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Prof. Dr. Stefan Kurz

Strategies and technologies for modeling, simulation and optimization

“From a long view of the history of mankind, seen from, say, ten thousand years from now, there can be little doubt that the most significant event of the 19th century will be judged as Maxwell's discovery of the laws of electrodynamics.”

Richard Feynman
Prof. Dr. Stefan Kurz, Vice President for Strategies and Technologies of Modeling and Simulation

I am Vice President for Strategies and Technologies of Modeling and Simulation, and 25% W3 professor with TU Darmstadt. Modeling and simulation link the physical world to the cyber world. They are essential for product design in the era of digital transformation. My favorite questions are: What topics and skills are important in this area in 2025, and beyond? How can we implement methodological work results effectively and sustainably in our business units? And: I am scouting worldwide for relevant applied mathematics.

Curriculum vitae

TU Darmstadt

2015
Chair for Finite Methods of Electrodynamics

Finland

2010
Distinguished Professor for Advanced Electromagnetic Modeling

HSU Hamburg

2003
Full Professor for Electromagnetic Theory and Computation

Selected publications

  •  A fast isogeometric BEM for the 3D Laplace-and Helmholtz problems

    J. Dölz et al. (2018)

    A fast isogeometric BEM for the 3D Laplace-and Helmholtz problems
    • J. Dölz, H. Harbrecht, S. Kurz, S. Schöps, F. Wolf
    • Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, vol. 330, p. 83-101
  • Structure-preserving mesh coupling based on the Buffa-Christiansen complex

    O. Niemimäki et al. (2017)

    Structure-preserving mesh coupling based on the Buffa-Christiansen complex
    • O. Niemimäki, S. Kurz, L. Kettunen
    • Mathematics of Computation
  • Observers and splitting structures in relativistic electrodynamics

    B. Auchmann & S. Kurz (2014)

    Observers and splitting structures in relativistic electrodynamics
    • Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical
  • Rapid Computation of Harmonic Eddy-Current Losses in High-Speed Solid-Rotor Induction Machines

    V. Räisänen et al. (2013)

    Rapid Computation of Harmonic Eddy-Current Losses in High-Speed Solid-Rotor Induction Machines
    • V. Räisänen, S. Suuriniemi, S. Kurz
    • IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, vol. 28, issue 3
  • Differential Forms and Boundary Integral Equations for Maxwell–Type Problems

    S. Kurz & B. Auchmann (2012)

    Differential Forms and Boundary Integral Equations for Maxwell–Type Problems
    • Fast Boundary Element Methods in Engineering and Industrial Applications
  • Domains of validity of quasistatic and quasistationary field approximations

    T. Steinmetz et al. (2011)

    Domains of validity of quasistatic and quasistationary field approximations
    • T. Steinmetz, S. Kurz, M. Clemens
    • COMPEL
  • De Rham currents in discrete electromagnetism

    B. Auchmann & S. Kurz (2007)

    De Rham currents in discrete electromagnetism
    • COMPEL, vol. 30, issue 4, p. 1237-1247
  • Algebraic properties of BEM-FEM coupling with Whitney elements

    B. Auchmann et al. (2005)

    Algebraic properties of BEM-FEM coupling with Whitney elements
    • B. Auchmann, S. Kurz, O. Rain, S. Russenschuck
    • COMPEL, vol. 24, issue 2, p, 480-494
  • The Adaptive Cross-Approximation technique for the 3-D Boundary-Element Method, IEEE Transactions on Magnetics

    S. Kurz et al. (2002)

    The Adaptive Cross-Approximation technique for the 3-D Boundary-Element Method, IEEE Transactions on Magnetics
    • S. Kurz, O. Rain, S. Rjasanow
    • IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, vol. 38, issue 2, p. 421-424
  • The application of the BEM-FEM coupling method for the accurate calculation of fields in superconducting magnets

    S. Kurz & S. Russenschuck (1999)

    The application of the BEM-FEM coupling method for the accurate calculation of fields in superconducting magnets
    • Electrical Engineering - Archiv für Elektrotechnik, vol- 82, issue 1, p.1-10

Interview

Prof. Dr. Stefan Kurz

Prof. Dr. Stefan Kurz

Vice President for Strategies and Technologies of Modeling and Simulation

“Please tell us what fascinates you most about research.”

Research allows me to walk previously uncharted territory, and it comes with freedom and responsibility. For example, my research helped design the magnets in CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Kurz

Prof. Dr. Stefan Kurz

Vice President for Strategies and Technologies of Modeling and Simulation

“What makes research done at Bosch so special?”

With Bosch, I can go all the way from theory at the blackboard, via computer simulation and product development, up to creating impact in the market place. I find this very satisfying.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Kurz

Prof. Dr. Stefan Kurz

Vice President for Strategies and Technologies of Modeling and Simulation

“What research topics are you currently working on at Bosch?”

Detailed simulation of complex systems can be time consuming, even on powerful computers. I am working on methods to bring down the simulation times from months to days to hours. This is like winning the race in cyber world.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Kurz

Prof. Dr. Stefan Kurz

Vice President for Strategies and Technologies of Modeling and Simulation

“What are the biggest scientific challenges in your field of research?”

Mastering complexity. Detailed simulations of several physical domains are tough, and there is still a lot of work to do to. Ultimately, we aim at efficient, numerically robust, modular, and easy-to-operate tool chains, based on solid mathematical grounds. Artificial Intelligence might be helpful.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Kurz

Prof. Dr. Stefan Kurz

Vice President for Strategies and Technologies of Modeling and Simulation

“How do the results of your research become part of solutions "Invented for life"?”

A broad variety of Bosch products, from fuel injectors to electric axles, are based on modeling and simulation methods to which I made contributions. This way, products become more energy efficient and hence more environmentally friendly – thus invented for life.

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