Verena Schwarz came to Klagenfurt to join the FWF doc.funds doctoral programme on “Modeling – Analysis – Optimization of discrete, continuous, and stochastic systems”. We spoke with her about the origins of her passion for mathematics.
The mathematician Verena Schwarz came to Klagenfurt at the worst possible time. Shortly after she arrived in Klagenfurt in September, having come from southern Germany, a far-reaching curfew was declared. Verena Schwarz came here to participate in the doc.funds Doctoral School “Modeling – Analysis – Optimization of discrete, continuous, and stochastic systems” and is now one of 14 doctoral students from the fields of mathematics and statistics who are conducting research in Klagenfurt as part of the FWF-funded project.
Her particular research interest revolves around stochastic differential equations, which can be used to model temporal processes that are manipulated by various influencing variables. Real-life examples include share prices or energy prices. “These models become very complicated fairly quickly, to the point where you can’t calculate them explicitly,” she tells us during our interview. Verena Schwarz examines theoretical approximation methods and investigates how quickly they produce a sufficiently good approximation to achieve the best possible result.
Verena Schwarz has enjoyed mathematics since her school days. Even as a student at secondary school, she excelled at recognising mathematical structures. Soon, she also started to pass on her knowledge by tutoring others. “I always sought to get my students excited about the beauty of mathematics,” she remembers. Eventually, she decided to study Mathematics and Management in Ulm; a decision she does not regret to this day: “I am really happy with this choice.” She found out about the position in Klagenfurt through the call for applications.
She takes great pleasure in working in an academic environment: “I like working in a team and dealing with unsolved problems and the new questions they raise.”