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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

DFG: Schwerpunktprogramm 1962: “Non-smooth and Complementarity-based Distributed Parameter Systems: Simulation and Hierarchical Optimization”

In March 2015 the Senate of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) established the Priority Programme “Non-smooth and Complementarity-based Distributed Parameter Systems: Simulation and Hierarchical Optimization” (SPP 1962). The programme is designed to run for six years. Applications are now invited for the first three-year funding period of the programme.

Many of the most challenging problems in the applied sciences involve non-differentiable structures as well as partial differential operators, thus leading to non-smooth distributed parameter systems. The associated non-smoothness typically arises (1) directly in the problem formulation (through non-smooth energies/objectives or system components), (2) through inequality constraints, nonlinear complementarity or switching systems, or (3) as a result of competition and hierarchy, typically leading to multiobjective/hierarchical optimization or to quasi-variational inequality problems. In this context, the transition from smoothing or simulation based approaches to genuinely non-smooth techniques or to multi-objective respectively multi-level optimization are crucial. This motivates the research of the Priority Programme.

The goals of the programme are to:

  • lay the analytical foundations (through, e.g., the advancement of non-smooth and set-valued analysis)
  • establish a basis for stable numerical approximation through the design of algorithms with mesh independent convergence
  • address the influence of parameters, which enter the above-mentioned problems and which fall into a specified parameter range (uncertainty set)


(Proposals have to be submitted via the electronic proposal processing system “elan”, selecting “SPP 1962”.)
Proposals for the first three-year funding period have to be submitted starting 7 October and no later than 21 October 2015.

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Kontaktadresse (Servicezentrum Forschung)

Servicezentrum Forschung
Dr. Axel Klie
Tel. 030 20 93 16 51

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Dr. Frank Kiefer
Kennedyallee 40
53175 Bonn
Tel. 0228 885 25 67

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Prof. Dr. Michael Hintermüller
Institute for Mathematics
Humboldt-University of Berlin
10099 Berlin
Tel. 030 20 93 26 68

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