Research in Mathematics 2016

The Mathematics of Data

Complementing the highly structured Graduate Summer School, which is directed at younger mathematicians, the Research Program in Mathematics addresses the needs of mathematicians who are already carrying out research. The program offers advanced scholars the opportunity to do research, collaborate with their peers, meet outstanding students, and explore new teaching ideas with professional educators. It is designed to introduce active areas of research by focusing on a specific topic. The informal format generates lively exchanges of views and information between established and newer researchers.

The 26th Annual PCMI Summer Session will be held June 30 – July 20, 2016.

Click HERE to apply to the Research Program.

2016 The Mathematics of Data

Organizers: John Duchi, Stanford University; Anna Gilbert, University of Michigan; and Michael Mahoney, University of California, Berkeley

Some lectures on these topics will be accessible to advanced graduate students and postdocs, while others will be intended for more specialized working groups.

A primary goal of the research program is to foster the collaboration of a diverse group of participants. Regular seminars will be held giving the Research Program participants an opportunity to give a seminar if they choose. (The organizers will draw up a schedule in consultation with the participants.) There will be plenty of time for work and informal discussions.

The mathematics of data is a meeting point for ideas and methods having to do with the theoretical foundations of modern large-scale data analysis, including both traditional applied mathematics as well as mathematics as used in theoretical computer science, theoretical statistical and machine learning, etc.  In addition to exposing researchers to a broad range of interdisciplinary topics relevant to the applied mathematics of data, a second goal of the program is to exchange ideas and to kickstart new collaborations between researchers from different areas of applied mathematics, broadly defined. 

New and recent PhD’s are especially encouraged to apply if they are working on theoretical aspects of data analysis.


Independent Researchers

Researchers in other areas of mathematics who have independent funding are invited to apply for participation in the PCMI Summer Session. All programs and facilities will be available to these participants, although lodging space may be limited. Introductory courses and joint education/research activities may be of particular interest. Researchers interested in becoming involved with a future Summer Session may wish to use this opportunity to get acquainted with the program. Small groups of collaborators from geographically separate areas are particularly welcome to apply.