Scientific Program

Historical Lecture

Program -> Historical -> Thu.17:30.H 1012 title only | abstract | bio sketch

Thursday, 17:30 - 17:55 h, H 1012

Martin Grötschel
Hermann Minkowski and convexity

Chair: Richard Warren Cottle

Convexity of a set or function is a property that plays an important role in optimization. In this lecture a brief survey of the history of the notion of convexity and, in particular, the role Hermann Minkowski played in it, will be given.


Biographical sketch:
Martin Grötschel, born in Schwelm, Germany in 1948, studied mathematics and economics at Ruhr-Universität Bochum from 1969-1973. He received his PhD (1977) and his habilitation (1981) from Bonn University. He was Full Professor of Applied Mathematics at Augsburg University (1982 – 1991). Since 1991 he has been Professor at the Institute of Mathematics of Technische Universität Berlin and Vice President of the Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB). From 2002 to 2008 he served as chair of the DFG Research Center MATHEON. Martin Grötschel was President of the German Mathematical Society DMV 1993-1994, and he has been serving the International Mathematical Union as Secretary since 2007. He is a member of four academies (BBAW, Leopoldina, acatech, NAE) and since 2001 in the executive board of BBAW. In 2011 he became chairman of the executive board of the Einstein Foundation Berlin. His scientific honors include the Leibniz, the Dantzig and the Fulkerson Prize and four honorary degrees. His main areas of scientific interest are discrete mathematics, optimization and operations research with a particular emphasis on the design of theoretically and practically efficient algorithms for hard combinatorial optimization problems occurring in practice.



Program -> Historical -> Thu.17:30.H 1012 title only | abstract | bio sketch

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