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IMA Workshop:
Future Challenges in Multiscale Modeling and Simulation
November 18-20, 2004

Mathematics of Materials and Macromolecules: Multiple Scales, Disorder, and Singularities, September 2004 - June 2005

IMA Workshop:

Future Challenges in Multiscale Modeling and Simulation

November 18-20, 2004


Thomas Yizhao Hou
Department of Applied Mathematics
California Institute of Technology


Mitchell Luskin
School of Mathematics
University of Minnesota


Multiscale modeling and simulation has emerged as a new research area which has already had a significant impact on many scientific and engineering disciplines. There have recently been many significant, but problem-specific, advances in multiscale analysis, modeling, and simulation. Despite considerable progress in a wide range of the sciences, and a growing awareness of the importance of multiscale approaches, currently there is fragmentation in multiscale methodology and its rigorous analysis across its areas of application. Breakthroughs in specific domains could be applicable in a broader context, but remain isolated. As a result, multiscale descriptions are nowhere near their potential level of impact, including in education and industry.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring leading experts together to discuss the latest developments in their disciplines and to describe the future challenges in multiscale modeling and simulation. The workshop will also provide a special opportunity to connect domain experts from scientific and engineering disciplines with specialists in mathematical and computational analysis. The workshop will also help integrate isolated efforts and diverse developments in different disciplines and provide a unique opportunity to make significant advances.