## Programs & Events

##### Summer@ICERM 2018: Low Dimensional Topology and Geometry

Jun 11 - Aug 3, 2018

Imagine spending eight-weeks on the beautiful Brown University campus in historic Providence, RI, working in a small team setting to solve mathematical research problems developed by faculty experts in their fields.

Imagine creating career-building connections between peers, near peers (graduate students and postdocs), and academic professionals.

Imagine spending your summer in a fun, memorable, and intellectually stimulating environment.

Now, imagine having this experience with support for travel within the U.S., room and board paid, plus a $3,500 stipend*.

The 2018 Summer@ICERM program at Brown University is an eight-week residential program designed for a select group of 16-20 undergraduate scholars from around the world.

The faculty advisers will present a variety... (more)

##### Organizing Committee

- Tarik Aougab
- Moira Chas
- William Goldman
- Jonah Gaster

##### Computational Aspects of Time Dependent Electromagnetic Wave Problems in Complex Materials

Jun 25 - 29, 2018

Forward simulations of the propagation and scattering of transient electromagnetic (EM) waves in complex media are important in a variety of applications, such as radar, environmental and medical imaging, noninvasive detection of cancerous tumors, design of engineered composites such as metamaterials, communication and computation, and global climate assessment, among others. These applications involve multiple spatial and temporal scales, complex geometries, spatial and temporal heterogeneities, and stochastic effects at small scales.

Biological tissues are complex media with inhomogeneous and frequency dependent (dispersive) properties. Analyses of EM wave interactions with biological media is fundamental in many medical applications, such as noninvasive diagnosis techniques, and for advancing the quality of medical imaging in general. Characterization of EM wave interaction with natural media is of great importance for environmental remote sensing and global climate assessment. In... (more)

##### Organizing Committee

- Vrushali Bokil
- Yingda Cheng
- Fengyan Li
- Shan Zhao
- Susan Hagness
- Fernando Teixeira

##### SageDays@ICERM: Combinatorics and Representation Theory

Jul 23 - 27, 2018

SageMath (sometimes Sage for short) is an open-source, general purpose mathematical software based on the Python programming language. It was created in 2005 by William Stein as a viable alternative to commercial software with an active and established community. SageMath has a broad library of functions useful to mathematicians in many fields, including combinatorics and representation theory. The welcoming and engaged community of users and contributors helps to create an environment of collaboration in both software development and mathematical research, leading to SageMath being cited in over 300 papers.

The study of the representation theories of certain algebras (e.g., Lie algebras, Hecke algebras, Khovanovâ€“Laudaâ€“Rouquier (KLR) algebras, quantum groups, etc.) also amounts to understanding the associated combinatorics. This has exposed deep connections between the associated representation theory and other areas of... (more)

##### Organizing Committee

- Travis Scrimshaw
- Gabriel Feinberg
- Darij Grinberg
- Ben Salisbury

##### GirlsGetMath@ICERM: Summer Math Camp for High School Girls

Aug 6 - 10, 2018

GirlsGetMath is a weeklong mathematics summer day-program for 9th and 10th grade high school girls in the Providence, RI area.

GirlsGetMath occurs in an encouraging environment that builds young women's confidence in math and science.

GirlsGetMath expands participants' understanding and knowledge of mathematics through computations and experimentations.

GirlsGetMath provides expert mathematical training and mentoring.

GirlsGetMath will become a replicable national model of mathematical outreach for high school girls, with an emphasis on mathematical experimentation.

This five-day non-residential mathematics program is open to high school girls who live in or near the greater Providence, RI area who will be entering the 10th or 11th grade in the fall of 2018.

GirlsGetMath@ICERM encourages 20-25 young... (more)

##### Organizing Committee

- Ulrica Wilson
- Katharine Ott
- Amalia Culiuc

##### TRIPODS Summer Bootcamp: Topology and Machine Learning

Aug 6 - 10, 2018

Modern data analysis presents a variety of challenges, including the size, the dimensionality, the complexity, and the multiple-modality of the data. In an attempt to keep pace with these growing challenges, data scientists combine tools inspired from mathematics, from computer science, and from statistics. This TRIPODS Summer Bootcamp will provide attendees a hands-on introduction to emerging techniques for using topology with machine learning for the purpose of data analysis.

Topological and machine learning techniques potentially play complimentary roles for analyzing data. In topological data analysis, one leverages the fact that the shape of the data often reflects important and interpretable patterns within, although topological techniques alone typically cannot match the predictive power of machine learning. By contrast, machine learning algorithms provide state-of-the-art accuracies on predictive tasks, but the manner by which they arrive at a prediction is often difficult to... (more)

##### Organizing Committee

- Jeffrey Brock
- Yitzchak Solomon
- Henry Adams
- Bjorn Sandstede
- Melissa McGuirl

##### Advances in PDEs: Theory, Computation and Application to CFD

Aug 20 - 24, 2018

Partial differential equations (PDEs) have long played crucial roles in the field of fluid dynamics. These PDE models, including Euler and Navier-Stokes equations for incompressible and compressible flows, kinetic equations for rarefied flows, and equations for more complex flows such as magneto-hydrodynamics flows, have motivated numerous studies from the theory of PDEs to the design and analysis of computational algorithms, and their implementation and application in computational fluid dynamics (CFD). This discipline is continually and dynamically evolving, constantly bringing forward new results in PDE theory, computation, and application to CFD, and also setting up the ground for generalizations to other related applications including electro-magnetics, fluid-structure interactions, cosmology, and computational electronics.

