UCLA’s Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a conference and two public lectures.
On Tuesday, Nov. 2, Tony Chan, President of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, will present a free public lecture in Franz Hall, room 1178, at 4:30 p.m., titled "IPAM: Historical, UCLA, NSF and Global Perspectives." Chan was co-founder of IPAM, its former director, and is a current member of IPAM’s Board of Trustees. He served as dean of UCLA’s Division of Physical Sciences and chair of the Department of Mathematics, then as assistant director of the National Science Foundation Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate. A reception at IPAM will follow his lecture.
On Wednesday, Nov. 3, Claire Tomlin will present a free public lecture, titled "Mathematics for Air Traffic Control and Other Hybrid Systems," also in Franz Hall, room 1178, at 4:30 p.m. She is professor of electrical engineering at UC Berkeley and professor of aeronautics at Stanford. A reception at IPAM will follow her lecture as well.
IPAM is one of nine NSF Mathematical Sciences Institutes in the U.S. Its initial five-year grant was renewed in 2005 and again this year. Its mission includes making connections between mathematicians and other scientists, launching new collaborations and broadening the range of applications in which mathematics is used.
"Since it opened in 2000, IPAM has served as a catalyst for the interaction of science and math, bringing in the world’s leading scientists and mathematicians to collaborate on topics like virtual surgery, global warming, nanotechnology and crime prediction," said IPAM Director Russel Caflisch. "IPAM presents public lectures by world class scientists and mathematicians on cutting-edge topics aimed at UCLA students and faculty, as well as the broader community. Through our summer undergraduate research program and our events aimed at underrepresented groups, IPAM is contributing to expanding the base of students interested in mathematics and science."
IPAM’s influence has reached across many parts of UCLA’s campus, Caflisch noted.