Mathematics at the Interface of Science and Technology

Mathematics 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. However, in the last decades an additional and new paradigm has also emerged. Indeed, modern human societies do nowadays encounter many urgent technology-based problems which have become more and more complicated and harder to handle. Complexity phenomena arising in, e.g., artificial intelligence, big data and robotics, are now often beyond the efficiency zone of the existing tools. In this new context, Mathematics can take direct action.

The objective of our work group is to promote cooperative research activities among the six universities in corresponding custom-made applications of mathematics as well as in advancing the frontiers of pure mathematics by balancing seeds in mathematics and needs outside mathematics. This is based on the insight that to attack new real world problems we need new mathematical concepts and methods, and that new applications of mathematics will in turn also stimulate the development of new mathematical theories.


  • Prof. Dr. Wilderich Tuschmann, KIT (Chair)
  • Prof. Dr. Senjo Shimizu, Kyoto University (Co-Chair)
  • Prof. Dr. Anna Marciniak-Czochra, Heidelberg University
  • Prof. Dr. Anna Wienhard, Heidelberg University
  • PD Dr. Fernando Galaz-Garcia, KIT
  • Prof. Dr. Peer Kunstmann, KIT
  • Dr. Kaori Nagatou, KIT
  • Prof. Dr. Tsuyoshi Kato, Kyoto University
  • Prof. Dr. Satoshi Tsujimoto, Kyoto University
  • Prof. Dr. Takao Yamaguchi, Kyoto University
  • Prof. Dr. Shouhei Honda, Tohoku University
  • Prof. Dr. Hideo Kozono, Tohoku University
  • Prof. Dr. Takashi Shioya, Tohoku University
  • Prof. Dr. Hiroshi Suito, Tohoku University
  • Prof. Dr. Izumi Takagi, Tohoku University
  • Dr. Benjamin Eltzner, University of Göttingen
  • Prof. Dr. Stephan Huckemann, University of Göttingen
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Schick, University of Göttingen
  • Prof. Dr. Ryushi Goto, Osaka University
  • Prof. Dr. Hisashi Kasuya, Osaka University
  • Dr. Yoshihisa Miyanishi, Osaka University
  • Prof. Dr. Takashi Nakazawa, Osaka University
  • Prof. Dr. Katsutoshi Yamanoi, Osaka University 
Project abstract:

Data science, artificial Intelligence, and robotics are major forces to change our societies. For example, deep neural networks and machine learning have by now massively changed many application fields from science to industry. It is obvious that these methods will continue to strongly influence all of us and potentially pave our way to reach the UN social development goals.

Science has an obligation to shape this development by providing the necessary basic research, its application as well as by teaching and training young scholars of these fields. As artificial intelligence poses many questions in terms of privacy, ethics and social impact, we also need to critically engage in discussions about how to balance (perceived) dangers with (potential) benefits. HeKKSaGOn is a network of six research universities from Japan and Germany, which are committed to collaborate on these subjects. HeKKSaGOn has a track record in these topics through its working groups: Data Science, Robotics and Mathematics. While working on specific domain topics, we see the need to broaden our activities through a joint initiative. Thus, we propose the organization and implementation of two actions focused on the topic: “The Digital World: Data science, artificial Intelligence, and robotics” which are:

  • In 2021 International Summer School paired with an on-line conference and
  • In 2022 International Summer School paired with a life conference.
  • Webinar series which enhance collaboration opportunity and extend outreach.
Lead coordinator:

Name: Prof. Ramin Yahyapour
Position: Managing Director Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung Göttingen
Institution: Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Department, Faculty: Computer Science Institute

Other coordinator:

Name: Prof. Shinji Shimojo
Position: Director
Institution: Osaka University
Department, Faculty: Cybermedia Center


  • [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 External Link.