Persönlicher Status und Werkzeuge

Prof. Dr. Silke Rolles

Associate Professor

Mathematical physics



Contact Details

Business card at TUMonline

Academic Career and Research Areas

Professor Rolles (b. 1972) carries out research in the field of probability theory. She is especially interested in processes in random media, interactive particle systems and statistical mechanics.

After studying mathematics at Saarland University, she conducted research at EURANDOM in Eindhoven (Netherlands) and received her doctorate in 2002 at the University of Amsterdam. She acquired her postdoctoral teaching qualification (habilitation) in Bielefeld in 2005. Her scientific career has taken her to the University of California in Los Angeles, the Technical University of Eindhoven and the University of Zurich.


  • Förderpreis für hervorragende Arbeiten des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses auf dem Gebiet der Stochastik (2004)

Key Publications

Merkl F, Rolles SWW: „Recurrence of edge-reinforced random walk on a two-dimensional graph”. The Annals of Probability. 2009; 37: 1679-1714.


Merkl F, Rolles SWW: „Spontaneous breaking of continuous rotational symmetry in two dimensions”. Electronic Journal of Probability. 2009; 14: 1705-1726.

Merkl F, Rolles SWW: „A random environment for linearly edge-reinforced random walks on infinite”. Graphs Probability Theory and Related Fields. 2007; 138: 157-176.

Diaconis P, Rolles SWW: “Bayesian analysis for reversible Markov chains”. The Annals of Statistics. 2006; 34: 1270-1292.


Liggett TM, Rolles SWW: “An Infinite Stochastic Model of Social Network Formation”. Stochastic Processes and their Applications. 2004; 113: 65-80.