratoire Jacques Louis Lions at Pierre et Marie Curie University

Congratulations Olga!


June 19th, 2015


Modelling and Computation of Shocks and Interfaces


Within scope of Horizon 2020 the project ModCompShock launches in August 2015, which will form a Network of leading research institutes and universities through whole Europe.

The RWTH AACHEN University participates in this program under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Dahmen, who is an expert on this field of expertise and will guide the process, deliver knowledge and mentor young researchers, together with other leading researchers from renovated Partner Organizations.

The goal is to find new methods and answer existing questions and problems during the 48 month period of the project.

June 2015


Intel Parallel Computing Center established at RWTH Aachen


This month a new Intel Parallel Computing Center has been established at RWTH Aachen.

The center will support the development of fast and scalable algorithms for Molecular Dynamics, a widespread simulation technique for determining the thermodynamic, kinetic, and transport properties of various materials. The objective of the work is to exploit the parallelism and the computational potential offered by Intel's processors and co-processors.

The PIs of the project are Prof. Ahmed Ismail and Prof. Paolo Bientinesi

June 2015


AICES Welcomes RISE and UROP Students from the US


In June 2015, the AICES Graduate School welcomed one RISE student and four UROP students from the United States.

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and the Research Internships in Science and Engineering Program (RISE) are designed for students from North American, Canadian and British universities who wish to gain research experience by engaging in research projects under the supervision of AICES academic staff members. For ten to twelve weeks, five students work with AICES doctoral candidates, who serve as their mentors.



June 9th, 2015



AICES Fellow Michael Lenz Has Passed His Doctoral Exam


Michael Lenz studied Mathematics in Life Sciences at University of Applied Sciences Koblenz where he obtained his Diploma in Biomathematics in 2009 and his Master of Mathematics in Life Sciences in 2010.

After that, he became an AICES fellow and received his doctoral degree with summa cum laude in May 2015. His thesis on "A two-scale map of global gene expression for characterising in vitro engineered cells" had been advised by Professor Schuppert and Professor Zenke.

Michael now works at University of Maastricht as a Post doctorant in the newly founded Maastricht Centre for Systems Biology where he works on "Systems biology approach towards targeted personalised prevention of chronic diseases in the obese system" in Maastricht, Netherlands.

Congratulations, Michael!
May 2015


Charlemange Distinguished Lecture Series: AICES Welcomes Prof. J. Tinsley Oden


Twice a year, the AICES fellows organize the prestigious Charlemagne Lecture, whose objective is to invite persons, who have achieved impressive accomplishments throughout their career and, in this sense, to get inspired by their scientific achievements. As the 10th speaker, the AICES fellows invited Professor J. Tinsley Oden, who is the founding Director of the Institute for Computational Engineering Science at the University of Texas at Austin.

Professor Oden gave a talk on "Adaptive Validation and Error Estimation of Coarse-Grained Models of Atomic Systems" on April 21, 2015 at 4:00 pm in the Generali Hall of Super C (6th floor).

We were very pleased about his visit and we will be honoured to welcome Tinsley Oden any time again.

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May 2015


AICES Fellow Rolf Isele-Holder Has Passed His Doctoral Exam


Rolf Isele-Holder studied Mechanical Engineering at the RWTH University with a major in Chemical Engineering wherein he obtained his Diploma in 2011.

After that he became an AICES fellow. He passed his doctoral defense in April 2015. His thesis "Molecular Phenomena in Dynamic Wetting: Superspreading and Precursors" was advised by Professor Ismail and Professor Bardow.

Rolf has been employed at Forschungszentrum Jülich since December 2014 as a Post doctorant where he works on simulations of microswimmers.

Congratulations, Rolf!
May 2015


AICES welcomes new junior research group leader Dr. Julia Kowalski


It is a great pleasure that AICES announces the start of a new junior research group leader Dr. Julia Kowalski .

In the last years she contributed to the Enceladus Explorer project, in which scientists from German and American universities developed a minimally invasive melting probe and took a clean water sample from a subglacial outflow in Antarctica. In a second phase the Enceladus Explorer initiative (EnEx) of the German Space agency (DLR) provides funding for several further projects to develop key technologies for the exploration of the icy moons of our Solar System, like Enceladus, a potential habitat for extraterrestrial life. Under this initiative the new junior research group of Julia Kowalski was established and will work on simulation of multi-phase processes for close-contact melting. Julia's further research interests include free-surface mass flows such as avalanches or debris flows, and modeling aspects of geoscience in general.

The Enceladus Explorer Projekt at RWTH Aachen is supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Germany, on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag

Welcome in AICES Julia!

April 2015


AICES Principal Investigator Prof. Ming Hu Received Research Project Funding from German Research Foundation (DFG)


The AICES Professor Ming Hu will receive funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG) for his project about thermal transport of novel two-dimensional silicon. The graphene's success created a new era in materials science, especially in 2-D materials. Structurally, the silicon counterpart of graphene is called silicene, i.e. the Si atoms can also form one-atom thick honeycomb crystal structure. The project is about the theoretical investigation of fundamentals underlying the thermal transport of silicene structures as novel two-dimensional material for emerging technologies.

The project funding is going to start in 2015.

Congratulations Ming!

April 2015


Charlemange Distinguished Lecture Series: AICES Welcomes Prof. J. Tinsley Oden

Twice a year, the AICES fellows organize the prestigious Charlemagne Lecture, whose objective is to invite persons, who have achieved impressive accomplishments throughout their career and, in this sense, to get inspired by their scientific achievements. As the 10th speaker, the AICES fellows invited Professor J. Tinsley Oden, who is is the founding Director of the Institute for Computational Engineering Science at the University of Texas at Austin.

