Prof. Dr. Barbara Wohlmuth



Contact Details

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Academic Career and Research Areas

The research of Prof. Wohlmuth examines the numerical simulation of partial differential equations. Special areas of interest here are discretization techniques, adaptivity, multi-scale solvers and the mathematical modeling of coupled multi-field problems. Interdisciplinary cooperation with engineering experts is an important part of her work.

Prof. Wohlmuth studied mathematics at TUM and the University of Grenoble. She completed her doctorate in 1995 at TUM and her lecturer qualification in 2000 at the University of Augsburg. After that, she did research at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris. She also worked as a visiting professor in France and Hong Kong. In 2010, Prof. Wohlmuth accepted her current position at TUM. She is a member of the Executive Board of the Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM) and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics. She is also a member of the Editorial Board of Computational Mechanics, Zeitschrift für Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik, SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing and Numerische Mathematik.


  • Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Prize, DFG (2012)
  • Sacchi-Landriani Prize, Accademia di Scienze e Lettere, 
Milano (2005)

Key Publications

Li J, Melenk M, Wohlmuth B, Zou V: “Optimal convergence of higher order finite element methods for elliptic interface problems”. Appl. Numer. Math. 2010; 60: 19 – 37.

Weiss A, Wohlmuth B: “A posteriori error estimator and error control for contact problems”. Math. Comp. 2009; 78: 1237 – 1267.

Hager C, Wohlmuth B: “Analysis of a space-time discretization for dynamic elasticity problems based on mass-free surface elements”. SIAM J. Numer. Anal. 2009; 47: 1863 – 1885.

Flemisch B, Kaltenbacher M, Triebenbacher S, Wohlmuth B: “Applications of the Mortar Finite Element Method in Vibroacoustics and Flow Induced Noise Computations”. Acta Acustica united with Acustica. 2010; 96: 536 – 553.

Hauret P, Salomon J, Weiss A, Wohlmuth B: “Energy-consistent corotational schemes for frictional contact problems”. SIAM J. Sci. Comp. 2008; 30: 2488 – 2511.