We are celebrating 150 years of the TUM!
In 2018, 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, 2018. 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"
The "Center of Excellence in Insurance" focuses on the mutual exchange of knowledge and research developments between the Department of Mathematics and Insurance Group 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. Prof. Massimo 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.
The findings were presented at the European Congress of Mathematics in July 2016. They are results of the ERC-starting grant project "High-Dimensional Sparse Optimal Control" (HDSPCONTR) which was funded by the European Research Council (ERC). Learn more under Mathematical algorithms calculate social behavior.