RWTH Receives 10.1 Million Euros for Particularly Qualified Doctoral Candidates


DFG extends funding for two Research Training Groups.


The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved the extension proposals for the Research Training Groups UnRAVeL – Uncertainty and Randomness in Algorithms, Verification, and Logic and Energy, Entropy, and Dissipative Dynamics. They were both established at RWTH Aachen University in 2017. The aim of such groups is to train particularly qualified doctoral candidates. RWTH will receive a total of 10.1 million euros in funding over the next four and a half years.

The DFG will provide 6 million euros to support the training of 12 doctoral candidates in Research Training Group 2236 UnRAVeL – Uncertainty and Randomness in Algorithms, Verification, and Logic. A total of 12 RWTH professors are involved, with Professor Joost-Pieter Katoen from the Department of Computer Science 2 (Software Modeling and Verification) the spokesperson for the Research Training Group. Uncertainties that arise, for example, from large amounts of data, fuzzy measurements, or imprecise models, are the focus of this Research Training Group. The aim is to apply theoretical computer science concepts to engineering and business administration, especially when it comes to uncertainty and fuzziness issues. The combination of computer science, economics, and engineering offers the opportunity to investigate the mentioned issues with complementary approaches in the interplay between theory and practice.

A total of 10 doctoral candidates and 1 postdoc position will be funded in the Research Training Group Energy, Entropy, and Dissipative Dynamics. The Research Training Group will therefore receive funding totaling 4.1 million euros. Eight RWTH professors are involved in the Research Training Group. The spokesperson for the Research Training Group is Professor Michael Westdickenberg from the Chair of Mathematics (Analysis). The Research Training Group combines analysis, modeling, and numerics in nonlinear hyperbolic and kinetic partial differential equations and applied analysis. The research projects are connected by the themes of energy/entropy functionals and their dissipation mechanisms as tools to investigate the properties of a model and the permissible dynamics.