Future proof

Future proof is our career achievements column, which features stories of our current and former scientists, their accomplishments and professional development.


Future proof — Tenure track positions for our postdocs (09.08.2022)

We are proud to announce that our postdocs Mima Stanojkovski, Carlos Améndola, and Marvin Hahn successfully acquired tenure track positions at prestigious European Universities. Congratulations! Discover more career paths of MiS researchers in our Future proof column.

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Georg Martius receives ERC Consolidator Grant (29.07.2022)

Our former postdoc Georg Martius, who leads the Autonomous Learning Group at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, was awarded a Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council (ERC). He can look forward to a grant of two million euros for his research goal of creating versatile and dexterous robots.
Congratulations to Georg and his team!


Martina Hofmanová awarded Minkowski Medal (28.07.2022)

Warmest congratulations to our former scientist Martina Hofmanová. She has been awarded the Minkowski Medal by the Deutsche Mathematiker-Vereinigung (DMV). This award goes to young scientists who have gained international recognition through outstanding scientific work. Martina Hofmanová is a professor of mathematics at the University of Bielefeld and conducts research in the field of stochastic partial differential equations.


Wilmer Leal meets Nobel laureates (06.07.2022)

Wilmer Leal was nominated by the Max Planck Society to join this year’s Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting – a great honor and a perfect opportunity for scientific exchange with both distinguished Nobel laureates as well as young scientists from all over the world.

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Future proof — Paul Breiding (20.04.2022)

In April our group leader Paul Breiding moved to the Mathematical Institute at Osnabrück University. He is now a professor for mathematical methods in the data sciences. We would like to congratulate him and wish him all the best in his new position. Learn more about his work and life at the institute and his aspirations for the future in our Future proof column.

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Guido Montúfar selected as Sloan Research Fellow in Mathematics (15.02.2022)

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded Guido Montúfar a prestigious two-year $75,000 fellowship for his mathematical machine learning research.

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New year, new scholarships (25.01.2022)

We are very proud that our scientists Lukas Barth and Arthur Bik were able to start the new year with prestigious grants. Congratulations!

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Future proof — Jonas Sauer joins Uni Jena as Junior Professor (20.01.2022)

Our former postdoc Jonas Sauer has accepted a junior professorship for Analysis at Jena University. The university recently featured him in an article about his new position and a novel podcast concept geared towards early-career researchers.

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Simon Telen receives prestigious Veni grant (20.12.2021)

Our postdoc Simon Telen was honored with the Dutch Veni grant for highly promising young scientists. The 280 000 Euro grant allows him to further elaborate his research project “New frontiers in numerical nonlinear algebra” at the CWI Amsterdam. Congratulations!

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Future proof — Congrats on the appointment at TU Hamburg (24.08.2021)

In April 2021, our former group leader Nihat Ay was appointed professor at the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) and Head of the Institute for Data Science Foundations as part of the Hamburg Innovation Port.

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Nihat Ay is the new Editor-in-Chief of INGE (15.04.2021)

Congratulations to Nihat Ay! He was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Springer journal on Information Geometry.

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Future proof - Career step towards Portugal for Eliana Duarte (05.03.2021)

A big step in her scientific career awaits our former postdoc Eliana Maria Duarte Gelvez. In Portugal, she was able to acquire one of five highly coveted fellowships in the field of mathematics and computer science. This now gives her the opportunity to continue her research in the field of algebraic geometry at a host institution of her choice - the Centro de Matemática of the Universidade do Porto.

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Paul Breiding awarded early career prize (16.02.2021)

The SIAM Activity Group on Algebraic Geometry has awarded Paul Breiding their Early Career Prize for his distinguished contributions to the field. The selection committee recognizes the current substitute Professor of Computer algebra at the University of Kassel for his "extraordinary work on geometric, statistical, and algorithmic aspects of tensors and their applications". The prize will be officially awarded at the 2021 SIAM Conference on Applied Algebraic Geometry in August.
We’d like to congratulate Paul on this outstanding achievement and would like to take the opportunity to announce his return to the institute as Emmy Noether group leader coming April.


Congrats to our "Woman of Science" Raffaella Mulas (09.11.2020)

Raffaella Mulas, who successfully finished her PhD studies at our institute recently, has been honored in her home of Sardinia with a special award. In 2020 she was declared “Donna di Scienza giovani”. Raffaella dedicates this award to her PhD supervisor Prof. Jürgen Jost and to her Master's thesis supervisor Prof. Ngoc Mai Tran who are “the best guides and sources of inspiration I could wish for during my studies.”

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Future proof — Mateusz Michałek (19.10.2020)

After countless publications, the composition of an extensive book on Nonlinear Algebra and many fruitful mathematical discussions Mateusz Michałek has left the institute for a new position at the University of Konstanz. More than three years of exemplary science as research group leader in “Combinatorial Algebraic Geometry” under his belt, he now took on the function of professor of Geometry (Real Geometry and Algebra). We would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations on his well-deserved success and wish him all the best in his new position. Mateusz gives us a wonderful insight into his mathematical uprising and features his research at the institute in our Future proof column.

