We are celebrating 150 years of the TUM!

This year, the Technical University of Munich is 150 years old after King Ludwig I. founded the Polytechnic School in 1868. Therefore this year there are a whole series of events to celebrate our anniversary. The festivities began on April 12th with an official ceremony in the Münchner Residenz. And on our Garching campus we celebrated maiTUM on May 3rd and 4th. A particular highlight was a big wheel, which offered a unique bird's eye view over the whole campus.

TUM interactive - the App for the TUM-Anniversary

If you want to know more about the 14 departments of the TUM then the TUM-interactive-App offers science at your fingertips: be it a virtual wind tunnel, the internal structure of a hand, or the effect of lighting on the structure of a building, the App uses interesting applications and simulations to illustrate and explain the research areas of the TUM departments. The user can solve tricky problems, or train their eye-to-hand coordination. The TUM-interactive-App has been developed by Professor Dr. Dr. Jürgen Richter-Gebert specially for the 150-year anniversary celebrations.

On October 13th, the Technical University of Munich opens it's doors at all it's locations for interested visitors. There will be a wide variety of events and activities for the public to take part in, letting you get to know the TUM at first hand. In addition there are numerous exhibitions, talks and other events at all TUM locations to celebrate our special anniversary year. All information can be found on the webpage www.150.tum.de. Join the celebrations!

Foundation of the „Center of Excellence in Insurance“

v.l.: Prof. O. Junge (TUM), Dr. A. Kassow (Vorstand ERGO Deutschland AG), Dr. U. Mainzer (Vorstand ERGO Group AG), Prof. R. Zagst (TUM), Prof. M. Scherer (TUM).

The „Center of Excellence in Insurance“ focuses on the mutual exchange of knowledge and research developments between the Department of  Mathematics and ERGO. Both partners will benefit equally from this cooperation. 

With the founding of the „Center of Excellence in Insurance“ ERGO and the TUM pursue the aim of futher developing financial mathematics tools for practical use in the insurance branch. In the coming 5 years, research projects will be pursued, guest professors will add their knowledge through visits to the group, and seminars and workshops held.  

Professor Dr. Rudi Zagst, head of the Chair of Mathematical Finance says: „This co-operation enables us to build bridges between research and practical reality. We are very glad to have found ERGO, one of the largest insurance groups in Europe, to partner this project. ERGO will support us in bringing together science and economy, a logical development of use to us all. We are very much looking forward to this cooperation.“

Models for the prediction and influencing of group behavior 

For many years, the mathematical modelling of social systems and dynamics was judged to be science fiction. But calculating human behavior and the resulting ability to influence this, is on the way to becoming reality.  Professor Fornasier and his team have recently proven mathematic laws which illustrate how surprisingly simple it is using dynamics and observed data, to produce precise mathematic models for certain relatively simple group interactions and control these. 

Second funding period for the Collaborative Research Center „Discretization in Geometry and Dynamics“ 

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved a second research period for the mathematics Collaborative Research Center SFB/TRR 109 at the TU Berlin and the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

The DFG supports the SFB/TRR109 for a further four years from 2016 to 2020 to the sum of 7 million Euros.

The continuation of the Collaborative Research Center illustrates the excellent cooperation within our group over the past four years. The extension of the scope of the project is a clear sign for the future of our group, " said the speaker of the group Alexander Bobenko, Professor for Geometry at the TU Berlin on recieving the good news.

 „This further support of our work makes is possible for us to deepen our research in this interesting and challenging area of mathematics. We can be proud of this result," added deputy speaker Folkmar Bornemann, Professor for Scientific Computing at the TUM.

The Collaborative Research Center brings together scientists from the TU Berlin (as lead university) and the TUM as partner university with colleagues from the FU Berlin, the TU Graz, the IST Austria and the TU Vienna. In a total of 17 projects more than 120 mathematicians are working on problems in the areas of discretization of geometric structures and dynamic processes. The area "computation" has been significantly extended in the new research period, with a total of seven subprojects, aiming to keep abreast of current developments. 

The area of public relations also receives more support, particularly in the areas of computer-aided media and film. The support of young researches remains a central objective of the research work, with numerous research jobs for doctorate and postdoctorate students financed by the DFG. 


Diane Clayton-Winter
Team Assistant SFB
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E-Mail: clayton (at) ma.tum.de

Further information: https://www.discretization.de