Working Groups

The nine participating professors and their research groups have been working for years in the fields relevant for the different aspects of the “Windy Cities” main topics simulation / visualization, wind energy and energy storage. In the Joint Graduate Research Training Group they work together for the first time, enabling a holistic consideration of relevant research questions.


Prof. Dr. Po-Wen Cheng
Windenergie, Universität Stuttgart

Tel.: +49 (0)711 685 682 58

Main research

  • Metrology
  • Conceptual design and system simulation
  • Regulation and Optimization
  • Simulation of wind fields (LiDAR) for power and loads of Wind turbines

Prof. Dr. Volker Coors (speaker)
Geoinformatik, HFT Stuttgart

Tel.: +49 (0)711 8926 2708

Main research

  • Geo-visualization and Information Logistics
  • 3D-Geo data
  • Scenarios for load management, storage sizing and demand developments

Prof. Dr. Ursula Eicker
Bauphysik, HFT Stuttgart
Tel.: +49 (0)711 8926 2831

Main research

  • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • Sustainable urban energy concepts
  • Cost and CO2 savings in building renovation
  • Conversion of the energy supply to renewable energy

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Thomas Ertl
Informatik, Universität Stuttgart

Tel.: +49 (0)711 685 883 31

Main research

  • Visualization and Interactive Systems
  • Computer graphics and human-computer interaction
  • Volume, flow and particle visualization
  • Hierarchical data structures and adaptive process
  • Parallel and hardware accelerated algorithms

Prof. Dr. Elias Klemm (speaker)
Technische Chemie, Universität Stuttgart

Tel.: +49 (0)711 685 655 90

Main research

  • Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • Chemical reaction dynamics
  • Catalyst coatings for microstructured reactors
  • Application of microstructured reactors in electrocatalysis

Prof. Dr. Ewald Krämer
Aerodynamik und Gasdynamik, Universität Stuttgart

Tel.: +49 (0)711 685 635 80

Main research

  • High-precision numerical simulation method
  • Rotating currents
  • Determination of the performance, dynamic loads and noise emissions, taking into account atmospheric inflow

Prof. Dr. Martin Neuburger
Leistungselektronik und Regelungstechnik, HS Esslingen

Tel.: 49 (0)7161 679 1263

Main research

  • Power electronics and control engineering
  • Electric Drive and installations
  • Sustainable Energy Technology and Mobility
  • Small wind turbine with adaptable wind tunnel

Prof. Dr. Bernd Plietker (former speaker)
Organische Chemie, Universität Stuttgart

Tel.: +49 (0)711 685 642 83

Main research

  • Development of catalysts for the hydrogenation / dehydrogenation of CO2
  • CO2-based hydrogen battery
  • Thermally stable, cationic complexes
  • Hydrogen Storage

Prof. Dr. Ursula Voß
Mathematik, HFT Stuttgart

Tel.: +49 (0)711 8926 2814

Main research

  • Development and application of numerical methods in different physical domains
  • Fluid Mechanics and system simulation for academia and industry