ICERM Newsletter: Fall 2020

 

The Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics
Fall 2020 Virtual Workshops
These virtual workshops are affiliated with ICERM’s Fall 2020 semester program Advances in Computational Relativity, running September 9 through December 11, 2020.
This workshop will focus on theoretical and computational approaches to solving the vacuum Einstein field equations (the master equation of general relativity: a nonlinear, coupled, hyperbolic-elliptic PDE system) without matter field sources. A particular important special case is the simulation of two merging black holes, which will be emphasized throughout the workshop. Gravitational wave solutions will be another important aspect of this workshop, and special attention will be given to modeling techniques for the computation of these waves. The topics covered in this workshop will be relevant to both LIGO and LISA scientific efforts. Apply to attend
This workshop will focus on theoretical and computational approaches to solving the Einstein field equations (the master equation of general relativity: a nonlinear, coupled, hyperbolic-elliptic PDE system) with (fluid) matter field sources, as typical of binary neutron stars and supernovae. Simulations of these systems are targets of interest to both LIGO and telescopes such as Hubble, Fermi, and CHANDRA. In this workshop, special attention will be given to the governing equations of relativistic (magneto- ) hydrodynamics and multi-scale, multi-physics modeling challenges. Apply to attend
This workshop will focus on data analysis strategies for comparing model predictions to data. Special attention will be placed on comparing solutions to the Einstein field equations (as in workshops 2 and 3) with data collected from gravitational-wave or telescopes. The workshop will include (but will not be limited to) coverage of topics involving reduced-order models, surrogate models, machine learning, UQ, and Bayesian techniques.
Virtual Public Lecture (September 22, 2020 at 4:00PM)
It is very rare to meet anyone who has won a prize worth at least $600 or more in the lottery. (You could expect to buy thousands of scratcher tickets before winning such a prize.) Nonetheless, when looking at publicly-available data, it was discovered that some individuals had won hundreds of these big prizes! That much success smelled fishy. Were they up to something? JoinSkip Garibaldi (as he describes the data he and his team gathered, what mathematics had to say about it, and the legal and illegal schemes that on-the-ground investigations revealed. September 22, 2020 at 4:00pm. Register
ICERM is Seeking Proposals
We invite proposals that support our mission to foster and broaden the relationship between mathematics and computation. We are open to proposals from any area of the mathematical sciences.
Semester Programs
ICERM hosts two semester programs per year. Each incorporates 3-to-4 week-long workshops. Target date is October 1st. Learn more
Topical Workshops
ICERM hosts 5-7 topical workshops each year. They are typically scheduled in December, January, and May through August. Target date is October 1st. Learn more
Collaborate@ICERM
ICERM offers teams of 3-6 researchers the opportunity to spend five days at the institute. Target date is October 1st.
Hot Topics Proposals
Hot Topics workshops are designed to allow ICERM to move quickly in order to start the public exploration of breakthroughs and emerging mathematical areas. A Simons Foundation Targeted Grant provides financial support of around $50K for each of these workshops, including honoraria to attract key speakers and organizers. They run 2-3 days and are organized on a few months’ notice. Hot Topics suggestions are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more
Social Justice Proposals
ICERM
Mathematics and computation are powerful tools to address the racism that plagues our U.S. institutions. For example, rigorous and thoughtful analysis of data and systems – free of undue influence from corporations, governments, and other vested interests – is essential to ensure their fairness and integrity. How do we measure bias in algorithms and training data? What mathematical and statistical tools are needed to quantify bias or certify fairness? ICERM seeks proposals from the community for scientific programs addressing these and any other disparities brought about by social injustice How do we measure bias in algorithms and training data? What mathematical and statistical tools are needed to quantify bias or certify fairness? Please contact ICERM’s director with any ideas or suggestions. Email Director
ICERM Deputy Director Search
ICERM has a half-time opening starting summer 2021. We are looking for someone with a Ph.D. and research achievements in mathematics or a related field who can assist our director in soliciting, developing, and overseeing our scientific programs.
Accepting Applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships
These four and nine-month postdoctoral fellowship positions are centered around ICERM’s “Hamiltonian Methods in Dispersive and Wave Evolution Equations” fall 2021 semester program theme. ICERM will match these postdocs with a faculty mentor. These postdocs receive a stipend and support for health insurance. Learn more
These four and nine-month postdoctoral fellowship positions are centered around ICERM’s “Braids” spring 2022 semester program theme. ICERM will match these postdocs with a faculty mentor. These postdocs receive a stipend and support for health insurance. Learn more
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Simons Foundationhas created the Simons Bridge for Postdoctoral Fellowships. These 12-month appointments provide additional funding to institutes like ICERM to support one-year postdoctoral positions in mathematics starting in the fall of 2021 and 2022.These postdocs receive a salary and benefits. Learn more
NSF’s Broadening Participation Workshop
Are you a new PI who is curious about how the NSF proposal review process works? Check out this virtual workshop for information and advice on the policies, procedures, and opportunities available at the NSF: Broadening Participation: 2020 MPS Workshop for New Investigators. Investigators from underrepresented groups in STEM are especially encouraged to apply.
November 9-10, 2020. Learn more
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ICERM’s programming will continue to be offered online through December 2020. We will decide on the disposition of spring 2021 programs in early December based on direction from Brown University as well as local, state, and federal health and safety guidelines.
An ICERM Public Lecture featuring
September 22, 2020
An ICERM Public Lecture featuring
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October 2020
Semester Program
Feb – May 2021
Semester Workshop
March 2021
Hot Topics Workshop
Safety and Security of Deep Learning
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for details!
April 2021
Semester Workshop
April 2021

 

Summer@ICERM
June – Aug 2021
Topical Workshop
Applications of Rough Paths: Computational Signatures and Data Science
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for details!
July 2021
Semester Program
Feb – May 2022
Semester Program
Harmonic Analysis and Convexity
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for more details!
Sept – Dec 2022
Many thanks to our corporate, academic, and individual sponsors, including The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, JetBlue Foundation, Microsoft Research, Schlumberger, Simons Foundation, Cornell University, Indiana University Bloomington, KAIST, Michigan Tech, and WPI. Learn more.