The project-oriented research at the Weierstrass Institute is characterized by combining the mathematical disciplines of analysis, stochastics and numerics. This combination has great potential for solving complex applied problems such as the reliable extraction of information from large datasets or the suitable consideration of uncertainties in describing processes. In this way, the institute aids in solving current societal challenges.



The institute dedicates itself to fundamental mathematical research as well as the development of algorithms and scientific software. During the problem-solving process, mathematical models of physical and technological systems are designed that properly capture observed phenomena, thereby providing access to highly developed mathematical analysis. At WIAS the phases of the solving process are repeated and coordinated until an optimal solution is found.


Mathematical Core Areas

The WIAS is organised in eight Research Groups specializing in different mathematical techniques and methods. Additional temporary teams are created within a Flexible Research Platform as the need arises. The core areas of mathematical research are the analysis and numerics of partial differential equations, and stochastics.


Cooperation and Consulting

Modern applied mathematical methods are a fundamental resource and driving force for technological and economic development around the world. The rapid development of computer technology and mathematically based numerical methods are making it possible to numerically simulate ever more complex engineering, medical, economic and environmental problems.

At the WIAS excellent fundamental research is combined with years of experience in cooperating successfully with partners in the widest possible mix of application fields. The institute is therefore a recognized expert in the solution of complex economic, scientific, and technical problems by means of mathematical modeling and numerical simulation.



Grief for Wolfgang Dreyer
WIAS mourns the loss of its former colleague and Research Group Head, Prof. Wolfgang Dreyer, who passed away on May 12, 2024 at the age of 73 after a short and serious illness.


Tuesday, 21.05.2024 (ZIB-SEM)
QUANTUM OPTIMAL CONTROL From Mathematical Foundations to Quantum Technologies (Workshop/Conference)

further events


PhD Student Position (f/m/d) (23/16)
Optimization with partial differential equations under uncertainty.

Student Assistant (m/f/d) (23/20)
Support of the project of the implementation of the Repository Service (Reposis)

Research Assistant Position (f/m/d) (23/28)
Optimization with partial differential equations and variational inequalities

PhD student position (f/m/d) (24/02)
Distributed algorithms for physics based large scale equilibrium problems.

Research Assistant Position (f/m/d) (24/03)
Thermodynamic Modeling and Analysis of Phase Transitions

Research Assistant Position (f/m/d) (24/05)
Modeling and analysis with partial differential equations and variational problems

Employee in the IT department (f/m/d) (24/06)
Strengthening information technology security at WIAS and PDI