## Programs & Events

##### ICERM Research Experiences for Undergraduate Faculty (REUF)

Jun 17 - 21, 2019

This workshop, a formal collaboration between ICERM and the American Institute of Mathematics (AIM), is one in a series of annual REUF workshops. These workshops bring together leading research mathematicians and faculty based at primarily undergraduate institutions to investigate open questions in the mathematical sciences and to equip participants with tools to engage in research with undergraduate students. REUF also serves to jump-start faculty who want to re-engage in research or who are considering a change in their research area.

The goals of this workshop are to promote undergraduate research and to forge research collaborations among the participating faculty. The majority of the workshop will be spent working on problems in small research groups, reporting on progress, and formulating plans for future work. Note that there are opportunities for participants to continue research activities beyond the workshop week, which will be discussed during the workshop.

Preference will... (more)

##### Organizing Committee

- Brianna Donaldson
- Leslie Hogben
- Ulrica Wilson

##### Mathematical Optimization of Systems Impacted by Rare, High-Impact Random Events

Jun 24 - 28, 2019

Designing, planning, and operating many systems is challenging due to the possibility of high-impact rare events. A motivating application is the electricity power grid, whose operation can be significantly disrupted by rare weather events such as a severe storm or a polar vortex. This workshop will explore optimization and simulation approaches to designing, planning, and operating systems impacted by such events. Stochastic optimization is one approach for optimizing such systems, in which the uncertain outcomes are modeled with random variables. Rare and high-impact events provide a challenge for stochastic optimization because (1) it is difficult to estimate the likelihood of rare events, (2) estimates of expected values with outcomes that have very low probability but high cost are inherently unstable, and (3) the actual distribution of the random events is often not known. Alternatively, robust and distributionally robust optimization models attempt to identify a solution that is... (more)

##### Organizing Committee

- Mihai Anitescu
- Güzin Bayraksan
- Jim Luedtke
- Jonathan Weare

##### Perspectives on Dehn Surgery

Jul 15 - 19, 2019

Dehn surgery has played a central role in the development of low-dimensional topology since it was first introduced by Max Dehn in 1910. Its study has stimulated several fascinating techniques that incorporate ideas from across mathematics: hyperbolic geometry, representation varieties, combinatorics, sutured manifold theory, and Floer homology, to name a few. These tools have led to sensational progress in understanding problems about Dehn surgery and low-dimensional topology at large. Furthermore, they seem well-suited to attack the major open problems in the area, such as the Berge conjecture and the L-space conjecture.

The workshop will function as a graduate summer school. At its core, the school will feature a sequence of mini-courses delivered by a cast of leading experts and distinguished expositors. The courses will unveil Dehn surgery and this suite of techniques to the next generation of researchers in the area. The school will additionally feature guided problem sessions... (more)

##### Organizing Committee

- Kenneth Baker
- Nathan Dunfield
- Joshua Greene
- Sarah Rasmussen

##### Women in Symplectic and Contact Geometry and Topology workshop (WiSCon)

Jul 22 - 26, 2019

The Women in Symplectic and Contact Geometry and Topology workshop (WiSCon) is a Research Collaboration Conference for Women (RCCW) in the fields of contact and symplectic geometry/topology and related areas of low-dimensional topology. The goal of this workshop is to bring together women and nonbinary researchers at various career stages in these mathematical areas to collaborate in groups on projects designed and led by female leaders in the field. See below for information regarding project leaders and topics.

The mathematical fields of symplectic and contact geometry/topology, rooted in concepts from classical physics, have experienced huge growth in the past few decades. This growth has come in many forms, including multiple flavors of homology theories, symplectic embedding problems, techniques for regularizing spaces of pseudoholomorphic curves, and examples of mirror symmetry, to name a few. This workshop aims to generate research collaborations which build on the growing... (more)

##### Organizing Committee

- Bahar Acu
- Catherine Cannizzo
- Dusa McDuff
- Ziva Myer
- Yu Pan
- Lisa Traynor

##### Women in Data Science and Mathematics (WiSDM) 2019

Jul 29 - Aug 2, 2019

WiSDM 2019 is a research collaboration workshop targeted toward women working in data science and mathematics. This program will bring together women at all stages of their careers, from graduate students to senior researchers, to collaborate on problems in data science.

Data science is typically characterized as work at the intersection of mathematics, computer science, statistics, and an application domain. The scientific focus will be on cutting-edge problems in network analysis for gene detection, group dynamics, graph clustering, novel statistical and topological learning algorithms, tensor product decompositions, reconciliation of assurance of anonymity and privacy with utility measures for data transfer and analytics, as well as efficient and accurate completion, inference and fusion methods for large data and correlations.

Applications are now open. Applicants should rank their top 3 choices of projects in their personal statement. Project descriptions can be found below.... (more)

##### Organizing Committee

- Ellen Gasparovic
- Kathryn Leonard
- Linda Ness

##### Applied Mathematical Modeling with Topological Techniques

Aug 5 - 9, 2019

Mathematical modelers face a variety of challenges, including summarizing large data sets to understand and explore a system of interest, inferring the model parameters most accurate for describing a given data set, and assessing the goodness-of-fit between data sets. Computational topology provides a lens through which these challenges may be addressed. At the same time, just as topological techniques provide opportunities for modelers, the challenges that modelers face give rise to opportunities for applied topologists. For instance, topologists may develop techniques that make model predictions based on the topology of experimental or simulation data, that analyze time-varying data, or that turn model outputs into formats suitable for machine learning.

