Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Research profile

The research of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science focuses on mathematical applications and the design of innovative software systems.

Research at the Computer Science capacity group

Research into computer science focuses in particular on the engineering and analysis methods of software systems. The development of innovative software and the art of mathematical modeling underlie technological and industrial progress. The research concentrates on:

  • Information systems
  • Model Driven Software Engineering
  • Security and Embedded Networked Systems
  • Algorithmics and Visualization

The emphasis in the research lies in the applications thereof in embedded systems and in business information systems.

The research into computer science is of very high quality according to an international evaluation committee that investigated research into computer science at nine Dutch universities in the fall of 2009. The committee assessed the research into computer science based on four criteria: quality, productivity, relevance and feasibility.

Within TU/e, nine different computer science research programs were assessed, which were given a general score of no less than 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5. The chairs of Architecture of Information systems and Algoriths scored a 5 for all criteria. The committee also mentioned that the chair of Visualization could be counted among the very best. It was full of praise regarding the attention paid to applications and the tools and software systems that had been developed.

The Netherlands is one of the strongest countries in the world in the field of computer science. The committee saw strong evidence of excellent research. The Computer Science subdepartment has been successful in attracting top talent from around the Netherlands and abroad. It is no surprise then that the quality of the scientific publications is improving and the impact of research increasing. In the next decade, the Netherlands will be able to maintain its solid position, because extremely talented people are amongst our young researchers.

The research is concentrated in the Computer Science research programs.

Research at the Mathematics capacity group

The Department’s mathematical research focuses primarily on three research programs:

  • Applied Analysis, Scientific Computing, and Variational Methods (examples of this include mathematical modeling and the simulation of physical processes)
  • Discrete Mathematics and Applications (from algebra and geometry to coding theory, cryptology, and optimization)
  • Stochastics (stochastic models, industrial statistics, queue theory, planning problems)

The mathematical research programs’ average score was the highest among Dutch universities in the ranking of the assessment committee sent by QANU (Quality Assurance Netherlands Universities) from 2003 to 2008. The committee was full of praise regarding the quality, productivity, relevance and viability of the three research programs.

The assessment is conducted once every six years and is carried out within the framework of 3TU. On a scale from 1 to 20, the average score of the programs in Eindhoven was 19.33. The Stochastics program was awarded the maximum score of 5 four times. The two other programs CASA (Centre for Analysis, Scientific Computing, and Applications) and Discrete Mathematics earned three scores of 5 and one of 4.

The committee praised the implementation of the mission of ‘technical mathematics’ at a university of technology. It complemented TU/e for the policy pursued to attract outstanding researchers.

The research is concentrated in the Mathematics research programs.