Priv. Doz. Dr. Markus Abel
Universität Potsdam
Institut für
Physik und Astronomie
Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24/25
14476 Potsdam-Golm

Tel. +49 331 9775139
Fax +49 331 9775947

Dr. Markus Abel
Geschwister Scholl Str. 63a,
14471 Potsdam.
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Personal Data

born January 10, 1968 in St.Ingbert, Germany
married, 3 children


1974 - 1978
School in St. Ingbert.
1987 - 1990
Study of physics and mathematics at Saarland University, Saarbrücken.
1990 - 1994
Study of physics at RWTH Aachen (aix-la-chapelle), Diplome Juli 1994.
1992 - 1993
Diplomer work at the institute for technical acoustics, RWTH Aachen.
1992 - 1994
continued study of mathematics at RWTH Aachen.

Scientific Education

1995 - 1998
ph.d. Stipend at the Max-Planck-Society and Potsdam University, working group AG "Nonlinear Dynamics", Chairs for nonlinear dynamics and statistical physics and chaos theory. Ph.d. (promotion) dezember 1998.
1999 - 2001
Postdoc in the European Network (TMR) "intermittency in turbulence" at the University Rome I "La Sapienza", Group TNT, Angelo Vulpiani, Rome.
2001 - 2006
German Research Foundation - Post-doc at Potsdam University, Institute for physics, part of the German "initiative for turbulence research".
2006 -
Senior Expert for stochastic modeling and system analysis at the company Toll Collect GmbH.


  • Karl-Scheel Award as best young researcher of the German Physical Society, Berlin 2004
  • Innovation-Award Berlin Brandenburg 2009 (Project Leader)


1991 - 1992
Tutor for "Experimental Physik I" at RWTH Aachen.
1995 - 1996
Tutor for "Hamiltonian Chaos and Quantum Chaos" at Potsdam University.
1997 - 1998
Tutor for "Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics" at Potsdam University.
2001 - 2002
Lecture "Turbulence", Potsdam University.
2002 - 2003
Lecture "Stochastic Processes and Statistical Methods", Potsdam University.
2002 - 2003
Seminar "Granular matter", Potsdam University.
2004 - 2005
Lecture "Scientific computing", Potsdam University.
2005 - 2006
Lecture "Pattern formation in the natural sciences", Potsdam University.
2006 - 2007
Lecture "Pattern formation in the natural sciences", Potsdam University.
2007 - 2008
Lecture "Synergieeffekte von Schallentstehung bis -wahrnehmung" Hamburg University.
Lecture "Granular matter and traffic flow", University Potsdam.
Lecture"Computational Physics I: Deterministic Methods", Potsdam University.
Lecture"Modeling and Analysis of Complex Systems", Potsdam University.
2009 - 2010
Lecture"Computational Physics II: Statistical Methods", Potsdam University.

Supervision of diploma and ph.d. theses

  • [2004-2050] Diploma Thesis, K. Ahnert (Potsdam University), "Nonparametric embedding".
  • [2006 - 2007] Master thesis K. Lüttkopf (FH wildau) "System Analysis and Optimization for the automatic Toll Collection System in Germany"
  • [2005-2007] Diploma thesis, M. Hoffmann (Potsdam University) "Numerical Reconstruction of Complex Dynamical Systems".
  • [2000-2001] Ph.D. thesis, D. Vergni (University Rom I), "Entropic analisys of Chaotic Systems, Stochastic Processes and Turbulence".
  • [2000-2001] Ph.D. thesis, M. Cencini (University Rom I), "Characterization of Complex Behaviours in Dynamical Systems: Beyond the Lyapunov Exponent", Dissertation.
  • [2003-2005] Dissertation, A. Gamez (Potsdam University), "Nonlinear Dimensionality Reduction in Climate Data".
  • [2003-2006] Ph.D. Thesis, S. Bergweiler (Potsdam University), "Body Oscillation and Sound Radiation of Acoustical Wave Guides with Respect to the Influence of Walls and Coupling Effects"
  • [2008-] Ph.D. Thesis, M. Kappel (Universität Potsdam), "Experiment und Modellierung der aukustischen Kopplungen in Flügeln"
  • [2009-] Diploma thesis, J. Fischer (Universität Potsdam), "Gegenseitige Synchronisation von akustischen Oszillatoren"
  • [2009-] Diploma thesis, M. Winkler (Universität Potsdam), "Convection and crystallization in nanomembranes"

