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Assistant Professor of Computational Science

Personal Details

Lucas Böttcher is an Assistant Professor for Computational Science at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.

Lucas received his PhD in applied mathematics and computational physics from ETH Zürich in 2018. Prior to his appointment at Frankfurt School, he worked as a Lecturer at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at ETH Zürich where he taught courses on Computational and Statistical Physics. In 2020, he joined the Departments of Computational Medicine and Mathematics at UCLA as a research scientist and fellow of the Swiss National Fund. Lucas has also worked in the private sector as a computational scientist in the Digital Solutions Group of the Leoni AG, a leading wire and cable manufacturer.

His research utilizes and develops advanced computational and analytical methods to tackle different challenges in the physical and biological sciences. He is also interested in addressing fundamental questions in applied and computational mathematics, statistical mechanics, and machine learning. In his current research work, Lucas focuses on modeling and control of high-dimensional stochastic processes and dynamical systems, developing network analysis methods, and developing data assimilation approaches to combine mechanistic models and empirical data.

His research has been recognized by major media outlets and stations, including the Wall Street Journal, Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Collection of the American Physical Society, ETH, UCLA and Caltech news, and KPCC’s AirTalk with Larry Mantle. Lucas’ work on international student mobility has been mentioned in a policy report by the European Parliament.

For more information about Lucas’ work, including a complete list of publications, see his webpage.


Scholarly journal articles / Journal articles

Monographs / Contributions to edited volumes

Conference Proceedings


Titel Studiengang Semester  
Machine Learning


Introduction to Data Analytics in Business Master Winter

Numerical Analysis of Dynamical Systems

Master Winter