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A new research group in the field of computational astrophysics begins its work at the University of Heidelberg in August 2022. It is based at the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR) and the Center for Astronomy of the University of Heidelberg . The team, led by Dr. Tobias Buck, will combine state-of-the-art machine learning methods with high-resolution cosmological computer simulations to gain new scientific insights into the origin of galaxies. The Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung is funding the research for six years with around 1.5 million euros.

With his research group and the “Enhancing computational astrophysics with interpretable machine learning” project, Dr. Buck wishes to develop innovative methods of scientific computing based on the synthesis of physical laws and machine learning. “In doing so, we want to contribute to astrophysics and, on top of that, make machine learning algorithms generally more robust. The goal is to make them more easily interpretable,” he points out. Tobias Buck is the one of five young researchers selected in a multi-step procedure for funding under the Nexus program of the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung, offering young scientists the opportunity to set up their own interdisciplinary research group and to implement research projects at the interface between different MINT disciplines.

Tobias Buck studied at the University of Heidelberg where in 2018 he obtained his doctorate in the field of astrophysics. After that, he obtained a postdoctoral position at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics in Potsdam. There, in the High Energy Cosmology and Astrophysics section, he explored the physical processes leading to the emergence of galaxies using astronomical observations and computer simulations. He is particularly interested in galaxies similar to the Milky Way, as well as their satellite galaxies. They give information about the large-scale cosmological processes of structure formation.

The mission of the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung is to create an open environment for scientific breakthroughs. For this, it supports basic research but also applied research and education in the MINT disciplines, that is to say in mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology.

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