Research for the King

A mere 120 kilometers separate Mekka and   King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). The university was founded in 2009 in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, near the Red Sea by King Abdullah. The monarch aims to prepare his country for the future. The region's progress and its independence from oil shall be improved using a liberal university within the Middle East. To attract the best students and scholars throughout the world, KAUST offers very attractive conditions for both life and research.

The Austrian Mathematician   Prof. Dr. Helmut Pottman has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2008 and is the director of the   Center for Geometric Modeling and Scientific Visualization at KAUST.

On June 27, 2013, Prof. Helmut Pottmann visited HGS MathComp and was interviewed by   Hubert Mara and   Bastian Rieck.

Prof. Pottmann is a distinguished geometer at the University of Vienna. He is one of the foremost experts in the fields of Architectural Geometry and Applied Geometry, having authored several standard text books and numerous peer-reviewed journal publications.

Prof. Pottmann's recent appointment as the director of the Geometric Modeling and Scientific Visualization Research Center of KAUST and his very extraordinary career path made him an ideal candidate for the HGS MathComp Fireside Chat.

Almost 30 HGS fellows participated in an active and very lively discussion about various topics, such as the role of STEM fields for the future of (not only) Saudi Arabia and the "way of life" in a very different culture.

The organizers want to thank Prof. Pottmann and the audience for an interesting talk and hope to have sparked some interest in "research for the king". (Hubert Mara and Bastian Rieck)