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International Symposium on Data Assimilation 2016 in Reading, UK - New Book “Inverse Modeling” … now available!

Data Assimilation and Inverse Problems

Our Division for Data Assimilation (FE12) of the German Weather Service (DWD) is working on data assimilation for numerical weather prediction (NWP).

The research of our group at the University of Reading, UK, is concerned with inverse problems and data assimilation in three areas:

  • numerical weather prediction (NWP),
  • cognitive neuroscience / neural field theory (NFT),
  • inverse scattering problems / remote sensing.

These are extremely exciting areas scientifically and very important for society, for example for air traffic, severe weather warnings and national energy supply, in medicine by medical imaging and for many industrial and environmental questions.



Prof. Dr. Roland Potthast
Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD)
Frankfurter Strasse 135
63067 Offenbach, Germany

Professor for Applied Mathematics
Department of Mathematics and Statistics,
Whiteknights, PO Box 220,
Reading RG6 6AX, UK


  • Invited Talk at “Mathematics in Imaging” Workshop at the Conference of the Optical Society of America, Heidelberg July 25-30, 2016. Programm PDF
  • New book: Inverse Modeling by Nakamura and Potthast now available Inverse Modeling at IOP
  • Invited talk at CREST International Symposium on Big Data Application, Tokyo, Japan, March 4-5: Web
  • workshop High-Dimensional Statistical Models & Big Data: Methodology & Applications held at the British Library, London on 10 to 12 February 2016 WebpageProgramme
  • SINATRA Annual Science Meeting ECMWF Reading Jan 13-15, 2016 Weblink
  • Seminar Talk at University of Grenoble: Laboratoire Jean Kuntzmann, see Seminar Announcement
  • Seminar Talk at FU Berlin: Announcement
  • Workshop: Stochastic Modelling in GFD, data assimilation, and non-equilibrium phenomena, see Workshop on Web
  • For 2015 Roland Potthast received the Pichorides Distinguished Lectureship Award by the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics of the University of Crete, Greece. Pichorides Award see also Award List Uni Crete Departmental News
  • Book “Neural Fields” including simulation and inversion in cognitive neuroscience now available Book at Springer. Since its online publication on May 12, 2014, there has been a total of 4,409 chapter downloads (June 10, 2015) for the eBook on SpringerLink.

For more news see IP News and IP Events!

My Christian Blog

Thinking about faith and life has always been a passion for me. I have become a Christian and have started to explore the world as someone who follows Jesus - that has turned out to be quite an adventure and highly exciting. In my daily blog I explore thoughts and arguments about faith, and monitor how faith works on a daily basis: Jesus Network


My group consists of about 25 researchers on data assimilation and inverse problems in Frankfurt/Offenbach, Reading (UK) and Göttingen, see group.

COST Action 1303 “TOPROF” Website
Journal Mathematical Inverse Problems


Recent publications can be found on publications. Working in an operational center, our focus is to develop state-of-the-art inversion methods which can be run in a reliable way on a supercomputer in near real-time. It includes codes on scattering of waves, propagation of light and radiation, tomography, large-scale optimization and uncertainty quanitfication, ensemble and particle methods.

However, the development of insight into the scientific problems we need to solve is an indispensible ingredient of our daily work. Part of this insight is based on mathematical analysis and the testing of computational methods for purpuse-built small-scale demonstration systems.

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