Doc.funds Students attending Austrian Stochastic Days in Leoben

Corona makes it very difficult to participate in live conferences these days, but fortunately the 9th Austrian Stochastics Days took place at the University of Leoben on September 9 and 10, 2021.

The four doc.funds PhD students, Iris Rammelmüller, Verena Schwarz, Kathrin Spendier & Iryna Vasylieva, attended the conference and took the opportunity to hear interesting talks from colleagues in stochastics and to present their own research.

Kathrin Spendier gave a talk entitled: Convergence of the tamed-Euler-Maruyama scheme for SDEs with discontinuous and polynomially growing drift.

Enthusiastic about exchanging ideas with other researchers, making contacts and learning from them, the young female scientists are working towards being back next year at the 10th Austrian Stochastics Days (in Vienna) to present their scientific results.

A life for mathematical formulas

Iris Rammelmüller lives for mathematical formulas. The Upper Austrians are proud to have produced an exceptional mathematician. They are reporting about her research activities. Ms. Rammelmüller is a 26-year-old doctoral student and works at the Institute of Statistics as part of the doc.funds project. Read more about Iris and her research activities on

Calculating the spread of pollutants in cities

One way of gaining a comprehensive understanding of the spread of pollutants in cities would be to set up measuring stations everywhere. But that is not feasible in reality. To address this tricky issue, Iris Rammelmüller, a doctoral student at the FWF-doc.funds doctoral school “Modeling – Analysis – Optimisation of discrete, continuous, and stochastic systems”, is developing mathematical models that can be used to calculate pollutant levels.

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Michaela Szölgyenyi in the press portrait: Stochastic processes and their effects

Whether stock prices, electricity prices, or wind farm yields: Michaela Szölgyenyi deals with ubiquitous coincidences and the mathematical tools that can be used to model them as part of her specialty – namely stochastic differential equations.

Our professor Michaela Szölgyenyi was interviewed extensively by the press on this topic. Read the full article again here in the issue of 24.6.2021.

Kathrin Spendier models time-dependent processes

Kathrin Spendier models time-dependent processes using stochastic differential equations. She is among the first doctoral students of our FWF doc.funds doctoral school “Modeling -Analysis – Optimization of discrete, continuous, and stochastic systems”.

The Austrian journal “Falter” reports on her research activities at the Institute of Statistics in its issue of 26 May 2021. Read the full article on (only available in German).

Carinthian of the Day

Kathrin Spendier from the Institute of Statistics at the University of Klagenfurt and member of the Austrian Science Fund FWF doc.funds doctoral school Modeling—Analysis—Optimization is Carinthian of the Day!

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“ Pure logic, which surprises me again and again”

Kathrin Spendier is one of the first doctoral students to participate in the FWF doc.funds doctoral programme on “Modeling – Analysis – Optimization of discrete, continuous, and stochastic systems”. She talked to us about the fascination mathematics holds for her, and what goals she wants to achieve with her research.

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Technical mathematics is more than adding 0 and multiplying by 1

Celina Strasser has always loved puzzles. Mathematics was already her favourite subject during her school days. Celina Strasser is currently studying Technical Mathematics at the University of Klagenfurt. She talked to us about outdated ways of thinking, the gender gap in technical areas, clichés in mathematics and her passion for modelling, optimising and programming.

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Successful admission to the Young Scientists Mentoring Program

We are pleased to inform you about the successful admission of Postdoc-Ass. Dr. Ercan Sönmez M.Sc. and Mag. Waqas Shabbir M.Phil., M.Sc., B.Sc. to the Young Scientists Mentoring Programs 2020/21.

Both have successfully presented their fields of research and are now being supported with one-to-one mentorings and career coachings.

Funding for 14 PhD students in the field of optimization in FWF doc.funds project

The approval of this project represents a milestone in the success story of the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Klagenfurt. It’s also a great achievement on the part of the participating professors and particularly for the 32-year-old coordinator, Michaela Szölgyenyi. Starting in October 2020, the project will employ ten young scientists (including eight women), with four more positions yet to be filled. The launch of the doc.funds doctoral school entitled “Modeling – Analysis – Optimization of discrete, continuous, and stochastic systems” will be celebrated on 27 October 2020 with an opening colloquium.

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