Prof. Dr. Tim Hoffmann



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.

Michael Rabinovich, Tim Hoffmann and Olga Sorkine-Hornung: “The Shape Space of Discrete Orthogonal Geodesic Nets“. ACM Trans. Graph. (proceedings of ACM SIGGRAPH ASIA). 2018; 37(6).


Michael Rabinovich, Tim Hoffmann, and Olga Sorkine-Hornung: "Discrete geodesic nets for modeling developable surfaces". ACM Trans. Graph. 2018; 37(2):16:1-16:17. 


Tim Hoffmann, Andrew O. Sageman-Furnas, and Max Wardetzky: "A discrete parametrized surface theory in R3". International Mathematics Research Notices. 2017; (14):4217-4258. 


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

Full Article (pdf)

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