Facets of Complexity

German Research Foundation funds new Research Training Group at Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, and Technische Universität Berlin to study complexity in mathematics and computer science

News from Dec 20, 2017

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved a new Research Training Group for the major Berlin universities. "Facets of Complexity" will be hosted by Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, and Technische Universität Berlin. It is one of eleven new graduate training groups approved by the grants committee of the DFG in its winter session. The training group will begin its work in April 2018 with twelve positions for doctoral students and one postdoc position, as noted by its spokesperson, the computer science professor Günter Rote of Freie Universität Berlin.

The topic of complexity comes in many forms in mathematics and computer science. So far the various forms have largely been researched independently of each other. The members of the Research Training Group plan to use the cross-connections between different approaches to gain insights that are relevant for both mathematics and theoretical computer science.

The main goal of the Research Training Group is to train a new generation of highly qualified researchers. "We would like to offer the graduate students a broad and multi-faceted view of complexity in an exciting research environment," stressed Günter Rote. The Research Training Group was set up to fit into an international context with regard to the expected applicants, collaborating with international research groups, visiting researchers, and courses taught in English.

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