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Institute of Mathematics with New Collaborative Research Center Participation!


In May 2017, the German Research Foundation (DFG) announced the funding of the new Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 1294. The CRC will start on 1st July, 2017 and will celebrate the opening on 4th July, 2017.

During its first funding period (July 2017 – June 2021), the CRC 1294 will investigate the seamless integration of large data sets into sophisticated computational models – one of the central research challenges for the mathematical sciences in the 21st century. When the computational model is based on evolutionary equations and the data set is time-ordered, the process of combining models and data is called data assimilation. The assimilation of data into computational models serves a wide spectrum of purposes ranging from model calibration and model comparison all the way to the validation of novel model design principles.

Practitioners from meteorology, hydrology and oil reservoir exploration have largely driven the field of data assimilation; but a theoretical foundation of the field is largely missing. Furthermore, many new applications are emerging from, for example, biology, medicine, and the neurosciences, which require novel data assimilation techniques. The goal of the proposed CRC is therefore twofold: First, to develop principled methodologies for data assimilation and, second, to demonstrate computational effectiveness and robustness through their implementation for established and novel data assimilation application areas.

The CRC is made up of 11 individual academic projects and hosts its own Research Training Group for doctoral students. Among the project heads are researchers from GFZ, WIAS, HU, University Potsdam and two from TU Berlin, with Professor Wilhelm Stannat from the Institute of Mathematics of Faculty II!

The Faculty II congratulates all researchers involved on their great success!

Webpage SFB 1294

Press release Universität Potsdam (in German)


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