Working in Task Areas
The NFDI is made up of consortia from various disciplines. MaRDI, the consortium of mathematics, is divided into the following so-called task areas: computer algebra, scientific computing, statistics and machine learning, as well as cooperation with other disciplines. The researchers of the Fraunhofer ITWM primarily organize the contact among each other and deal with the integration of data and models from other disciplines. Mathematics as a cross-sectional science plays a special role; therefore, not only the Kaiserslautern researchers were happy that their funding application was accepted, but also the entire consortium.
In addition to universities in Stuttgart, Munich, Münster and Berlin, the MaRDI consortium also includes institutes of the Max Planck and Leibniz Societies, the Zuse Institute Berlin, the Mathematical Research Institute Oberwolfach, the German Mathematicians' Association and the Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics (WIAS). The director of the latter, Prof. Michael Hintermüller, is the spokesman of the consortium. The head of the Fraunhofer ITWM, Prof. Dr. Anita Schöbel, is co-spokesperson. Just about a year ago, she was also appointed to the Senate of the NFDI.
In total, the German Research Foundation (DFG) will support MaRDI with 12 million euros over the next five years; Fraunhofer ITWM will receive about 580 000 euros of this amount, and the Department of Mathematics at TU Kaiserslautern will receive about 770 000 euros.