The Intelligent Methods and Materials strategic research field combines the profile areas of Language and Culture in a Digital Age, Complex Matter, and Mathematical and Computational Sciences. The researchers come from the humanities and social sciences, computer science, life sciences and natural sciences. They work together on interdisciplinary topics and questions.

Complex Matter

Symbolgrafik für den Forschungsprofilbereich "Komplexe Materie"
Image: Daniel Janetzki, Visionauten

When they are combined, individual building blocks can produce completely new properties. The Complex Matter strategic research field was established to investigate and exploit these properties. It brings together some 27 professors from the Faculties of Physics and Earth Sciences, Chemistry and Mineralogy, BiosciencesLife Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science, the Institutes of Pharmacy and Psychology, Mathematics and Computer Science and the Faculty of Medicine. From their respective standpoints, they investigate the elementary properties of individual objects – from tiny ions and molecules to complex nanostructures. In this way, they can develop functional units from complex matter such as sensors, catalytic converters and electronic components. One example of where the work of researchers from physics and chemistry overlaps with the biosciences is in the field of cell mechanics, where scientists are investigating how and why a cell changes due to disease.

The Complex Matter research profile area combines excellent basic research with fascinating applications. The researchers are grappling with major challenges that can only be overcome through cooperation between disciplines hitherto regarded as independent, and by closely aligning the experimental with the theoretical.

Currently, approximately 50 doctoral candidates receive excellent, structured postgraduate training at the Graduate School “Building with Molecules and Nano-Objects (BuildMoNa)”, which forms part of the research profile area.

TRR 102: Polymers under Multiple Constraints
Transregio 102, “Polymers under Multiple Constraints”, is a long-term basic research project in an alliance with the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, which draws on expertise in chemistry, experimental and theoretical physics, and biophysics. Since 2011, the participating researchers have been investigating processes of structure formation and self-assembly in polymer systems, in which, apart from connectivity, molecular structure and dynamics are strongly influenced by additional constraints. Examples of such additional constraints are specific internal interactions, external forces, geometric constraints, high concentrations and topological interactions.
 

Learn more

 

CRC 1109: Understanding of Oxide/Water Systems at the Molecular Scale
Represented by the Humboldt University of Berlin, Collaborative Research Centre 1109, “Understanding of Oxide/Water Systems at the Molecular Scale”, is an interdisciplinary research platform uniting four universities and three non-university research institutions. The collaborative project investigates the underlying processes of oxide formation, development, and dissolution. To this end, researchers from various fields of chemistry and physics are working together. The long-term goal is to develop oxide materials with certain desired properties, such as corrosion resistance.

Learn more

 

CRC 762: Functionality of Oxide Interfaces
Collaborative Research Centre 762, “Functionality of Oxide Interfaces”, focuses on the production and characterisation of oxide heterostructures with different components. Researchers from physics and chemistry are jointly developing these new materials with ferroelectric, magnetic, semiconducting and insulating properties. Established in 2008, the collaborative project with the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg is currently in its third funding period. Professor Marius Grundmann of the Felix Bloch Institute for Solid State Physics is one of the project’s two vice spokespersons.

Learn more

 

RU 2433: Switchable Metal-Organic Frameworks
Research Unit 2433, “Switchable Metal-Organic Frameworks”, investigates the fundamental aspects of porosity switching in porous coordination polymers. Flexible coordination polymers have the unique property of gradually changing their porosity during the adsorption of a gas. This cooperative process has great potential for application in catalysis, filtration and sensor technology. A combined use of preparation, characterisation and modelling aims to analyse the interaction of structure, dynamics and adsorption behaviour of flexible coordination polymers and to achieve a better understanding of dynamics in porous solids.

Learn more

 

RU 2177: Integrated Chemical Micro Laboratories (InCheM)
The Integrated Chemical Micro Laboratories (InCheM) Research Unit aims to build a synergetic bridge between chemical synthesis and analytics in microreaction systems. Based on lab-on-a-chip technology, the researchers conduct fundamental work in the fields of microsynthesis on-chip and in flow-through reactors, integrating analytical concepts for the inline characterisation of chemical processes in real time. The resulting micro laboratories will be applied in various fields, including drug development, building substance libraries, controlling catalytic reactions, and in studies to elucidate reaction mechanisms.

Learn more

 

RU 1616: Dynamics and Interactions of Semiconductor Nanowires for Optoelectronics
Semiconductor nanowires are ideal tools for investigating the fundamental boundaries of one-dimensional optoelectronic and photonic devices. So far, research has hardly gone beyond investigating the wires themselves. The next crucial step is the integration of nanowires into specific functional environments, so that their unique physical properties can be used, such as for efficient multicoloured LEDs or nanolasers at room temperature. The Dynamics and Interactions of Semiconductor Nanowires for Optoelectronics Research Group has been investigating this since 2012.

