Educational Objectives

With this International Research Training Group we are training highly talented graduates to become future leading scientists.

Therefore, in their future working environment, besides a PhD degree, much more skills are necessary: In the global scientific community, they have to:

  •   interact with partners from different cultures,
  • work in interdisciplinary teams,

  • lead these teams.

With the education provided within this IRTG, we help the students to develop these capabilities.

Prof. Hans Hagen and Hamish Carr during a tutorial

As they are working on their projects both in Germany and in the U.S., they get insights into the culture as well as into the educational and professional system of the respective partner country. Furthermore, they benefit from the additional knowledge of their supervisors in the partner country and they work together with students from both countries. The planned summer schools give them the opportunity to talk to leading scientists in their field and to exchange their findings and ideas with all other participants of the IRTG.

In order to broaden the basis of the students’ knowledge, the educational program will not only focus on their primary research field but also extends to the related application domains.

That means, students, e.g., specializing in visualization, can acquire additional knowledge in the application fields that in turn rely on their knowledge on visualization techniques.

On the other hand, the students working on application projects will get additional insight in the various visualization possibilities. Altogether, all the students will learn about the general methods involved in simulation, experimentation and visualization processes.

 

Thus, barriers between the different scientific domains, resulting from missing knowledge, different vocabulary or different meanings of commonly used terms, will be overcome, enabling fruitful interdisciplinary discussions and research projects. Driven by the single applications, the students thereby will develop both engineering and general problem solving skills. The broad knowledge, which they acquire and the integral view on subjects, which they learn, will be invaluable assets for their future career.

Besides a broad knowledge about the respective scientific domain, for every student the communication between the different visualization and application areas involved is crucial for the success of his PhD project. Therefore, the projects are strongly interlinked, so that the students have to work in teams and thus develop important soft skills in the collaboration with their partners. This will teach their capabilities to successfully organize not only their work but also complex interdisciplinary projects.

The IRTG is set up in a manner to achieve these important goals.

The participating research groups are carefully chosen to provide all the necessary know how with respect to visualization and applications. The application topics are close enough to allow synergetic effects on the visualization aspects as well as far enough away from each other to provide a wide variety of requirements. The educational program provides to the students good working environments in different cultural environments. Their knowledge is broadened and deepened by the course program.

Furthermore, they benefit from the additional knowledge from internationally recognized experts teaching in the summer schools.

In summary, this study program does not only provide them with an excellent education, it will also allow them to obtain the required knowledge in a reasonably short period of three years.

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Daniel Engel, a PhD student, presents his work at the IRTG Meeting in June 2011

 

Thus, barriers between the different scientific domains, resulting from missing knowledge, different vocabulary or different meanings of commonly used terms, will be overcome, enabling fruitful interdisciplinary discussions and research projects. Driven by the single applications, the students thereby will develop both engineering and general problem solving skills. The broad knowledge, which they acquire and the integral view on subjects, which they learn, will be invaluable assets for their future career.

Besides a broad knowledge about the respective scientific domain, for every student the communication between the different visualization and application areas involved is crucial for the success of his PhD project. Therefore, the projects are strongly interlinked, so that the students have to work in teams and thus develop important soft skills in the collaboration with their partners. This will teach their capabilities to successfully organize not only their work but also complex interdisciplinary projects.

In summary, this study program does not only provide them with an excellent education, it will also allow them to obtain the required knowledge in a reasonably short period of three years.

 

Visiting Scientists Program

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Ron Goldman - Rice University

In order to provide to our students the best education possible, we have established a visiting scientists program, where we invite distinguished researchers from important universities and research institutes all over the world to share their knowledge with our students.

Scientists can visit the International Research Training Group for a single day for giving a lecture in the form of a tutorial. Additionally, if an important scientist can give a complete course lasting for several days not fitting into the course program, this course can be given outside the IRTG’s winter and summer schools within the visiting scientists program.

We are inviting scientists to stay with the IRTG for two to three weeks, e.g., in order to prepare common papers with some graduates. Such joint work with renowned scientists will deepen the graduates’ insight in their research domain and also help them to get access to the international scientific community.

Distinguished scientists will visit our group for a longer period of approximately three months. It is envisioned that during this time they perform joint research on special topics together with the graduates.

Moreover, all lectures held by guest scientists are archived together with the course material provided by the lecturers, so that the students later still can access these materials.