The Mathematical World: Regular and Irregular Structures

Close cooperation between researchers working in mathematics, theoretical physics, bioinformatics, and business administration and economics (especially the Institute of Mathematical Economics, IMW) has a long tradition in Bielefeld. This strategic research area has therefore produced a series of major collaborative projects. In addition - and this is probably unique in Germany - pure and applied mathematicians work together in a Collaborative Research Centre (DFG). Important current research interests in this strategic research area include spectral structures and topological methods, stochastics and modelling of real systems, randomness and low regularity as well as economic behaviour and mathematical finance.

Ranking according to DFG Funding Atlas 2015

Research Field (Review Board)

  • 3rd in Mathematics (absolute)
  • 10th in Economics (absolute)