Transferring new knowledge from industrial mathematics into real applications for the economy and society – that is the goal of TOPAS (Transfer Center for Optimized, Assisted, Highly Automated and Autonomous Systems). The company is a spin-off from the Faculty of Mathematics / Computer Science at the University of Bremen. On November 29, Mayor Andreas Bovenschulte visited TOPAS and the #MOIN – Model Region of Industrial Mathematics project.
TOPAS – Working at the Interface between Basic Research and Business
25 people currently work at TOPAS. Whilst fundamental research is carried out at the University of Bremen, TOPAS takes care of development and transfer and the team does not only work on its own projects. The company, which was founded in 2021, now also takes on contracts. Wherever engineers encounter complex industrial mathematical challenges during development, TOPAS works on a solution.
"TOPAS is the best example of how important industrial mathematics is – in all areas of life. At TOPAS, a whole range of projects are being implemented on the basis of industrial mathematical algorithms, particularly in the field of autonomous mobility and autonomous driving. I was able to experience this first-hand during a drive. It made it clear to me once again how complex the whole thing is – and how much progress has been made. I am delighted that we in Bremen are yet again a leader in this field," said Andreas Bovenschulte.
Dr. Mitja Echim, Managing Director of TOPAS Industrial Mathematics, added: "The mayor's attention to our work at TOPAS Industrial Mathematics, especially our progress in the areas of autonomous systems and energy applications, is a great compliment. It is encouraging to see that the topics of knowledge transfer and industrial mathematics are on the political agenda. This recognition emphasizes the central role of industrial mathematics as the basis for the state of Bremen's AI strategy and reflects our goal of translating scientific knowledge into practical, societal, and economic benefits."
How #MOIN Brings Industrial Mathematics to the Region
Generating interest in industrial mathematics is the aim of the #MOIN – Model Region of Industrial Mathematics project. The University of Bremen, together with partners from science and society, is pursuing the vision of enabling everyone to benefit from the knowledge of (industrial) mathematics. Over the next few years, concrete initiatives are to be implemented in schools and commercial and industrial companies, for example. This will initially take place in Bremen, Bremerhaven, and the district of Osterholz, and later expand to other districts and cities. The aim is to preserve future-proof jobs in the region, as well as create new ones. The project is being funded with almost six million euros over a period of three years as part of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research's "T!Raum - TransferRäume für die Zukunft von Regionen" funding program. It can be extended twice in total.
Christof Büskens, Scientific Director at TOPAS Industrial Mathematics, #MOIN Project Manager, and professor at the Center for Industrial Mathematics, stated: "The mayor's visit highlights the rapidly growing importance of industrial mathematics in our region. We are enthusiastic about the stimulating exchange and are delighted about the great interest shown in us. The Model Region of Industrial Mathematics in Bremen and the surrounding area is an important milestone for the transfer of industrial mathematical innovations from the university and demonstrates our city's commitment to being at the forefront of scientific and technological developments."