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Bernd Sturmfels als Ordentliches Mitglied in die Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften berufen (03.12.2018)

Professor Bernd Sturmfels, Direktor am Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik in den Naturwissenschaften in Leipzig, wurde als Ordentliches Mitglied in die Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften berufen. Die offizielle Ernennung erfolgte im Rahmen der Festveranstaltung anlässlich des Einstein-Tages am Freitag, dem 30. November 2018.

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Universität Leipzig und Max-Planck-Gesellschaft intensivieren wissenschaftliche Kooperation (12.11.2018)

Die Schnittstelle zwischen Angewandter Mathematik und theoretischer Physik steht im Zentrum einer neuen gemeinsamen Initiative der Fakultäten für Mathematik und Informatik, für Physik und Geowissenschaften der Universität Leipzig und dem Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik in den Naturwissenschaften. Die Intitiative intensiviert bestehende Kooperationen der Einrichtungen auf diesem Fachgebiet und bietet Studierenden und Wissenschaftlern mehr Möglichkeiten zum wissenschaftlichen Austausch.Finanziell unterstützt wird das Vorhaben durch zusätzliche Mittel der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft.

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Not only arguments count (31.10.2018)

What are the mechanisms and conditions that lead to such polarized political landscapes as the one we live in today? In the article “Opinion polarization by learning from social feedback”, which recently appeared in the Journal of Mathematical Sociology, MPI researchers Sven Banisch and Eckehard Olbrich were able to explain the role of social feedback in the phenomenon of polarization, using mathematical tools from game theory.
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Discussing quantum theory and gravity in the memory of Zeidler (30.10.2018)

During the first week of October, the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences hosted a conference on “Progress and visions in quantum theory in view of Gravity”, dedicated to the memory of the institute’s founding director Eberhard Zeidler, who sadly passed away in 2016.

With the goal of bringing together physicists, mathematicians and philosophers working in foundations of mathematical physics and of facilitating the exchange of ideas, the workshop had an innovative format with talks in the morning and detailed discussion sessions in the afternoon.
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Understanding polarization and ideological alignment in political space (20.09.2018)

How do people’s opinions on related topics evolve over time? Why do groups of like-minded people tend to agree on different issues? These and other questions concerning the interdependence of political statements are at the center of a recent preprint by MPI researcher Sven Banisch and Eckehard Olbrich. Their research will be presented during the 2018 Conference on Complex Systems in Thessaloniki, in the Cognition and Linguistic session.
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New Julia package developed by MPI researchers (31.07.2018)

Researchers from the nonlinear algebra group at MPI MiS and at TU Berlin have been developing a Julia package for solving systems of polynomial equations by numerical homotopy continuation.
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ARD alpha Campus Talks featuring Ivan Yamshchikov (30.07.2018)

MPI MiS postdoc Ivan Yamshchikov recently appeared on the ARD show Campus Talks, where he gave a presentation on the challenges of bringing creativity into artificial intelligence. In an inspiring presentation, Ivan reported on a project with Aleksei Tikhonov and CreAIted, where they were able to teach artificial intelligence how to write poetry and music lyrics.
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Picture on the right: Portrait of Ivan Yamshchikov © Henrik Jordan


Felix Otto awarded the Luigi Tartufari International Prize for Mathematics (25.07.2018)

Professor Felix Otto, director at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, has been awarded the Prof. Luigi Tartufari International Prize for Mathematics from the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in Rome in the presence of the Italian President. Felix Otto was honored for his numerous contributions to continuum mechanics and to materials science. In particular, his analysis of partial differential equations modelling the flow of a gas in a porous rock or those describing a particle under frictional and random forces, was praised.
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Most popular SIAM SIMA paper by Felix Otto (23.07.2018)

The 1998 paper "The Variational Formulation of the Fokker--Planck Equation", authored by our Director Felix Otto together with Richard Jordan and David Kinderlehrer, is the most downloaded paper of the SIAM Journal on Mathematical Analysis. On the occasion of the Journal's 50th volume, Felix Otto authored a short piece for the SIAM news, offering some insight as to why the paper continues to spark so much interest today. You can read his contribution here.
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Learning to code from the masters: the Macaulay2 Workshop at MPI MiS (03.07.2018)

Last month, our institute hosted a dedicated Macaulay2 workshop organized by former MPI MiS postdoc Eliana Duarte Gelvez (now at the Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg), together with Heather Harrington (University of Oxford) and Thomas Kahle (Magdeburg). Around 60 participants from around the world took part in the program, which offered them a unique opportunity to develop their coding skills by getting in touch with the experts.
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Modellansatz Podcast "Algebraic Geometry" with Eliana Duarte Gelvez (28.06.2018)

Former MPI MiS postdoc Eliana Duarte Gelvez recently met with Gudrun Täter from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology to record an episode of their Modellansatz Podcast. In their inspiring conversation, they discussed the role of algebraic geometry and polynomial equations in applications as well as Eliana’s personal experience as a mathematician.
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Augezeichnet! (22.06.2018)

Unsere ehemaligen IMPRS-Studenten Deepan Basu und Tim Laux sind unter den 36 Nachwuchswissenschaftlern, die auf der Jahresversammlung der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in Heidelberg ausgezeichnet wurden.

Wir gratulieren Deepan und Tim zur diesen großen Ehrungen und wünschen beiden auf ihrem künftigen Karrierewegen alles erdenklich Gute!

Nähere Informationen zu den diesjährigen „Ausgezeichneten!“ finden sich in der Broschüre der MPG. https://www.mpg.de/12075961/Ausgezeichnet_MPG_2018.pdf

25.01.2019, 09:58