Elite Network: Bavarian Graduate School of Computational Engineering

Bavarian Graduate School of Computational Engineering

Compu­tations connect theory with experi­ment and repre­sent a third ap­proach to gain insight and achieve opti­mized prod­ucts. Simula­tion or machine learn­ing, super­com­puter or GPU, evo-lu­tionary or dis­ruptive insight: Major break­throughs in to­day’s tech­nologies can only be real­ized with the support of com­puta­tional meth­ods. The Elite Gradu­ate Pro­gram prepares students perfect­ly for future chal­lenges in this field due to a concept extend­ing across loca­tions and an individ­ual mentor­ing in a truly multi­discipli­nary con­text.

The Elite Graduate Program at a glance

DegreeMaster of Science with Honors Certificate
Duration of studyFour semesters
Place of studyMunich, Erlangen
Admission requirementsYou must study one of these three master programs: Computational Engineering (FAU), Computational Mechanics (TUM), Computational Science and Engineering (TUM)(TUM)
Language of instructionEnglish
Application deadlineJanuary 31st
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Begin of studiesSummer semester
HeadProf. Dr. Hans-Joachim Bungartz
CoordinatorDr. Tobias Neckel
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Further informationWebsite Bavarian Graduate School of Computational Engineering

New Insight via Computational Approaches

Many tech­nical innova­tions will be achieved in multi­discipli­nary teams only: Engi­neers, mathe­mati­cians and com­puter scientist need to work closely togeth­er. In this context, realistic simula­tions on efficient com­puter systems are a key tech­nolo­gy.

Master­ing this im­portant tool allows for an im­portant devel­opmen­tal edge in the world-wide compe­tition in almost all dis­ci­plines. Scientists and engi­neers working in such multi­discipli­nary teams need consid­erably more exper­tise and experi­ence in all in­volved fields com­pared to tradi­tional degree pro­grams.


There­fore, the multi­discipli­nary and interna­tional master’s degree pro­grams “Com­puta­tional Me­chanics" (COME), “Com­puta­tional Science and Engi­neering" (CSE) and “Com­puta­tional Engi­neering" (CE) were intro­duced in the early 2000s at TU Munich and FAU Erlan­gen-Nürn­berg. These three Master pro­grams repre­sent the base pro­grams for the “Bavar­ian Gradu­ate School of Compu­tational Engi­neering (BGCE)“.

Portrait photo: Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Bungartz

The Elite Graduate Program teaches the methodology of advanced computing for simulations and data analyses in science and engineering – interdisciplinary and at the highest level.

Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Bungartz

While keep­ing the success­fully intro­duced base pro­grams with a Master of Sci­ence, students of the Elite Gradu­ate Pro­gram BGCE obtain a Master of Sci­ence with addi­tional designa­tion “with hon­ours”. BGCE thus repre­sents an umbrel­la struc­ture for the base pro­grams COME, CSE, and CE. A new, re­search- and pro­ject-fo­cused compo­nent in the ed­ucation extends the ex­isting curricu­la while exploit­ing syn­ergies between differ­ent top­ics and loca­tions.

Simulations and High-Performance Computing

Many simula­tion tasks require a high compu­tational power of the underly­ing com­puter systems, fre­quently related to High-Per­for­mance Compu­ting (HPC). Bavaria leads the German national ranking with respect to the usage of HPC systems. The super­com­puter Super­MUC-NG is located in the Leib­niz-Re­chen­zentrum (LRZ) in Garching close to Mu­nich.

As of No­vember 2018, this machine is the second-fastest sys­tem in Europe while apply­ing ebul­lient cooling in a unique order of magni­tude to reduce the en­ergy con­sump­tion. Hence, the compu­tational infra­struc­ture pro­vides – in com­bination with the scien­tific envi­ronment – opti­mal condi­tions for simula­tions and data analyses in the context of the “Bavar­ian Gradu­ate School of Compu­tational Engi­neer­ing”.

Snippets of the program

Parallel in Time

Is it possible to compute things parallel in time? A compact course at TUM tackled such aspects.

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Skizze grober und feiner Zeitschritte über dem Bild eines Supercomputers.

BGCE Student Paper Prize

The BGCE Student Paper Prize is an internationally visible prize. It is awarded every two years.

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A man stands before a wall with two younger women.

Snippets of the research

Flexible Wiring

In his master’s thesis, Reza Barzanooni worked with the Tebis AG on the generalization of the kinematic simulation of industrial robots.

Partition of Unity

In his master’s thesis, Nivesh Dommaraju worked on partition of unity approaches in finite element discretizations.

Multigrid technique in FCM

A project by Oguz Oztoprak to investigate the effectiveness of multigrid techniques in handling ill-conditioning in FCM.