IMA New Directions Research Professorships provide an
extraordinary
opportunity for established mathematicians—typically
midcareer
faculty at US universities—to branch into new directions and
increase
the impact of their research by spending an academic year
immersed in
the thematic program at the IMA, where they learn new mathematics and applications, connect their research with important problems, and establish new contacts and collaborations.
Application for a New Directions
Professorship
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Current and Past New
Directions Professors
The intensive threeweek New Directions Short Course offers extraordinary opportunities for established mathematicians to branch into new directions and increase the impact of their research. Participants are able to delve more deeply into research, learn about open problems, and meet potential collaborators. The course, which meets daily over a threeweek period, consists of lectures by the main organizers and by experts in the field, and problem sessions. The topics selected for the short courses, chosen by the directorate in consultation with the Board of Governors, show particular promise for innovative mathematical investigation. Breaking into new areas of research and forging a new path is challenging, but programs like these offer researchers the chance to collaborate, make new connections, and energize their research.
Highlights from past attendees:
Applied Statistics and Machine Learning
I will definitely be incorporating more programming and data analysis into my research. In general, this workshop motivated me to shift my research focus to one centered around computational statistics.
— 2013 Short Course Participant
Advances in Random Matrix Theory
It [the course] exposed me to current questions and directions in a field that I do not have expertise in. I anticipate looking at some of these questions from my own point of view, and also potentially using some of the things I learned in other areas.
— 2012 Short Course Participant
Previous Short Courses
Topics in Control Theory, May 27June 13, 2014. 
Applied Statistics and Machine Learning, June 1728, 2013. 
Advances in Random Matrix Theory, June 1829, 2012 
Invariant Objects in Dynamical Systems
and their Applications,
June 20July 1, 2011

New
Mathematical Models in Economics and Finance, June
718, 2010 
Applied Algebraic
Topology, June 1526, 2009 
Mathematical
Neuroscience, June 1627, 2008 
Compressive Sampling and
Frontiers in Signal Processing June 415, 2007 
Biophysical Fluid
Dynamics,
June 1930, 2006

Quantum Computation,
August 1526, 2005

Computational Topology,
July 616, 2004

Cellular Physiology,
June 1627, 2003 