John F. Nash Jr. and Louis Nirenberg Awarded the 2015 Abel Prize. The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters named both John F. Nash Jr. and Louis Nirenberg as the 2015 recipients of the Abel Prize "for striking and seminal contributions to the theory of nonlinear partial differential equations (PDEs) and its applications to geometric analysis." The IMA will hold its fifth annual Abel Conference in honor of Nash and Nirenberg in fall 2015.
IMA Names 2015-2016 Taylor Family Distinguished Visiting Professors. The IMA is pleased to announce John Doyle and Anders Rantzer as Taylor Family Distinguished Visiting Professors for the 2015-2016 Annual Thematic Program on Control Theory and its Applications. According to organizer Tryphon Georgiou (University of Minnesota), they were chosen because of their influential contributions and continuous presence in the field of control, originality in their ideas, and creativity in seeking new and timely directions that have impacted the science, engineering, and mathematics of control. Read the full story.
IMA Prize Nominations. The IMA is now accepting nominations for the IMA Prize in Mathematics and its Applications. The award recognizes an individual who has made a transformative impact on the mathematical sciences and their applications. Early-career mathematicians (who are within 10 years of receiving a Ph.D.) are eligible. The prize consists of a certificate and a cash award of $3,000. Deadline is July 17, 2015.
Public Lectures. The IMA hosted two successful public lectures this spring. Lisa Fauci, Pendergraft Nola Lee Haynes Professor of Mathematics at Tulane University, spoke on March 11 about "Waving Tails, Spiny Disks, and Sticky Situations: Explorations in Biological Fluid Dynamics," discussing how mathematical models and computational simulations are being used to study how flexible structures interact with a surrounding fluid. On April 22, Cédric Villani, professor at the University of Lyon and the director of the Institut Henri Poincaré, spoke about "The Living Art of Mathematics" and how mathematicians consider themselves as artists and poets in a form of art that is more alive than ever. Both lecture videos are available online.
Special Workshop. Sage Days 64.5: Cluster Algebras, June 1-5, 2015, will be a five-day workshop to design and implement algorithms and computer exploration tools for research in cluster algebras and quiver representations. All software developed during the workshop will be made freely available as part of the free and open-source mathematics software system Sage.
Short Course. The IMA is pleased to offer a New Directions Short Course on Introduction to Uncertainty Quantification, to be held June 15-26, 2015. In many application areas it is essential that predictions based on models and data take uncertainties into account. The topic of uncertainty quantification (UQ) includes mathematical and statistical methods that address the modeling, assessment, propagation, and management of uncertainties. Attendees will learn the basic tools of UQ and apply them to their own questions.
Special Workshop. From June 25-27, 2015, the workshop on Reflected Brownian Motions, Stochastic Networks, and their Applications will bring together mathematicians and applied researchers who share an interest in stochastic network models. It will also provide an opportunity to honor Ruth J. Williams (shown at right), Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at the University of California, San Diego, who has been one of the most important contributors to the targeted research area.
Math Modeling Camp for High School Students. The IMA, with the UMN Math Center for Educational Programs (MathCEP), is holding its second math modeling camp for high school students in the Twin Cities area this July. Due to last year's popularity of the inaugural camp, the number of available spots have been increased to include an additional 15 students for a total of 48! Under the supervision of teachers and University faculty, students will work collaboratively on open-ended modeling problems and present results to their peers.
Hot Topics Workshop. The biology-driven workshop on the Mathematics of Biological Charge Transport: Molecules and Beyond will focus on linking knowledge about the structure of biomolecules to functional characteristics. Charge transport has seen a resurgence in interest due partly to its central role in mathematical molecular biology. The workshop, held July 20-24, 2015, aims to bridge the gaps between molecular biologists and mathematical scientists by sharing knowledge on molecular biology and modern mathematical tools and techniques.
Hot Topics Workshop. Over the past few decades, modeling tools have advanced to the point where it is possible to routinely predict material properties, often before experiments are ever carried out. However, there is a need for methods that can validate theoretical predictions before they are used for decision-making. Uncertainty quantification (UQ) enters as a valuable tool. Uncertainty Quantification in Materials Modeling is aimed at (i) providing hands on UQ experience to scientists in materials modeling, while (ii) exposing experts in UQ to some of the unique challenges in this realm of applications. The workshop will be held July 28-31, 2015 at Purdue University.
Math Modeling in Industry. This workshop for graduate students provides first-hand experience in industrial research by working in teams with an industry mentor. The real-world industrial problems and mentors for the workshop taking place August 5-14, 2015 come from Corning, CyberOptics, Hilti, IBM, Target, CGG, and 1QB Information Technologies.