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01.12.2016 17:19

Three “Highly Cited Researchers” at HITS

Dr. Peter Saueressig Press and public relations
Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies gGmbH

In this year's ranking of “Highly Cited Researchers”, three HITS scientists are among the most frequently cited scientists worldwide: Tilmann Gneiting (mathematics), Volker Springel (astrophysics) and, for the first time, Alexandros Stamatakis (computer science).

Three scientists from the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) are among the most cited researchers in the world. The study “Highly Cited Researchers” for 2016 showed that the publications of the three HITS researchers Tilmann Gneiting, Volker Springel and Alexandros Stamatakis are among the most frequently cited works in their fields worldwide. All three researchers are represented in the ranking with their first affiliation (affiliation) with HITS, in the second affiliation they belong to the University of Heidelberg or the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

"The fact that we are named three times as a small institute underlines the quality of our scientists and their work," summarizes HITS institute spokeswoman Rebecca Wade. Tilmann Gneiting and Volker Springel have been on the list of the most cited scientists for the past two years, this year the computer scientist Alexandros Stamatakis joined them. The ranking is an important indicator of the influence of scientific publications. A total of around 3000 scientists from 21 different departments are listed.

Prof. Tilmann Gneiting is dedicated to the theory and practice of forecasting and spatial statistics. With his HITS research group, he is developing methods for probabilistic weather forecasts in real time. To this end, Gneiting works with the German Weather Service and the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts in Reading, UK, among others. Tilmann Gneiting has been head of the “Computational Statistics” research group at HITS since November 2013, and since then he has been teaching as a professor at the Institute for Stochastics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Tilmann Gneiting is one of the two German mathematicians in the ranking.

Prof. Volker Springel is an astrophysicist and has designed and carried out the largest and most comprehensive computer simulations of the universe to date. With the help of the “Arepo” code he developed, he and other astrophysicists simulate the universe with unprecedented precision. One example of this is the “Illustris” simulation, the most detailed computer simulation of galaxy formation to date, which was published in the specialist journal “Nature”. Volker Springel has headed the “Theoretical Astrophysics” research group at HITS since 2010 and is also Professor of Astrophysics at Heidelberg University.

Prof. Alexandros Stamatakis works in the field of bioinformatics and develops software for the analysis of large amounts of biological data. One of the main areas of research is the development of algorithms for calculating large family trees. Stamatakis has already been able to decipher the family tree of birds and the family tree of insects in two large-scale research projects. Both publications were published in "Science". Alexandros Stamatakis has headed the HITS research group "Scientific Computing" since 2010 and is also Professor of High Performance Computing in the Life Sciences at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Adjunct Professor at the University of Arizona at Tucson.

The citation frequency is a measure of the scientific influence of a work. The values ​​of the “Highly Cited Researchers” ranking were determined by the US company Clarivate Analytics, formerly a division of Thomson Reuters. It was examined how many publications by a scientist from the natural and social sciences as well as medicine were cited particularly often by colleagues in their publications. Publications from 2004-2014 were evaluated. More information on the website: http://highlycited.com.

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HITS Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies
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https://www.h-its.org/cst-aktuelles/3-highly-cited-hits/ HITS press release including portraits of the three researchers

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