Learn more

ERC Advanced Grant: “HoldCancerBack – What Holds Cancer Cells Back?”

Project director: Professor Josef Alfons Käs
Duration: 2017–2022

Learn more

Prof. Dr. Josef Alfons Käs
European Research Council grantee Professor Josef Alfons Käs. Photo: Swen Reichhold

Competence Center for Scalable Data Services and Solutions Dresden/Leipzig (ScaDS Dresden/Leipzig)

Scientific Coordinator: Professor Wolfgang E. Nagel (TU Dresden)
Deputy: Professor Erhard Rahm (Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Institute of Computer Science)

Learn more

 

Simultaneous in Situ Neutron Diffraction and Raman Spectroscopy for the Real-Time Investigation of Energy-Related Materials

Project director: Professor Holger Kohlmann (Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry)

Learn more

 

Professor Marius Grundmann

Experimentalphysik/Halbleiterphysik
Linnéstr. 5
04103 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-32651
Fax: +49 341 97-32668

Professor Evamarie Hey-Hawkins

Anorganische Chemie (Photochemie/Organometallchemie)
Johannisallee 29
04103 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-36151
Fax: +49 341 97-39319

Language and Culture in a Digital Age

Symbolgrafik des Forschungsprofilbereichs "Sprache und Kultur im Digitalen Zeitalter"
Image: Daniel Janetzki, Visionauten

Language and Culture in a Digital Age is a new research profile area designed to foster research cooperation between the humanities and computer science.

The main objective of this profile area is the establishment of research alliances to analyse forms of language and culture in the digital age, to apply methods of digitisation and to examine their significance in the present. The area sees itself as a useful bridge between computer science on the one hand and the humanities and social sciences on the other. The department sees itself as a bridge between computer science and the humanities and social sciences. It is also engaged in a critical discussion of methodological principles, the establishment of productive communication and jointly fathoming new forms of research, teaching and innovative publication.

Methods for the digital representation and analysis of sources in the humanities and social sciences (such as texts, images and music) are being applied and advanced. Just as important is a consideration of the significance of increasing digitisation for materials and analyses, processes of knowledge and culture transfer, and analyses of linguistic expression and language acquisition in educational processes.

The working group #digitalegegenwart, for example, conducts critical discussions on the significance of digital technologies and media. Research is also carried out from the perspective of general and single-language linguistics, for example into the formal representation of language, its diversity, processing, and individual language use and acquisition. A variety of collaborations between computer science and the humanities receive a high level of external funding, and their successes have been internationally recognised with the award of the Humboldt-Professur for Digital Humanities to Professor Gregory Crane.

RTG 2011: Interaction of Grammatical Building Blocks

Research Training Group 2011, “Interaction of Grammatical Building Blocks” focuses on the phonology, morphology and syntax of natural languages. The doctoral candidates conduct wide-ranging, systematic studies of the possible interactions of grammatical building blocks from a range of theoretical perspectives. The basis for this is a multitude of detailed empirical investigations of phonological, morphological and syntactic phenomena from typologically different languages.

Current research projects include the Reinhart Koselleck Project “Structure Removal in Syntax. A New Approach to Conflicting Representations”.

Learn more

The following projects are receiving funding under the European Commission’s current Framework Programme, Horizon 2020:

The following project was funded under the previous EU Framework Programme FP7:

CLARIN-D: Centre-Based Research Infrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences – Expansion and Further Development

Project director: Professor Gerhard Heyer (Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Institute of Computer Science)

Learn more

Gregory Ralph Crane was awarded the Humboldt Professorship in 2012. Crane is a classical philologist and applies computer science methods to systematise human cultural development. As a pioneer of the digital humanities, he supported Leipzig’s Institute of Computer Science in its development into a centre for the digital humanities.

Learn more

Default Avatar

Professor Verena Klemm-Kuhn

Arabistik und Islamwissenschaft
Schillerstr. 6
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-37201
Fax: +49 341 97-37219

Default Avatar

Professor Barbara Stiebels

Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (Spezialisierung: Sprachtypologie)
Beethovenstr. 15
04107 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-37604
Fax: +49 341 97-37609

Mathematical and Computational Sciences

Symboldbild für den Forschungsprofilbereich "Mathematische und computergestützte Wissenschaften"
Image: Daniel Janetzki, Visionauten

This research profile area covers mathematical and computational sciences in the broad sense: the dovetailing of mathematics, theoretical physics and computer science with natural sciences and medicine.

There is a particular focus on structural questions that arise directly from challenges in the natural sciences. These include exact mathematical models for physics, standardisations of field theories, limits of predictability, the nature of chance and computability, self-organisation of living matter, the structure of large networks, and how to handle large amounts of data. One goal is the identification of new applications.

