Thematic Einstein Semester on

Network Games, Tropical Geometry, and
Quantum Communication

(April 15 - July 5 2019)


The topic of this topical semester is motivated by challenges arising in the analysis and the algorithmic treatment of next generation networks. Networks already have a close connection to algorithmic game theory, but we are convinced that future research in this area will benefit from additional geometric insights. Also of interest, with potential (but as yet unexplored) applications, are quantum communication networks aimed at secure multi-partite communication.

Application procedure

The activities are open to all members of BMS+ and MATH+, as well as a limited number of master's students of the three Berlin universities. Application is mandatory, see the call for application for details. The application deadline is March 15, 2019. The application process for external graduate students and postdocs is already closed.


The special semester features a kickoff event, three advanced courses, one at each of the three participating universities, one international conference, and one final workshop. Researchers (in particular those in MATH+) who wish to suggest additional activities are welcome to contact one of the organizers.

Kickoff event

The Kickoff event will take place on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Details will follow.

Advanced courses

The special semester features three advanced courses preparing students for the talks for the international conference. Students of the three Berlin universities can earn credits by participating in the courses and the subsequent research project. Credits will be given based on a portfolio exam at the end of the semester.

International conference

The international conference will take place on June 3–7, 2019 at ZIB Berlin.

Final workshop

After the conference the participating students will work on their projects. First results will be presented by the students at a final workshop in July.

Jour fixe

There will be a jour fixe every other Friday. Details will follow.


Michael Joswig (TU Berlin)
Jens Eisert (FU Berlin)
Max Klimm (HU Berlin)