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Welcome to the homepage of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) Priority Programme "Random Geometric Systems" (SPP 2265 "Zufällige geometrische Systeme").

Phenomena that emerge from an interaction between random influences and geometric properties are ubiquitous and extremely diverse. They appear in physics (e.g., condensation or crystallisation in interacting random particle models for equilibrium situations), materials science (e.g., electrical conducting properties in metals with impurities), in telecommunication (e.g., connectivity in spatial multi-hop ad-hoc communication networks), and elsewhere. The origins and the mechanisms that lead to the phenomena are often deeply hidden. Bringing them to the surface often requires serious research activities, many of which have to be theoretical by the nature of the problem.

Review colloquium

The call for proposals is now closed and a total of 44 proposals each involving one or two positions for PhD students or post-doctoral researchers have been submitted.

The review colloquium will take place on Friday 20. March, 2020 at the DLR in Cologne (near Cologne/Bonn airport). The DFG has issued invitations to all proposers to attend this colloquium. On the Friday morning Wolfgang König will give an overview of all the proposed projects, which will be followed by a poster session for all applications. The poster session will end late on the Friday afternoon, at which point the proposers will be free to leave. The panel of reviewers will then discuss the proposed projects on Friday evening and Saturday morning in order to make provisional decisions in the form of recommendations to the DFG. It is likely that these provisional decisions regarding the individual proposals will be communicated to the proposers via Wolfgang König in the course of the afternoon of Saturday 21. March.

After an extensive search process we are pleased to announce the panel of reviewers, whom we also wish to thank for their time and effort:

Scientific Focus

This Priority Programme is devoted to the mathematical analysis of effects and phenomena that emerge from an interplay between randomness and geometry. Many questions of intrinsic mathematical interest will be studied. Disciplines like physics, materials science and telecommunication will be crucial sources of problems, applications, motivations, models and solutions. The main focus will lie on the development of new and the refinement of existing methods, and on the creation and analysis of new random spatial models.

Goals comprise The Priority Programme is expected to push forward substantial developments into various timely directions, like time-dependent random media, continuous-space modelling, long-range dependence of interactions, description of entire geometries instead of characteristic quantities, or the introduction of spatiality into mean-field models.

The research in this Priority Programme will mostly concern:

Establishing cross-connections will be highly welcome.

Analytical work shall be dominant in this Priority Programme. Important impulses and progress will also come from the field of mathematical statistics; mathematical work that leads to the development of statistical tools for the analysis of geometric data will be welcome in the Priority Programme. Furthermore, also numerical and modelling work as well as a systematic transfer of questions from the applied sciences into mathematics will substantially contribute to the success of the programme.


This Priority Programme is coordinated by with the programme committee: