Inaugural lecture by Thomas D. Kühne, CASUS Director, HZDR, and Professor for Computational Systems Science at the Institute of Artificial Intelligence, Faculty of Computer Science, TU Dresden

Abstract of the talk// In his inaugural lecture, Thomas will give an overview of the computational methods developed in his research group to simulate complex sustainable systems such as photocatalytic water splitting, thin-film solar cell and battery materials, as well as non-volatile phase change memories. Emphasis will be given, on the one hand, on novel massively parallel algorithms based on the approximate computing paradigm that are suitable for modern GPU- and FPGA-based hardware accelerators and, on the other hand, on machine learning and inverse design techniques.

Venue// Lecture room E023 of Andreas-Pfitzmann-Bau (APB, 5421), Nöthnitzer Str. 46, 01187 Dresden (link)

CV// Thomas D. Kühne has been the Director of the Center for Advanced Systems Understanding (CASUS) since May 2023. The directorship of the institute of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) is accompanied by a lectureship at the Technische Universität Dresden. The Chair of Computational Systems Science taken over by Kühne is located at the Institute of Artificial Intelligence of the Faculty of Computer Science and is jointly held by the TU Dresden and the HZDR. Before moving to CASUS, Thomas D. Kühne was Professor of Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Paderborn, where he held the professorship of Theoretical Interfacial Chemistry since 2014 and became Chair in 2018. From 2010 to 2014, he was an Assistant Professor of Theoretical Chemistry at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. After studying computer science as well as computational science and earning a PhD in theoretical physics at ETH Zurich(Switzerland) in 2008, Kühne did postdoctoral research at Harvard University (USA) for one year. His work focuses mainly on the study of complex systems in condensed phases using computational methods, in particular aqueous systems such as water interfaces or biologically relevant reactions in water solutions. Kühne has published more than 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals and holds a Starting Grant from the European Research Council.

Prof. Thomas D. Kühne will be talking live in Dresden. Videoconferencing opportunities are not available. The inaugural lecture is a free, public event. It is not a specialist lecture and is therefore kept in a generally understandable manner.