The Berlin Mathematics Research Center MATH+ sets out to advance mathematics itself and its interdisciplinary power with the aim of achieving progress on grand challenges in a wide variety of application fields.
Problems originating in the growing complexity of technology and society require that application-oriented mathematics – with its focus on modeling, simulation, and optimization (MSO) for key technologies – be raised to a new level. For this, MATH+ will augment technology-driven MSO approaches through the development of new mathematical perspectives on the vast amounts of data that are becoming available. This is essential to further exploit the strength of mathematics for important applications like sustainable energy supply, individualized medicine, and analyzing and understanding social processes: mathematics is able to uncover the hidden principles that lie behind complex systems, thereby enabling deeper insights, improved predictions, and information-based decisions. Not only will MATH+ make a difference for industry and society, but it will also advance mathematics itself: novel fields of application pose a multitude of new challenges for mathematical abstraction, methods, and problem solving, thereby involving innovative approaches from the entire spectrum of mathematics.
To achieve these ambitious goals, MATH+ will be based on the active and close collaboration of researchers at the mathematics institutes of the universities FU Berlin, HU Berlin, and TU Berlin, as well as at the non-university institutes Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics (WIAS) and Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB), together with leading specialists and research institutions from diverse application fields in the Berlin area. Integral to the MATH+ mission will be the research training and education of talented young researchers for career paths both inside and outside academia, a special focus on gender and diversity, as well as the transfer of knowledge to industry and to society at large. The structure of MATH+ will integrate and merge the Research Center MATHEON, which was funded from 2002 to 2014 by the DFG and subsequently by the Einstein Center for Mathematics ECMath, together with the Berlin Mathematical School (BMS), a large mathematics graduate school funded by the DFG in the Excellence Initiative since 2006.