VIII. Mathematics at the Interface of Science and Technology towards Innovation - Seeds in Mathematics versus Needs outside Mathematics

Mathematics in Life SciencesMathematics has a long history of providing the common language and the appropriate intellectual frame for other disciplines. In this classical scheme, mathematical new breakthroughs do not a priori affect other sectors of society, except in a longer perspective. A new paradigm appeared in the late 1980s. Problems the human society encounters become more and more complicated and larger in data-size. Complexity is now beyond the efficiency zone of the existing tools. In this new context, Mathematics must acknowledge a new position to take in its research.

The objective of this work group is to promote cooperative research activities among the six universities in applications of mathematics to real world problems as well as in advancing the frontier of pure mathematics, based on the idea that to attack new real world problems we need new mathematical concepts and methods, and applications of mathematical theories stimulate the development of new theories.



  • Prof. Dr. Wilderich Tuschmann, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) (Chair)
  • Prof. Dr. Vincent Heuveline, Heidelberg University
  • Prof. Dr. Anna Marciniak-Czochra, Heidelberg University
  • Prof. Dr. Anna Wienhard, Heidelberg University
  • Dr. Fernando Galaz-Garcia, KIT
  • Dr. Kaori Nagato-Plum, KIT
  • Dr. Hendrikje Pauer, KIT
  • Prof. Dr. Koji Fujiwara, Kyoto University
  • Prof. Dr. Tsuyoshi Kato, Kyoto University
  • Prof. Dr. Satoshi Tsujimoto, Kyoto University
  • Prof. Dr. Motoko Kotani, Tohoku University
  • Prof. Dr. Yasumasa Nishiura, Tohoku University
  • Prof. Dr. Nobuaki Obata, Tohoku University
  • Prof. Dr. Takashi Shioya, Tohoku University
  • Prof. Dr. Izumi Takagi, Tohoku University
  • Prof. Dr. Sohei Tasaki, Tohoku University
  • Dr. Carsten Gottschlich, University of Göttingen
  • Prof. Dr. Stephan Huckemann, University of Göttingen
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Schick, University of Göttingen
  • Dr. Yoshihisa Miyanishi, Osaka University
  • Prof. Dr. Kenichi Ohshika, Osaka University
  • Prof. Dr. Takashi Suzuki, Osaka University


Published Work

  • [1] A. Marciniak-Czochra, M. Nakayama and I. Takagi, "Pattern formation in a diffusion-ODE model with hysteresis", Differential Integral Equations 28 (2015), 655-694.
  • [2] S. Härting, A. Marciniak-Czochra and I. Takagi, “Stable patterns with jump discontinuity in systems with Turing instability and hysteresis”, to appear in Discrete Continuous Dynamical Systems Ser. A
  • [3] Imdahl, C., Gottschlich, C., Huckemann, S., Ohshika, K., "Möbius moduli for fingerprint orientation fields" (2017), arXiv 1708.02158.


Conferences, Symposia, Workshops and Seasonal Schools

  • HeKKSaGOn Mini-Workshop ‘Mathematics meets Robotics’, January 18-19, 2018, KIT, in preparation
  • HeKKSaGOn Mini-Workshop ‘Geometry meets Stochastics: Smeariness and Pattern Recognition’, December 12-13, 2017, KIT, in preparation
  • HeKKSaGOn Working Group VIII Winter School in Osaka 2017, March 2-12, 2017, Osaka University.
  • HeKKSaGOn Mini-Workshop 'Perspectives and Challenges in Mathematical Sciences’, October 1, 2016, KIT.
  • 5th Japanese-German University Presidents' Conference, September 29-30, 2016, Karlsruhe
  • Spring School will be held on 2—12 March, 2017 in Osaka. The chief organizer is Takashi Suzuki (Osaka).
  • HeKKSaGOn Mini-Workshop "Frontiers in Mathematical Sciences", Sendai, April 18, 2015
  • 4th Presidential Conference HeKKSaGOn "Building venues for the creation of new knowledge and values", April 2015, Tohoku University, Sendai
  • Summer School  “Inference of Pattern Formation: Applications in Natural and Materials Sciences”, September 15-19, 2014, Göttingen
  • Mini-Workshop “Approaches from Discrete Mathematics, PDEs and Stochastics to Pattern Recognition”, September 14, 2013, Göttingen
  • HeKKSaGOn Summer School, Crossing Borders: Unraveling Principles of Life with Quantitative Tools, September 17—26, 2012, Heidelberg
  • Turing Symposium on Morphogenesis—Mathematical Approaches Sixty Years after Alan Turing---, August 27—31, 2012, Sendai
  • Workshop on Mathematical Models of Biological Phenomena and their Analysis, November 21-24, 2011, Sendai