third-party funds

Project "Fine-Structure and Wall models for LES" (DFG). Part of the German Research Association interdisciplinary initiative for turbulence.
Project "Development of a Wall Model for the Large-Eddy Simulation on the base of Nonlinear Data Analysis" (DFG). Part of the German Research Association interdisciplinary initiative for turbulence.
Project ``Patterns in chaotically mixing fluid flows" (DFG)
Project ``Aeroacoustical Modeling of the organ wind supply system" (Ministry for Science and Research, Brandenburg).
Project ``Multifractal Scaling in Plasma Turbulence" (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft). Kollaboration mit dem max-Planck Institut für Plasmaphysik (IPP), Garching.
Project "modeling of electroactive polymers for energy harvesting", SBM Mooring, Monaco.

Collaborations (Past and Present)

  • University Rome I "La Sapienza": Front propagation in reaction-advection-diffusion systems.
  • IMEDEA, Mallorca: Persistent patterns in biological reaction-advection-diffusion systems.
  • Danish Technical University, Lyngby, Niels Bohr institute, Kopenhagen und Universität Essen: Patterns in sand.
  • University Rome II "Tor Vergata": Large-eddy simulation.
  • University of Lecce and University Rome I: Transport and modelling in chaotic flows.
  • CEA (centre de la recherche atomique) Saclay, Paris: Phase turbulence in the complex Ginzburg-Landau equation.
  • University of Florence: INO (istituto nazionale di ottica): Nonparametric analysis and modeling of binary fluid
  • University of Erlangen: Wall models for LES simulation
  • Max-Planck Inst. for Plasma Physik Garching: Multifractal scaling in Plasma turbulence
  • University of Münster: Closure and markovian models for a Langrangian turbulence cascade
  • Humboldt University Berlin: Anomalous diffusion and stochastic equations in plasma physics
  • University of Potsdam: Front propagation in biological systems.
  • University of Perm: Persistent patterns in mixing flows
  • Schuke GmbH: Modeling of organ pipes and turbulence control.
  • OECON Braunschweig: Traffic and Mobility
  • University of Marburg: Computational Physics.

Workshops and conferences (only invited, only lats 3 years)

  • [2000] Organisation ``Pattern Formation in Ripples, Dunes and Related Systems", April 2-4, Kopenhagen
  • [2004] Organisation of the satellite meeting of the DFG research initiative 1164: ``Theorie der Mikro- und Nanofluidik", November 15-16, Bad Honeff.
  • [2005] Organisation eines workshops zur Klimadynamik, Januar 2005, Potsdamer Institut für Klimafolgenforschung, Potsdam.
  • [2005] Organisation der Wilhelm und Else Heraeus Ferienschule ``Turbulente Str�mungen im Fokus von Technik und Physik", September 2005, Potsdam
  • [2005] Organisation ``13th International IEEE Workshop on Nonlinear Dynamics of Electronic Systems", September 2005, Potsdam.
  • [2008] Invited Speaker at the biennial meeting of the German Society for Location and Navigation.
  • [2008] Invited to the ``15th International Congress on Sound and Vibration", Daejeon, South Korea.
  • [2008] Invited to the ``DGON Navigationstage", Bonn, Germany.
  • [2008] Invited to the ``Workshop on Musical Acoustics", Hamburg, Germany.
  • [2009] SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems, Snowbird, USA.
  • [2009] Euromech European Turbulence Conference, Marburg, Germany.
  • [2009] Invited to the ``Workshop on Musical Acoustics", Hamburg, Germany.
  • [2010] Invited to the Kolloquium of ICBM, Oldenburg, Germany.
  • [2010] Invited to the DAGA (meeting of the German Acoustical Society), Berlin, Germany.
  • [2010] Invited to the "3rd Conference on Nonlinear Science and Complexity", Ankara, Turkey.

Stays Abroad

1993 - 1994
Ecuador and Brasil
DAAD Stipend Korea, KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
1999 - 2001
Postdoc at the university "La Sapienza", Rome.
Many short stays in Italy, Spain, France and the USA.


English, Italian, French


Linux System Administrator, windows.
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