Helmholtz Information & Data Science School:

MUDS

Analyzing gene sequences to predict diseases or developing robots that monitor their own health - research at the Munich School for Data Science (MUDS) has many facets.

Top location for computational sciences

MUDS trains data scientists in the Munich Metropolitan Region, a top location for computational sciences in Germany. Here, the Technical University and the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich as well as the Helmholtz Zentrum München (HZMG) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have joined forces with the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics to form an internationally visible and highly attractive research network. The MUDS also cooperates with the Leibniz Computing Centre (LRZ) and the Max Planck Computing & Data Facility (MPCDF) and works with Roche Penzberg to promote application-oriented doctoral projects in biomedicine.

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Doctoral researchers are currently conducting research at MUDS

This makes MUDS the one of the six Data Science Schools with the most doctoral researchers. 22 of them are associated researchers.

Mission

The MUDS aims to train the next generation of Data Scientists at the interface of data science and four different application areas through a structured PhD programme: Biomedicine, Plasma Physics, Earth Observation and Robotics. Although the specific research questions in these four domains are different, they all feature both purely data-based and model-based research approaches. The training at MUDS aims to explore new ways to combine these two poles.

Research Areas

  •     Biomedicine
  •     Plasma Physics
  •     Earth Observation
  •     Robotics

You can find an insight into current doctoral projects here.

 

Many areas of research: Science at MUDS is multi-faceted (Photo: MUDS)

Curriculum

  • Supervision: Method and domain-specific mentoring by 2 PIs, supervision by an interdisciplinary Thesis Advisory Committee once a year
  • Onboarding phase: elaboration of the research project and common basic data science training for all programme participants, creation of an individual, domain-specific study plan
  • Mandatory courses for advanced scientific training: Block course "Fundamentals of Data Science", participation in two summer schools, two conference participations, participation in the MUDS seminar series
  • Courses for personal skills training and career development (transferable skills): access for all MUDS promoters to relevant courses offered at the partner sites; in addition, it is possible to attend tailor-made trainings organised by the MUDS office
  • MUDS certificate confirming participation in the programme   

"Research at MUDS is great: I can learn from people in other fields and get ideas that I can also apply to biology."

Karin Hrovatin, researches with Data Science on Diabetes at MUDS

Funding and Duration of the Programme

The program extends over four years and offers continuous funding. The remuneration corresponds to the conditions for doctoral contracts of the respective partner institution and is based on the TVöD or TV-L.

 

Application and Further Information

There is a central recruitment round once or twice a year. The MUDS location and thus the location for all courses is Munich. The programme language is English. The programme starts every winter semester, the application phase takes place annually in autumn and every second year additionally in spring/early summer.

Are you interested in advancing your research at a top location for computational science in Germany? Then apply at MUDS

 

The MUDS links six partner institutions in the Munich Metropolitan Region. (Photo: MUDS)

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Dr. Julia Schlehe

Our Doctoral Researchers

Elisabeth Ailer

Elisabeth Ailer
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Elisabeth Ailer
Elisabeth Ailer
Project title: "Estimating causal effects in consequential decisions"

Supervisors:

Niki Kilbertus, H.AI / HMGU

Mathias Drton, TUM

Cosmin I. Bercea

Cosmin I. Bercea
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Cosmin I. Bercea
Cosmin I. Bercea
Project title: "Federated Unsupervised Anomaly Detection"
Michael Bergmann

Michael Bergmann
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Michael Bergmann
Michael Bergmann
Project title: "Integrated Data Analysis 2.0"

Supervisors:

Frank Jenko, IPP

Hans-Joachim Bungartz, TUM

Emilio Dorigatti

Emilio Dorigatti
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Emilio Dorigatti
Emilio Dorigatti
Project title: "Uncertainty-aware Epitope-based Vaccine Design"

Supervisors:

Bernd Bischl, LMU

Benjamin Schubert, HMGU

Felix Drost

Felix Drost
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Felix Drost
Felix Drost
Project title: "Dissecting the T cell Receptor-Epitope Landscape through Semisupervised Deep Learning"

Supervisors:

Benjamin Schubert, HMGU / TUM

Kilian Schober , TUM

Jianxiang Feng

Jianxiang Feng
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Jianxiang Feng
Jianxiang Feng
Project title: "SeBa - Semi-supervised Bayesian Learning for Robotic Perception Tasks"

Supervisors:

Rudolph Triebel, DLR

Stephan Günnemann, TUM

Robin Greif

Robin Greif
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Robin Greif
Robin Greif
Project title: "Viability of Neural Network-based Predictor-Corrector Schemes for Plasma Turbulence Simulations in Tokamak Fusion Reactors"

Supervisors:

Frank Jenko, IPP

Nils Thuerey, TUM

Katharina Hechinger

Katharina Hechinger
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Katharina Hechinger
Katharina Hechinger
Project title: "From Large Scale Earth Observation Data to Urban Climate Zones"

Supervisors:

Göran Kauermann, LMU

Xiaoxiang Zhu, DLR

Leon Hetzel

Leon Hetzel
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Leon Hetzel
Leon Hetzel
Project title: "Inferring functional elements of tissue architectures with graph-based deep learning models"
Barbara Höllbacher

