Students and researchers from IUPUI, as well as businesses and researchers in Indiana or anywhere around the world, can benefit as iM2CS faculty utilize sophisticated mathematical and computational approaches to address issues and solve problems found in the life, earth, social and physical sciences as well as engineering. Drug delivery, pollution, construction and forensics are among the thousands of areas that can be studied with mathematical modelling and computational science problem solving approaches.
Led by Giovanna Guidoboni, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematical sciences, and Snehasis Mukhopadhyay, Ph.D., professor of computer and information science, the new institute, with an initial faculty of 19 investigators, is a virtual laboratory and consulting centre available to researchers in any discipline.
"The math modelling and computation science of iM2CS creates greater opportunities for discovery and increases competitiveness in seeking and procuring extramural funding to support research, educational and outreach activities", stated Guidoboni.
Among initial areas of iM2CS focus are:
"Statistics can help discover correlations. With the tools of mathematical modeling and computational science, our researchers reveal causality. We test hypotheses and provide important knowledge and feedback to colleagues", stated Giovanna Guidoboni.
Institute faculty researchers offer an introductory course in biomathematics to IUPUI upper level undergraduates and graduate students. A paid undergraduate summer research programme, in collaboration with six other universities across the country, will bring students into iM2CS labs where they will work alongside faculty.
"The School of Science is proud to announce the creation of iM2CS. Mathematical and computational modelling is one of the great strengths of the school's faculty, and represents a unique niche within the IUPUI community. We expect that the development of the iM2CS will lead to further interactions between our school's faculty and colleagues throughout IUPUI and the wider Indiana community", according to David Skalnik, Ph.D., associate dean for research and graduate education at the School of Science at IUPUI.
Initial funding for iM2CS is from the School of Science at IUPUI. iM2CS investigators have grant funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. The Institute is seeking additional funding from government, industry and other sources.
The iM2CS website, with links to faculty research interests, student opportunities and other information, can be found at http://www.mmcs.science.iupui.edu/index.html