May 31, 2023

“Best FIGSS Talk” prizes awarded

The "Best FIGSS Talk " was awarded for the first time by the Frankfurt International Graduate School for Science (FIGSS) at FIAS. The FIGSS was founded in 2004 and brings together the doctoral students at FIAS who work at a broad variety of research topics ranging from nuclear physics to mathematical biology. In the bi-weekly FIGSS Seminar, doctoral students present their research to a broad scientific audience including their fellow doctoral students at FIAS.

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May 25, 2023

Second place for "green" mainframe computer

The high-performance computer "Goethe NHR", developed by FIAS Fellow Volker Lindenstruth, achieved second place among the most energy-efficient mainframe computers in Germany and sixth place among the fastest.


May 12, 2023

Excursion of the Covino and Thallmair Groups

Family atmosphere at the family winery: At the end of April, Lucia Baltz invited to her family winery - she had just left the Covino group for her PhD in Mainz.


May 3, 2023

Founders visiting FIAS

Presentations by funded scientists

Biomolecular function unraveled by the computational microscope - or how computer-based simulations - playing an increasingly important role in the study of cellular processes - can be used.


April 25, 2023

Doctorate Josephine Tetteh

Modelling resistance evolution

Josephine Naa Ayeley Tetteh, from the group of Esteban Hernandez-Vargas, defended her doctoral thesis virtually on April 11th 2023. Her doctoral studies focus on the application of mathematical and computational techniques to model the development of resistance in infectious diseases.


March 22, 2023

Algorithms illuminate lightning structures

Lightning is a natural phenomenon that has fascinated humans for centuries. However, understanding the complex structures of lightning has been a challenge for scientists due to the vast amount of data involved. In a recent study, researchers from FIAS and University of Groningen have developed a novel method to understand lightning structures using machine learning. This knowledge will also help us to avoid lightning dangers in the future.


March 9, 2023

KISS: FIAS part of joint project for AI simulation of scientific data

KISS enables faster, more flexible and more efficient evaluation of research data based on AI simulations. With Dr. Kai Zhou as PI, FIAS is participating in the joint project "Artificial Intelligence for the Fast Simulation of Scientific Data" (KISS) funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).


March 6, 2023

Understanding information processing in the brain

Gordon Pipa new FIAS Fellow

FIAS has been able to recruit the neuroinformatician Prof. Dr. Gordon Pipa as a new Fellow. The Chair of Neuroinformatics and Director of the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück focuses on information processing in the brain. In doing so, he uses methods ranging from mathematical description and computer-based methods to machine learning and artificial intelligence.

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March 6, 2023

The irresistible attraction of gravity

A new book by FIAS Senior Fellow Luciano Rezzolla.

In his new book, Luciano Rezzolla takes us on a voyage of discovery to black holes. In doing so, he manages to reach readers of all knowledge levels and to draw a fascinating arc from the basic principles of gravity to the modern research results of relativistic astrophysics. The popular science book was published in German by C. H. Beck; the English version by Cambridge University Press is available since March 2023.


February 21, 2023

Is "Dark energy" just contorted space-time?

A mathematically inspired extension of Einstein's general theory of relativity provides new insights into space and time. In their recent publications, David Vasak et al. of Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) describe how the torsion of spacetime can explain the dark energy of standard cosmology.


December 15, 2022

New associate PIs at CMMS

We welcome two new PIs, each with a postdoc, to the CMMS team: Dr. Cornelia Pokalyuk and Prof. Dr. Gemma Roig.


December 7, 2022

Honorary doctorate to Horst Stöcker

The National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, the Bogolyubov Institute of Theoretical Physics has awarded an honorary doctorate to Prof. Horst Stöcker.


December 2, 2022

How robots learn - PhD by Charles Wilmot

Charles Wilmot defended his doctoral thesis on behavioural learning in robotics (Jochen Triesch’s group) on December 2nd 2022.


December 1, 2022

Christmas Lecture

With a wonderful lecture on the physics of snowflakes, Franziska Matthäus enchanted her audience at the public Christmas Lecture at FIAS - entirely in rhymes.


November 29, 2022

Predicting the Course of Influenza Virus Infection

A few drops of blood could be enough to predict the course of influenza infection. This is suggested by a study conducted by the team of Esteban Hernandez-Vargas at FIAS, together with immunologists from the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig and the University Hospital Magdeburg.


November 3, 2022

Congratulations to Pavel Kisel on his doctorate!

Pavel Kisel from Ivan Kisel's research group defended his thesis on Nov 3rd. In his doctorate, he studied "strange particles".

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November 2, 2022

Hannah Elfner appointed Senior Fellow

Theoretical physicist first woman and youngest member of FIAS Faculty


October 7, 2022

Extremely dense mass - a look into the interior of neutron stars

Exploring the properties of dense matter by deep learning

Neutron stars are extremely dense inside: They reach masses comparable to twice that of the sun - having a size equivalent to the city of Frankfurt (10-14 km radius). Therefore, these compact objects serve as unique laboratories for studying the properties of dense matter. A research group at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) now deployed deep learning techniques to add further constraints on the stars’ interiors.


October 6, 2022

Improved early earthquake warning with Artificial Intelligence

A significantly improved model for earlier earthquake detection is described in two recent publications of Nishtha Srivastava’s group at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS). Their model detects earthquakes more reliably and faster than previous studies, which can simplify advance warnings, especially in less developed regions of the world.


September 23, 2022

Three Poster Awards on ECMTB 2022

Franziska Matthäus' group is happy to have won three poster prizes at the European Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology, This large conference in the research field, with 750 participants, awarded 13 poster prizes. Three of these went to the FIAS group: Zoë Lange for the Best Poster in Developmental Biology, Gustavo Hernandez-Mejia for the Best Poster in Epidemiology, and Marc Pereyra received the Lewis Wolpert Prize for Best Poster. "I'm super-proud of all three of them," says Matthäus.