Closing of the AutoMATH-Institute:
University of Paderborn ends MuPAD Project - drastic changes have to take place in planning of MuPAD's future.
Current state of the MuPAD project
From the viewpoint of development and research, the situation was never better:
New products for the educational market are to come, a professional Linux Notebook is soon to be released, new functionality has been implemented, the efficiency of the system will be improved, striking developments are under way using our methods of software integration, developments for the web arrived at a new stage of stability, the prototype of our Online Examination Tool has had a striking success, going much further than the success it had at first. our MS-Word AddOn finds more an more friends and so on. New algorithms are investigated, and a new research project aimed at solving ODE's at a new level of efficiency has started successfully. MuPAD now has German, English, Japanese, Polish and very soon a Chinese localized version.
All this was achieved against the background that we were giving 93 percent of our licenses as free licenses to the scientific community, that as sponsors we took part in a number of public benefit programs aimed at improving the quality of IT-perspectives for our schools, and last not least, in contrast to all these commitments SciFace was able to support over the years Computer Algebra Research at the University of Paderborn by the amount of one million DM.
In contrast to that, the overall prospects for MuPAD's future are, to say the least, dim:
The AutoMATH Institute at Paderborn University will be closed (either at December 31 this year or July 31 next year),
all MuPAD developers at Paderborn University will loose their job by December 31 this year (and being jobless in nowadays Germany is a desperate fate),
the remaining personnel of my chair in Mathematics will loose their jobs by July 31 next year.
A short account of how the MuPAD project at Paderborn University was closed down.