This workshop brings together the applied mathematical modeling and applied topology communities, aiming to give modelers exposure to topological techniques still not commonly used in their community, and to give topologists exposure... (more)

##### Organizing Committee

- Henry Adams
- Maria D’Orsogna
- Rachel Neville
- Jose Perea
- Chad Topaz

##### GirlsGetMath: Summer Math Camp for High Schoolers

Aug 12 - 16, 2019

GirlsGetMath@ICERM is a five-day non-residential mathematics program that is open to high schoolers who live in or near greater Rhode Island and who will be entering the 10th or 11th grade in the fall of 2019.

GirlsGetMath occurs in an encouraging environment that builds young students' 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@ICERM encourages 20-25 high schoolers to explore topics such as cryptography, the mathematics of voting, image processing, prime numbers and factoring, and fractals.

The goals of the program are:

- to address the underrepresentation of women in STEM fields
- to show young women... (more)

##### Organizing Committee

- Amalia Culiuc
- Katharine Ott
- Ulrica Wilson

##### Illustrating Mathematics

Sep 4 - Dec 6, 2019

The Illustrating Mathematics program brings together mathematicians, makers, and artists who share a common interest in illustrating mathematical ideas via computational tools.

The goals of the program are to:

- introduce mathematicians to new computational illustration tools to guide and inform their research;
- spark collaborations among and between mathematicians, makers and artists;
- find ways to communicate research mathematics to as wide an audience as possible.

The program includes week-long workshops in Geometry and Topology, Algebra and Number Theory, and Dynamics and Probability, as well as master courses, seminars, and an art exhibition.

Mathematical topics include: moduli spaces of geometric structures, hyperbolic geometry, configuration spaces, sphere eversions, apollonian packings, kleinian groups, sandpiles and tropical geometry, analytic number theory, supercharacters, complex dynamics, billiards, random walks, and Schrammâ€“Loewner... (more)

##### Organizing Committee

- David Bachman
- Kelly Delp
- David Dumas
- Saul Schleimer
- Richard Schwartz
- Henry Segerman
- Katherine Stange
- Laura Taalman

##### Program Opener: Meet, Make and Design

Sep 5 - 6, 2019

Participants will be introduced to projects, equipment, and one another. Activities will include:

- participant lightning talk show and tell
- project introductions
- start of the micro courses
- tour of equipment
- short course planning session

There will be ample time for discussions with potential semester collaborators.

##### Organizing Committee

- David Bachman
- Kelly Delp
- Richard Schwartz

##### Illustrating Geometry and Topology

Sep 16 - 20, 2019

This workshop will focus on the interaction between visualization, computer experiment, and theoretical advances in all areas of research in geometry and topology. Fruitful interactions of this type have a long history in the field, with physical models and computer images and animations providing both illustration of existing work and inspiration for new developments. Emerging visualization technologies, such as virtual reality, are poised to further increase the tools available for mathematical illustration and experimentation. By bringing together expert practitioners of mathematical visualization techniques and researchers interested in incorporating such tools into their research, the workshop will give participants a clear picture of the state of the art in this fast-moving field while also fostering new collaborations and innovations in illustrating geometry and topology.

##### Organizing Committee

- Keenan Crane
- David Dumas

##### Illustrating Number Theory and Algebra

Oct 21 - 25, 2019

The symbiotic relationship between the illustration of mathematics and mathematical research is now flowering in algebra and number theory. This workshop aims to both showcase and develop these connections, including the development of new visualization tools for algebra and number theory. Topics are wide-ranging, and include Apollonian circle packings and the illustration of the arithmetic of hyperbolic manifolds more generally, the visual exploration of the statistics of integer sequences, and the illustrative geometry of such objects as Gaussian periods and Fourier coefficients of modular forms. Other topics may include expander graphs, abelian sandpiles, and Diophantine approximation on varieties. We will also focus on diagrammatic algebras and categories such as Khovanov-Lauda-Rouquier algebras, Soergel bimodule categories, spider categories, and foam categories. The ability to visualize complicated relations diagrammatically has led to important advances in representation theory... (more)

##### Organizing Committee

- Ellen Eischen
- Joel Kamnitzer
- Alex Kontorovich
- Katherine Stange

##### Illustrating Dynamics and Probability

Nov 11 - 15, 2019

This workshop will focus on the theoretical insights developed via illustration, visualization, and computational experiment in dynamical systems and probability theory. Some topics from complex dynamics include: dynamical moduli spaces and their dynamically-defined subvarieties, degenerations of dynamical systems as one moves toward the boundary of moduli space, and the structure of algebraic data coming from a family of dynamical systems. In classical dynamical systems, some topics include: flows on hyperbolic spaces and Lorentz attractors, simple physical systems like billiards in two and three dimensional domains, and flows on moduli spaces. In probability theory, the workshop features: random walks and continuous time random processes like Brownian motion, SLE, and scaling limits of discrete systems.

##### Organizing Committee

- Jayadev Athreya
- Alexander Holroyd
- Sarah Koch