The Potsdam Cartesian Seminar is an open topic weekly seminar that was started in 2000 by Rupert Klein and Cezar Ionescu at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and is located at the Institute of Computer Science of the University of Potsdam since 2014. Guided by the rules René Descartes formulated in his “Discours de la méthode” we aim for a thorough understanding of the texts we read.



Sebastian Böhne, Nicola Botta, Nuria Brede, Georg Duchrau, Christoph Glinzer, Hanna Gloyna, Jan Heuer, Cezar Ionescu, Niklas Kämmer, Lucas Kerschke, David Simon Kuska, Tim Münzner, Tim Richter, Juliane Scherlitzki, Marius Wawerek, Max Wiedenhöft, Jonas Winter, David Zimmek


Marc Beilcke, Nikolas Bertrand, Frederick Brumm, Margrit Dittmann, Ingram Jaccard, Henrik Jürges, Manuel Keilmann, Thomas Kern, Christoph Kreitz, Marc Fabian Lindner, David Linkiewicz, Eva Richter, Carla Schreiber, Matthias Seidel, Jessica Trebst, Luise Werner, Axel Wiepke

Guests are always welcome!

Place and time

Tuesdays, 10-12 am
Institute of Computer Science, University of Potsdam
Campus Griebnitzsee (August-Bebel-Str. 89)
Building 4, Room 2.01

Current reading (winter term 2020/2021)

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic we meet online. For the actual links and help with the setup, please contact

February 23rd and March 2nd: Jonas on the Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma

February 9th and 16th: Max on Evolutionary Game Theory

January 26th and February 2nd: Jonas on Clustering

January 12th and 19th: Tim Münzner on Computer Vision and Convolutional Neural Networks

December 15th and January 5th: Niklas on Basics of Supervised Machine Learning (Perceptron, Gradient Descent)

December 1st and December 8th: David on Cellular Automata

starting November 3rd

September 22nd - October 27th


Summer term 2020

July 14th and 21st: Fabian on Shellcodes

June 30th and July 10th: Hanna on Probabilistic Algorithms

June 16th and June 23rd: Marius on Tolman

starting April 21st

Winter term 2019/2020

starting February 25th: on Lawvere’s ETCS

January 21st to February 10th: Christoph on Random Walks and Electric Networks

Selection from

January 7th and 14th: Nico on Graphical Languages

We read the first half of

starting November 19th: Dynamical Systems

starting October 8th: Sebastian on Manfred Spitzer’s “Digitale Demenz” - continuation

Summer term 2019

September 17th, 24th, October 1st: Blockchain technology

starting July 23rd: Jan on Answer set programming

July 2nd, 9th, 16th: Nicola on responsibility and blame

starting June 4th: Sebastian on Manfred Spitzer’s “Digitale Demenz”

May 21st, 28th : Nicola on thermodynamics

April 16th - May 14th :

Winter term 2018/2019

19. and 26.02.2019 : Jessica on DNA computing

with sidesteps to

starting January 2019: Nicola on thermodynamics

11. and 18.12.2018 : Luise on Hans Liebigs “Konrad Zuse - Erfinder des Computers”

September 2018

with sidesteps to

Summer term 2018

June 2018 - Georg on “Ernst Mach: The Science of Mechanics”

March 2018

Winter term 2017/18

proposals for summer term 2018

January 2018

October 2017 : Pavlović, Escardó - 2001 - Calculus in Coinductive Form

Summer term 2017

Winter term 2016/17

Summer term 2016

Winter term 2015/16

Summer term 2015

Winter term 2014/15

Summer term 2014

Winter term 2013/14

Summer term 2013

Winter term 2012/13

Summer term 2012

Winter term 2011/12