Computational Science and Data Science

Hans Fangohr


Hans Fangohr is Head of SSU Computational Science at the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter in Hamburg (Germany). He is also Professor of Computational Modelling at the University of Southampton (UK).

From 2017 to 2020, he created and led the Data Analysis group and efforts at the European X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL) GmbH (Germany).

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 in the Computational Modelling Group (since 2008), 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).

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 research towards better reproducibilty and user interfaces, research software engineering, 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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