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661. Wilhelm und Else Heraeus Seminar: Nonlinear Dynamics, Optimization, and Control of Distributed Energy Systems

The seminar will take place from 28th to 31st of January 2018 at the Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, Germany.

Content and goals of the 661. WE Heraeus Seminar

The modelling and analysis of dynamics of complex networks, such as the energy system and its future multi-modal extension, is at its core a question of Physics. Many urgent questions arising in the context of the energy transition directly relate to fundamental problems in statistical physics and nonlinear dynamics of networks.

A cooperation beyond the borders of traditional scientific disciplines is inevitable to meet the challenges of the energy transition. Physicists, applied mathematicians and systems engineers must work closely together, develop a common scientific language and share methods, tools, and data.

The scientific scope of the proposed 661. WE-Heraeus-Seminar is located precisely at the interface between these key enabling disciplines of the energy transition.

The seminar will bring together PhD students, young postdocs from Germany and all over Europe with international experts from academia and industry. Thereby creating a platform for fruitful scientific discussions and seeding future inter-academia and industry-academia collaborations.

The seminar will provide a platform to discuss and investigate important trends in nonlinear dynamics, optimization, and control of such distributed energy systems. In order to narrow down the above mentioned challenges, we will focus on two closely related core topics, which are of major interest in this context.

  • Topic 1 - Modelling and analysis of complex energy network dynamics
  • Topic 2 - Challenges in the design and operation of future energy grids

Topic 1 will focus on the aspects of simulation, analysis, and understanding the dynamics of large-scale multi-modal energy systems. Topic 2 extends the scope from analysis and understanding of existing energy grids towards the design and operation principles of future cross-coupled networks.


The conference language will be English.

The organizers invite young researchers to apply and to contribute to the presentation or poster sessions by using the application link.

The application deadline is 10th October 2017. Please note that the number of participants is limited.

The seminar is generously funded by the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation.



Prof. h.c. Dr.-Ing. Joachim U. Knebel

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Head of Division, Division 3 – Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1

D-76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

E-Mail: joachim.knebel (a) kit.edu

Homepage: www.kit.edu/b3


Dr.-Ing. Timm Faulwasser

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Institute for Applied Com­puter Science

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1

D-76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

E-Mail: timm.faulwasser (a) kit.edu

Homepage: www.iai.kit.edu/control


Dr.-Ing. Martin Robinius

Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ)

Institute of Energy and Climate Research

Electrochemical Process Engineering

D-52428 Jülich

E-Mail: m.robinius (a) fz-juelich.de

Homepage: www.fz-juelich.de/iek/iek-3


Jun.-Prof. Dr. Dirk Witthaut

Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ)

Institute of Energy and Climate Research

Systems Analysis and Technology Evaluation

D-52428 Jülich

E-Mail: d.witthaut (a) fz-juelich.de

Homepage: www.fz-juelich.de/iek/iek-ste