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Faculty of the DK CIM



alexander-ostermannUniv.-Prof. Dr. Alexander Ostermann, Speaker
Department of Mathematics
Reserach area(s): Numerical Analysis
Personal Webpage

Students: Markus Gasteiger, Chiara Piazzola, Martina Prugger, Gregor Staggl
Alumni: Tobias Hell, Antti Koskela, Vu Thai Luan

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Alexander Ostermann is head of the Department of Mathematics, chair of the Numerical Analysis Group and head of the Research Area Scientific Computing. His research interests include numerical analysis and scientific computing, in particular: time integration of partial differential equations, exponential integrators, splitting methods, engineering mathematics, sensitivity analysis, and geometry.

 

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Günter Hofstetter, Deputy Speaker
Department of Engineering Sciences
Reserach area(s): Computational Mechanics, Soils & Concrete
Personal webpage

Students: Mohammad Azadi, Matthias Neuner, Magdalena Schreter,
Alumni:
Xin Ma, David Unteregger

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Günter Hofstetter is head of the Unit of Strength of Materials and Structural Analysis at the Institute of Basic Sciences in Engineering Science at the University of Innsbruck. The focus of the scientific activities of Günter Hofstetter and his group is on basic and applied research in the fields of structural analysis and strength of materials, and of numerical methods related to these areas. Main emphasis is laid on the development and application of models for numerical simulation of the load-carrying behaviour of structures up to failure and on validation of these models by experimental methods.

In particular, the scientific contributions comprise

  • numerical modelling of the nonlinear material behaviour of concrete and of concrete structures, complemented by experimental investigations for validating numerical models,
  • experimental investigation and numerical simulation of rehabilitation and strengthening measures of existing concrete structures by adding concrete overlays,
  • numerical modelling of the nonlinear material behaviour of intact rock and of rock mass aiming at numerical simulations of the excavation of deep tunnels,
  • numerical modelling of partially saturated soils targeted on numerical simulations of geotechnical problems in the framework of multi-phase formulations and,
  • technology transfer of research results for solving demanding problems in engineering practice.

 


 

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christoph Adam
Department of Engineering Sciences
Reserach area(s): Computational Mechanics, Dynamics
Personal webpage

Students: Johannes Burtscher, Maximilian Schmitter
Alumni:
Lukas Moschen, Styliani Tsantaki

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Christoph Adam is professor of Applied Mechanics and head of the Unit of Applied Mechanics at the University of Innsbruck. His research interests include seismic safety of structures, modeling of linear and non-linear structures subjected to dynamic loads, structural vibration control, vibration propagation in buildings and soil, and vibration measurement and data interpretation in the lab and on-site.

 

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Fahringer
Department of Computer Science
Reserach area(s): High Performance Parallel & Distributed Computing
Personal webpage

Students: Ivan Grasso, Philipp Gschwandtner, Klaus Kofler, Peter Zangerl

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Thomas Fahringer is professor of at the Department of Computer Science. He is chair of the Distributed and Parallel Systems Group. His research interests are in programming languages, performance tools, debuggers, compiler analysis and program optimisation based on advanced technologies such as genetic algorithms and machine learning.

 

Markus_HaltmeierUniv.-Prof. Dr. Markus Haltmeier
Department of Mathematics
Reserach area(s): Inverse Problems, Parameter Identification and Object Recognition
Personal webpage

Students: Michael Sandbichler, Simon Rabanser

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The Applied Mathematics Group of Markus Haltmeier at the Department of Mathematics performs interdisciplinary research in the fields of inverse problems, parameter estimation and signal and image processing. Thereby the group focuses on a balance between theoretical analysis and the development of algorithms, which can be applied to real-world applications.

