Half the dozen full

Half the dozen full

For the sixth time in a row, Professor Alexandros Stamatakis is one of the "Highly Cited Researchers" worldwide.

Computer scientist Alexandros Stamatakis, who is a member of KIT and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS), is again one of the most cited researchers in his field worldwide this year. This was the result of the "Highly Cited Researchers" survey carried out by the US company "Clarivate Analytics.

The ranking is an important indicator of the influence of scientific publications that are among the most cited one percent of their field. In 2020, 6602 researchers from more than 70 countries were on the list, including 331 researchers from Germany. Alexandros Stamatakis has received this special award for the sixth consecutive year, based on the number of his most-cited publications from January 2010 to December 2020. He is listed in the "Cross-Field" category. It covers scientists who exert outstanding influence on several fields of research beyond their own field of work. In this way, the ranking takes into account the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of research.

Scalable software for biological data sets
Alexandros Stamatakis develops software for the analysis of large biological datasets. His research focuses on the development of scalable methods and software for the analysis of molecular data. Stamatakis' publications have thus had a lasting influence on evolutionary biology in recent years. His research focuses on the development of software for the calculation of evolutionary phylogenetic trees, the evaluation and use of new parallel computer architectures, the evolution of cancer cells and the statistical classification of intestinal bacteria. Alexandros Stamatakis deciphered the avian phylogenetic tree and the insect phylogenetic tree in two international research projects, and this year he received the "Test of Time Award" during the 25th "Conference on Research in Computational Molecular Biology (RECOMB)" in Padua (Italy). The award honors publications that still have a great influence on subsequent research years later.

Alexandros Stamatakis has led the HITS research group "Computational Molecular Evolution" since 2010 and is also Professor of High Performance Computing in the Life Sciences at the Institute of Theoretical Computer Science at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Since this year, he is also a scientific member of the Laboratory of Paleogenomics and Evolutionary Genetics (PEG) at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology of the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH) in Heraklion, Greece.

The "Who's who" of influential researchers
The citation frequency is a measure of the scientific influence of a paper. The values of the "Highly Cited Researchers" ranking were determined by theUS company Clarivate Analytics. The list, published annually, lists researchers who have had a significant impact on their field by publishing several frequently cited papers in the last decade. Their names are drawn from publications ranked in the top 1% by citations for field and year of publication in the Web of Science citation index. The method for determining the "Who's Who" of influential researchers is based on the data and analysis carried out by bibliometric experts and data scientists at the Institute for Scientific Information at Clarivate. The figures are also used to list the countries and research institutions where this scientific elite lives.

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