The aim of this workshop is to review the recent progress in the type of PDEs arising from fluid dynamics and other related physical areas, in terms of their... (more)

##### Organizing Committee

- Eitan Tadmor
- Anne Gelb
- Alina Chertock
- Jan Hesthaven
- Chi-Wang Shu
- Yvon Maday
- Johnny Guzman
- Adi Ditkowski
- Jennifer Ryan

##### Nonlinear Algebra

Sep 5 - Dec 7, 2018

The theory, algorithms, and software of linear algebra are familiar tools across mathematics, the applied sciences, and engineering. This ubiquity of linear algebra masks a fairly recent growth of *nonlinear algebra* in mathematics and its applications to other disciplines. The proliferation of nonlinear algebra has been fueled by recent theoretical advances, efficient implementations of core algorithms, and an increased awareness of these tools.

The benefits of this nonlinear theory and its tools are manifold. Pushing computational boundaries has led to the development of new mathematical theories, such as homotopy methods for numerical algebraic geometry, tropical geometry and toric deformations, and sums of squares methods for polynomial optimization. This uncovered many concrete nonlinear mathematical objects and questions, many of which are ripe for computer experimentation. In turn, resulting mathematical breakthroughs often lead to more powerful and efficient algorithms... (more)

##### Organizing Committee

- Cynthia Vinzant
- Sandra Di Rocco
- Anton Leykin
- Dan Bates
- Jonathan Hauenstein
- Frank Sottile
- Mike Stillman

##### Nonlinear Algebra Bootcamp

Sep 5 - 12, 2018

The primary goal of this opening workshop is to expose program participants to many of the methods and software packages relevant to this program. There will be introductory lectures and ample time for experimentation with methods and software under the tutelage of area experts and software developers.

##### Organizing Committee

- Anton Leykin
- Dan Bates
- Mike Stillman

##### Core Computational Methods

Sep 17 - 21, 2018

This workshop will focus on core algorithms in the three crucial areas in nonlinear algebra: numerical algebraic geometry, symbolic computation, and combinatorial methods. There have been tremendous advances in algorithms in these areas. As applications become more sophisticated, and require more computing resources, the basic algorithms and implementations need to step up to match the demand from applications. This workshop will bring together experts to exchange ideas on new algorithms that are needed and on improvement of existing ones. It will incite collaboration on hybrid algorithms involving computational methods from the three areas. Examples of open problems to be addressed include: certification of numerical methods, and combining numerical, symbolic and combinatorial methods to allow a much larger reach for decomposition algorithms.

##### Organizing Committee

- Andrew Sommese
- Mike Stillman
- Wolfram Decker
- JesÃºs De Loera

##### Real Algebraic Geometry and Optimization

Oct 15 - 19, 2018

This workshop will focus on techniques and structures in real algebraic geometry and optimization, including computational tools for semi-algebraic sets, semidefinite programming techniques for polynomial optimization, and applications of these tools to problems in computer vision. Real algebraic geometry provides powerful tools to analyze the behavior of optimization problems, the geometry of feasible sets, and to develop new relaxations for hard non-convex problems. On the other hand, numerical solvers for semidefinite programs have led to new fast algorithms in real algebraic geometry. Algebraic methods over the real numbers are essential for many real-world applications. This workshop aims to explore the cutting edge of techniques in real algebraic geometry and convex optimization as well as applications of these tools to problems in computer vision and other information sciences.

##### Organizing Committee

- Cynthia Vinzant
- Rekha Thomas
- Greg Blekherman
- Didier Henrion
- Pablo Parrilo

##### Celebrating 75 Years of Mathematics of Computation

Nov 1 - 3, 2018

This symposium will highlight the progress in the mathematics of computation over the last few decades. The invited lectures will present historical surveys of important areas or overviews of topics of high current interest. Together they will provide a panoramic view of the most significant achievements in the past quarter century in computational mathematics and also the most important current trends.

The year 2018 marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of Mathematics of Computation, one of the four primary research journals of the American Mathematical Society and the oldest research journal devoted to computational mathematics. This symposium will commemorate the event with invited lectures and poster presentations that reflect the spectrum of research covered by Mathematics of Computation at this juncture of its illustrious history.

The first day of the symposium (November 1) is devoted to the discrete topics and the other two days (November 2-3) are devoted to continuous... (more)

##### Organizing Committee

- Chi-Wang Shu
- Susanne Brenner
- Igor Shparlinski
- Daniel Szyld

##### Blackwell-Tapia Conference 2018

Nov 9 - 10, 2018

The NSF Mathematical Sciences Institutes Diversity Committee hosts the 2018 Blackwell-Tapia Conference and Awards Ceremony. This is the ninth conference since 2000, held every other year, with the location rotating among NSF Mathematics Institutes. The conference and prize honors David Blackwell, the first African-American member of the National Academy of Science, and Richard Tapia, winner of the National Medal of Science in 2010, two seminal figures who inspired a generation of African-American, Native American and Latino/Latina students to pursue careers in mathematics.

The Blackwell-Tapia Prize recognizes a mathematician who has contributed significantly to research in his or her area of expertise, and who has served as a role model for mathematical scientists and students from underrepresented minority groups, or has contributed in other significant ways to addressing the problem of underrepresentation of minorities in math.

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##### Organizing Committee

- Brendan Hassett
- Ulrica Wilson
- David Eisenbud
- Jacqueline Hughes-Oliver
- Carlos Castillo-Chavez
- Robert Megginson
- Mariel Vazquez
- Robin Wilson