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Best dissertation award for Ivan Yaroslavtsev (13.10.2020)

Congratulations to Ivan Yaroslavtsev! His dissertation on Martingales and Stochastic Calculus in Banach Spaces was awarded the Stieltjes Prize for the best mathematical dissertation published in the academic year 2018/2019 in the Netherlands.

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Future Proof – ERC Starting Grants for Martina Hofmanová and Julian Fischer (07.09.2020)

We would to like to congratulate our former scientists Martina Hofmanová and Julian Fischer who rank among Europe's best young researchers. For their excellent work they have each been awarded an ERC Starting Grant.

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Perfectly linked — Minerva Fast Track Fellowship for the study of networks (01.09.2021)

Dr. Raffaella Mulas was awarded a Minerva Fast Track position by the Max Planck Society to establish her first own research group at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig. The young and promising mathematician is honored for her excellent research on networks, focusing on the spectral theory of graphs and hypergraphs.

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María Ángeles García-Ferrero awarded with the José Luis Rubio de Francia prize (09.07.2020)

Our former postdoc María Ángeles García-Ferrero was just honored by the Royal Spanish Mathematical Society (RSME) with the José Luis Rubio de Francia prize 2019. Having been selected from the eight nominated young researchers, she is only the second woman to ever receive this prestigious recognition. The jury selected María for her theory of global approximation for the heat equation and its application to the study of hot spots and isothermal surfaces, because "to prove something genuinely new and in such generality about an object as simple and classical as the heat equation is an achievement worthy of the Rubio de Francia prize". The honor is accompanied with a start-up grant of 35,000 € over the next three years.


Future proof — South China Sea Masters and Glushko dissertation prize awarded to former MiS Ph.D. students (23.04.2020)

Tinggui Zhang and Damián Blasi, both former Ph.D. students of Jürgen Jost, have been awarded the "South China Sea Masters" youth project funding and the Robert J. Glushko dissertation prizes in cognitive science, respectively.

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Dr. Noémie Combe on the fast track to structural unification (14.04.2020)

The mathematician Dr. Noémie Combe was awarded a Minerva Fast Track position by the Max Planck Society. The young scientist is honored for her promising research at the intersection of algebraic geometry and topology and is given the opportunity to set up her first research group at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig. The young researcher also gave an interesting exposé on her research in a video portrait.

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Future proof — Angkana Rüland (18.03.2020)

After more than two years of excellent research at the institute, Angkana Rüland is leaving us to become a professor of applied mathematics at the Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg. We would like to congratulate Angkana on her position and wish her all the best in Heidelberg. Learn more about Angkana and her research at the institute in our new Future proof column.

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Gmelin-Beilstein medal will be awarded to Guillermo Restrepo (27.02.2020)

The Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh – German Chemical Society) honors Prof. Dr. Guillermo Restrepo with the Gmelin-Beilstein memorial medal. The scientist from the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig is recognized for his scientific expertise in the fields of mathematics, history and philosophy of chemistry. "His quantitative and computer methods are important complements to the conventional approaches in understanding the history of chemistry," said GDCh President Prof. Peter Schreiner. <strike>The <a href="https://veranstaltungen.gdch.de/tms/frontend/index.cfm?l=9138&amp;modus" target="_blank" class="external-link-new-window">award ceremony will take place on March 30</a> at the chemistry lecturers' conference in Dresden.</strike> Unfortunately the ceremony has to be cancelled, in accordance with social distancing measures imposed to slow down the spread of SARS-CoV-2.

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Future proof — Tim Laux appointed Bonn Junior Fellow (07.02.2020)

We would like to congratulate our former IMPRS and PhD student Tim Laux on his appointment as Bonn Junior Fellow at the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics (HCM) in January of this year. He continues to be interested in problems of geometric analysis with his current research group on variational methods and mathematical aspects of materials science. At the end of July Tim will be hosting his first workshop at the HCM on the topic of geometric and applied analysis (registration is open until May 31, respectively March 31, 2020, for funding opportunities).

Tim wrote his dissertation under the supervision of Felix Otto on the topic of "Convergence of phase-field models and thresholding schemes via the gradient-flow structure of multi-phase mean-curvature flow". In 2018 he was awarded the prestigious Otto Hahn medal for his outstanding performance as a junior scientist. After his post-doc at the institute, he became a Morrey Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley.


Heinz Maier Leibnitz Prize goes to Nicolas Perkowski (27.02.2019)

Nicolas Perkowski, research group leader at our institute and Junior-Professor at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, receives this year's Heinz Maier Leibnitz Prize of DFG (German Research Foundation). This prize is considered the most important award for young scientists in Germany.

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Million funding for Deep Learning project in Leipzig (15.08.2018)

Dr. Guido Montúfar, research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences Leipzig, has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant for excellent young researchers.

The European Research Council ERC is supporting his new group on deep learning theory, which focuses on improving learning in neural networks, with an amount of 1.5 million euro.

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Picture: Guido Montufar, Resolution 2361 x 1574 Pixel, Foto: MPI MIS

Mathematical models and methods and computing with neural networks form the theoretical foundations for the study of deep learning processes. Resolution 4167 x 2917 Pixel. Copyright: MPI MIS

12.08.2022, 16:27