Christian Bischof

Prof. Dr. Christian Bischof

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

Mornewegstraße 30
64293 Darmstadt

Office: S4|14 3.2.05

Research interests

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

About myself

Born 1960 in Aschaffenburg, I studied Mathematics and Computer Science in Würzburg and then went 1983 to Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, supported by a Fulbright stipend, and received the Ph.D. degree in Computer science there in 1988. After various activities at the Mathematics and Computer Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois, I followed the calling to RWTH Aachen University in 1998, and took over the administration of the computation center and the chair of the Institute for Scientific Computing. Since July 2011 I head in a similar construction the university computation center (HRZ) of the TU Darmstadt and the institute for Scientific Computing.

Awards and distinctions

  • 1983 – 1984 Fulbright Stipendium.
  • 1986 – 1988 Mathematical Sciences Institute Fellowship, Cornell University.
  • 1988 – 1989 First laureate 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 he Paper “An adaptive matrix blocking strategy”, Zürich, September 1990.
  • 1995 Jointly with Alan Carle laureate 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.


  • Member of the IT-Commission of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).
  • Member of the sub commission for information management of the DFG.
  • Member of the board of directors of the German National Research and Education Network (DFN).
  • Chairman of the Distributed Computational Science and Engineering (dCSE) panel of the HECToR UK National Supercomputing Service.
  • Vice chairman, GAUSS-Allianz e.V.

Organisation of conferences

  • Member, organisation committee, SIAM Conf. on Parallel Processing (PP12), 2012.
  • Member, program committee, IPDSP 2012.
  • Member, program committee, ParCo 2011.
  • Member, program committee, PerCoSC 2011.
  • Organiser, Workshop on Automated Program Generation for Computational Science, Int. Conf. on Computational Science (ICCS2010), Amsterdam, May 31, 2010.
  • Organiser, Minisymposium on „Graduate Education for the Parallel Revolution“, SIAM Conf. on Parallel Processing for Scientific Computing (PP10), Seattle, Febr. 23, 2010.
  • Member, program committee, IEEE Int. Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS10).
  • Member, program committee, IEEE Cluster 2010.
  • Gordon Bell Price Award Committee for Supercomputing09.
  • Member, program committee, IEEE Int. Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS09).
  • Member, organisation committee, 5th Inf. Conf. on Automatic Differentiation (AD 2008).
  • Gordon Bell Price Award Committee for Supercomputing08.

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