Christian Bischof

Prof. Dr. Christian Bischof

+49 6151 16-71001
+49 6151 16-71198

Alexanderstraße 2
64283 Darmstadt

Office: S1|22 415

Research interests

  • Automatic Differentiation and Automated Code Generation
  • Productivity in Parallel Programming
  • Parallel Algorithms and High Performance Computing
  • Problem Solving Environments for Scientific Computing
  • Organisational Paradigms for IT in Scientific Organisations
  • IT-Support for Scientific Research Processes („eScience“)

About myself

Born 1960 in Aschaffenburg, I began studies in Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Würzburg. I moved to Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, supported by a Fulbright scholarship, where I received a Ph.D. degree in Computer science in 1988. After various scientific activities at the Mathematics and Computer Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois, I moved to RWTH Aachen University in 1998, and took over the leadership of the computing center and the chair of the Institute for Scientific Computing. Since July 2011, I am responsible, in a similiar setup, for the university computing center (HRZ) and the Institute for Scientific Computing of TU Darmstadt.

Awards and distinctions

  • 1983 – 1984 Fulbright Fellowship.
  • 1986 – 1988 Mathematical Sciences Institute Fellowship, Cornell University.
  • 1988 – 1989 First recipient of the Wilkinson Fellowship in Computational Mathematics, Argonne National Laboratory.
  • 1990 Best paper award (with Philippe Lacroute) at the CONPAR 90/VAPP IV Joint Conference on Vector and Parallel Processing for the Paper “An adaptive matrix blocking strategy”, Zürich, September 1990.
  • 1995 Jointly with Alan Carle recipient of the Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software for the ADIFOR 2.0 System at the ICIAM, Hamburg, Germany.
  • 2005 Offer of full professorship in Scientific Computing at the University Hamburg, in combination with the position of director of the German Climate Computing Center (
  • 2008 Best Application Paper Award (with B. Hentschel, I. Tedjo, M. Probst, M. Wolter, M. Behr and T. Kuhlen) at the IEEE Visualization, Columbus, U.S.A.

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