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Important ERC Advanced Grant awarded to Prof. Sturm

The European Union will award the coordinator of the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics in Bonn with funding of 2,4 million Euros

Prof. Dr. Karl-Theodor Sturm, Coordinator of the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics at the University of Bonn has been awarded with an ERC Advanced grant for his own research. He will be promoted with a funding of 2,4 million Euros during the next five years. The awardee deals with the question of how local limited information determines global behaviour. These mathematical procedures are also successfully used in modelling of financial markets or the increase of tumors. By means of the grant the scientist wants to improve these methods.

Enthusiastically, Prof Sturm investigates in recognizing single phenomena, which are not yet understood, as part of a larger theory. He deals with differential geometry and its recent development, the geometry of non-smooth objects. “The clou is that local information admits conclusions to global structures” the scientists of the Institute for Applied Mathematics explains.

About one decade ago Prof. Sturm succeeded in the scientific competition with John Lott and future Fields medallist Cedric Villani to deduce such local-to-global conclusions also for structures with edges, borders, folds and branchings. “In this way geometric curvature concepts – in particular the synthetic Ricci bounds introduced by ourselves – became part e.g. of the description and analysis of lattice models in solid state physics or of models of financial markets and of tumors.”

The highest funded ERC-Grant a mathematician has ever received in Europe

The objective of the research project is the development of these synthetic curvature concepts for singular spaces. It concerns branchings and other special forms to which Ricci bounds are not applicable yet, and spaces whose structures are changing fundamentally in the course of time. “We absolutely break here new ground of science”, Prof. Sturm tells. The ERC project is a starting point for far-reaching new investigations and exciting innovative results. The ERC grant permits Prof. Sturm to concentrate extensively on the research subject, to recruit international top researchers and to qualify excellent young scientists.

Prof. Sturm, born in Ansbach in 1960, studied Mathematics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, where he also did his PhD and qualified as a university lecturer.
After scientific stages at Leipzig and Zurich he accepted the chair offer by the Institute for Applied Mathematics, University of Bonn.

In spite of numerous renowned offers of a chair like e.g. by the Imperial College in London or by the Northwestern University at Chicago, the University of Bonn succeeded to keep him. For about four years he is coordinator of the cluster of excellence “Hausdorff Center for Mathematics”.


Prof. Dr. Karl-Theodor Sturm
Hausdorff Center for Mathematics
Tel. 0228/734874

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