Department of Mathematics - about us

What is the essence of a mathematics department? If you ask this question, a quick answer would be: "…solving deep theoretical questions". In our case I would add a few more core aspects, such as isolating the problemsbridging to the real worldconnecting with others and communication.


Connecting research and practice

As one of Europe’s leading institutes at the interface of mathematics with applications and other sciences, one of our core missions is to build a bridge between theoretical understanding and practical applications - and to use this bridge in both directions. Concrete problems from engineering, finance, life sciences, data analysis, and other applied or scientific fields often lead directly into the heart of challenging mathematical problems. We try to isolate and solve them! On the other hand, a theoretical understanding of the underlying structures often opens up new possibilities for the applications. We try to communicate the solutions to those places where they are needed!


Application-oriented teaching

A university consists of research and of teaching, and ideally connects both. Our thorough interest in the theory behind applications is reflected by our teaching profile. We offer a general mathematics Bachelor and Masters education, as well as several Master degrees with a specific applied profile. On top of that, we also house the elite degree programs TopMath and FIM (Finance and Information Management).

Treating students of all levels (Bachelor, Master, PhD) as individuals with different skill profiles, and finding the best way to support and develop them, is one of our core missions in education. Working and learning at the TUM Department of Mathematics connects the best of two worlds: the inherent beauty of mathematics and the applied power of solid theory.



  • 1. Juli 2019 16:30 – 17:30 Sandra Kliem (Universität Frankfurt): The one-dimensional contact process and the KPP equation with noise
  • 2. Juli 2019 15:30 – 16:30 Bernhard Schmitzer, TU München: Semi-discrete unbalanced optimal transport and quantization
  • 3. Juli 2019 14:30 – 15:30 Prof. Rayan Saab (UCSD, San Diego): Binary data embeddings: Theory and Applications
  • 3. Juli 2019 16:00 – 17:00 Dr. Melina Freitag (University of Bath): A low-rank approach to the solution of weak constraint variational data assimilation problems
  • 8. Juli 2019 16:30 – 17:30 Christoph Thäle (Ruhr-Universität Bochum): TBA
  • 8. Juli 2019 17:30 – 18:30 Joscha Prochno (Universität Graz): TBA

Department at a glance

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