A view of the Institute.
The building with white arches in the background is Knudsen
Hall.
The
Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics
(IPAM) is an American mathematics institute funded by the National Science
Foundation. The initial funding for the institute was
approved in May 1999 and it was inaugurated in August, 2000.
IPAM is
located on the UCLA campus, in close proximity to UCLA's Department of
Mathematics. The building currently housing the institute
was designed in 1973 by world-renowned Pritzker Prize-winning
architect
Frank Gehry.
Mission
The mission of the institute is to make connections between a broad
spectrum of mathematicians and scientists, to launch new
collaborations, to better inform mathematicians and scientists
about interdisciplinary problems, and to broaden the range of
applications in which mathematics is used.
IPAM seeks to bring the full range of mathematical techniques to
bear on the great scientific challenges of our time, to stimulate
exciting new mathematics via new problems motivated by other
sciences, and to train the people who will do this.
Background
IPAM is
currently one of seven NSF Mathematical Sciences Institutes in the
United
States. The initial five year grant was renewed in
2005.
The institute was co-founded by
Tony F.
Chan, Mark Green, and Eitan Tadmor;
Russ Caflisch is its current director. Christian Ratsch and Jichun
Li are its current associate directors.
Stanley Osher is its current special projects
director.
Programs
Every year IPAM offers two three-month scientific programs, or long
programs. These programs bring together senior and junior
mathematicians and scientists and engineers from the scientific
disciplines related to the program. In addition, IPAM supports
graduate students, post-doctoral scholars and young academics to
encourage their participation in long programs.
The programs consist of three phases: Tutorials from both streams
are offered at the beginning. These are followed by four five-day
workshops focusing on particular topics related to the overall
theme of the program.
The programs culminate with a 1 week Oberwolfach-like workshop at the UCLA at Lake Arrowhead,
California.
Between the long programs, IPAM sponsors independent five-day
workshops on a broad range of scientific themes. During the summer
IPAM holds a research program for undergraduates (RIPS) focusing on
industrial problems as well as a summer school for graduate
students. The graduate student summer school is dedicated to an
important scientific theme involving problems of mathematical
interest.
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