MATH+ Dissertation Award 2022 for BMS Graduates
In cooperation with the Einstein Foundation Berlin, the Berlin Mathematical School (BMS) of the Cluster of Excellence MATH+ awards up to three annual prizes for outstanding dissertations to BMS graduates. We are delighted to announce that the MATH+ Dissertation Award 2022 have been presented to Dr. Luzie Helfmann, Dr. Patrick Morris, and Dr. Yizheng Yuan for their excellent theses. Congratulations!
Photo (from left to right): Michael Hintermüller (MATH+ Chair), Tibor Szabó (Advisor P. Morris), Patrick Morris (Awardee), Luzie Helfmann (Awardee),
After High School (Abitur), Luzie Helfmann moved from Germany to England to study Mathematics and Physics at the University College London from 2012 to 2016. Upon returning to Berlin, she enrolled at Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin) to obtain her Master’s degree in Mathematics, successfully graduating in 2019 with a Master’s thesis on “Stochastic Modeling of Interacting Agent Systems.” She continued her doctoral studies at FU Berlin and the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research under the supervision of Christof Schütte and graduated with a PhD in 2022. Following her doctoral studies, she joined the Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB) as a postdoctoral researcher, focusing on model reductions of social dynamics. In June 2023, Luzie Helfmann became part of the Climate Policy Team at Climate Analytics, a global institute for climate science and policy. Within her role as a Data Scientist, she contributes to several projects through modeling and software development, including the Climate Action Tracker.
BMS Alumnus won 2023 SIAG/GD Early Career Prize
BMS Alumnus Martin Skrodzki received the 2023 SIAG/GD Early Career Prize at the 2023 SIAM Conference on Computational Geometric Design (GD23) on 05 July 2023 in Genoa (Italy), which is part of the International Geometry Summit 2023. Congratulations from the BMS and MATH+!
The Early Career Prize of the SIAM Activity Group on Geometric Design (SIAG/GD), established in 2018, is awarded to an outstanding early career researcher in the field of geometric design and processing for distinguished contributions to the field in the five calendar years prior to the year of the award.
SIAM GD Chair Hendrik Speleers (left) with awardee Martin Skrodzki (right) | Photos: © Henriette Lipschütz
Martin Skrodzki received his PhD from Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin) under the supervision of MATH+ member Konrad Polthier and with the support of the Berlin Mathematical School (BMS). He is currently an assistant professor at TU Delft in the group of Computer Graphics and Visualization. His research on 3D-scanning, point clouds, denoising, and visualization, as well as his novel activities on illustrations of mathematics, are described as exceptional.
Commenting on his award, Skrodzki said: “This award is a tangible recognition of the hard work and dedication me and my collaborators have put into this research. It validates our efforts, and we are both humbled and excited about this distinction. It will open up new opportunities, which can help me continuously develop myself as a researcher and further my career.”
He studied mathematics and computer science in Dortmund (Germany), Laredo (USA), and Berlin, where he graduated with a Dr. rer. nat. in 2019 from FU Berlin. While doing his PhD, he was also a member of the C05 Project "Computational and structural aspects in multi-scale shape interpolation" of the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) “Discretization in Geometry and Dynamics” SFB Transregio 109, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). After obtaining his PhD, he held postdoctoral positions at the Institute for Computational and Experimental Mathematics (ICERM) at Brown University, the RIKEN Institute (Japan), where he was funded by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), and at TU Delft (Netherlands) with support of the Walter-Benjamin-Program of the DFG.
Martin Skrodzki’s research interests include the visualization of high-dimensional data, discrete geometry processing as well as interactions between mathematics and art. They are also set between Computer Science and Mathematics. He is concerned about all issues related to point and data sets. This includes the acquisition of point sets via 3D-scanning or higher-dimensional forms of data collection as well as their processing afterwards. Key terms for the latter are denoising, cluster algorithms, and visualization. In regard to visualization, he is interested in illustrations of mathematics in the broadest sense, including, e.g., virtual reality, 3D printing, and computer animations.
Please visit the personal homepage of Martin Skrodzki for more information.
30th Kovalevskaya Lunch: Interview with Tanja Fagel
On the occasion of the 30th Kovalevskaya Lunch on 12 May, the “International Women in Math Day”, Tanja Fagel, MATH+ Gender & Diversity Manager, gave us interesting insights into the popular tradition of the lunch in an interview. She describes the importance of the event for young female mathematicians, who experience female professors very closely as role models and can ask burning questions in a direct exchange.
The “Kovalevskaya Lunch” is coming up to its 30th anniversary this year, Congratulations! How will you celebrate?
Why was this event named after the Russian mathematician Sophia Kovalevskaya (1850-1891)?
What was the reason and the goal for introducing this format and the event?
Do you have a personal highlight from all of the Kovalevskaya Lunches? Which women mathematicians have fascinated you the most?