Barbara Höllbacher
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Barbara Höllbacher
Barbara Höllbacher
Project title: "From Large Scale Earth Observation Data to Urban Climate Zones"

Supervisors:

Matthias Heinig, HMGU

Henriette Uhlenhaut, HMGU

Marc Horlacher

Marc Horlacher
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Marc Horlacher
Marc Horlacher
Project title: "The Latent Interactome of RNA-Binding Proteins"
Karin Hrovatin

Karin Hrovatin
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Karin Hrovatin
Karin Hrovatin
Project title: "Computational analysis and modelling of beta-cell fate in diabetes"

Supervisors:

Fabian Theis, HMGU / TUM

Heiko Lickert , HMGU

Christoph Koller

Christoph Koller
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Christoph Koller
Christoph Koller
Project title: "Large Scale Earth Observation to Local Climate Zones"

Supervisors:

Xiaoxiang Zhu, DLR

Göran Kauermann, LMU

Lukas Kondmann

Lukas Kondmann
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Lukas Kondmann
Lukas Kondmann
Project title: "Deep Learning Meets Sequence Analysis in Remote Sensing"

Supervisors:

Xiaoxiang Zhu, DLR

Laura Leal-Taixe, TUM

Lorenz Lamm

Lorenz Lamm
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Lorenz Lamm
Lorenz Lamm
Project title: "Realizing Visual Proteomics: A Deep Learning Toolbox for the Analysis of Cryo-Electron Tomograms"

Supervisors:

Tingying Peng, HMGU

Ben Engel, HMGU

Hugo Loureiro

Hugo Loureiro
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

Benedikt Mairhörmann

Benedikt Mairhörmann
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Benedikt Mairhörmann
Benedikt Mairhörmann
Project title: "Revealing yeast cell size control strategies using high-throughput live-cell imaging and automated, deep-learning based image analysis"

Supervisors:

Pascal Falter-Braun, HMGU / LMU

Kurt Schmoller, HMGU

Laura Martens

Laura Martens
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Laura Martens
Laura Martens
Project title: "Unraveling the gene regulatory code using single-cell multi-omic data"

Supervisors:

Julien Gagneur, TUM / HMGU

Fabian Theis, HMGU

Giovanni Palla

Giovanni Palla
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Giovanni Palla
Giovanni Palla
Project title: "Generative models for single cell omics data"

Supervisors:

Fabian Theis, HMGU

Heiko Lickert, HMGU

Katharina Rath

Katharina Rath
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Katharina Rath
Katharina Rath
Project title: "Hamiltonian emulators for charged particle orbits in magnetized plasmas"

Supervisors:

Udo von Toussaint, IPP

Bernd Bischl, LMU

Kislaya Ravi

Kislaya Ravi
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Kislaya Ravi
Kislaya Ravi
Project title: "Integrated Data Analysis 2.0"

Supervisors:

Hans-Joachim Bungartz, TUM

Frank Jenko, IPP

Sabrina Richter

Sabrina Richter
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Sabrina Richter
Sabrina Richter
Project title: "Transfering scRNA-Seq analysis methods to single cell"

Supervisors:

Fabian Theis, HMGU

Matthias Mann, MPI

Ana Luiza de Santana Villasboas Arruda

Ana Luiza de Santana Villasboas Arruda
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Ana Luiza de Santana Villasboas Arruda
Ana Luiza de Santana Villasboas Arruda
Project title: "Understanding multimorbidity with big data in genomics"

Supervisor:

Eleftheria Zeggini, HMGU

Arthur Gilly, HMGU

Mara Stadler

Mara Stadler
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Mara Stadler
Mara Stadler
Project title: "EpiDecoder - A Computational Framework for Breaking the Epigenetic Code"

Supervisors:

Christian L. Müller, HMGU, LMU

Till Bartke, HMGU

Marco Stock

Marco Stock
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Marco Stock
Marco Stock
Project title: "Erase and rewind: reprogramming cell type identity"

Supervisors:

Antonio Scialdone, HMGU

Maria Colomé-Tatché, HMGU

Aysim Toker

Aysim Toker
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Aysim Toker
Aysim Toker
Project title: "Deep Learning Meets Sequence Analysis in Remote Sensing"

Supervisors:

Laura Leal-Taixe, TUM

Xiaoxiang Zhu, DLR

Nils Wagner

Nils Wagner
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Nils Wagner
Nils Wagner
Project title: "Predicting gene regulatory defects in every tissue from a drop of blood"

Supervisors:

Julien Gagneur, TUM

Juliane Winkelmann, HMGU

Thomas Meitinger, HMGU

Sophia Wagner

Sophia Wagner
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Sophia Wagner
Sophia Wagner
Project title: "Hierarchical and confident deep learning for computer-aided cancer diagnosis"

Supervisor:

Tingying Peng , H.AI / HMGU

Melanie Boxberg , TUM

Victor Artigues

Victor Artigues
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Victor Artigues
Victor Artigues
Project title: "Disruption prediction with machine learning"

