About


The Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) was founded in 2010 by Brown Professors Jill Pipher (lead PI), Jeffrey Brock, Jan Hesthaven (now at EPFL), Jeffrey Hoffstein and Bjorn Sandstede, through a major grant to Brown University from the National Science Foundation, Division of Mathematical Sciences. The vision for ICERM is encapsulated in its mission statement:


The mission of the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) is to support and broaden the relationship between mathematics and computation: specifically, to expand the use of computational and experimental methods in mathematics, to support theoretical advances related to computation, and address problems posed by the existence and use of the computer through mathematical tools, research and innovation.



ICERM supports its mission by developing and hosting research programs and activities that:

  1. Encourage the creation of new computational methods to advance mathematical understanding.
  2. Foster a deeper understanding of algorithms and computational tools.
  3. Expose program participants to the use of simulation, visualization, experiments, or computer-assisted proofs.
  4. Catalyze new directions of mathematical research through synergistic collaborations across disciplinary areas and research communities.
  5. Advance the training and mentoring of graduate students and early-career postdoctoral researchers through exposure to new mathematical areas and computational methods.

The institute benefits from its strong ties to the mathematical sciences departments at Brown, and from the vibrant educational community of colleges and universities across New England.

ICERM is located on the 10th and 11th floors of 121 S. Main St, convenient to transportation hubs, hotels, and restaurants, and minutes from College Hill on the Brown campus.The beautiful space and facilities that Brown provides for the institute and its visitors are among the university's substantial contributions to ICERM.

Since our inception in 2010, the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) has valued diversity and inclusion as part of our core values and our strategic goals. Embracing differences is essential to our success as a leading international mathematics research institute.

Contributors to ICERM programs and events

ICERM has a unique opportunity to shape future research and innovation in mathematics and to train the next generation of computationally skilled mathematicians. While ICERM’s core programs are funded by the NSF, it seeks additional funds from other Federal agencies and from corporate, academic, and individual sponsors in order to expand the scope of its research enterprise.

ICERM has developed scientific partnerships with Google, IBM, Microsoft Research, and Schlumberger-Doll Research Center. In addition, ICERM has received donations and support from the following:

  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
  • American Mathematical Society
  • Clay Foundation
  • Dassault Systèmes — Simulia
  • Mathematical Association of America
  • Microsoft Research, New England
  • Microsoft Research, Redmond
  • Phoebe Snow Foundation
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Simons Foundation
  • Stephen F. Siegel and Jayne Kurkjian-Siegel
  • U.S. Department of Energy


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