PD Dr. rer. nat. habil. Sven-Joachim Kimmerle

Professur für Ingenieur-Mathematik (Prof. Gerdts)

PD Dr. rer. nat. habil. Sven-Joachim Kimmerle

Office hours: by arrangement (at short notice)

Research interests:

  • Mathematical Modelling: Multibody systems coupled with elasticity, PEM fuel cells / Nanochannels / Hydrogen electrolysis / Nanobubbles, Phase transitions (Sharp-Interface models / Macroscopic equations)
  • Analysis: Coupled ODE-PDE systems, Mathematical elasticity, Free boundary problems, Homogenization of PDE / Asymptotic analysis
  • Optimization: Optimal control of PDE, Optimal control of ODE-PDE systems, Shape optimization, Machine learning
  • Statistics: Data science, Influence of stochastic perturbations
  • Physics of Failure, Reliability, FIT-rates (FIDES standard), Automotive Networks
  • Numerics: Simulation of fully coupled ODE-PDE systems / PDE systems, Efficient simulation of large systems of differential equations, Free boundaries and contact




  • "Mathematics 1" for "Business Informatics" in Winter Term 2020/21 (OTH Regensburg), live online lecture and practical course
  • "Numerical Optimization" for "Scientific Computing" and "Computer Science" in Summer Term 2020, Summer Term 2021 (University of Applied Sciences Munich), live online lecture and practical course
  • "Mathematical Methods in Engineering" for "Aerospace Engineering" in WT 2020 (UniBw Munich), lecture & tutorials
  • "Linear and Nonlinear Optimization (BSc)" for "Mathematical Engineering" and "Aerospace Engineering" in HT 2019, HT 2020 (UniBw Munich)
  • "Numerics - Advanced chapters" for "Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences" in FT 2017 (UniBw Munich)
  • "Mathematical Modelling" for "Mathematical Engineering", "Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences" and "Aerospace Engineering" in FT 2017 (UniBw Munich)
  • "Introduction Finite Element Methods" for "Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences" in WT 2017 (UniBw Munich)
  • "Statistics" for "Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences" in WT 2017 (UniBw Munich)
  • "Programming" for "Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences" in HT 2016, HT 2017 (UniBw Munich)
  • "Finite Elements" for "Mathematical Engineering" in WT 2013, WT 2015 (UniBw Munich), lecture & tutorials
  • "Mathematical Methods II" for ecomic and social sciences (in English), Autumn term 2010 (U Ottawa)
  • "Calcul différentiel et intégral pour les sciences de la vie II" in French (Calculus II for life sciences), Winter term 2010 (U Ottawa)


Teaching support and coordination (since 2011), all at UniBw Munich:

  • "Mathematics (for Engineers) 1, 2 & 3" in HT 2011 & WT 2012, HT 2013 & WT 2014, HT 2014 & WT 2015, HT 2015 & WT 2016
  • "Mathematical Methods in Aerospace Engineering" in WT 2011
  • "Mathematical Methods in Engineering" in WT 2018
  • "Functional Analysis" in FT 2016
  • Laboratory course "Optimal control" in FT 2011, FT 2012
  • "Optimization (MSc INF)" in FT 2012
  • "Introduction to Optimization (BSc ME)" in FT 2013, FT 2014
  • "Linear and Nonlinear Optimization (BSc LRT)" in HT 2012
  • "Introduction into Numerics" in WT 2014


Further duties and responsibilities:


Personal information:

  • Oct 2018 - : Research & Development, Physical Software Solutions (spin-off), Ottobrunn
  • Jan 2020: Venia legendi (title "Privatdozent") for Mathematics, issued by department LRT at Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany
  • Jun 2019: Facultas docendi (together with "Habilitationsurkunde") for Mathematics, issued by department LRT at Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany, since then external lecturer at Institute for Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computing (LRT-1)
  • May 2019: Final presentation of Habilitation Thesis "Optimal Control of Coupled Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations", Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany; Mentors: M. Gerdts, T. Apel (both UniBw M), R. Herzog (TU Chemnitz)
  • Feb 2011 - Sep 2018: Research Associate at the Chair of M. Gerdts, Institute for Mathematics and Computer Application (LRT-1), Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany
  • Jul 2016 - Dec 2017: Interim Professor for Mathematics and Computer Sciences in Engineering, Institute for Mathematics and Computer Sciences in Civil Engineering (BAU-1), Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany
  • 2010: Part-time Professor and Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Industrial project with Toyota), Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Ottawa, Canada (Mentors: A. Novruzi, U Ottawa; P. Berg, UOIT Oshawa)
  • Sep 2009: Defense of Doctoral Thesis "Macroscopic Diffusion Models for Precipitation in Crystalline Gallium Arsenide", Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany (Supervisors: B. Niethammer, HU Berlin/U Oxford, W. Dreyer, WIAS Berlin)
  • Oct 2004 - Dec 2009: Research Assistant, DFG Research Center MATHEON "Mathematics for Key Technologies" (Industrial cooperation with Freiberger Compound Materials) / HU Berlin, Germany
  • Sep 2004: Diploma in Mathematics with minor in Theoretical Physics, Universität Heidelberg, Germany (Supervisor: W. Jäger)
  • Jun 2002: "Maîtrise de mathématiques classiques", Université Paris 7 - Denis Diderot, France
  • Oct 2000: Vordiplom (Pre-degree) in Mathematics and Vordiplom in Physics, Universität Heidelberg, Germany



Refereed publications:



  • Kimmerle, S.-J., Kimmerle, W.: Mehrdimensionale Analysis und Differentialgleichungen - für Ingenieure und Physiker, 3., erw. Auflage, edition delkhofen, Deilingen, 2020.




Preprints (available on request):

  • Kimmerle, S.-J.: Well-Posedness of a Coupled Quasilinear Parabolic and Elliptic Free Boundary Problem From a Model for Precipitation in Crystalline Solids.
  • Kimmerle, S.-J.: A Model Problem for Optimal Control of a Parabolic PDE Fully Coupled to ODEs, 2019, accepted.
  • Kimmerle, S.-J., K. Dvorsky, H.-D. Ließ, R. Avenhaus: Time to Failure under Varying Thermal Stresses, Preprint, Universität der Bundeswehr München, Neubiberg, 2020.
  • Kimmerle, S.-J., Avenhaus, R., Dvorsky, K., Ließ, H.-D.: Statistische Kenngrößen für Ausfallzeiten elektronischer Bauteile unter zeitlich veränderlichen Temperaturbelastungen. Interne Dokumentation, Physical Software Solutions, 2018.


Publications w/o peer review and technical reports (selected):