Research units

Group for numerical simulations and big data

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An illustration of the Probabilistic Cellular Automata algorithm presented by Vukotić & Ćirković (2012).

Numerical astrophysics is a field that uses numerical methods and algorithms to study and model the behavior of astronomical objects and phenomena. It has emerged as a dominant method to bridge the gap between vast amounts of observational data and theoretical models. Applying numerical methods and algorithms allows for more detailed studies and interpretations of observational data, and improvement of theoretical models.


The group “Numerical simulations and big data” is focused on the following topics:

  • Formation, evolution, and interactions of galaxies
  • Formation, growth, and mergers of central supermassive black holes
  • Astrobiology in the broadest philosophical sense
  • Habitability of galaxies in a cosmological context and galactic habitable zones
More specifically: The group is engaged in the research of galaxies (and their intrinsic properties) as a fundamental form of organizing matter in the Universe from a dynamical, astrochemical, and astrobiological aspect, using methods of cosmological simulations, Big Data analysis, and dynamical models of inter- and intragalactic interactions.

Group members:

  • Ana Mitrašinović, PhD (PI), Assistant Research Professor
  • Milan Ćirković, PhD, Full Research Professor
  • Branislav Vukotić, PhD, Full Research Professor
  • Miroslav Mićić, PhD, Associate Research Professor
  • Majda Smole, PhD, Assistant Research Professor
  • Neda Stojković, Research Assistant
  • Sara Savić, Junior Researcher