Information for master students
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Graduating in the numerical analysis group (chair Prof.dr.ir. C.
Vuik).
In the investigation of physical, biological and economical phenomena
numerical mathematics and computer simulations play an important role.
As an
example, we show a detail of the blood flow near a heart valve
(video 1
and
video 2).
In order to simulate such phenomena, a mathematical model of the
reality is
set up. Mathematical research is necessary to validate such a model.
For this, results, principles and techniques from mathematical analysis
are
often used. The model should, of course, be an adequate representation
of the
reality. The necessary knowledge to judge this may be obtained from
mathematical physics (biology, economy).
Numerical mathematics is then the basis to solve the mathematical model
efficiently and accurately. The solution is typically obtained by a
computer
simulation.
During a graduation at the chair for numerical analysis, the topics
analysis,
mathematical physics, linear algebra are treated. Most important is,
however,
the numerical analysis. The Master's thesis research can take place in
a
variety of topics in numerical mathematics, for example, in reducing
numerical errors (of a problem's discretization, for example), or to
improve
the efficiency of a solution process, to analyse the convergence
behaviour of
an iterative solution method, or in parallel computing.
The numerical questions always arise from practical applications.
If you would like to graduate in the numerical analysis group, the
typical procedure is as follows:
 First, you inform Prof. Vuik (or one of the coworkers) and
discuss
the courses that will be included in your
graduation package.
 Some months before starting the Master's thesis you contact Prof.
Vuik
(or one of the coworkers), so that your wishes concerning the topic of
the
thesis can be included while searching a Master's project.
 After that we will look for a suitable place to carry out the
research.
Examples of research institutions include: Philips NatLab, Delft
Hydraulics,
TNOTPD, Shell, academic hospitals etc.
It is, of course, also possible to stay at TUD and have a regular
contact
with a member of the numerical analysis group.

Initially, you perform a literature study to get a good overview of
the
topic you will work on. This study (duration: 3 months) is finalized
in a
written report and with a short presentation.

After this, the research starts, which ends in a Master's thesis and
with an
oral presentation. This final stage of the graduation takes about 6
months.
Possibilities for Master projects
At this moment there are a number of Master projects available. It is
possible to formulate new projects, where we take wishes of a masters
student into account.

The Application of Neural Networks to Predict Skin
Evolution After Burn Trauma
(collaboration with
Hasselt University
)

Iterative Sparse Solvers on the SX
Aurora Vector Engine

Block Preconditioners for Monolithic
Solvers of Very Large Floating Structures

Parallel Multiplicative OneLevel Schwarz Preconditioners With FROSch and Trilinos
(Sandia)

Overlapping Schwarz Domain Decomposition Methods for Implicit Ocean Models
(Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Modeling)

Reduced Order Models for Fluid Flow With Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs)

Accurate Hessian computation using smooth finite elements
and flux preserving meshes:
Solving the shallow water equations in estuaries

Designing freeform optics for multiple source illumination with AI

PDEbased grid generation techniques for industrial applications
(City, University of London,
PDM Analysis Ltd
)

Several projects on image and data analysis are available at the
Academisch Borstkankercentrum of Erasmus MC
Contact: Martin van Gijzen

Coercive SpaceTime Boundary Element Methods
for the Acoustic Wave Equation

Preconditioning for Scattering by Multiscreens

Improvement of the algorithms of ASA (Advanced Semiconductor Analysis) software

Highorder accurate and stable material point method

Efficient simulation of steady twofluid flow

Stabilized finite element fluid flow modeling with
correct energy dissipation

Efficiently solving district heating network problems

NextGeneration Heat Recovery
"Noncondensable gas in twophase dynamic simulation"
(NEM Energy B.V.)

Distributed Alternating Current (AC) power flow with limited information

Efficient computation of slamming loads through zonal modeling
(HMC)

Double Wake implementation for
thick trailing edge wind turbine airfoils
(ECN)

Fast Helmholtz solvers for seismic problems
(Shell)

Developing a modelling tool for offshore vessels
(Mocean offshore)

Solving
Integral Equations Faster using GPU's
For further information about these project and graduation at the chair
Numerical Analysis we refer to:
Prof.dr.ir. Kees Vuik
Dr.ir. Martin van Gijzen
Dr. Neil Budko
Dr. Matthias Moller
Dr. Kristof Cools
Dr. Deepesh Toshniwal
Dr. Carolina Urzua Torres
Dr. Alexander Heinlein
Dr. Jonas Thies
Dr.ir. Dennis den Ouden
Previous Master projects
Below is a list of previous Master projects
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 2020
 2019
 2018
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 2002
 2001
How to deal with computer problems?
Additional information
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European Women in Mathematics
is an international association of women
working in the field of mathematics in Europe.
Contact information:
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Vuik
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