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Making Innovation Central to Rhode Island's Future Gina M. Raimondo, Governor

New National Institute for Mathematical Research to Make RI Leader in Data-Enabled Problem Solving

Published on March 7, 2011

Brown University President Ruth Simmons, joined by representatives of the National Science Foundation,  university officials, electeted officials and civic and business leaders today celebrated the impact the new Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) will have on reserach, teaching education and innovation. 

Last August, the National Science Foundation awarded Brown a five year, $15.5 million grant to create ICERM.  The new Institute is one of only eight in the country and will draw scholars from around the world to the Ocean State to explore how computation and applied mathematics can help make sense of the exponentially increasing set of data scientists have available to solve complex societal challenges.  At the Institute, faculty such as David Mumford, a professor emeritus of appplied mathematics who last year received the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest scientific honor from President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony, will be able to collaborate with colleagues from around the world using pure and applied mathematics to explore solutions to problems in areas as diverse as brain science, computer vision, financial services, healthcare, neurobiology, cognitive science, and cyber security.

The mission of ICERM is to support and broaden the relationship between mathematics and computation: specifically, to expand the use of computational and experimental methods in mathematics, to support theoretical advances related to computation, and address problems posed by the existence and use of the computer through mathematical tools, research and innovation.  As part of this activities, ICERM will develop K-12 mathematics and community outreach programs.  

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