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FastOpt GmbH (FastOpt)

FastOpt is a company founded at Hamburg in February 2000 by Drs. Ralf Giering and Thomas Kaminski. Both are experts in inverse modelling, data assimilation, quantitative network design and Automatic Differentiation (AD) and are working full time as senior consultants. Staff includes further consultants, Michael Voßbeck and Dr. Simon Blessing, working full time. FastOpt specialises in two lines of business: First, they provide AD tools. Second, they carry out scientific projects for/with their customers. Their customers/partners include agencies and research institutes such as NASA-GSFC, NASA-JPL, the NOAA, Harvard University, the Max-Planck-Institutes in Hamburg and Jena, or the MIT as well a industrial companies such as The Boeing Company, Renault Formula 1, or Volkswagen AG. FastOpt are experienced in seting up and operating advanced inverse modelling/assimilation systems for various components of the Earth System.


Tasks attributed: FastOpt will be working on variational assimilation and quantitative design of observational networks.


Principal Investigator:

Dr. Thomas Kaminski is a managing director and co-owner of FastOpt. He is an expert in the set up and operation of DA and observational network design systems. Dr. Kaminski worked on methodological aspects of DA and network design. He leads the DA task within DAMOCLES and the quantitative network design activity within IMECC. He is contributing author to the IPCC TAR and won, together with Dr. Giering, the NASA group achievement award for generating the adjoint of GMAO's general circulation model.