Wolfgang Dahmen is currently a chaired professor in mathematics (SmartState and Williams-Hedberg-Hedberg Chair) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. His research interests are in Approximation Theory, Numerical, Applied and Harmonic Analysis as well as interdisciplinary applications. A central thematic thread is the development and analysis of adaptive and nonlinear solution concepts in a variety of contexts such as image and data analysis, machine learning, the numerical solution of singular integral and partial differential equations, and model reduction.
Wolfgang Dahmen received his PhD from RWTH Aachen in 1976 and his Habilitation from the University of Bonn. After an IBM Postdoctoral Fellowship at the IBM Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, he took (associate and full) professor positions at the University of Bielefeld and the Free University of Berlin before joining RWTH Aachen in 1992. In 2017 he became chaired professor at the University of South Carolina. Among his awards and honors are the Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz Award, Keck Future Award of the US Academies (together with P. Binev, T. Vogt), election to the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina, Robert-Piloti-Prize of the Technical University of Darmstadt, and SIAM Fellow. He has served on numerous Scientific Advisory boards such as the CRM in Barcelona and the Isaac Newton Institute in Cambridge, UK. From 2014 to 2017 he was the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Society Foundations of Computational Mathematics.