New Chinese Center Bridges Mathematics and Science/Technology

July 23, 2013

The National Center for Mathematics and Interdisciplinary Sciences was founded in November 2010 to create a bridge between mathematics and the natural sciences, engineering, technology, and the social sciences. Part of the "Innovation 2020" program launched by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, NCMIS has six interdisciplinary divisions, each linking mathematics with another field: information technology; economics and finance; advanced manufacturing, materials, and the environment; biology and medicine; physics; and engineering. The center's research program is affiliated with the Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science of the CAS.

On May 13, SIAM president Irene Fonseca, a professor of the mathematical sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, gave a public lecture, "Variational Methods in Materials and Image Processing," in the NCMIS Distinguished Lecture Series. She is shown here with Xiao-Shan Gao, vice president of the Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, who awarded her a certificate of recognition.

Zhenli Sheng, president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Chapter of SIAM, helped make Fonseca's talk a successful activity of the student chapter.

NCMIS organizes interdisciplinary forums and has graduate and postgraduate programs in industrial and applied mathematics. It currently supports about 160 researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and other institutions, for work on 21 research projects. The projects address such topics as computational fluid dynamics and applications, economic forecasting and policy simulation, mathematical methods for complex disease diagnosis and drug design, mathematical methods in digital design and manufacturing, and quantum information, computing and control.

In Vancouver, at the closing of ICIAM 2011, NCMIS director Lei Guo accepted a "talking stick" from congress director Arvind Gupta---setting the stage, according to Canadian First Nations tradition, for plenty of good talks at ICIAM 2015.

Visiting the Great Wall during an ICIAM 2015 planning meeting were Irene Fonseca, and ICIAM treasurer José Alberto Cuminato and president Barbara Keyfitz.

Plans are well under way for ICIAM 2015, which will be held in Beijing, August 10–14. NCMIS is the main local organizer of the congress, and NCMIS director Lei Guo is the congress director. The China Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, together with the Chinese Mathematical Society, the Chinese Computational Mathematical Society, the Operations Research Society of China, the Chinese Association for Applied Statistics, and the Systems Engineering Society of China, will host ICIAM 2015. At NCMIS, we look forward to acquainting the world applied mathematics community with some of the exciting interdisciplinary work under way in which mathematics is a central player.---Li Wang, National Center for Mathematics and Interdisciplinary Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Also looking ahead to the summer of 2015 is SIAM, which will be organizing minisymposia for the Beijing congress. As usual, ICIAM will serve as the 2015 Annual Meeting.

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