Mathematics Arena

20190427 – STEM Games logo – Arena M – bijeli tekst(1)


The world is stacked with patterns. The essence of every process has an underlying logic to back it up. You might find yourselves looking for the right mathematical models to interpret surface tension, describe stellar dynamics, prove method efficiency, determine particle distribution within a material or simulate molecule behavior within a tumor. The Mathematics Arena provides you with a possibility to apply mathematical reasoning and tackle real world challenges in a diverse team. 


Don’t let the name of the arena fool you. You can’t do it alone, and a team consisting of only mathematicians will likely have to overcome various hurdles. You want people of various skills; mathematicians, physicists, computer scientists. You might be wondering now...saying...but there are so many different research fields, how do I choose the right people? No worries, the core competences will be defined by the mentoring team based on the upcoming tasks.



Because you will get a chance to find out what kind of challenges await you after finishing university. You will learn how to work in a team and be able to explore different uses of mathematical reasoning for new fields of research. You are probably curious to learn if you are ready to face the challenges which you can’t completely prepare for – this is the best way to do it! Finally, based on the results, you will get a unique opportunity to present your solution to the jury. That way, not only you can solve a problem, but you can communicate your solution to the field experts, coming from both academia and industry.

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Linear algebra




Problem analysis

Data analysis

Presentation skills

Integration theory

Signal analysis



Andreo Crnjac

Mathematics arena, Ruđer Bošković Institute

Andreo Crnjac is a physics graduate at the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, where he
continued his postgraduate studies. He is currently working at the Ruđer Bošković Institute, on
accelerator facility. His research interests focus on ion interactions with semiconductor detectors. He
spends his spare time watching good and bad movies and drinks more coffee than water.

Bock Wolfgang

Wolfgang Bock

Mathematics arena, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern

Wolfgang Bock currently works as lecturer at Mathematics department at TU Kaiserslautern, Germany. Before he was postdoctoral fellow at CMAF, Lisbon.. His research focuses on Mathematical Physics and Mathematical Modeling of real world phenomena, such as disease spreading. In the last 10 years he supervised and organized several workshops and competitions for Mathematical Modeling and STEM projects in schools and universities. In his leisure time he likes bouldering, climbing and running.

Buterin Ante

Ante Buterin

Mathematics arena, R3

Ante Buterin was born in beautiful Croatian coastal city of Zadar where he lived most of his life. He completed his master's degree in Computer Science and Mathematics at the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb. His main fields of interest are algorithms, data science, distributed systems and finance. In his free time he loves to travel, watch movies and play video games with his friends.


Vedran Stipetic

Mathematics arena, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing

Vedran Stipetić completed his undergraduate degree of mathematics at the Faculty of Science in Zagreb and his master's degree in applied mathematics at the Technical University of Denmark. He is currently a PhD student in Computer vision at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and he is primarily interested in inverse problems. In his spare time, he likes to read and recently he started to do scuba diving.