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Rolf Krause


Prof. Rolf Krause's research focuses on numerical simulation, machine learning, optimization, and data driven approaches. The complexity of real world applications constitutes a challenge for model and data based prediction, turning the development of models and of solution methods into a challenging task. In addition to a well balanced combination of methodological and mathematical knowledge, it also requires experience in dealing with subtle aspects of the implementation.

Rolf Krause holds a chair of advanced scientific computing in the faculty of informatics and is the director of the institute of computational science (ICS). He is also the Co-director of the Center for Computational Medicine in Cardiology (CCMC) at USI
From 2003 to 2009, he was professor for Scientific Computing at the University of Bonn. During that time he spent a sabbatical at UC San Diego (USA) and Columbia University New York (USA). In 2002 he was on a research visit at the Courant Institute (NYU, New York). He holds a Diploma and a PhD (2000) in Applied Mathematics from FU Berlin (Germany). He is the head of the group "High Performance Methods for Numerical Simulation in Science, Medicine, and Engineering".

The research in his group focuses on numerical simulation for complex and data-intensive applications, techniques for advanced machine learning, and scientific software for large scale applications and HPC. As a new direction of research, the transfer of techniques from scientific computing and HPC to machine learning has been established in his group, paving the road to ExaScale ML. On the software side, in his group Utopia, a hardware portable library for Scientific Computing and Machine Learning is developed, which allows for efficiently exploiting modern and possibly specialized hardware, such as GPUs and FPGAs.

In terms of applications, focus areas are medicine, in particular cardiology; image analysis; geo-physics and geo-mechanics, including porous media and the modeling of fracture networks; computational mechanics for non-smooth systems, including friction and contact.

His editorial service includes the SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing (SISC) and Computing and Visualizatio in Science (Springer), and Numerische Mathematik (Springer).

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