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Aachen Institute for Advanced Study in Computational Engineering Science (AICES)


Today's industry requires modern simulation tools. An increasing number of industries - such as the automotive and aerospace industries, for example - draw on these tools to implement planning and optimization measures of increasing complexity. In order to be able to deal with the increasing complexity of these simulation tasks, more is needed than the availability of ever more powerful computers: the challenge lies in the mathematical representation - the modeling - of technical questions and problems, as well as their implementation on computer systems using information technology methodologies. Traditional Engineering or Computer Science degree programs generally do not provide the skills and expertise needed to meet these requirements. AICES, however, sets out to prepare a new generation of experts who have mastered these simulation methodologies and are capable of applying them to technically and academically challenging problems.


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The AICES Graduate School offers a flexible, English-language doctoral program for Bachelor and Master students enabling a shortened and attractive path to the doctorate. The scientific focus is placed on emerging synthesis and challenging analysis topics with a common emphasis on the multi-scale nature of most problems in the considered application areas: materials science, chemical engineering, transportation systems, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, and geoscience. This broad spectrum of applications provides fertile ground for targeted research on topics of synthesis, concentrating on broadly-defined inverse problems. This concept, coming to life only in the context of computational engineering science, involves model discovery and identification, model interaction on multiple scales, as well as optimal design, control and operations of complex engineered systems.



AICES’s interdisciplinary approach is also reflected by the collaborative effort of more than 25 institutes from eight academic departments (Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Medicine, as well as Georesources and Materials Engineering). In addition, the Max Planck Institute for Iron Research Düsseldorf and the Forschungszentrum Jülich are also involved in AICES research activities.


The graduate school offers a program that attracts science and engineering students from around the world. The program leads directly to a doctoral degree in a "fast-track" curriculum. A core element of the doctoral program is the mentoring team, which comprises a principal doctoral advisor (an independent young researcher), a co-advisor (a senior faculty member), a senior doctoral student mentor, and a member of the AICES service team. The mentoring team facilitates the candidate’s progress; close scientific as well as administrative interaction and guidance leads to reduced times to degree.
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