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Dr Martin Thomas Horsch

Lecturer in Computer Science, Modelling and Simulation Technology
School of Psychology and Computer Science

Martin's scholarship is centered around Modelling and Simulation Technology using methods such as molecular dynamics. This includes a focus on interoperability, knowledge representation, and research data management using semantic technology and metadata standards such as ontologies. He teaches modules on the theory of computing and artifical intelligence. He coordinates Inprodat e.V. and is also affiliated with UKRI as a visiting scientist in scientific computing at STFC Daresbury Laboratory.

Martin has joined UCLan in 2021. Modelling and Simulation Technology is a field of scientific computing with strong connections to data-driven and cyber-physical/industry 4.0 systems; Martin's work connects information technology, mechanical and process engineering, and multiple fields of applied mathematics. Through his community involvement and research activities, he supports the work done in a series of EU-funded Horizon projects (presently or previously including DOME 4.0, OntoCommons, OpenModel, and VIMMP), the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), the European Materials Modelling Council (EMMC ASBL), and the German National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI).

Martin graduated with a Diplom (i.e., Master) degree in computer science from the University of Stuttgart (2006) and with a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Paderborn (2010). In 2011 he was appointed as a junior professor at TU Kaiserslautern, where he obtained the habilitation degree in computational engineering (2016). In 2018 he joined UK Research and Innovation as a computational data scientist at STFC Daresbury Laboratory. From 2021 he is affiliated with UCLan as a Lecturer in Computer Science.

Martin's background in high-performance computing includes achieving the molecular dynamics system-size world record twice, in 2013 with a simulation of four trillion particles, and 2019 with twenty trillion particles. His teaching experience before joining UCLan includes six academic years at TU Kaiserslautern in Germany (2011 to 2017), one semester at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (2016/17), and one academic year at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (2017/18).