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Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dirk Witthaut

Group leader: Infrastructure Assessment
Head: Young Investigator’s Group E3-NET
Professur, University of Cologne

Scientific degree

Dr. rer. nat. (PhD) in Theoretical Physics
Technical University Kaiserslautern (2007)

Recent research topics

  • Power System Dynamics and Stability
  • Energy Systems Analysis
  • Network Science
  • Nonlinear Dynamics
  • Statistical Physics
  • Econophysics

Awards, honors, memberships

  • Helmholtz Young Investigator’s Group (2013)
  • Distinguished PKS Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Max Planck Society (2012)
  • DFG and DAAD Research Fellowships (2008)

Publications (5 most important)

  • B. Schäfer, C. Beck, K. Aihara, D. Witthaut, and M. Timme: Non-Gaussian power grid frequency fluctuations characterized by Levy-stable laws and superstatistics, Nature Energy (2018) doi:10.1038/s41560-017-0058-z
  • B. Schäfer, D. Witthaut, M. Timme, and V. Latora: Dynamically induced cascading failures in supply networks, Nature Communications (2018) doi:10.1038/s41467-018-04287-5
  • H. Ronellenfitsch, D. Manik, J. Hoersch, T. Brown, D. Witthaut: Dual theory of transmission line outages, IEEE Trans. Power Syst. (2017) doi:10.1109/TPWRS.2017.2658022
  • J. Wohland, M. Reyers, J. Weber, D. Witthaut: More homogeneous wind conditions under strong climate change decrease the potential for inter-state balancing of electricity in Europe, Earth System Dynamics (2017) doi:10.5194/esd-8-1047-2017
  • D. Witthaut, M. Rohden, X. Zhang, S. Hallerberg, M. Timme: Critical links and nonlocal rerouting in complex supply networks, Phys. Rev. Lett. (2016), doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.138701


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