Prof. Dr. Tim Hoffmann

Associate Professor

Geometry I



Contact Details

Business card at TUMonline

Academic Career and Research Areas

Professor Hoffmann conducts research in the field of differential geometry and mathematical visualization.

Professor Hoffmann studied in Berlin. After receiving his doctorate (2000), working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst, USA), and acquiring his postdoctoral teaching qualification (habilitation) (2003), he was the recipient of a DFG Heisenberg grant at LMU. This was followed by sabbatical appointments in Jena, Munich and Berlin. In 2008 Professor Hoffmann was appointed full professor at Kyushu University (Fukuoka, Japan). In the same year he accepted an appointment at TUM. He is still a visiting professor at Kyushu University and a member of its Math-for-Industry GCOE.

Key Publications

Hoffmann T: "Discrete differential geometry of curves and surfaces". Volume 18 of MI Lecture Note Series. Faculty of Mathematics, Kyushu University 2009.


Hoffmann T: "Discrete Hashimoto surfaces and a double discrete smoke ring flow". In:  Oberwolfach Seminars. Editor: Bobenko AI, Schröder P, Sullivan JM, Ziegler GM. 2008; 95-115.


Bobenko A, Hoffmann T, Springborn B: "Minimal surfaces from circle patterns: Geometry from combinatorics". Ann. Math. 2006; 164(1): 231-264.


Hoffmann T, Kutz N: "Discrete curves in C P^1 and the Toda lattice". Stud. Appl. Math. 2004; 113: 31-55.


Bobenko A, Hoffmann T: "Hexagonal circle patterns and integrable systems. Patterns with constant angles". Duke Math. J. 2003; 116(3):525-566.