Prof. Dr. Anja Sturm
Professorin für Angewandte Stochastik
I am a Professor for Stochastics and its Applications at the University of Göttingen.
From 2004 to 2009 I was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mathematical Sciences at
the University of Delaware, USA. I received my DPhil from Oxford University in 2002, where I
was supported by a Rhodes Scholarship and an EPSRC award. I
started my undergraduate work at the University of Tübingen, Germany,
in Mathematics and Physics. I then received a Master of Science in Applied
Mathematics from the University of Washington. Before joining the
University of Delaware, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the
Weierstrass Institute of Applied Mathematics and Stochastics
in Berlin and at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, as well as
a Junior Professor of Applied Probability at the Technical University Berlin.
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The focus of my research lies in Probability theory and its applications. I am especially interested in probability models, stochastic processes and random structures, in particular random trees and graphs, that describe the evolution of interacting particle systems and population models forward and backward in time. Many of these models have implications for the applied sciences, especially for Biology and Physics. A particular interest has been on models in (population) genetics and ecology.
- Branching and interacting particle systems
- Random graphs and structures
- Markov processes with general state spaces
- Stochastic (partial) differential equations
- Coalescent processes
- Limit theorems
I am also interested in related questions in Mathematical Statistics, in particular statistical inference and asymptotic statistic. Another recent focus includes questions in stochastic optimization and algorithms.
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Starting the WS 2021/22 I am teaching a four semester cycle on stochastic processes with accompanying seminars
(with a break in the summer semester 2022 for a research sabbatical). For more detailed information see my institute web pages and StudIP.
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"The most important questions of life are, for the most part, really only problems of probability."
(Pierre Simon de Laplace, Theorie Analytique des Probabilites)
"How dare we speak of the laws of chance? Is not chance the antithesis of all law?"
(Joseph Bertrand, Calcul des probabilites)
"The theory of probability as a mathematical discipline can and should be developed from axioms in exactly the same way as geometry and algebra."
(Andrei Kolmogorov, Foundations of the Theory of Probability)
"Mathematicians are like a certain type of Frenchman: when you talk to them they
translate it into their own language and then it soon turns into something
entirely different. " [Die Mathematiker sind eine Art Franzosen: Redet man zu
ihnen, so uebersetzen sie es in ihre Sprache, und dann ist es alsobald ganz
etwas anderes.]
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Maxim 1279)
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