Institute for Experimental Mathematics

Managing Director: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Erwin P. Rathgeb
Managing Director: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Erwin P. Rathgeb

To enable mathematicians, computer experts and communications specialists to engage in straightforward and transdisciplinary collaboration under one roof, the Institute for Experimental Mathematics (IEM) was founded with the support of the Volkswagen Foundation in 1989 as a central scientific facility of the former University of Essen. With the addition of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Chair for Computer Networking Technology on 1 January 1999, the Institute was strengthened in this particular field of research. The areas of Discrete Mathematics, Digital Communications, Computer Networking Technology and Theory of Numbers are all represented at the IEM.

The primary objective of the Institute is to foster interactions between the fields of mathematics, computer science and the engineering sciences. Its main areas of research

  • Algorithms and mechanisms for electronic communication, and secure and fast data communication
  • Algorithmic aspects in algebra, discrete mathematics, number theory and scientific computing
  • Basic research in mathematics.