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Spring 2015 Semester Program
Phase Transitions and Emergent Properties
February 2 - May 8, 2015

The semester will include three workshops that will concentrate on different aspects of current interest, including unusual settings such as complex networks and quasicrystals, the onset of emergence as small systems grow, and the emergence of structure and shape as limits in probabilistic models. The workshops will (necessarily) bring in researchers in combinatorics and probability as well as statistical physics and related areas.

Organizing Committee:
Mark Bowick, Syracuse University
Beatrice de Tiliere, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris
Richard Kenyon, Brown University
Charles Radin, University of Texas
Peter Winkler, Dartmouth College

Associated Workshops:

The successful candidate will possess outstanding scholarly credentials, including a Ph.D., as well as demonstrated academic leadership experience. The Director will hold a tenured position at Brown University in the Department of Mathematics or the Division of Applied Mathematics, or jointly in at least one of these departments. Preference will be given to applicants whose research interests align with the mission of ICERM. Although the Director will have no formal teaching obligations, the Director's faculty appointment will carry some expectation of service both to the department(s) in which the Director is appointed and to the university. The term of the appointment as Director of ICERM ends August 2020, and may be renewed.

The search committee consists of members of the ICERM Board of Trustees and faculty in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics.

For more information, please go to our job posting.

Pre-Proposal Requirements:
A 2-3 page document which identifies one faculty leader and potential partner(s), a short description of the focus of the program, and a sample list of 8-10 research projects suitable for undergraduates. Preference will be given to proposals that relate to one of the semester program themes occurring in the adjacent spring or fall semester.

Please submit pre-proposals to The ICERM directorate and a subcommittee of the Education Advisory Board (EAB) will review all pre-proposals beginning March 2, 2015.

ICERM accepts proposals for all of its research programs.
For more details about the proposal process and associated deadlines, please visit our "How to propose a Program" website.

Applications Now Open
2015-2016 Postdoctoral Fellowships

Fall 2015 Semester Program
Computational Aspects of the Langlands Program
September 9, 2015 - December 4, 2015

Despite its many successes, the Langlands program remains vague in many of its predictions, due in part to an absence of data to guide a precise formulation away from a few special cases. In this thematic program, we will experiment with and articulate refined conjectures relating arithmetic-geometric objects to automorphic forms, improve the computational infrastructure underpinning the Langlands program, and assemble additional supporting data. Such data has proven valuable for researchers in number theory, and it will continue to be made available at the L-Functions and Modular Forms Database.

During the semester we will focus on three specific aspects of the Langlands program. First, we will look at elliptic curves over number fields and genus 2 curves over the rationals and will consider their relationship to modular forms. Second, we will consider computational aspects of modular forms in higher rank. Specifically, we will examine K3 surfaces and their connections to modular forms on orthogonal groups. Our third topic concerns analytic aspects of L-functions, building upon and complementing the algebraic, arithmetic, and geometric data.

Organizing Committee:
Alina Bucur, UCSD
Brian Conrey, AIM and University of Bristol
David Farmer, AIM
John Jones, Arizona State University
Kiran Kedlaya, UCSD
Michael Rubinstein, University of Waterloo
Holly Swisher, Oregon State University
John Voight, Dartmouth College Associated Workshops:
Upcoming Semester Programs:

ICERM provides graduate students with workspace, shared computers, and lockers; support for local expenses may be provided. The research interest of participants should relate to the semester program topic. Applications may be submitted at any time until the end of a semester program and will be considered as long as funds and space remain available.

Apply today!

Spring 2016 Semester Program
Dimension and Dynamics
February 1 - May 6, 2016

Recently, there has been substantial progress on a number of central problems in dimension theory, and while many old problems remain, many new ones have also presented themselves. These include a deeper understanding of the relationship between dimension, entropy and Lyapunov exponents; the recent strengthenings of the Marstrand projection theorem and its implications for dimensions of sums of Cantor sets and the connections with number theory; multifractal analysis of ergodic averages, particularly the recent advances for multiple ergodic averages; and improved computational methods for obtaining effective bounds on Hausdorff dimension. This proposed program aims to set the stage for further progress on the many open problems in the field.

It is a challenging classical problem to compute numerically dimensions of given fractals. In recent years, computer-aided proofs in mathematical analysis have gained an increasing presence in mathematical research. One reason for this field's growing impact is due to its ability to produce high-quality quantitative information about global, nonlinear problems. As a consequence, solutions to a large class of previously intractable problems are now within reach, and recently several long-standing conjectures have been verified using rigorous computations.

During the semester we will focus on three specific aspects of the interaction between these two areas: (i) ergodic, algebraic and combinatorial methods in dimension theory; (ii) computations in fractal geometry in dynamical systems; and (iii) fractal geometry and hyperbolic dynamics.

Organizing Committee:
Dmitry Dolgopyat, University of Maryland
Mike Hochman, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Izabella Laba, University of British Columbia
Stefano Luzzatto, ITCP-Trieste
Yakov Pesin, Penn State University
Mark Pollicott, Warwick University
Joerg Schmeling, Lund University
Boris Solomyak, University of Washington
Warwick Tucker, Uppsala University Associated Workshops:

Seeking Summer TAs

Typically 18-20 students participate in this program from all over the country. This is an 8-week position running from June 15 to August 7, 2015. It comes with a stipend of $5,000 for graduate students and $7,000 for postdocs.

Candidates should send their application materials to by Friday, February 27, 2015.

For more details, go to our TA job posting.

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ICERM hosts public lectures and its next one will feature Dr. Andrea Bertozzi (UCLA) speaking about the "Mathematics of Crime" on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 5:30pm.
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ICERM live-streams many of its workshop lectures and has an extensive video archive of its workshop lectures available on-line 24/7.
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ICERM has an Academic Sponsorship Program and the annual sponsorship fee is allocated for support of an institution's participation in ICERM programs and events.
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As part of NSF's SAVI program, the Virtual Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Sciences (VI-MSS) at ICERM presently includes jointly funded international collaborations with institutes and institutions in Brazil, Israel, Japan, and South Africa.
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ICERM visitors have access to Brown University's Center for Computation and Visualization (CCV) which provides a high performance computing environment for complex numerical simulation, modeling, and analysis.
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ICERM's IdeaLab hosts a one-week program aimed at 20-25 early career researchers that focuses on solving a topical problem at the frontier of research.
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"MathBytes@ICERM" introduces math topics in unique 10-20 minute video clips and features researchers who communicate their topics in concise and fun ways.

Welcome New Board Members and Staff!
Board of Trustees:
Douglas Arnold, University of Minnesota
Yann LeCun, NYU, and Director of Research, Facebook Scientific Advisory Board:
Charles Epstein
, University of Pennsylvania
Anna Gilbert, University of Michigan
Sally Goldman, Google Research
Guillermo Sapiro, Duke University
Anne Schilling, University of California/Davis
Cosma Schalizi, Carnegie Mellon University ICERM Staff:
Danielle Izzi
, Administrative Assistant
Brian Lavall, Events Support Technician
Jenna Sousa, Program Manager

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