Mathematics is a fundamental component in science: applications and methods, such as simulations, data evaluations, or computer-based systems, would not be possible without arith-metics, algebra or statistics. At Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), scientists from various disciplines use mathematics in their research. They now contribute their expertise to the new Center “Mathematics in Sciences, Engineering, and Economics” (MathSEE): the platform bundles interdisciplinary mathematical research at KIT.
Within MathSEE, scientists from mathematics, natural sciences, engineering, and economics will cooperate to further develop and establish new research collaborations and projects. For this pur-pose, the KIT Center will offer specific scientific events and initial funding for research projects.
“Mathematical research is increasingly interconnected with other natural and engineering sciences”, says Professor Oliver Kraft, KIT Vice-President for Research. “With MathSEE, we give this trend an internationally unique shape that will sustainably advance KIT’s mission to strengthen fundamental research, create knowledge for society, and enable research-based education.”
Professor Martin Frank, Scientific Spokesperson of MathSEE and Director of the Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC) of KIT, adds: “As key technology of digitization, mathematics essentially contributed to coping with challenges of our time. Apart from computer-based sciences, this includes data-driven methods, such as machine learning, which are mainly based on statistics and optimization. Moreover, we hope that interesting questions in applications will trigger the development of new mathematical methods.”
The Center will start with 60 scientists from 22 institutes of KIT. Their research is structured in four areas with different methodological approaches:
- Mathematical modeling, differential equations, numerical analysis and simulation
- Inverse problems, optimization
- Mathematical structures: shapes, geometry, number theory and algebra
- Stochastic modeling, statistical data analysis and prediction
In addition, the Graduate School “MathSEED” will offer structured events and courses for doctoral researchers. Interdisciplinary support of junior scientists is, among others, the focus of the “SiMET” Research Training Group: engineers and mathematicians jointly support doctoral candidates working on the modeling and simulation of lithiumion battery cells.
More information: www.simet.kit.edu (in German only)
KIT’s strength in mathematical research is reflected for example by the Collaborative Research Center “Wave phenomena.” Here, mathematicians and scientists from photon and quantum electronics collaborate to analytically understand, numerically simulate, and eventually manipulate the propagation of light and sound waves under realistic scenarios.
More information: www.waves.kit.edu/index.php
Details on the KIT Center MathSEE:
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