Alexander von Humboldt Professorship 2019

Enrique Zuazua

As a Humboldt Professor at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Enrique Zuazua will assume the chair in “Applied Mathematics”. The chair is designed to build a bridge between theory and practice and thus drive forward innovative, interdisciplinary research projects.

  • Nominating University: FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg

Applied Mathematics

The world can be understood as an accumulation of “shapes in motion”. And Enrique Zuazua wants to contribute to the development of new mathematics to better understand the sophisticated dynamics of Nature, simulate them better with the aid of modern computers, and, as far as possible, to design, control and guide them. And for this to be done new mathematical methods are needed to, on one hand, anticipate and predict and, on the other, build optimal strategies. The Spanish academic is a world leader in the field of Applied Mathematics with a particular interest in partial differential equations, control theory and numerical analysis. These mathematical fields seek, for example, to improve the modelling, simulation and control of processes deriving from the engineering sciences in many forward-thinking areas such as aviation, power networks, or social behaviour. For predicting natural phenomena, like tidal waves, which is becoming ever more important in the face of climate change, the quality of mathematical models and the available images, measurements and data in Enrique Zuazua’s research field is also crucial.

Brief bio

Prof. Dr. Enrique Zuazua was born in Spain. He is the Director of the Chair of Computational Mathematics at the University of Deusto, Bilbao, and Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain. Prior to this, he worked at various research institutes in Spain after completing his doctorate in Spain and France. He is also the founding director of the Basque Centre for Applied Mathematics in Bilbao, which was established in 2008. He has received numerous honours and awards including two ERC Advanced Grants, the Humboldt Research Award, the Spanish Premio Nacional de Investigación Julio Rey Pastor and an honorary doctorate from the Université de Lorraine, France. In July 2019 he took up his position as a Humboldt Professor at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg.

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