How do young BMS/MATH+ women mathematicians respond to the offer?
What would you wish for in terms of your work in “Gender & Diversity“?
Thank you very much for the interview and the interesting insights and reviews!
BMS Days & BMS Student Conference, 20-24 Feb 2023
After a two-year break, we are happy that the BMS Days 2023 took place in person again on 20 and 21 February at the Magnus-Haus in the heart of Berlin. We welcomed 27 of the best Phase I applicants from 17 different countries who were invited to spend a whole week in Berlin and also attend the Student Conference on 22-24 February at TU Berlin.
The BMS Days allow the BMS Admissions Committee to interview the applicants in person and also give them a preview of the opportunities offered by the BMS. The applicants got the chance to meet current BMS students and learn about life as a graduate student in Berlin. As usual, the program included an overview of the BMS graduate program and the research opportunities in Berlin, mathematical talks by MATH+ faculty members and Q&A sessions with faculty and students.
The BMS Days were followed by the BMS Student Conference from 22 to 24 February, organized by the BMS student representatives. They offered invited talks by Claudio Arezzo (U Parma and ICTP) and Günter M. Ziegler (FU Berlin). Furthermore, several BMS students displayed the broad spectrum of Berlin's mathematical landscape by presenting their own research projects and talks on various topics. The highlight, as usual, was the praised “Wine and Cheese Party” at the end of the week.
We hope to see most of our guests again soon when they start their BMS careers in the fall!
After Movie of the BMS Certificate Ceremony 2022
After a two-year break, we could finally honor our graduates and recent BMS alumni with a festive Certificate Ceremony in the beautiful Leibniz-Saal of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (BBAW). Almost 140 members and guests followed the invitation and enjoyed a wonderful afternoon and long overdue get-together.
Get an impression of the vibrant event and watch the "After Movie" of the BMS Certificate Ceremony here or on the MATH+ YouTube channel, where you can find more exciting videos:
The afternoon started with the BMS PhD seminar "What is…? ". PhD student M. Levent Doğan introduced the topic of the following MATH+ Friday colloquium on "P, NP, and Probabilistically Checkable Proofs", held by Irit Dinur of the Weizmann Institute of Sciences (online). The presentations were part of the 2022 nationwide event series "The 7 Greatest Adventures of Mathematics," which describes the seven Millennium Prize problems presented by seven German mathematical research institutions. All recordings of the presentations on "P versus NP" are also available on the MATH+ YouTube channel.
Afterwards, Christof Schütte (MATH+ Chair at that time) welcomed everyone to the Certificate Ceremony and gave a laudation of the MATH+ Dissertation Award winners from 2020 and 2021, a prize first initiated in 2020. The “Klezmeyers” Band provided musical entertainment between the certificate presentations. The evening closed with a lively reception.
The BMS Certificate Ceremony was part of the Celebrating Math! day on 01 July 2022.
Northern German Algebraic Geometry Seminar @HU Berlin
On 9-10 February 2023, the Northern German Algebraic Geometry Seminar (NoGAGS) will take place at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The NoGAGS is a regional meeting taking place every year since 2008, involving mainly the algebraic geometry groups in Berlin, Hannover, Leipzig, and Hamburg.
The event is organized by Gavril Farkas, Professor of Algebraic Geometry at HU Berlin, and Bruno Klingler, Einstein Professor at HU Berlin, whose main research interests lie in arithmetic geometry. Both mathematicians have recently been named MATH+ Distinguished Fellows; this award recognizes outstanding contributions to the mathematical sciences and supports the work of world-leading mathematicians in Berlin. Gavril Farkas is also one of the three Chairs of the Berlin Mathematical School (BMS).
During the seminar, two significant prizes will be awarded for the best papers published in the journals "Algebraic Geometry" respectively "Compositio Mathematica" in 2017-2020. Both are prestigious, well-established journals of very high quality. Gavril Farkas, the Managing Editor of "Algebraic Geometry" and Bruno Klingler, the Managing Editor of "Compositio Mathematica", will present the prizes. The Foundation Compositio Mathematica, which publishes both journals, Compositio and Algebraic Geometry, has an outstanding record of supporting open-access journals and finding alternatives to commercial publishers. “It is the purpose of the foundation to publish first-class mathematical research papers.”
Apart from talks from the prize winners, the NoGAGS will feature further lectures from some of the top algebraic geometers in the world, like Claire Voisin (Chair of Algebraic Geometry at the Collège de France, Paris) and Rahul Pandharipande from ETH Zürich, who was an Einstein Visiting Fellow at the BMS from 2015-2019.
Another special talk will be given by Bernd Sturmfels on opportunities for PhD students and young postdocs in algebraic geometry. Sturmfels is the Director of the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences Leipzig and was an Einstein Visiting Fellow at the TU Berlin (2015-2020).
The event is open, and everyone is most welcome.