Professor Oden is going to give a talk on "Adaptive Validation and Error Estimation of Coarse-Grained Models of Atomic Systems" on April 21, 2015 at 4:00 pm in the Generali Hall of Super C (6th floor). Admission is free and all interested people are cordially invited.
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March 2015


Prof. Bientinesi Receives DFG Project Funding


Professor Paolo Bientinesi will receive funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG) for the project "CLAK: An Automatic Environment for Linear Algebra Equations". Starting on May 1st, AICES alumnus Dr. Diego Fabregat Traver will be funded through this project as a postdoctoral researcher.

The project centers around the development of CLAK, a domain-specific compiler targeting linear algebra problems. In a nutshell, given the description of a matrix equation expressed in the standard mathematical notation of vectors, matrices, and tensors, CLAK will automatically produce algorithms and high-performance routines for shared-memory architectures. The ultimate goal is a dramatic increase in productivity for engineers and computational scientists.

Congratulations to Paolo & Diego.

March 2015


Prof. Ming Hu and Dr. Tobias Luginsland receive RWTH Start-Up Funding


The RWTH Start-Up provides initial project funding for early-career researchers in order to foster their scientific autonomy and profile. This year, Prof. Dr. Ming Hu and Dr. sc. Tobias Luginsland have been awarded with the Place-to-Be RWTH-Startup Funding.

The funded project of Dr. sc. (ETH) Tobias Luginsland, Postdoctoral Associate at AICES since July 2014, starts in early 2015 and aims at contributing to the understanding of fundamental membrane-wing aerodynamics at insect scale. To this end the Fluid-Structure-Interaction (FSI) of insect wings with the surrounding air during flapping flight will be investigated numerically.

A Place-to-Be RWTH-Startup Funding has also been awarded to Prof. Dr. Ming Hu, a junior research group leader at AICES. The overall goal of the funded project is to perform fundamental theoretical investigations of thermoelectric transport properties of hybrid organic/inorganic superlattices as potentially high efficiency thermoelectrics, by obtaining full ZT values through atomistic simulations.

Congratulations Ming and Tobias!

January 2015


AICES Fellow Stephan Schaller Has Passed His Doctoral Exam


Stephan Schaller studied Engineering Cybernetics at the University of Stuttgart and he obtained his Diploma in Engineering in 2009.

After that, he became an AICES fellow and received his doctoral degree in December 2014. His thesis on "Automated Optimal Glycaemic Control using a Physiology-Based Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacodynamic Model" had been advised by Professor Schuppert and Professor Mitsos.

Stephan works as a Biological Modeling Expert at Bayer Technology Services GmbH in Leverkusen, Germany.

Congratulations, Stephan!
December 2014


Associated AICES Fellow Represents RWTH Aachen Student Chapter during SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering in March 2015


Associated AICES fellow Stefanie Günther will represent the RWTH Aachen Student Chapter during the SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering in Salt Lake City, Utha in March 2015.

The SIAM CSE conference seeks to enable in-depth technical discussions on a wide variety of major computational efforts on large-scale problems in science and engineering, foster the interdisciplinary culture required to meet these large-scale challenges, and promote the training of the next generation of computational scientists.

With such events the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) wants to ensure strong interaction between mathematics and other scientific and technological communities. The activities of student chapters can include lunch discussions about career opportunities in applied mathematics and computational science, lectures given by guest speakers, team projects such as undergraduate competitions, social functions, and field trips to industrial laboratories or SIAM section meetings.

December 2014


Wolfgang Schröder Has Been Awarded an RWTH Fellowship


In November 2014 AICES Principal Investigator Wolfgang Schröder was appointed RWTH Fellow. The title was awarded during the Melatener Gespräche 2014 and honors his outstanding research achievements that have significantly contributed to the University's success. This prize comprises an award sum of 50.000 Euros which can be used to support research activities.

The RWTH Fellows program was introduced as part of the Place to Be measure within the framework of the Excellence Initiative. Deans nominate candidates from their faculty. A selection committee then makes a decision with the help of external reviewers. Selected nominees are appointed for the duration of their employment at RWTH Aachen.

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December 2014


Young Researcher Award for Interdisciplinary Research Project


This year's Young Researcher Award was granted to the interdisciplinary research project “Individualized Production in Tool-based Manufacturing Processes Using Numerical Optimization.” The project members, among others Dr. Stefanie Elgeti , Roland Siegbert and Markus Frings , have developed solutions to reduce the very time- and cost-intensive production of tools with the help of virtual design and process optimization methods.

The Young Researcher Award, honored by the Excellence Cluster "Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries”, supports young research teams whose activities significantly contribute to advancing integrative production engineering.

Congratulation Stefanie, Roland and Markus!

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December 2014


YIC GACM Conference 2015


The YIC GACM conference focuses on bringing together young researchers and students working in the broad areas of computational science and engineering by offering a platform for discussions and collaborations.

The event will be held in direct sequence with the AC.CES conference, organized by the graduate school AICES. While the YIC and the GACM colloquium primarily approaches young researchers and students, the concept of AC.CES is based on invited speakers with high international recognition in their particular fields.

The YIC GACM 2015 will take place from July 20th through 23rd, 2015 at RWTH Aachen University.
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September 2014