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The AICES Graduate School

A shortened path to the doctorate in an interdisciplinary scientific environment

Aachen Institute for Advanced Study in Computational Engineering Science

The Aachen Institute for Advanced Study in Computational Engineering Science (AICES) is a graduate school established in 2006 under the auspices of the German Excellence Initiative. AICES offers a new doctoral program for Bachelor and Master students enabling a shortened and attractive path to the doctorate. The graduate school conducts interdisciplinary research at the intersection of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Mechanical Engineering, with a focus on the analysis and synthesis of technical systems.

Today's industry requires modern simulation tools. An increasing number of industries - such as the automotive and aviation industries, for example - draw on these tools to implement planning and optimization measures. To manage the ever-increasing complexity of these simulation tasks, the mere availability of faster computers is insufficient: the challenge lies in the mathematical representation, or modeling, of technical problems and their implementation on computer systems. Consequently, modern simulations are inherently interdisciplinary. Thus, AICES sets out to produce a new generation of experts who have mastered these simulation methodologies and are capable of applying them to technically challenging problems.

AICES' interdisciplinary approach is also reflected by the collaborative effort of more than 25 institutes from eight academic departments (Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Medicine, as well as Georesources and Materials Engineering). In addition, the Forschungszentrum Jülich and the Max Planck Institute for Iron Research Düsseldorf are also involved in AICES' research activities.

The graduate school offers a program that attracts science and engineering students from around the world. The program leads directly to a doctoral degree in a "fast-track" curriculum: the course-based master's phase is followed by intensive research in the doctoral phase. A core element of the doctoral program is the mentoring team, which comprises a principal doctoral advisor (an independent young researcher), a co-advisor (a senior faculty member), a senior doctoral candidate mentor, and a member of the AICES service team. The mentoring team facilitates the candidate's progress through both the curriculum and the research phases. Furthermore, close scientific as well as administrative interaction and guidance leads to reduced time-to-degree.

Moreover, AICES brings together researchers from academia and industry, from both Germany and abroad. Regular workshops and seminars foster international collaboration as well as scientific exchange.

The AICES program is open to a limited number of qualified graduates. We guarantee those students admitted to AICES a HIWI job for one year during the Master's phase with an option to extend for a further year. Doctoral candidates receive a stipend of
€ 2,000 per month during the three-year program. Support for other education-related expenses, such as travel funds to enable collaborative research visits, is also available to AICES-funded fellows.