The Department of Mathematical Sciences is one of the 28 academic institutional members of the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), a National Science Foundation institute based at the University of Minnesota.
The IMA has been a leader in fostering research of a truly interdisciplinary nature, linking mathematics of the highest caliber and important scientific and technological problems from other disciplines and industry. As an institutional member, our Department has a direct influence on IMA directions and programming, access to the IMA scientific community, among other benefits.
The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in Berkeley, California, is internationally renowned as a center for mathematics research and postdoctoral education. The Institute hosts about 85 researchers in residence at any given time, each a leader in his or her field. They participate in scientific workshops and programs that target the world’s most challenging scientific problems and that last up to one academic year. The Institute is an independent non-profit organization that enjoys extensive support from individuals, foundations, corporations, government agencies, and more than 85 universities and institutions. An indication of MSRI’s reputation is that, since its founding in 1982, the Institute has been one of the largest single projects of the National Science Foundation’s Division of Mathematical Sciences. MSRI is now also the largest single project of the National Security Agency’s mathematics program.
The collaborative research grant between the inverse scattering group of Profs. Cakoni, Colton and Monk and DeFI Group at the Centre de Mathématiques Appliquées at Ecole Polytechnique, Paris has been renewed for three more years, 2011-2013. This collaborative program has been successfully running since 2008 and was highly regarded by the midterm evaluation panel. The panel recognized the research teams at Delaware and Ecole Polytechnique as among the leading researchers in the world in the emerging field of qualitative methods in electromagnetic inverse scattering theory. The funding is provided by the French “Institut National de Recherche de Informatique en Automatique” (INRIA) and is available for the exchange of graduate students, postdoctoral students and faculty members during this period. The research team at Delaware is headed by Professor Fioralba Cakoni and at the École Polytechnique by Dr. Houssem Haddar.