TU Dortmund




Adresse (Briefe):

Technische Universität Dortmund
Fak. Mathematik, LS X
44221 Dortmund

Adresse (Lieferungen):

Technische Universität Dortmund
Fak. Mathematik, LS X
Vogelpothsweg 87
44227 Dortmund

Telefonnummern und Email-Adressen:

Fiona Drees (Sekretariat):
(+49) 231 / 755-5411

Prof. Dr. H. Blum:
(+49) 231 / 755-5410

Prof. Dr. Ch. Kreuzer:
(+49) 231 / 755-5425

Prof. Dr. Ch. Meyer:
(+49) 231 / 755-5412

Fax: (+49) 231 / 755-5416


Summer School (July, 30, — August, 01, 2018)

Complementarity problems in Applied Mathematics: Modeling, Analysis, and Optimization

funded by

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


Complementarity problems and related non-smooth structures play an important role in various applications such as elastoplastic deformation or damage processes. The non-smoothness of such systems has a direct impact on its mathematical treatment, beginning from the analysis over numerical simulations to the optimization of such systems and processes. The summer school aims to illustrate these effects on applied mathematics as a whole. It is primarily intended for the doctoral and postdoctoral students of the DFG SPP1962, however other interested parties may also apply to register.


The summer school will take place at the Faculty of Mathematics, TU Dortmund.

Vogelpothsweg 87,
44227 Dortmund

How to get there
There is a direct connection via local train from Dortmund main station to the university. Just take the local train S1 into direction Düsseldorf or Solingen and exit at „Dortmund Universität“.

Important Dates
Registration: June, 30, 2018
Begin: July, 30, 2018, noon
End: August, 01, 2018, noon

There is no registration fee, but registration is mandatory. Please note that travel costs and accommodation will not be provided by us.

In order to register, please write an email to Christan Meyer.

A hotel nearby the university:
There are several hotels and hostels nearby the main station, for instance:

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    Lecture notes

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    Lecture notes