Rolf Krause

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+41 58 666 4309
Institute of Computational Science
Faculty of Informatics
Via Giuseppe Buffi 13
6900 Lugano

Rolf Krause

Chair for Advanced Scientific Computing

Director Institute of Computational Science

Institute of Computational Science

Faculty of Informatics, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano.

Research Profile

My scientific research focuses on numerical simulation and mathematical modeling in scientific computing and computational sciences. As a matter of fact, the complexity of real world applications constitutes a challenge for numerical simulation, turning the development of stable discretization schemes and highly efficient solution methods into a challenging task. In addition to a well balanced combination of methodological and mathematical knowledge, it also requires experience in dealing with practical aspects of the implementation.

Thus, I do not only consider the theoretical aspects neccessary to derive and understand reliable and efficient simulation tools; I furthermore am highly interested in their qualitative and quantitative behavior, which can be best understood along employing them in the context of challenging applications. This approach allows for the development of theoretical well founded simulation methods, which show excellent performance also in real world applications.

One important aspect is to implement the developed methods in high-level software libraries, which is also done in my research group (ObsLib++, CutLib, CTI). By means of these libraries, constrained and non-linear problems can be solved using modern parallel multiscale approaches. With respect to application areas, my work focuses on the contact problems in linear and non-linear elasticity (including friction), concurrent multiscale simulations in mechanics (micro-macro transitions), real world applications in mechanics, biomechanics, and cardiac simulation.

Together with Prof. Dr. med. A. Auricchio (Cardiocentro Ticino) I am also directing the recently installed "Center for Computational Medicine in Cardiology".

Academic Career


Offer for a W3-professorship “Wissenschaftliches Rechnen” (Scientific Computing), University of Hannover. Not realized

Since 02/2014

(Founding) Director of CCMC – Center for Computational Medicine in Cardiology, Università della Svizzera italiana and Cardiocentro Lugano

Since 04/2009

Chair for Advanced Scientific Computing, (Founding) Director of the Institute of Computational Science (ICS), Faculty of Informatics, Università della Svizzera italiana

11/2008 - 01/2009

Visit at the University of California, San Diego, supported by the DFG

08/2008 - 10/2008

Visit at the Columbia University, New York, supported by the DFG


Offer for a full W3-professorship in Scientific Computing at the University of Mainz, not realized


Member of the Hausdroff-Center in Mathematics (DFG funded “Cluster of Excellence” at the University of Bonn

11/2003 - 03/2009

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

08/2002 - 10/2002

Visit at the Courant-Institute of Mathematical Sciences in New York, supported by the DFG

01/2002 - 10/2003

Assistant lecturer at the Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Mathematics and Informatics

06/1998– 12/2001

Scientific assistant 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


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