Mathematics can be tough


voestalpine Grobblech is one of the world’s leading producers of heavy plates that find their applications in extreme conditions. Tough, HIC- and wear resistant as well as roll bonded clad plates are the focus of their product mix. To control the thermomechanical conditions during the production in an appropriate way, is one of the key […]

First Light Instruments for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT)


by Andreas Obereder, RICAM and MathConsult After the sucessful research project Mathematical Algorithms for E-ELT Adaptive Optics , the Linz Adaptive Optics team is now involved the development of two first light instruments for the E-ELT  In this blog entry, we focus on our contribution to METIS, the Mid-infrared E-ELT Imager and Spectrograph.

100 Years of the Radon Transform

Next year will be the 100th anniversary of the publication of the paper “Über die Bestimmung von Funktionen durch ihre Integralwerte längs gewisser Mannigfaltigkeiten” by Johann Radon. On the occasion of this anniversary the Johann Radon Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics (RICAM) is organizing a conference with the title: 100 Years of the Radon […]

Laura and Sophia awarded


Young Talents is a programme organized by the Austrian research promotion agency (“Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft” FFG) and funded by the Austrian ministry for traffic, innovation and technology.  Talents internships for pupils aim to encourage girls and boys to follow natural sciences, and engineering and technology. Pupils have the opportunity to have an internship in various companies and […]

RICAM – The Johann Radon Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics


The Johann Radon Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics (RICAM), an institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, was founded in 2003 by Heinz W. Engl. RICAM focuses on basic research in applied mathematics, and within the Institute mathematicians from all around the globe collaborate on common core areas in mathematical modeling, simulation, inverse problems […]

Atmospheric Tomography in Adaptive Optics


Turbulent air motion in the Earth’ atmosphere causes index of refraction fluctuations. In atmospheric tomography one aims at reconstructing this atmospheric turbulence from light wavefronts of bright astronomical objects or laser beacons from several directions that are measured on the ground. Atmospheric tomography is needed in tomographic Adaptive Optics (AO) systems in large ground-based telescopes. […]

Adaptive Optics in Extremely Large Telescopes

The E-ELT will make extensive use of adaptive optics to achieve images of remarkable sharpness. In this artist’s view the future 39-metre telescope is shown using lasers to create artificial stars high in the atmosphere. These are used as part of the telescope’s sophisticated adaptive optics system to remove much of the blurring effect of the Earth’s atmosphere.

My name is Daniela Saxenhuber and I am currently finishing my PhD in Industrial Mathematics at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria. The focus of my research is the development of fast algorithms for atmospheric tomography in Adaptive Optics systems for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) currently under construction in the Atacama Desert. […]

Master Studies in Industrial Mathematics in Linz

E-ELT and VLT sizes compared with the St.Stephan's cathedral. The design for the E-ELT shown here was published in 2010 and is preliminary.

My name is Markus Pöttinger. Since November 2015 I’m a PhD student in Ronny Ramlau’s transfer group at the Johann Radon Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics (RICAM) in Linz. Upon completion of my bachelor studies in technical mathematics I decided to enroll into the master studies in industrial mathematics since I was (and still am) […]

Hot Business- from Blast Furnaces to Computational Finance


MathConsult GmbH was founded in 1996 by Heinz W. Engl as a research & development company for industrial mathematics, realizing that certain aspects of mathematical problem solving cannot be achieved by university institutes. A company can offer continuity of staff, can handle routine problems (university institutes would not be allowed to) and can develop commercial […]

A Short History of Industrial Mathematics in Linz, Austria


Linz is the capital of Upper Austria (one of the 9 Austrian federal states) and it is the center of Austrian industrial production. The steel producer voestalpine is the most prominent name in Upper Austrian industry, but you may also have heard about Primetals (formerly Siemens VAI), building steel plants, about Teufelberger, manufacturer of wire […]