Discretization in Geometry and Dynamics
SFB Transregio 109


The SFB/TRR 109 "Discretization in Geometry and Dynamics" has been funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V. (DFG) since 2012. 
The project is a collaboration between:

The central goal of the SFB/Transregio is to pursue research on the discretization of differential geometry and dynamics. In both fields of mathematics, the objects under investigation are usually governed by differential equations. Generally, the term "discretization" refers to any procedure that turns a differential equation into difference equations involving only finitely many variables, whose solutions approximate those of the differential equation.

The common idea of our research in geometry and dynamics is to find and investigate discrete models that exhibit properties and structures characteristic of the corresponding smooth geometric objects and dynamical processes. If we refine the discrete models by decreasing the mesh size they will of course converge in the limit to the conventional description via differential equations. But in addition, the important characteristic qualitative features should be captured even at the discrete level, independent of the continuous limit. The resulting discretizations constitutes a fundamental mathematical theory, which incorporates the classical analog in the continuous limit.

The SFB/Transregio brings together scientists from the fields of geometry and dynamics, to join forces in tackling the numerous problems raised by the challenge of discretizing their respective disciplines.

New film featuring the work of the SFB

"The Discrete Charm of Geometry"

Next Seminars

SFB-Seminar Berlin
  • 21.09.2018, 11:00 - 12:00
  • 11:00 - 12:00 (Friday and exceptional time!) Cone Angles, Gram’s relation, and zonotopes, Raman Sanyal (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)
  • The Euler-Poincare formula is a cornerstone of the combinatorial theory of polytopes. It states that the number of faces of various dimensions of a convex polytope satisfy a linear relation and it is the only linear relation (up to scaling). Gram’s relation generalizes the fact that the sum of (interior) angles at the vertices of a convex $n$-gon is $(n-2)\pi$. In dimensions $3$ and up, it is necessary to consider angles at all faces. This gives rise to the interior angle vector of a convex polytope and Gram’s relation is the unique linear relation (up to scaling) among its entries. In this talk, we will consider generalizations of “angles” in the form of cone valuations. It turns out that the associated generalized angle vectors still satisfy Gram’s relation and that it is the only linear relation, independent of the notion of “angle”! To prove such a result, we rely on a very powerful connection to the combinatorics of zonotopes. The interior angle vector of a zonotope is independent of the chosen cone valuation and depends only on the associated lattice of flats. If time permits, we discuss flag-angles as a semi-discrete generalization of flag-vectors and their linear relations. This is joint work with Spencer Backman and Sebastian Manecke.
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SFB-Seminar Berlin
  • 25.09.2018, 14:15 - 15:15
  • 14:15 - 15:15 TBA, Gudrun Szewieczek (TU Wien)
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SFB Colloquium
  • 13.11.2018, 14:15 - 16:30
  • During the semester, the SFB TRR109 organizes a colloquium which takes place every four weeks. The organization of the colloquium alternates between the TU Berlin and the TU Munich. The presentations are broadcast live from the hosting university to the partner university.
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Job Opening

  • Closing Date: 30.09.2018
  • Location: TU Berlin
  • Type: Fremdsprachensekretär/in
Current Guests and Visitors
  • Prof. Dr. Bernd Sturmfels as Einstein Visiting Fellow at TU Berlin (01.05.2015 - 31.07.2020)
  • Prof. Dr. Francisco Santos as Einstein Visiting Fellow at FU Berlin (01.04.2016 - 31.03.2019)
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Schröder as Einstein Visiting Fellow at TU Berlin (01.03.2018 - 28.02.2021)
  • Associate Prof. Shimpei Kobayashi as Visitor at TU München (15.08.2018 - 21.09.2018)
  • Dr. Nicholas Schmitt as Visitor at TU Berlin (17.08.2018 - 16.11.2018)
Forthcoming Guests and Visitors
  • Dr. Gudrun Szewieczek as Visitor at TU Berlin (19.09.2018 - 28.09.2018)