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Konrad Polthier Heads SIAM Activity Group Geometric Design

Mathematics Professor at Freie Universität is New Chair of SIAG Geometric Design

№ 21/2011 from Jan 24, 2011

Konrad Polthier, Matheon professor of mathematics at Freie Universität Berlin, has been elected chair of the Geometric Design activities group of the international Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). SIAM membership comprises more than 13,000 mathematicians who work in research institutions, government agencies, car companies, or airlines around the world. The association aims to ensure close interactions between mathematics and other scientific and technological communities through publications, research activities, and conferences. Polthier’s two-year term of office will be January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2012.

The SIAM Activity Group on Geometric Design is one of 18 activity groups within SIAM. The group is concerned with computer-aided geometric design (CAGD) dealing with computer-aided applications of geometry, and supports research, advising, and the use of new geometric methods in industry and science. It maintains a network of industrial partners and academic institutions and organizes international conferences on the subject.

Konrad Polthier has been a professor of mathematics at Freie Universität Berlin and the DFG Research Center Matheon since 2005. He heads the Mathematical Geometry Processing group at the Institute of Mathematics. His main research interests are mathematical geometry processing, discrete differential geometry, and scientific visualization and its applications in mathematics, computer graphics, and in the natural sciences. Polthier is currently the chairperson of the Executive Board of Berlin Mathematical School (BMS), a position he has held since 2010. BMS is a joint graduate school of the mathematics departments of the three major Berlin universities, Freie Universität, Humboldt-Universität, and Technische Universität. BMS obtains funding as a graduate school in the framework of the German government’s Initiative for Excellence.

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