The Simons Foundation open new Center for Computational Mathematics

The Simons Foundations' research division, the Flatiron Institute, unveils its Center for Computational Mathematics, for developing scientific research through computational methods

2Oct

The New York-based research center, the Simons Foundation, has launched its fourth computational center, the Center for Computational Mathematics (CCM). The center is part of its research division, the Flatiron Institute, and focuses on developing scientific research through computational methods.

The CCM will integrate novel mathematics, algorithms and software technology for scientific computing. According to the Simons Foundation, applied and computational math's is a vital tool in modern science and engineering.

The Simons Foundation has appointed Leslie Greengard, a former professor of mathematics and computer science at NYU and founder of Flatiron Institute’s Center for Computational Biology, to lead the center.

Greengard said, "CCM will be a unique mix of novel mathematics and serious software development." He also stated that the new center will act as a hub for tool building: "We’ll develop new algorithmic approaches and new mathematical formalisms that provide new ways of attacking scientific problems."


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In addition to its own research aiding the scientific community, the center will work in collaboration on research projects with the Flatiron Institute's centers for computational astrophysics, biology and quantum physics.

According to the foundation projects will range from "identifying neural firing events in the brain by leveraging signal processing, to formulating algorithms to model the structures of proteins, to developing machine learning techniques to characterize high-dimensional physical, chemical and biological systems".

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