Mathematics: a key technology in our everyday lives

Mathematics is the foundation of all the technology without which our modern lives would be
unthinkable: safe internet communication; mobile phone applications; MP3-players; GPS systems; medical imaging and computer tomography; modern banking, finance and insurance industry; efficient production planning; optimal constructions in the automotive and airplane industries, and many more.

In spite of its long history, mathematics is a highly modern science with a huge impact on our everyday lives. Mathematicians develop models of real world situations and develop mathematical methods to solve real world problems which is only possible through a thorough understanding of the underlying structures. In this respect, theoretical and applied mathematics mutually interact and enrich each other.

About our course of Studies

The Department of Mathematics in Trier offers the following study programs:

We provide a solid basic training in mathematics and the possibility to specialize in the fields of: Applied Analysis,Numerical Analysis, Mathematical Optimization/Operations Research and Statistics/Probability Theory.

We offer excellent study conditions with small classes, a low studentprofessor-ratio, and very good supervision in a friendly and personal atmosphere.

About our research

The focus of our research is in applied mathematics in the fields of Analysis, Numerical
Mathematics, Optimization, and Statistics. The department is organized in nine research groups:


Analysis (Prof. Dr. Leonhard Frerick)

Functional Analysis (Prof. Dr. Jochen Wengenroth)       

Applied Analysis (Prof. Dr. Olaf Post)


Modelling and numerics (Prof. Dr. Nicole Marheineke)  

PDE-Constrained Optimization (Prof. Dr. Volker Schulz) 


Nonlinear optimization (Prof. Dr. Martin Schmidt)    

Operations Research (Prof. Dr. Sven de Vries)


Mathematical Stochastics (Prof. Dr. Lutz Mattner)              

Stochastic Processes (Prof. Dr. Frank Seifried)


We also offer postgraduate education, for example in the DFG-funded Research Training Group Algorithmic Optimization.