Simulation Science

Using simulation to get closer to reality

From crash tests to climate change: Simulations make it possible to get a little closer to complex reality and predict its behavior with the help of computer-based, dynamic models. Therefore, modeling and simulation technologies have become an indispensable part of research and development in many different areas and make a key contribution towards technological progress in our society.

The Simulation Science Profile Area at the University of Stuttgart is concerned with these technologies at a higher level: It is dedicated to further and new development as well as the systematic pooling of different methods and approaches to modeling and simulation. To this effect, simulation is not only a method, but the subject of research. Novel, data-driven approaches contribute to making simulations more efficient, predictions more accurate, and decisions more reliable in many scientific fields, for example in the environmental sector or in medical science.

Originally, simulation research at the University of Stuttgart started in mathematics and the engineering sciences. Today, the expertise of seven of the university’s faculties is pooled in the Profile Area. This enables the exploration of simulation techniques in their full disciplinary spectrum as well as the merging of different approaches and methods into an integrated simulation science.

A flagship project is the Cluster of Excellence EXC 2075 “Data-Integrated Simulation Science” (SimTech), which is funded within the framework of the Excellence Strategy for strengthening top-level research in Germany. Given the enormous amount of data currently available from various sources, SimTech is working on the development of a new class of modeling and computational methods, which will take the applicability and accuracy of the simulations as well as the reliability of the decisions based on them to a whole new level.

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