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Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Rolf Hermann Krause

Last Update: August 2014

Chair for Advanced Scientific Computing
Institute of Computational Science
Faculty of Informatics
University of Lugano
Via Giuseppe Buffi 13
CH-6900 Lugano

Phone: +41-(0)58-666-4903
E-mail: rolf.krause(at)usi.ch


July 2001

Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat. with Highest Distinction) ``summa cum laude'' in Applied Mathematics, Free University Berlin, Department of Mathematics and Informatics


Diploma in Mathematics (``sehr gut'')

10/1990 -10/1996

Study of mathematics at the Free University Berlin


Since 04/2009

Chair for Advanced Scientific Computing, Director of the Institute for Computational Science (ICS), Faculty of Informatics, University of Lugano

11/2003 - 03/2009

Professor (C3) for Scientific Computing/Numerical Simulation at the University of Bonn, Institute for Numerical Simulation

01/2002 - 10/2003

Assistant lecturer at the Free University Berlin, Department of Mathematics and Informatics

06/1998– 12/2001

Scientific assistant at FU Berlin within a DFG project on the efficient numerical simulation of frictional contact problems

10/1996 - 05/1998

Scientific assistant at the University of Stuttgart, Member of the Collaborative Research Center SFB 404 “Multifield Problems in Solid and Fluid Mechanics”

1993 - 10/1996

Student assistant at the Zuse Institute Berlin

Current Academic Appointment:
  • Chair for Advanced Scientific Computing, Director of the Institute for Computational Science (ICS), Faculty of Informatics, University of Lugano

  • Zuse Fellow (ZIB Berlin)
  • Taylor & Francis prize for “Innovative Contribution to Theoretical Biomechanics/Biomedical Engineering”, 8th International Symposium on Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomed ical Engineering, Porto, 2008
  • 2008 offer for W3-professorship in Scientific Computing from the university of Mainz, not realized

Current Grants:

Participation in the Swiss HP2C-initiative “High Performance and Productivity Computing” (core group at ICS, Lugano)

snf project ReAct “A Decomposition Approach for the Numerical Solution of Frictional Contact Problems in Nonlinear Elasticity”

Project ASIL (Advanced Solvers Integrated Library) in the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany) call “

HPC-software for scalable parallel computing”, 01/2009 - 12/2011

PhD scholarship M. Walloth: “Mathematical Modeling and Numerical Simulation of Visco- Elastic Materials”, since 10/2008; Bonn International Graduate School in Mathematics

BMBF-Project “Entwicklung bionischer Strömungssensoren für hydrodynamische Messsysteme nach dem Vorbild des Seitenliniensystems der Fische” with Prof. Dr. H. Bleckmann, University of Bonn and Manfred Lacher, Stiftung Caesar.

Ford University Research Program: “Advanced numerical algorithms to improve high nonlinear crash simulation with multi-body contacts and friction”

Project with Siemens on the prediction of material fatigue: “Life Expectancy in extreme temperatures”

Industry project on the multiscale modeling of frictional phenomena in cooperation with Prof. Dr. F. Schuricht, University of Dresden

Project “High Performance Approach to Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy” together with CardioCentro Lugano and the University of Maastricht in the initiative "Ticino Life Sciences"

Project "Multiscale computational study of linear and hyperbranched polymers for biomedical applications" together with A. Danani, SUPSI, Lugano, in the initiative "Ticino Life Sciences"