Browsing 2  Snapshots of modern mathematics from Oberwolfach by Title
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Emergence in biology and social sciences
[SNAP2022001EN] (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 20220331)Mathematics is the key to linking scientific knowledge at different scales: from microscopic to macroscopic dynamics. This link gives us understanding on the emergence of observable patterns like flocking of birds, leaf ... 
The Enigma behind the Good–Turing formula
[SNAP2021008EN] (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 20210716)Finding the total number of species in a population based on a finite sample is a difficult but practically important problem. In this snapshot, we will attempt to shed light on how during World War II, two cryptanalysts, ... 
Estimating the volume of a convex body
[SNAP2018015EN] (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 20181230)Sometimes the volume of a convex body needs to be estimated, if we cannot calculate it analytically. We explain how statistics can be used not only to approximate the volume of the convex body, but also its shape. 
Expander graphs and where to find them
[SNAP2019016EN] (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 20191122)Graphs are mathematical objects composed of a collection of “dots” called vertices, some of which are joined by lines called edges. Graphs are ideal for visually representing relations between things, and mathematical ... 
Fast Solvers for Highly Oscillatory Problems
[SNAP2018006EN] (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 20180626)Waves of diverse types surround us. Sound, light and other waves, such as microwaves, are crucial for speech, mobile phones, and other communication technologies. Elastic waves propagating through the Earth bounce ... 
A few shades of interpolation
[SNAP2017007EN] (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 20171207)The topic of this snapshot is interpolation. In the ordinary sense, interpolation means to insert something of a different nature into something else. In mathematics, interpolation means constructing new data points ... 
Finite geometries: pure mathematics close to applications
[SNAP2021010EN] (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 20210922)The research field of finite geometries investigates structures with a finite number of objects. Classical examples include vector spaces, projective spaces, and affine spaces over finite fields. Although many of these ... 
FokusErkennung bei Epilepsiepatienten mithilfe moderner Verfahren der Zeitreihenanalyse
[SNAP2016008DE] (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2016)Viele epileptische Anfälle entstehen in einer begrenzten Region im Gehirn, dem sogenannten Anfallsursprung. Eine chirurgische Entfernung dieser Region kann in vielen Fällen zu Anfallsfreiheit führen. Aus diesem Grund ist ... 
Footballs and donuts in four dimensions
[SNAP2016012EN] (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2016)In this snapshot, we explore connections between the mathematical areas of counting and geometry by studying objects called simplicial complexes. We begin by exploring many familiar objects in our three dimensional world ... 
Formation Control and Rigidity Theory
[SNAP2019017EN] (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 20191211)Formation control is one of the fundamental coordination tasks for teams of autonomous vehicles. Autonomous formations are used in applications ranging from searchandrescue operations to deep space exploration, with ... 
Friezes and tilings
[SNAP2015004EN] (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2015)Friezes have occured as architectural ornaments for many centuries. In this snapshot, we consider the mathematical analogue of friezes as introduced in the 1970s by Conway and Coxeter. Recently, infinite versions of such ... 
From Betti numbers to ℓ²Betti numbers
[SNAP2020001EN] (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 20200415)We provide a leisurely introduction to ℓ²Betti numbers, which are topological invariants, by relating them to their much older cousins, Betti numbers. In the end we present an open research problem about ℓ²Betti numbers. 
From computer algorithms to quantum field theory: an introduction to operads
[SNAP2015017EN] (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2015)An operad is an abstract mathematical tool encoding operations on specific mathematical structures. It finds applications in many areas of mathematics and related fields. This snapshot explains the concept of an operad and ... 
From the dollar game to the RiemannRoch Theorem
[SNAP2021001EN] (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 20210223)What is the dollar game? What can you do to win it? Can you always win it? In this snapshot you will find answers to these questions as well as several of the mathematical surprises that lurk in the background, including ... 
Geometry behind one of the Painlevé III differential equations
[SNAP2018010EN] (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 20180620)The Painlevé equations are second order differential equations, which were first studied more than 100 years ago. Nowadays they arise in many areas in mathematics and mathematical physics. This snapshot discusses the ... 
Higgs bundles without geometry
[SNAP2020008EN] (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 20200929)Higgs bundles appeared a few decades ago as solutions to certain equations from physics and have attracted much attention in geometry as well as other areas of mathematics and physics. Here, we take a very informal ... 
High performance computing on smartphones
[SNAP2016006EN] (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2016)Nowadays there is a strong demand to simulate even realworld engineering problems on small computing devices with very limited capacity, such as a smartphone. We explain, using a concrete example, how we can obtain a ... 
How to choose a winner: the mathematics of social choice
[SNAP2015009ENSNAP2015009DE] (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2015)[also available in German] Suppose a group of individuals wish to choose among several options, for example electing one of several candidates to a political office or choosing the best contestant in a skating competition. ... 
Ideas of NewtonOkounkov bodies
[SNAP2015008EN] (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2015)In this snapshot, we will consider the problem of finding the number of solutions to a given system of polynomial equations. This question leads to the theory of Newton polytopes and NewtonOkounkov bodies of which we will ... 
The Interaction of Curvature and Topology
[SNAP2019020EN] (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 20191218)In this snapshot we will outline the mathematical notion of curvature by means of comparison geometry. We will then try to address questions as the ways in which curvature might influence the topology of a space, and ...