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Position

Researcher and team leader in the working group Computational Methods of Systems and Control Theory at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems in Magdeburg


Office: S 2.13
Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems
Sandtorstr. 1, 39106 Magdeburg
P: +49 (0)391 6110 476
Email
heilandmpi-magdeburg.mpg.de
PGP: 9EB1B4E7
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Research

Broadly speaking, I investigate control problems that are formulated for so called differential-algebraic equations (DAEs), i.e. systems of equations where the variables have to obey both differential and algebraic relations. Beside from general statements about existence of solutions, I work on formulations that are beneficial for the approximate solution of the problems on the computer.

When it comes to solving complex problems on the computer, models of reduced order - a second research interest of mine - are necessary.

The class of equations, I consider, contain the Navier-Stokes equations that are widely used for modelling and simulating flow phenomena.

Current Topics

My most current work concerns
  • Low-dimensional controllers for stabilization of flows.
  • Finite-element formulations for boundary control systems.

Earlier Work

Existence and representation of solutions linear-quadratic optimal control problems for semi-explicit index-2 DAEs in finite and infinite-dimensional spaces.
In my diploma thesis, I generalized an approach to reduced order modelling via discrete input/output behavior to the DAE setting that fits linearized Navier-Stokes equations.
During my time in the private sector, I was concerned with shape optimization of trains in simulation and wind tunnel experiments.
During the first two years as a research assistant I worked together with chemical engineers and computer scientists in the research project DROCON on modeling, simulation and control of liquid/liquid dispersions

Curriculum Vitae

Summary

  • PhD in applied mathematics
  • two years as a student employee in Bombardier department of aerodynamics
  • educational background in mathematics and fluid dynamics
  • excellent grades and scholarship holder of “deutsche Studienstiftung“

Work

Nov 2013 – today

Researcher at Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Systems in Magdeburg

Oct 09 – Nov 13

Full-time research position at TU Berlin, department of mathematics

Jun 07 – Sep 09

Student Employee: Bombardier Transportation, department of aerodynamics: implementation of an automated approach for shape optimization, wind tunnel testings

Education

Jul 09

Diploma of TU Berlin in technical mathematics

Sep 05 – Sep 06

Studies abroad at Polytechnical University of Saint Petersburg, Russia

Oct 03

Matriculation to program “Technomathematik” at TU Dresden


Languages

German: mother tongue

English: business fluent

Russian: business fluent

Chinese: intermediate

Python, Matlab: expert

Fortran, Java: intermediate

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