 

Matthias_HardersUniv.-Prof. Dr. Matthias Harders
Department of Computer Science
Reserach area(s): Visualiation and Interaction
Personal webpage

Students: Marcel Ritter, Evengy Zuenko

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Matthias Hareders is professor at the Department of Computer Science. In February 2014 he established the Interactive Graphics and Simulation (IGS) group at the University of Innsbruck. The scientific focus of the group is on methods and algorithms in the areas of physically-based simulation, computer haptics and virtual/augmented reality. Further research addresses human-computer interaction and multi-modal data visualisation. The main application area of the developments has so far been in the medical domain.

 

Alexander KendlAssoc. Prof. Dr. Alexander Kendl
Department for Ion Physics and Applied Physics
Reserach area(s): Complex Systems
Personal webpage

Students: Christian Knapp, Eduard, Reiter
Alumni: Matthias Wiesenberger

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Alexander Kendl is Associate Professor at the Institute for Ion Physics and Applied Physics at the University of Innsbruck. His research interests are in nonlinear dynamics, turbulence and structure formation, plasma physics and fusion research, and computational physics.

 

Roman LacknerUniv.-Prof. Dr. Roman Lackner
Department of Basic Science and Material Science
Reserach area(s): Material Technology
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Students: Marc Luger, Ulrich Hofer

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Roman Lackner is head of the Unit of Material Technology at the Institute for Construction and Material Science at the University of Innsbruck. The focus of the scientific activities of Roman Lackner and his group is on basic and applied research in the field of material mechanics, especially within the framework of multiscale modeling. In particular, the scientific contributions comprise,

  • experimental characterization of the material's behavior at different length scales (Roman Lackner is head of the NanoLab at the University of Innsbruck)
  • homogenization techniques for upscaling physical material properties involving both analytical and numerical methods
  • material optimization both as regards the production process and the in-service performance
  • durability analysis of materials when subjected to chemical/physical attack.

 

Klaus_LiedlUniv.-Prof. DDr. Klaus Liedl
Department of General, Inorganic and Theoretical Chemistry
Reserach area(s): Computational Life Sciences
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Students: Ursula Kahler, Michael Schauperl

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Klaus Liedl and his research group focus on the development and application of computational methods to rationalize and predict chemical and biochemical phenomena at a molecular level. This comprises scientific areas such as molecular dynamics simulations, quantum mechanical calculations and chemo- and bioinformatics. The group both develops molecular force fields and data analysis methods and applies existing methods to explain experimental results and to guide future experiments.


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Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Oberguggenberger
Department Engineering Sciences
Research area(s): Engineeging Mathematics
Personal webpage

Students: Jelena Nedeljkovic, Martin Schwarz
Alumni: Vincent De Groof, Lukas Wurzer

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Michael Oberguggenberger is professor of Engineering Mathematics and head of the Unit of Engineering Mathematics at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Innsbruck. His research areas are partial differential equations, generalized functions, stochastic analysis, imprecise probability theory, risk and reliability, Monte Carlo simulations, engineering mathematics.

 

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Probst
Department for Ion Physics and Applied Physics
Reserach area(s): Computational Chemistry
Curriculum vitae

Students: Lei Chen
Alumni: Stefan Huber, Alexander Kaiser

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Michael Probst is professor at the Institute for Ion Physics and Applied Physics at the University of Innsbruck. His Computational Chemistry and Molecular Physics group investigates properties and reactions of neutral and charged clusters and molecules. His fields of research are: elucidation of reaction mechanisms by combined quantum-(thermo)chemical and molecular dynamical calculations and simulations, visualisation methods, metastable anions, electro- and physical chemistry of electrolytes.

 

Wolfgang_RauchUniv.-Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Rauch
Department of Infrastructure Engineering
Reserach area(s): Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics in Urban Water Systems
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Students: Massoud Rezavand, Daniel Winkler

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Wolfgang Rauch is professor at the Institute of Infrastructure Engineering. His research focus lies on smoothed particle hydrodynamics, which is an applied and established computational fluid dynamics (CFD) technology in other disciplines (e.g. astrophysics), whereas the technology has currently not been applied in urban water engineering. Problematic issues are the large computational burden of the method and the numerical stability of the code in connection with multiphase problems.


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Univ.-Prof. Dr. Mathias Rotach
Department for Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences
Research area(s): Atmospheric Modelling
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Students: Hetal Dabhi, Brigitta Goger

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Mathias Rotach is professor at the Institute of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences. One of the major research areas at this is atmospheric numerical modelling. Themes are in both short-term (weather) and long-term (climate) modelling. As an overarching goal the members of the institute aim at a better understanding of atmospheric exchange processes over mountainous terrain. For the statistical downscaling of coarse-resolution climate information (what the global centres presently can provide) for point applications the team presently plans to develop a so-called ‘weather generator’ for which in many instances spatial correlations of meteorological parameters are required.

 

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sabine Schindler
Department for Astro- and Particle Physics
Reserach area(s): Extragalactic Astrophysics
Personal Webpage

Students: Christoph Bischko, Lars Hunger, Barbara Ramirez-Mosquera, Sreevarsa Sreejith
Alumni:
Harald Höller, Dominik Steinhauser, Markus Haider

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Sabine Schindler is professor of Astrophysics at the University of Innsbruck. She is the Vize Rector of Research at the University of Innsbruck. She is working in the field of the evolution of galaxies and galaxy clusters. Galaxies and large accumulations of hundreds of galaxies – so-called galaxy clusters – which interact in various ways. The gas contained in galaxies, as well as the gas filling the space between the galaxies in a cluster (intra-cluster gas) is strongly affected by these interactions. For example, as the galaxy is moving through the intra-cluster gas the gas within the galaxy feels the pressure and is stripped off. Gas loss in a galaxy means that no new stars can be formed anymore. Hence the galaxy will have a more and more aged stellar population, while the stripped gas can form stars behind the galaxy. Furthermore, the gas that is stripped off the galaxy is enriched with heavy elements, e.g. iron. This iron enriched gas is then mixed with the intra-cluster gas and hence changes its composition. In this way the distribution of iron enriched gas can trace where and how efficiently previous interactions have taken place. Such kind of interaction processes and the resulting evolution of galaxies and galaxy cluster are studied by numerical simulations and by observations with the largest telescopes.

 

Schubert_RainerUniv.-Prof. Dr. Rainer Schubert
UMIT - Institute for Biomedical Imaging 
Reserach area(s): Image Analysis, Image Based Shape Modelling and Simulation
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Students: Patrik Raudaschl

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Rainer Schubert ist professor at the UMIT, the health and life science university. The main focus of the research activities of his biomedical image analysis group are methods for statistical modelling of physiological and pathological distribution of shape variation of biological structures and their application on automated analysis/diagnosis and therapy simulation and planning of unseen images. In detail these objective comprises research on methods and algorithms for image preprocessing/ enhancement, segmentation, elastic registration and statistical analysis of 3/4d image populations which need computional expensive methods e.g. solving variational and invers problems, statistical analysis of high dimensional vector fields, or iterative optimization of non linear transformations.

 



Former Faculty Members


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Stefan Kimeswenger
Department for Astro- and Particle Physics
Reserach area(s): Stellar Astrophysics
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Alumni: Silvia Öttl

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Stefan Kimeswenger is professor of astrophysics at the University of Innsbruck. His research intrests are in the field of stellar and galactic astrophysics. His focus is on extreme phases of late stages of stars.


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Olaf Reimer
Department for Astro- and Particle Physics
Reserach area(s): Astroparticle Physics
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Alumni: Klaus Reitberger, Michael Werner

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Olaf Reimer is professor for experimental astro- and particle physics and head of the Unit of Astroparticle Physics at the University of Innsbruck. His research interests are in the field of high energy astro- and particle physics, in particular cosmic ray interactions, propagation and acceleration by means of gamma-ray astrophysics.