Report on 3rd SAMM

The 3rd GAMM Juniors’ Summerschool focused on Geometric Methods in Multi-Body and Structural Dynamics Modelling, Simulation and Control.

The schedule consisted of two lectures in the morning and programming exercises in the afternoon in order to apply and reinstruct the new theoretical ideas. Dominik Kern (TU Chemnitz) started on Monday with variational integrators for mechanical systems, which were extended on the next day to optimal control by Katrin Flaßkamp (U Bremen). On Wednesday Martin Arnold (U Halle-Wittenberg) explained Lie-group time integration and its application to multi-body systems. Afterwards Sina Ober-Blöbaum (U Oxford) continued with simulation methods for electrical systems. Friday was dedicated to outlooks into current research topics, such as non-smooth systems and multi-physics.

In addition to the scientific program there was a hiking tour on Wednesday afternoon along the river Mulde and a guided tour in the Wilhelm-Ostwald Museum (Nobel laureate 1909).


The school took place in Wilhelm Ostwald’s living place, including his library and laboratories, which gave this school an atmosphere steeped in history. Participants came not only from Germany but also from Croatia and India.

The organizers Dominik Kern and Karl Worthmann gratefully acknowledge financial support of the Klaus-Körper-Foundation, the IAV Automotive Engineering and the Institute for Mechatronics which made this school possible.