Math/Maastricht documents the answers of some of Maastricht University’s math-minded researchers of the Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering (DKE, Faculty of Science and Engineering) and the Department of Quantitative Economics (QE, School of Business and Economics).
The resulting twelve stories form an alternative guide to the city, providing an inspiring view of Maastricht and a taste of the range of mathematics-based research at Maastricht University.
Math/Maastricht is a joint project of UM’s:
When you cross a bridge, what crosses your mind? Do you think about the weather, about your shopping list, or do you wonder whether you will catch the train?
As it turns out, Dutch windmills are not just national icons. They also hold a unique position in the mathematical landscape.
The modern-day incarnation of an ancient Greek goddess is a software package that provides rigorous, mathematical certainty about problems involving change.
Signals are everywhere, and they contain a lot of information. However, it is not so easy to see or to extract this information.
The cheerful statues of the Zaat Herremenieke are connected to hundreds of mathematicians worldwide, who work in a field called game theory.
The ability to reason gives humans an edge over beings driven by evolution, like cancer cells or animals. The outcome of this power imbalance varies depending on where you look.
The importance of fairness and balance is not to be underestimated. It comes with unique challenges, both on a mathematical and on a personal level.
Giving directions is an art. How do you give directions that are not only precise, but which also remain valid in whatever unforeseen situation comes up?
…that is not the question. At least, not according to Mathias Staudigl. He is more concerned with the how of learning in and outside of game theory.
…with no problems? Hill climbing isn’t straightforward, whether that is for someone taking on a snowy mountain or for a computer trying to find solutions in an abstract space.
Did you ever stop to think whether you solved a puzzle in the most efficient way possible? Math is here to help, and you may want to pay special attention if you marshal trains for a living.
Biology and mathematics offer a lot to each other. One has all sorts of interesting data, while the other knows how to put it to work.
The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) is home to several outstanding departments and institutions covering education and research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as well as the liberal arts and sciences.
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) provides its students with high-quality education and conducts top-level research in the broad variety of scientific domains going far beyond just economics and international business.
Imagination provides direction to both artists and scientists. Whether aesthetically, conceptually, artistically or scientifically, breaking new ground requires us to explore worlds previously unheard of.