April 2011

From the Director
Welcome to the IMA's first re-imagined monthly newsletter. We've re-vamped our communications, and we are excited to share the latest and greatest IMA news with you here each month. Have an item you would like included in the newsletter? (Send it in!) As you know, the 2011-2012 Thematic Program on the Mathematics of Information is coming to a close, and we've had an outstanding year. The institute is also celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2012, and we are excited to collaborate with SIAM during their annual meeting in Minneapolis this year in recognition of this milestone.

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A Tribute to Mathematics
The IMA has raised nearly $40,000 in support of the new math wall installation, to be unveiled soon in the IMA's newly remodeled space on the third floor of Lind Hall. The wall includes equations and figures submitted by members of the IMA community. It really is quite a tribute to our community and to the IMA's long-standing contributions to the field of applied mathematics.

In the News

Endre Szemeredi Named 2012 Abel Prize Laureate. The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters recently announced the Abel Prize for 2012 will be awarded to Endre Szemeredi. The Abel Committee cites his "fundamental contributions to discrete mathematics and theoretical computer science." The Third Annual Abel Conference in honor of Szemeredi, to be held November 29-December 1, 2013, at the IMA is currently being planned; details are now available on the IMA's website.

ICIAM 2011: Mathematicians Gone Solar. IMA Director Fadil Santosa recently wrote an article for SIAM News highlighting a four-part mini-symposium, "Mathematical Sciences in Solar Energy Research," held at ICIAM 2011. He and Henry Warchall of the National Science Foundation's Division of Mathematical Sciences organized the sessions. Read the full article online.

Annual Thematic Program Workshops

User-Centered Modeling. The final workshop for the thematic year on the Mathematics of Information will be held May 7-11, 2012, and will cover User-Centered Modeling. This data-driven workshop will explore the challenges for inference, models, algorithms, and graphical and analytical tools that these different aspects of user-centered modeling raise. More information is available online. If you are unable to attend, the talks will be live-streaming on the IMA's website.

2012-2013 Thematic Year Launches in September. The thematic program, Infinite Dimensional Systems and Stochastic Dynamical Systems and Their Applications, begins September 1, 2012. Workshops and speakers are being planned for the exciting year ahead. Applications are still being accepted. Information on the 2012-2013 workshops, tutorials, organizers, and other events is available online.

Hot Topic and Special Workshops and Events

The Mathematics of the New Financial Systems. From May 17 to May 19, the IMA will hold a Hot Topics Workshop on The Mathematics of the New Financial Systems, covering the recent developments in the mathematics and the practical management of risk emanating from recent trends in the commodity markets, portfolio investment, and shocks to the financial system.

The Fifteenth Riviere-Fabes Symposium on Analysis and PDE. This symposium, to be held April 20-22, 2012, at the University of Minnesota School of Mathematics, will feature lectures by Panagiotis Souganidis, Antonio Cordoba, Thomas Alazard, Giuseppe Mingione, Gabriella Tarantello, and Rachel Ward. 

Workshop for Women in Analysis and PDE. This workshop will concentrate on central developments of modern harmonic analysis and elliptic PDEs. It will introduce participants to methods and techniques that have emerged in recent years and yielded some of the most influential results. Important open problems, current progress, and main challenges will also be discussed. The workshop will be held May 30 through June 2, 2012.

NSF PIRE Summer School: New Frontiers in Multiscale Analysis and Computing for Materials: June 21-29. This event, consisting of four tutorials given by leading experts in the field, is intended particularly for Ph.D. students and young scientists. The tutorials will assume familiarity with PDEs and some exposure to continuum mechanics and numerical analysis will also be helpful. Applications are still being accepted.

New Directions Short Course. The 2012 New Directions Short Course, "Advances in Random Matrix Theory," will be held June 18-29 at the IMA. Organized by Greg Anderson and Ofer Zeitouni, the course offers the opportunity to establish collaborations, build connections, and possibly shift one's research focus. More information is available online.  

The Curious World of Probabilities. Odds, chances, stats, probabilities...Enter the world of Jeffrey Rosenthal, a professor at the University of Toronto and author of the best-selling book, Struck by Lightning: The Curious World of Probabilities. Rosenthal's lecture will explain how a "probability perspective" can shed new light on many familiar situations, from playing the lottery or taking a flight around the world to actually being struck by lightning. Join us for the last public lecture in the 2011-2012 lecture series on April 25 at 7 p.m., 175 Willey Hall, West Bank, University of Minnesota campus.

Special Workshop: Sage-Combinat Days 40: Algebraic Combinatorics. This five-day workshop will focus on the design and implementation of algorithms and computer exploration tools for research in algebraic combinatorics, with a focus on Cluster Algebras, (Affine) Weyl groups and their Hecke algebras, symmetric functions and their generalizations, and posets. All software developed during the workshop will be made freely available as part of the free and open-source mathematics software system Sage. Both newcomers and current Sage users and developers are encouraged to participate.

Participating Institution (PI) Summer Program: Algebraic Geometry for Applications. Frm June 18 to Friday, July 6, 2012, the Georgia Institute of Technology will be the host of the IMA PI Summer Graduate Program in Mathematics. The program will be structured around a course in computational algebraic geometry, treating foundational material as well as current applications. There will be several guest lectures by the leading researchers in the field. This program is primarily for graduate students of IMA Participating Institutions. Support for a limited number of students at other U.S. universities will be provided through funding from NSF.

From the Press Room

Summer Programs Heating Up at the IMA. The Summer of 2012 is right around the corner, and the IMA's schedule of offerings is full of exciting opportunities, including the MAXIMA Summer REU in Interdisciplinary Mathematics, Math Modeling in Industry, and more. Additionally, the IMA will be sponsoring SIAM's Opening Reception to be held July 9-13 in Minneapolis. Since many of you will be attending the meeting, plan on joining us for several events planned in honor of our 30th anniversary celebration. 

The IMA Welcomes Its Newest Participating Institutions, Zhejiang University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Zhejiang University, located in the Zhejiang Province in the People's Republic of China, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, have recently joined the IMA's Participating Institutions (PI) Program.

Important Dates

April 2011
23-26 - Workshop on the Boundary Element Method: Bridging Education and Industrial Applications
25 - Public Lecture: The Curious World of Probabilities
27 - Industrial Problems Seminar: Compression Approaches for Reducing Computational Complexities of Nonlinear Inversion Algorithms

May 2011
7-11 - Annual Program Workshop: User-Centered Modeling
17-19 - Hot Topics Workshop: The Mathematics of the New Financial Systems

June 2011
21-29 - NSF PIRE Summer School: New Frontiers in Multiscale Analysis and Computing for Materials

18-July 6 - Participating Institution Graduate Program: Algebraic Geometry for Applications

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