Wolfgang König

Tejas Iyer, Heide Langhammer, Elena Magnanini, Tal Orenshtein, Robert I. A. Patterson, Alexandra Quitmann, D. R. Michiel Renger, Alexander Zass, Willem van Zuijlen

Christina van de Sand

Anne Flöge

from left to right: Christina van de Sand, Wolfgang König, Elena Magnanini, Robert Patterson, Heide Langhammer, Tejas Iyer, Alexander Zass, Alexandra Quitmann, Willem van Zuijlen, Anne Flöge, Michiel Renger, Tal Orenshtein (photo missing)


The research group mathematically analyses interacting random systems with a large number of degrees of freedom. Examples come from statistical physics, telecommunication, flow theory, population genetics, and materials science. The interactions are usually defined on a microscopic scale, and the macroscopic (sometimes also the mesoscopic) behaviour is described with the help of methods from asymptotic probability theory (ergodic theorems, large deviations, martingale theory, weak convergence of measures, ...), but also from analysis (variational analysis, spectral theory, partial differential equations, ...).

Topics (selection)

Some of the main subjects of the group concern questions about the stress field of localised versus homogenised behaviour of eigenfunctions of random operators, the use of stochastic particle systems as efficient solvers of kinetic equations, questions about connectivity, interference and capacity in spatial models for wireless communication, long-time behaviour of branching processes on gene sequences in random media and condensation and crystallisation phenomena in many-body systems at low temperatures. In the core topics of the group, the DFG decided in March 2019 to instal the Priority Programme SPP2265 "Random Geometric Systems" running 2020-26; the head of the Group is its coordinator.

Further activities

The group is also very active in the support of the exchange between mathematicians and the scientifically interested public, for instance by giving talks for school classes or for the public, or by editing books for the scientifically interested community. A particular highlight was the organisation of the 200th birthday of the Institute's eponym, Karl Weierstraß, another one the edition of the book ”Mathematics and Society”. Furthermore, the head of the group was in 2010-2019 the acting manager of the education centre in mathematics and the sciences INSPIRATA in Leipzig.