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

Method group: Markus Gasteiger, Tobias Hell (Alumni), Antti Koskela (Alumni), Martina Prugger,
Gregor Staggl, Vu Thai Luan (Alumni)

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Alexander Ostermann is Professor at the Department of Mathematics, Chair of the Numerical Analysis Group and Dean of the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics. 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. 

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Univ.-Prof. Dr. Günter Hofstetter, Deputy Speaker
Institute of Basic Sciences in Engineering Science
Reserach area(s): Computational Mechanics, Soils & Concrete

Application group: Mohammad Azadi, Matthias Neuner, Magdalena Schreter, Xin Ma (Alumni), David Unteregger (Alumni)

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Günter Hofstetter is Professor of Strength of Materials, head of the Unit of Strength of Materials and Structural Anaysis of the Institute of Basic Sciences in Engineering Science at the University of Innsbruck and speaker of the research centre Compuational Engineering. The focus of the scientific activities of Prof. 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.

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Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christoph Adam
Institute of Basic Sciences in Engineering Science
Reserach area(s): Computational Mechanics, Dynamics

Application group: Johannes Burtscher, Lukas Moschen (Alumni), Maximilian Schmitter, Styliani Tsantaki (Alumni)

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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.

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

Method group: Ivan Grasso, Philipp Gschwandtner, Klaus Kofler, Peter Zangerl

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Thomas Fahringer is Professor of Computer Science and head of the Institute of Computer Science at the University of Innsbruck. 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.

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

Method group: 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.

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

Method group: Marcel Ritter, Evengy Zuenko

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The Interactive Graphics and Simulation (IGS) group has been established in February 2014 at the University of Innsbruck by Matthias Harders. 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.

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

Application group: Christian Knapp, Eduard, Reiter, Matthias Wiesenberger (Alumni)

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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.

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Roman LacknerUniv.-Prof. Dr. Roman Lackner
Institute of Basic Science and Material Science
Reserach area(s): Material Technology

Application group: Marc Luger, Ulrich Hofer 

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Klaus_LiedlUniv.-Prof. DDr. Klaus Liedl
Institute of General, Inorganic and Theoretical Chemistry
Reserach area(s): Computational Life Sciences

Application group: Michael Schauperl

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Research activities in the group of Klaus Liedl 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
Institute of Basic Sciences in Engineering Science
Reserach area(s): Engineering Mathematics

Method group: Vincent De Groof (Alumni), Jelena Nedeljkovic, Martin Schwarz, Lukas Wurzer (Alumni)
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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.

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

Application group: Lei Chen, Stefan Huber (Alumni), Alexander Kaiser (Alumni)

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Michael Probst is Associate 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. Actual 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.

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Wolfgang_RauchUniv.-Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Rauch
Institute of Infrastructure Engineering
Reserach area(s): Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics in Urban Water Systems

Application group:  Massoud Rezavand, Daniel Winkler

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While smoothed particle hydrodynamics is an applied and established computational fluid dynamics (CFD) technology in other disciplines (e.g. astrophysics), the technology is currently not 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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Mathias_RotachUniv.-Prof. Dr. Mathias Rotach
Institute of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences
Reserach area(s): Atmospheric Modelling

Application group:  Hetal Dabhi, Brigitta Goger

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One of the major research areas at the Institute for Meteorology and Geophysics is atmospheric numerical modelling. Themes are in both short-term (weather) and long-term (climate) modelling. As an overarching goal we 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 we presently plan to develop a so-called ‘weather generator’ for which in many instances spatial correlations of meteorological parameters are required.

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

Application group: Christoph Bischko, Lars Hunger, Barbara Ramirez-Mosquera, Sreevarsa Sreejith
Harald Höller (Alumni), Dominik Steinhauser (Almuni), Markus Haider (Alumni)

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Sabine Schindler is Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Innsbruck. She is the deputy speaker of this doctoral programme and Vize Rector of Research at the University. 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 – 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 feel 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.

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

Method group: Patrik Raudaschl

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The main focus of research activities of the biomedical image analysis group of R. Schubert 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.

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Former Faculty Members

 

A. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Stefan Kimeswenger
Institute for Astro- and Particle Physics
Reserach area(s): Stellar Astrophysics

Application group: Silvia Öttl (Alumni)

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Stefan Kimeswenger is Associate 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.

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Univ.-Prof. Dr. Olaf Reimer
Institute for Astro- and Particle Physics
Reserach area(s): Astroparticle Physics

Application group:  Klaus Reitberger (Alumni), Michael Werner (Alumni)

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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.

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