Prof. David Landau
University of Georgia, Center for Simulational Physics, USA
Prof. Landau is a pioneer in the development of computer simulation methods and in the area of condensed matter physics. He has an internatinal oustanding reputation not only for Monte Carlo simulation but also for spin dynamics simulation. Landau has published over 400 papers. One of his major acomplishments is the discovery of the Wang-Landau Algorythm in 2001. His exceptional reputation as lecturer is exemplified in the huge number of talks on international conferences and summer schools.
He has been collaborating with members of the Graduate School MAINZ at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz (JGU) and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) since 1975 which has led to the publication of many peer-reviewed papers and a book. The book "A Guide to Monte Carlo Simulations in Statistical Physics" ( Cambridge Univ. Press, 1st edition, 2000) is regarded as one of the most important books in the respective field of research. Currently Prof. Landau and Prof. Binder are revising the book for the 4th edition.
Prof Landau has been awarded twice by the Humboldt Foundation allowing him to perform a sabbaticle at JGU in 1988 and in 1994/1995. Additionally, he has also been a regular guest scientist after that supported by the Collaborative Research Centers at JGU (SFB 262, SFB 625 and SFB TR6) funded by the German Research Foundation.
Current research collaboration of Prof Landau with menbers of MAINZ exists with research groups K. Binder (JGU), K. Kremer (MPI-P), F. Schmid (JGU) and P. Virnau (JGU).