Challenge Workshop: Mathematical Modeling of Biomedical Problems



Mathematical modeling and computing in biomedicine is a key ingredient for future developments in the field. Challenges arise from complexity of the underlying biology and other chemical and physical techniques involved in medical diagnosis and treatment. From a clinical perspective mathematical models are desired to improve and quantify the understanding and treatment of diseases, while from an industrial perspective they are needed to design and improve devices or drugs. This calls for a diversity of mathematical techniques ranging from differential equations and stochastics to image processing and data analysis, which need to be brought together in order to tackle relevant problems.

This workshop brings together experts from industry, clinical practice, preclinical research and mathematics to outline and discuss mathematical challenges associated to biomedical modeling. The goal is to identify current and future areas of need for MSO research, to spur innovation by creating new research collaborations and bridge different fields of application that can be tackled by similar mathematical approaches.


December 12 - 13, 2019; start at 12:00, end (December 13) at 12:00


Erlangen Castle, Schloßplatz 1, 91054 Erlangen 


via email to


50 EUR, payment information below


Thursday, December 12
12:15 – 13:15Arrival, Registration
13:15 – 13:30Martin Burger (FAU),
Christina Surulescu (TU Kaiserslautern)
Address of Welcome
13:30 – 14:00Tobias Preusser (Fraunhofer MEVIS)
"Mathematical Modeling and Simulation as Enabling Technology for Image Guided Therapies"
14:00 – 14:30Thomas Richter (University of Magdeburg)
"A numerical framework for the simulation and optimization of mechano-chemical interactions in biology and medicine”
14:30 – 15:00Michael Wenske (WWU Münster)
"Modeling and Simulation of Glioblastoma Multiforme"
15:00 – 15:30Group Photo/ Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:00Maria Neuss-Radu (FAU)
"Innovative therapeutic approaches based on magnetic drug targeting - Mathematical modelling and simulation”
16:00 – 16:30René Pinnau (TU Kaiserslautern)
"Prognostic MR Thermometry for Thermal Ablation of Liver Tumours“
16:30 – 17:00Sigrid Leyendecker (FAU)
"Musculoskeletal digital human models in assembly planning”
17:00 – 17:30Discussion
19:00Conference Dinner
Gasthof Schwarzer Bär
Innere Brucker Str. 19, 91054 Erlangen
Friday, December 13
09:00 – 09:30Christian Engwer (WWU Münster)
"Bridging the gap betweeen numerical analysis and brain research"
09:30 – 10:00Karsten Tabelow (WIAS Berlin)
"Model-based imaging for quantitative MRI“
10:00 – 10:30Christian Geppert (Siemens Healthineers)
"Methods and challenges in (cardiac) MRI"
10:30 – 11:00Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:30Björn Eskofier (FAU)
"Data Science for Digital Health“
11:30 – 12:00Final Discussion


Prof. Dr. Martin Burger (FAU)
Prof. Dr. Christina Surulescu (TU Kaiserslautern)
Anastasia Walter (Universität Heidelberg)

The event is organized by the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) and the project "Programme-associated Activities", which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The workshop is supported by the Committee for Mathematical Modeling, Simulation and Optimization (KoMSO e.V.).


Registration & payment information:
Participation fee: 50 EUR
Please register via email to

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Please note that your payment cannot be identified without the purpose.


Until 21.11.2019 it is possible to reserve rooms from a limited contingent (12 rooms) directly at the following hotels:

  1. Hotel Rokkokohaus,, reservation number 15723
  2. Hoter Grauer Wolf,, keyword "Challenge Workshop"
  3. Hotel Altmann's Stube,, keyword "Challenge Workshop"

The rooms are blocked until 21.11.2019 and cost less than 100,00 Euro.

Due to the Christmas market in Nuremberg, hotels in the surrounding area, including Erlangen, are in high demand. We therefore recommend that you book your rooms as soon as possible.


Filming and Photography: 
Photography and filming of sessions and participants will be undertaken at the workshop and may be displayed online after the event. Photos will be taken at sessions and social events and may be used in future promotional activities both print and online. If you have any concerns please speak to KoMSO staff at the workshop registration desk on site or email the KoMSO team.