MathSEE Modeling Week 2019 - Students work on interdisciplinary applications of mathematical methods

Students of a mathematical-methodological subject and of the "SEE subjects" - Sciences, Engineering, and Economics - took part in the MathSEE Modelling Week in Bad Liebenzell from 18 to 23 August 2019. The KIT Centre "MathSEE" has been bundling interdisciplinary mathematical research at KIT since October 2018 and is hosting a Modelling Week for students for the first time. In the public closing event on 23 August 2019 at Campus North, scientific staff followed the students' presentations and findings with great interest.

On 18 August 2019, students from various degree programmes gathered in Karlsruhe for the first time to take part in MathSEE Modeling Week 2019. Together, everyone travelled by coach to Bad Liebenzell Castle, where the next few days were to be spent exploring exciting problems from the real research of the KIT Centre MathSEE.

After an extensive first evening of getting to know each other, the work in groups started on Monday morning. The supervising research assistants Kevin Daiß (FAST), Philipp Hamberger, Pia Stammer and Tianbai Xiao (SCC) introduced the problems. The students dealt with chemical processes in acid fog, the influence of the earth's curvature on huge areas of arable land, the optimal mould filling of a component and the automatic tracking of the tropopause, a boundary layer in the atmosphere that is important for climate observations. As can be seen here, the problems are very broad, but all have one thing in common: they all describe unsolved questions from current research. During the week, the students learned about mathematical modelling and applied it extensively. This gave them an insight into everyday research at a university and they had to solve problems that arose themselves.   

On 23 August 2019, the students presented their impressive results in a public lecture at Campus North in front of their problem solvers and other interested people from KIT. Rudolf Lohner, expert for energy-efficient data centres, gave the students a tour of the high-performance computer ForHLR at the end.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in this week by posing a problem, helping with the advertising or with the preparations!