Please visit the event’s website for more information about the Prize Winners, all speakers, and the address:
Holger Reich takes over as Chairman of the BMS
On 18 November 2022, the MATH+ community gathered for the MATH+ Day to elect the new Chairs of the Berlin Mathematics Research Center MATH+ and the Berlin Mathematical School (BMS). Both new Chairs will assume their positions for two years.
BMS Students win Awards at DIES MATHEMATICUS
The Dies Mathematicus is organized every year by the Institute of Mathematics of Technische Universität Berlin to bid farewell to its graduates and to honor the best among them.
Prior to the ceremony, a presentation competition is held, to which graduates can be nominated by their supervisors as well as set themselves. This competition allows the graduates to present their bachelor, diploma, and master’s theses in a short lecture. A jury awards the prizes in the following three categories: best bachelor’s thesis, best master’s /diploma thesis, and best presentation.
We proudly announce that this year’s first, second, and third place in the category "Best Presentation“ were awarded to three BMS PhD students: Jonas Köppl (1st), Sandro Roch (2nd), and Nina Smeenk (3rd).
News: Institute of Mathematics of TU Berlin https://www.math.tu-berlin.de/menue/studium_und_lehre/dies_mathematicus (in German only)
GIP PhD Prize 2022 for BMS Alumnus
We are delighted to announce that BMS Alumnus Sebastian Neumayer received the GIP Dissertation Prize 2022. The GIP (Gesellschaft für Inverse Probleme) awards the best PhD thesis in the field of “Inverse Problems” every two years. Congratulations!
Photos: left - S. Neumayer ©private | right - PhD Prize awardee Tram Nguyen, GIP Chair T. Hohage, S. Neumayer ©Eva Hetzel (GIP)
“When I received the email about the prize, I was first surprised but also very proud at the same time. This national prize honors my research at TU Kaiserslautern and TU Berlin. It gives me the feeling of having achieved something significant during my PhD. For the coming years, it’s an affirmation to continue my work and develop new approaches for solving inverse problems”, he said about his award.
Sebastian Neumayer received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Mathematics from TU Kaiserslautern in 2016 and 2018 before transferring to Berlin for his PhD studies. In December 2020, he graduated from TU Berlin summa cum laude with his thesis on “Deformation and Transport of Image Data” and held a postdoc position in the research group “Applied Mathematics” at TU Berlin. In 2021, he started his postdoctoral research in the “Biomedical Imaging Group” at EPFL in Lausanne.
Sebastian Neumayer’s research interests include motion and deformation modeling, variational models and optimal control, optimal transport and Sinkhorn divergences, optimization on manifolds, machine learning, neural networks and normalizing flows, inverse problems in imaging, and convergence analysis of numerical schemes.
Read more (Sebastian Neumayer at EPFL)
BMS-BGSMath Junior Meeting in Barcelona September 2022
We are delighted that the BMS-BGSMath Junior Meetingtook place at the University of Barcelona this year from 05 to 07 September after it had been postponed due to the ongoing Corona pandemic. Around 80 participants attended this year’s meeting in Spain. Prof. John M. Sullivan of TU Berlin represented the BMS as one of its Deputy Chairs. The Berlin Mathematical School (BMS) and the Barcelona Graduate School of Mathematics (BGSMath) alternatively organize regular meetings as both schools share their ambitions to conduct excellent doctoral and postdoctoral training programs. They cooperate in developing initiatives to promote the mobility of and exchange between students and faculty members through events like the Junior Meeting, joint Summer Schools, mutual visits by advanced students and postdocs of each institution, and other scientific activities. The Junior Meeting also aims to intensify current collaborations and create new links between the two schools. The scientific sessions were focused on different areas of Mathematics, trying to cover a wide range of topics and be of interest to all the participants. No previous background in a specific area was required to attend and understand the talks.
Following the usual rotating principle, the next BMS-BGSMath Junior Meeting will be held in Berlin in 2023.
BMS PhD student Sofía Garzón Mora described her impressions of the meeting:
“During the past 5-7th of September, the BMS-BGSMath Junior Meeting took place at the historical building of the University of Barcelona. Almost 50 participants from Berlin attended this short yet very fruitful workshop, where the Barcelona organizers and participants joyfully welcomed us. The schedule was packed with plenary talks by invited senior speakers and junior researcher talks, distributed in parallel sessions by content throughout the day. This diversity in mathematical subjects was the perfect opportunity to attract those in the audience with an affinity towards some topics and invite more in-depth discussions and questions. The coffee and lunch breaks were an important addition to the program, where we enjoyed local delicacies while continuing to get to know our colleagues. Last but not least, the evening allowed us to delight ourselves with Mediterranean food during the Conference Dinner and go for a relaxing swimming session at the Barceloneta beach, where we enjoyed the last days of summer under the scorching Spanish sun.
Adios Barcelona, we already look forward to participating in the next junior meeting.”