AICES Junior Research Group Leader Julia Kowalski has passed her Habilitation
On January 24th, Dr. Julia Kowalski has passed her habilitation. She received the Venia Legendi in 'Geofluiddynamics'. Her habilitation thesis had the title: „Process-based Modeling and Simulation in Geoscience Applied to Cryosphere Geophysics“. The experts committee consisted of Prof. Clauser, RWTH Aachen, Prof. Saur, University of Cologne and Prof. Bunge, LMU Munich.
Charlemagne Distinguished Lecture Series: AICES Welcomes Prof. Dr. Daniel Cremers
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 14th speaker, the AICES fellows invited Prof. Dr. Daniel Cremers, Professor for Computer Science and Mathematics at the Chair for Computer Vision & Artificial Intelligence and Managing Director at the Department of Computer Science at TU Munich University. Professor Dr. Cremers gave a talk on "Novel Algorithms for 3D Computer Vision" on December 18, 2017 at 3pm in the GeneraliHall of Super C (6th floor).
AICES Fellow Janine Mergel Passed Her Doctoral Exam
Janine started as an AICES Fellow in 2012 and received her doctoral degree in December 2017. Her research on “Advanced Computational Models for the Analysis of Friction and Adhesion”, has been advised by Prof. Sauer, Ph.D.
Janine now works as a Calculation Engineer at BMW, Munich.
AICES Welcomes New Junior Research Group Leader and Freigeist-Fellow Dr. Malte Göttsche
Malte Göttsche, until recently a Princeton University postdoctoral research associate, was awarded a five-year fellowship to support the creation of a nuclear archaeology research group. He is one of the AICES junior research group leaders at AICES Graduate School from December 2017.
Dr. Malte Göttsche is one of the successful candidates of the Freigest-Fellowship. His project proposal "„A German Nuclear Archaeology Laboratory: Reconstructing the Nuclear Past to Enable a Nuclear-weapon-free Future” convinced an international panel of experts. The Freigeist Fellowship, also known as the Free Spirit Fellowship, is awarded by Germany’s Volkswagen Foundation and recognizes outstanding, creative and independent early-career researchers to promote visionary research projects. Ten to fifteen fellowships are awarded annually.
Assessments estimate world-wide stocks of about 500 tons of plutonium and 1,400 tons of highly-enriched uranium, much of which remains available for building nuclear weapons. These estimates carry, however, large uncertainties. Göttsche’s work will seek to develop the tools to independently assess and account for how much nuclear weapons-usable material was made by nuclear weapon states. This information will play an important role in enabling the world to verify the complete and irreversible elimination of a country’s nuclear weapons program, whether it be North Korea or the United States. Specifically, it shall be researched, how indicators available today – for example shut-down nuclear facilities or radioactive wastes – could be used for nuclear archaeology. Computer simulations, for instance to reconstruct nuclear fuel cycle operations, will play a crucial role.
Building a nuclear archaeology research group at RWTH University will help in strengthening the international network of experts working on nuclear security issues. During his time at Graduate School AICES, he will be working in good cooperation with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the resident Professor Martin Frank, the III. Physical Institute B, headed by Prof. Achim Stahl, as well as Prof. Ralph Rotte of the Institute for Political Science. A close collaboration with Forschungszentrum Jülich, IEK-6 (Dr. Irmgard Niemeyer) is also planned.
Welcome to AICES, Malte!
AICES Fellow Elmar Peise Has Passed His Doctoral Exam
Elmar started as an AICES Fellow in 2012 and received his doctoral degree in November 2017. His research on “Performance Modeling and Prediction for Dense Linear Algebra”, has been advised by Prof. Paolo Bientinesi, Ph.D.
Elmar now works as a Trust and Safety Engineer at Google Dublin.