Dr. Helmut Heller leads the Internet of Things (IoT) team at Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ, part of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities). He holds a Ph.D. degree in theoretical biophysics from the Technical University of Munich (1993), but conducted his dissertation research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he designed, built, and programmed a 60 node parallel computer based on so-called transputers. This computer was then employed to simulate a lipid double layer with water caps (25,000 atoms) over several 100 pico seconds. At LRZ Dr. Heller worked in HPC, introduced grid computing with Globus (from these early efforts GridFTP is still in use at LRZ today), started the LRZ Compute Cloud, and is now helping domain scientists (mostly from agriculture or environmental sciences) to successfully employ IoT components for their data gathering.
Selected Projects and Collaborations¶
Nutzwasser (Nutzwasser as alternative water resource)
He leads the sensoring project in LRZ’s Quantum Integration Centre (QIC)
In collaboration with the Biomasse-Institut at the HSWT he provides IoT support for recording of pictures and environmental data of Blühstreifen.
AlpEnDAC (Alpine Environmental Data Analysis Centre / Virtual Alpine Observatory, Bay. STMUV, lead Prof. M. Bittner – UAU/DLR) for which he designed and built an IoT demonstrator, which was successfully employed to gather data from remote alpine locations.
Setup and operation of LRZ’s LoRaWAN TTN gateway.
Monitoring of shallow geothermal ground water in Munich.
Monitoring of shallow geothermal energy use in Kranzberg and Munich.
Project leader of Ìnitiative for Globus in Europe (IGE).
Selected R&D Interests¶
Employing cheap off the shelf IoT components and protocols for data gathering in science