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Date:2/16/2012

nd biology. The group will study the example of the extensive marine feeding networks. In doing so, the researchers will examine how local networks interact with networks in other habitats with respect to their scope and structure, their biodiversity and their population dynamics. In addition to collecting and analysing empirical data, the researchers will use statistical methods to simulate linked networks. In sum, the dynamics of communities, as well as the "laws of movement" which govern species, will be examined and applied to our understanding of ecosystems (and their protection). (Coordinating University: Technische Universitt (TU) Darmstadt, Prof. Dr. Barbara Drossel)

In light of rapidly increasing data volumes not only in science modern statistical processes are becoming ever more significant. The Research Unit "Structural Inference in Statistics: Adaption and Efficiency" aims to use innovative mathematical and numerical approaches and methods to develop new, high-performance processes which utilise the structural properties of the complex, high-dimensional data on which they are based. The long-term goal of the initiative, which is being pursued jointly by statisticians from Berlin, Hamburg and Potsdam, is to develop a general concept which enables automatic and simultaneous alignment with the various structures existing in the data. The issue will be examined from both a basic research and an applied perspective. (Coordinating University: Humboldt University of Berlin, Prof. Dr. Markus Rei)

An important research field in nanotechnology is the creation and investigation of semiconductor nanowires. These provide great potential for future applications in electronic and optoelectronic modules. Exploring these opportunities experimentally and theoretically is the focus of the "Dynamics and Interactions of Semiconductor Nanowires for Optoelectronics" Research Unit. In doing so, the researchers aim to investigate the interaction between nano
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Contact: Marco Finetti
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49-228-885-2230
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
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