Researchers in this profile area are for example involved in the DFG Research Training Group Quantitative Logics and Automata, the International Max Planck Research School “Mathematics in the Sciences”, and the Big Data Competence Center “ScaDS Dresden/Leipzig”.

TRR 172: Arctic Climate Change

With the Transregio 172, we are conducting systematic large-scale research in the field of Arctic climate change (AC)³ for the first time in Germany. Applying a variety of different methods, the aim of the wide-ranging research alliance with the University of Bremen, the University of Cologne, the Alfred Wegener Institute and the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research is to observe climatic changes in the Arctic over long periods of time. On the basis of observations of measuring instruments on satellites, aircraft, airborne balloon platforms, research vessels, and the results of selected ground-based monitoring stations, the researchers are improving the reliability of models for predicting the warming already recorded in the Arctic.

Learn more

 

TRR 102: Polymers under Multiple Constraints

Transregio 102, “Polymers under Multiple Constraints”, is a long-term basic research project in an alliance with the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, drawing on expertise in chemistry, experimental and theoretical physics, and biophysics. Since 2011, the participating researchers have been investigating processes of structure formation and self-assembly in polymer systems, in which, apart from connectivity, molecular structure and dynamics are strongly influenced by additional constraints. Examples of such additional constraints are specific internal interactions, external forces, geometric constraints, high concentrations and topological interactions. In addition to the 24 sub-projects, the Transregio also includes the Integrated Research Training Group “Polymers: Random Coils and Beyond”, which offers a structured doctoral programme for further qualification and to foster doctoral students’ own scientific independence.

Learn more

 

RU 1513: Hybrid Reasoning for Intelligent Systems

Professor Gerhard Brewka from Leipzig University’s Institute of Computer Science is head of the sub-project Advanced Solving Technology for Dynamic and Reactive Applications. The aim of the project is to develop hybrid reasoning methods that can serve as the basis for complex problem-solving. The methods and frameworks developed undergo testing using applications from logistics, such as the design of logistics systems, autonomous logistics vehicles and RoboCup logistics.

Learn more

 

RTG 1763: Quantitative Logics and Automata

Research Training Group 1763, “Quantitative Logics and Automata”, was established with the aim of comprehensively investigating quantitative logics and automata and their connection with methods of theoretical computer science. The results of this research could potentially be applied to problems from the areas of verification, knowledge representation, and the solution of constraint satisfaction problems. The Research Training Group is run in cooperation with the TU Dresden.

Learn more

 

PP 1294: Atmospheric and Earth System Research with the “High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft” (HALO)

The “High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft” (HALO) Priority Programme is coordinated by Professor Manfred Wendisch at the Leipzig Institute for Meteorology. HALO is a research aircraft that supports the project partners in their investigations of atmospheric processes, earth observation and climate research. 

Learn more

Competence Center for Scalable Data Services and Solutions Dresden/Leipzig (ScaDS Dresden/Leipzig)

Scientific Coordinator: Professor Wolfgang E. Nagel (TU Dresden)
Deputy: Professor Erhard Rahm (Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Institute of Computer Science)

Learn more

 

HorseVetMed – Telemetric Veterinary Medical Technology

Project director: Professor Walter Brehm (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Surgical Veterinary Clinic)

Learn more

 

GEISER – From Sensor Data to Internet-Based Geo-Services – BMWI

Project director: Professor Axel-Cyrille Ngonga Ngomo

Learn more

 

AMSL Electronic Resource Management. Optimised Usage and Allocation Control for Electronic Media in Saxon University Libraries

Project director: Leander Seige (Leipzig University Library, IT)

Learn more

 

EXPLOIDS – An Innovative, Data Protection-Preserving Attack Detection System for Computers

Project director: Professor Martin Bogdan (Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Institute of Computer Science)

Learn more

International Max Planck Research School “Mathematics in the Sciences” (IMPRS MiS)

The doctoral programme offers junior researchers a broad spectrum of mathematical fields, including geometry, partial differential equations and functional analysis, stochastics, and discrete mathematics. The IMPRS MiS is run by the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, the Institute of Mathematics, the Institute of Computer Science and the Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences

Learn more

Default Avatar

Institute of Theoretical Physics Rainer Verch

Gravitationstheorie
Brüderstr. 16
04103 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-32423
Fax: +49 341 97-32450

Default Avatar

Institute of Computer Science Martin Middendorf

Schwarmintelligenz und Komplexe Systeme
Augustusplatz 10
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-32275
Fax: +49 341 97-32252

You may also like

Sustainable Principles for Life and Health

Read more

Globalisations

Read more

Research Projects

Read more
Back to top