Computational Science and Data Science

Hans Fangohr


Hans Fangohr is Head of Data Analysis at the European X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL) GmbH (Germany) and Professor of Computational Modelling at the University of Southampton (United Kingdom). He received his undergraduate degree "Diplomphysiker" in physics from the University of Hamburg (Germany) and completed his PhD studies in the High Performance Computing Group at the department of Computer Science in Southampton. He is a full professor since 2010, and specialised in computational science, data analysis and software engineering for science.

At Southampton, he has brought together and led the computational science community of over 500 academics and researchers (2008-2017), co-directed the doctoral training centre for Complex Systems Simulations (2008-2018), and created and directed the Centre for Doctoral Training in Computational Modelling (2013-2017). At European XFEL he is (since 2017) leading the provision of data analysis services to scientists using the laser facility, both in development and research of infrastructure and tools, and operational support for beam time.

His research interests are at the interface between computer science and computational science: using and developing computer science based methodology to support science and engineering research through high performance computing and data analysis. He works on computational modelling methodology, data analysis and visualisation of scientific data sets, reproducibility, user interfaces and workflows, and software engineering for research computing. He also applies computational science in magnetic materials and other systems to solve concrete scientific problems.

Current projects include data analysis for the European X-ray Free Electron Laser, use and development of the Jupyter Notebook for data analysis and computational science, micromagnetic modelling of a variety of systems, and development and provision of the micromagnetic simulation frameworks such as Nmag, Fidimag and Ubermag. A number of other tools and packages are provided through his group's activities.

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(Updated July 2020)