AGYA Member

Dominik L. Michels

Computer Sciences, Mathematics

Areas of Expertise for Media Inquiries:
Computational Mathematics, Scientific Computing, Visual Computing

About me

My research comprises fundamental and applied aspects on computational mathematics to solve practically relevant problems in scientific and visual computing. Among others, I pursue this aim at KAUST where I am holding faculty positions in Computer Science and Mathematics.

At KAUST, I am serving as the education lead in my subject area being involved in academic outreach activities in and beyond the Gulf region. This integrates seamlessly with AGYA’s values and vision, and contributes to and benefits from AGYA’s multilateral framework.

I see AGYA as a community encouraging a spirited exchange about the possibilities and challenges of the Arab-German dialogue and a framework allowing to design and implement new projects at the interface of education, science, and society. Consequently, it is an ideal environment for me to exchange and connect with other academics and at the same time working for an open, unbiased and meaningful dialogue between Germany and the Arab cultural circle.

Current projects


  • Member of the AGYA Working Group Arab and German Education
  • KAUST-SdV Program: KAUST-SdV is a student exchange program within the framework of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) under the patronage of the German Federal Foreign Office. It allows students to join KAUST for research internships or to enroll in Master or PhD programs and provides them with full stipends.

Academic Career

2016 - Head of the Computational Sciences Group, Computer Science and Mathematics Disciplines, KAUST; Thuwal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
2014 - Head of the High Fidelity Algorithmics Group, Department of Computer Science, Stanford University; Stanford (CA), USA
2014 - 2016 Parallel affiliation Max Planck Institute for Informatics; Saarbrücken, Germany
2014 Postdoctoral Scholar, Computing and Mathematical Sciences Program, California Institute of Technology (Caltech); Pasadena (CA), USA
2014 PhD in Mathematics and Natural Sciences (Dr rer nat), University of Bonn; Germany
2013 MSc in Computer Science, University of Bonn; Germany


Selected Publications


  • Michels, D. L., Luan, V. T. & Tokman, M. (2017). A Stiffly Accurate Integrator for Elastodynamic Problems. ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH 2017), Volume 36, No 4, Article 116. Association for Computing Machinery.
  • Michels, D. L. & Desbrun, M. (2015). A Semi-analytical Approach to Molecular Dynamics. Journal of Computational Physics, Volume 303, 336-354. Elsevier.
  • Michels, D. L., Sobottka, G. A., & Weber, A. G. (2014). Exponential Integrators for Stiff Elastodynamic Problems. ACM Transactions on Graphics, Volume 33 Issue 1. Association for Computing Machinery.

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