Supervisor:

Frank Jenko, IPP

Tobias Blickhan

Tobias Blickhan
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Tobias Blickhan
Tobias Blickhan
Project title: "emulators for charged particle orbits in magnetized plasmas"
Alejandra Castelblanco

Alejandra Castelblanco
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Alejandra Castelblanco
Alejandra Castelblanco
Project title: "Development of an AI-based Non-Invasive Sensor for Neonatal Care"

Supervisors:

Benjamin Schubert, HMGU

Anne Hilgendorff , LMU

Sugandha Doda

Sugandha Doda
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Sugandha Doda
Sugandha Doda
Project title: "Population density estimation using satellite images Domain: Earth observation"

Supervisor:

Xiaoxiang Zhu, DLR

Vladyslav Fediukov

Vladyslav Fediukov
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Vladyslav Fediukov
Vladyslav Fediukov
Project title: "Terramechanics data analysis and model synthesis for rover locomotion applications"

Supervisors:

Hans-Joachim Bungartz, TUM

Johann Bals, DLR

Constantin Gahr

Constantin Gahr
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Constantin Gahr
Constantin Gahr
Project title: "Scientific Machine Learning in Fusion Research"

Supervisors:

Frank Jenko, IPP

Hans-Joachim Bungartz, TUM

Simon Geisler

Simon Geisler
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Simon Geisler
Simon Geisler
Project title: "SeBa - Semi-supervised Bayesian Learning for Robotic Perception Tasks"

Supervisors:

Stephan Günnemann, TUM

Rudolph Triebel, DLR

Xenofon Giannoulis

Xenofon Giannoulis
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Xenofon Giannoulis
Xenofon Giannoulis
Project title: "Gene Environment interactions in complex traits Domain: Biomedicine"

Supervisors:

Eleftheria Zeggini , HMGU

Na Cai , HMGU

Patrick Hanel

Patrick Hanel
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Patrick Hanel
Patrick Hanel
Project title: "Leveraging single-cell multi-omics integration to identify signatures of ageing and chronic disease"

Supervisors:

Maria Colomé-Tatché, HMGU

Celia Martinez-Jimenez, HMGU

Henrik von Kleist

Henrik von Kleist
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Henrik von Kleist
Henrik von Kleist
Project title: "Early Prediction of Neurological, Cardiovascular, and Pulmonary Morbidities in Preterm Infants via Analysis of their Combined Electronic Health Records, Omics and Imaging Data"

Supervisors:

Narges Ahmidi, HMGU

Daniel Rückert, TUM

Christopher Lance

Christopher Lance
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Christopher Lance
Christopher Lance
Project title: "Decoding transcriptional landscapes in patients with very early onset inflammatory bowel diseases"

Supervisors:

Fabian Theis, HMGU

Daniel Kotlarz, LMU

Svitlana Oleshko

Svitlana Oleshko
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Svitlana Oleshko
Svitlana Oleshko
Project title: "Multi-modal data integration in the central nervous system landscape"

Supervisors:

Annalisa Marsico, HMGU

Matthias Heinig, HMGU

Sergio Picart-Armada

Boehringer Ingelheim

Ghalia Rehawi

Ghalia Rehawi
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Ghalia Rehawi
Ghalia Rehawi
Project title: "Understanding the heterogeneous effects of SARS-CoV-2 infections in the human population by defining individual molecular fitness patterns based on multi-level-data"
Patrick Schwehn

Patrick Schwehn
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Patrick Schwehn
Patrick Schwehn
Project title: "Estimation Of Translational Efficiency With Convolutional Neural Networks"

Supervisors:

Pascal Falter-Braun, HMGU

Korbinian Schneeberger, LMU

Annalisa Marsico, HMGU

Oleg Vlasovets

Oleg Vlasovets
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Oleg Vlasovets
Oleg Vlasovets
Project title: "Deciphering environmental effects on gut microbial ecosystems with highdimensional statistical and deep learning techniques"

Supervisors:

Christian L. Müller, H.AI/LMU

Annette Peters , HMGU

Simon Wengert

Simon Wengert
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Simon Wengert
Simon Wengert
Project title: "Variations in mtDNA and their regulatory effects in single cells"

Supervisors:

Na Cai, HMGU

Matthias Heinig , HMGU

Dominik Winkelbauer

Dominik Winkelbauer
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Dominik Winkelbauer
Dominik Winkelbauer
Project title: "Physics-based simulation to learn functional grasping for robot manipulation"

Supervisors:

Rudolph Triebel, DLR

Nils Thuerey, TUM

Yehor Yudin

Yehor Yudin
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Yehor Yudin
Yehor Yudin
Project title: "Machine Learning for Uncertainty Quantification in High-Performance-Computing Plasma Simulations"

Supervisors:

Hans-Joachim Bungartz

Frank Jenko

David Coster

Henning Zwirnmann

Henning Zwirnmann
Doctoral Researcher MUDS

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Henning Zwirnmann
Henning Zwirnmann
Project title: " Lab of the Future"

Suprevisors:

Sami Haddadin, TUM

Fabian Theis, HMGU

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