Wolfgang Betz, M.Sc. (Hons)

Room: N3629

Phone: +49 89 289 23072

E-Mail: wolfgang.betz@tum.de

Office hours: Wednesday 11:00-12:00

Curriculum Vitae

  • since 2012: PhD student at the Engineering Risk Analysis Group, Technische Universität München
  • 2014: Visiting Researcher, California Institute of Technology, Caltech, Pasadena, USA (2 months)
  • 2011: Visiting Student Researcher, University of California, Berkeley (5 months)
  • 2010-2012: Student of the Honors-Programms of the Bavarian Graduate School of Computational Engineering (BGCE)
  • 2009-2012: Master of Science in Computational Mechanics, Technische Universität München
  • 2005-2009: Dipl.-Ing. (FH) in Civil Engineering, at the Georg Simon Ohm University of Applied Sciences, Nürnberg


  • Bayesian updating with computationally demanding models
  • Reliability analysis in high dimensional spaces
  • Discretization/simulation of random fields


  • Since WS 2013: Teaching Assistant for the course 'Zuverlässigkeit und Lastannahmen'
  • SS 2012: Teaching Assistant for the course 'Risk Analysis 1'


Betz W., Papaioannou I. and Straub D. (2016). Transitional Markov Chain Monte Carlo: Observations and Improvements. Journal of Engineering Mechanics 142(5).

Straub D., Papaioannou I., and Betz W. (2016). Bayesian analysis of rare events. Journal of Computational Physics, 314:538–556.

Bets W., Papaioannou I., Eckl M., Heidkamp H., Straub D. (2016). Reliability Analysis of a Tunnel Design with RELY. , SOFiSTiK Seminar 2016, München, Germany.

Papaioannou I., Betz W., Zwirglmaier K., Straub D. (2015). MCMC algorithms for subset simulation. Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics 41: 89-103.

Betz W., Papaioannou I., Straub D. (2014). Adaptive variant of the BUS approach to Bayesian updating. 9th International Conference on Structural Dynamics (EURODYN), 2014, Porto, Portugal. files.fesslix.org/publications/2014_EURODYN_Betz_etal.pdf

Betz W., Mok C.M., Papaioannou I., Straub D. (2014). Bayesian model calibration using structural reliability methods: application to the hydrological abc model. 2nd International Conference on Vulnerability and Risk Analysis and Management (ICVRAM), 2014, Liverpool, UK. files.fesslix.org/publications/2014_ICVRAM_Betz_etal.pdf

Betz W., Papaioannou I., Straub D. (2014). Numerical methods for the discretization of random fields by means of the Karhunen-Loève expansion. Comput. Methods Appl. Mech. Engrg. 271 (2014) 109-129. http://files.fesslix.org/publications/2014_CMA_Betz_etal_manuscript.pdf

Betz W., Papaioannou I., Straub D. (2013). Assessment of methods for the numerical solution of the Fredholm integral eigenvalue problem. ICOSSAR 2013, New York, USA http://files.fesslix.org/publications/2013_ICOSSAR_Betz.pdf

Betz W., Papaioannou I., Straub D. (2012). A finite cell approach for discretization of random fields. International Probabilistic Workshop, Stuttgart, Germany. http://files.fesslix.org/publications/2012_IPW_Betz.pdf