Nachwuchsring

Prof. Dr. Claudia Redenbach

Claudia Redenbach is now a Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Kaiserslautern. We had the opportunity to talk to her and hear about her research and plans for the future. 

 

Where did you complete your previous studies? 

I received my Diploma in Mathematics from the University of Mainz. After that I came to Kaiserslautern to pursue a PhD at the Fraunhofer ITWM. 

How did you come to the TU Kaiserslautern? 

My diploma studies were very theory-oriented. For my PhD I was looking for a more applied project which I found at the ITWM. After some years at the ITWM and a Postdoc stay in Gothenburg I got a position in the statistics group at the TU Kaiserslautern. Now my family and I are fully established and happy here in the city. 

Can you tell us a little about your research area and future plans? 

My main areas of study are stochastic geometry, spatial statistics, and quantitative image analysis. An important topic of my research is performing statistical analysis of engineered or natural microstructures, in order to better understand their architecture and study a possible optimization. I am working on several interdisciplinary research projects with partners from mathematics, engineering, medicine or glaciology. For instance, in a joint project with the Alfred-Wegener Institute from Bremerhaven we are estimating compression parameters of polar ice cores. These parameters are needed by glaciologists for dating the ice. 

Learning the details on an applied problem, translating them into a mathematical model and then developing the mathematical tools for solving the problem is always an interesting and challenging process. For the future, I expect that the growing amount of massive data sets such as time resolved CT scans will pose new challenges regarding statistical analysis. Furthermore, I am looking forward to establishing new collaborations both within and outside the TU Kaiserslautern. 

What do you like or dislike at the TU Kaiserslautern? 

I think that Kaiserslautern with the TU and the research institutes provides a very fruitful environment for interdisciplinary research. I also like the atmosphere at the math department. A con is probably that the different groups of our department are pretty much scattered on the campus which makes communication with colleagues sometimes difficult. 

Which services from the TU Nachwuchsring have you used? 

I used to attend workshops and seminars offered by the Nachwuchsring. Furthermore, I participated in several meetings of the juniorprofessors at TU Kaiserslautern. I found these meetings very interesting because you could exchange ideas with other scientists at the same career level. I also learned a lot about differences in the research culture in different scientific disciplines.

Is there any advice you’d give to young researchers in the early stage of their career? 

I think that it is important to get to know people in your field and exchange information and experiences with other researchers. Hence, you should try to participate in international conferences and workshops. Furthermore, I encourage my PhD students to attend workshops teaching skills such as scientific writing or presentation techniques which are offered by the Nachwuchsring.   

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