Institute for Mathematical Sciences looks to multidisciplinary research.
The Institute for Mathematical Sciences (IMS) will draw on the strengths of the NUS Departments of Mathematics, Computational Science, and Statistics and Applied Probability, to conduct multidisciplinary research in the applications of mathematics. Modelled after successful mathematical institutes in Europe and North America, IMS aims to solve important scientific problems, produce new results and techniques for theoretical developments as well as applications, and in the process train young mathematical scientists.
"Ideas in pure mathematics find application in science, and scientific application will, in turn, develop mathematical research," said Prof Louis Chen, Director of IMS, at its 17 July official opening. "We will ensure that our programmes will be of local relevance and of international interest."
The institute will run two scientific programmes half-yearly, bringing in top mathematicians and scientists to interact and share knowledge. Visiting scientists who participate in IMS's seminars, tutorials and workshops will stay for periods ranging from a week to six months. For a start, it has brought together 42 scientists from 16 countries to discuss digital coding and cryptology for its inaugural programme.
Speaking at the official opening, Prof Roger Howe, Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of IMS said, "Few, if any subjects, are so deeply and broadly engaged with information technology as is mathematics, and mathematics research can be expected to be fruitful and even essential to the full realisation of the capabilities of information technology."
Appeared in August 2001 issue of Knowledge Enterprise (Campus News).
Reprinted with permission of Editor, Knowledge Enterprise (Campus News).
Officially opened on 17 July 2001, the Institute for Mathematical Sciences (IMS) is embarking on a new paradigm of research activities in Singapore. Modelled after successful institutes in Europe and North America, IMS does not engage permanent staff except for its director, deputy director and support personnel. Its prime objective is to organise relevant thematic programmes on a regular basis and provide a stimulating environment for visiting scientists of diverse backgrounds, senior and junior, to interact and collaborate in research, solve important scientific problems, and produce new results and techniques for theoretical developments and applications.
"IMS will never be fossilised when it organises programmes focusing on current trends and invites researchers to come and work together on the programmes instead of having its permanent staff," explains director Professor Louis Chen. "It represents a new paradigm of research activities in Singapore and will play a unique role in training young scientists, building research capabilities and creating knowledge for our knowledge-based economy."
Its inaugural programme - Coding Theory and Data Integrity - runs from July to December 2001. Through this programme, IMS hopes to build up manpower and research capabilities in IT security in Singapore, as R&D in this area is crucial for defence, home affairs, high-tech companies, e-commerce and banks.
Appeared in October 2001 issue of The ALUMNUS.
Reprinted with permission of Editor, The ALUMNUS.
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