Dear Friends of KoMSO,
It is our pleasure to present the second KoMSO newsletter of the year. This edition offers current news and success stories from the MSO community. Unfortunately, these news include the cancelation of several important conferences due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Please feel free to share your feedback with us or to contribute ideas for upcoming editions of this newsletter. Previous editions of this newsletter can be found at <https://www.komso.org/index.php?id=71>.
Best wishes from the KoMSO Coordination Office!
Upcoming conferences & events
CANCELED: OP20 & UQ20
The "SIAM Conference on Optimization" scheduled to take place from May 26 to 29, 2020 in Hong Kong and the "SIAM Conference on Uncertainty Quantification" scheduled to take place from March, 24 to 27 at TUM in Munich, Germany were both canceled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. It is currently unclear whether the conferences will be rescheduled or if alternative plans can be determined. More information can be found at <https://sinews.siam.org/Details-Page/siams-response-to-the-international-outbreak-of-the-novel-coronavirus-disease-covid-19>.
The "91st GAMM Annual Meeting" scheduled to take place from March 16 to 20, 2020 in Kassel, Germany was canceled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Further plans are currently unclear. More information (in German) can be found at <https://jahrestagung.gamm-ev.de/index.php/2020/2020-annual-meeting>.
News & miscellaneous
BMBF funding priority "Mathematics for Innovations"
Funding for the approved projects from the latest call ("Development of methods for handling large amounts of data") will start on April 1, 2020. A first overview can be obtained from the funding catalog of the German government (keyword: *05M2020*) or in the foreseeable future (in German) at <https://math4innovation.de>.
BMVI call for proposals
The second call for proposals of BMVI's funding guideline "A future-proof, sustainable mobility system through automated and connected driving" is still open until March 27, 2020. More information (in German) can be found at <https://www.bmvi.de/SharedDocs/DE/Artikel/DG/forschungsprogramm-automatisierung-vernetzung-strassenverkehr.html>.
"Digital Strategy" of the EU commission
On February 19, 2020 president von der Leyen presented the EU commission's "Digital Strategy". Special focus lies on the transparent use of AI and establishing a European market for data. More information can be found at <https://ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/europe-fit-digital-age_en>.
Success stories & achievements
Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize
Last year Michael Bortz and Karl-Heinz Küfer of Fraunhofer ITWM got awarded the "Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize" for their work on saving energy in the production of chemicals using MSO techniques. More information can be found at <https://www.itwm.fraunhofer.de/en/press-publications/press-releases/2019_05_08_saving-energy-chemicals-tool.html>.
EMS image movie
The European Mathematical Society produced a short movie on the profound impact maths has on life and business in the 21st century featuring KoMSO board member Dirk Hartmann. The video can be found at <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0eBOWdALRE>. Further examples for marketing industrial mathematics can be found online, e.g., the success stories of a KoMSO partner, the Heidelberg Collaboratory for Industrial Optimization (HCO) <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_yK02xySUQ>.