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Research Campus MODAL was officially opened –
FIZ Karlsruhe is project partner

15. October 2014


On October 13, 2014, the 15-year project MODAL (Mathematical Optimization and Data Analysis Laboratories) located in Berlin-Dahlem, was inaugurated. The project is located at the Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik in Berlin (ZIB) and is funded in cooperation with Freie Universität Berlin; the ZIB receives financial support from several enterprises.
On the research campus MODAL, research on data-driven modeling as well as on simulation and optimization of complex processes from logistics and medical technology is conducted. The objective is, for instance, to optimize supply networks and timetables, and to improve early diagnosis of major diseases. In four thematic laboratories – the BahnLab, the GasLab, the MedLan and one methodologically spanned SynLab – new innovative concepts are developed.

FIZ Karlsruhe participates in the laboratory SynLab with the database swMATH. swMATH is a database which offers open access to information on mathematical software and links it with software-relevant publications in zbMATH, the abstracting and reviewing service in mathematics. The aim is an increased visibility of software-oriented research in the field of mathematics, and a more detailed content opening of mathematical software, especially with regard to identifying potential applications. In addition, customized search and navigation options are developed and statistics on the use and referencing of software solutions are provided.

The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the research initiative “Research Campus – Public-Private Partnership to Foster Innovation”. Up to 20 million euros are invested in the research campus MODAL. MODAL has succeeded as one out of ten winners in a tough two-stage selection against 96 competitors.

The research initiative “Research Campus – Public-Private Partnership to Foster Innovation” has high priority in the current German research policy. With the 10 planned new research campuses the BMBF has established a new type of research infrastructures. For the first time, this initiative creates large-scale and long-term approaches of cooperation between science and economy. Thus, it is possible to deal with complex and multifaceted research fields that involve a high level of risk and have a high innovation potential.