Hans is a Professor of Computational Modelling at the University of Southampton. 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 in the department of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton.
His research interests are computional modelling methodology and applied simulation. He works on multi scale and multi physics simulation of physical processes and materials, particle simulations, and finite difference, finite element and boundary element schemes. visualisation of data, algorithm development and the infrastructure for massive numerical computations.
Current projects include micromagnetic modelling, distributed data archives, astrophysical simulations, the simulation of the vortex state in layered superconductors and adatom dynamics on surfaces. Several projects are being performed in close collaboration with experimental groups characterising and fabricating materials that Hans' group is investigating numerically. The group has developed the Nmag simulation package and a number of other open source software tools.
Hans is teaching the subject of "Computing" to students within the School of Engineering Sciences, which includes numerical analysis and simulations methods, as well as programming on different levels. He researches learning and teaching methods appropriate to education in computational science, and has been awarded the Deputy Vice Chancellor's Teaching Award for his innovative redesign of the engineering computing curriculum. He is co-director of the Doctoral Training Centre for Complex Systems Simulations, and director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Next Generation Computational Modelling.
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