IMI Interdisciplinary Mathematics InstituteCollege of Arts and Sciences

Message from the Director


Welcome to the Interdisciplinary Mathematics Institute (IMI)

The Institute is a mathematics research center residing within the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of South Carolina. The IMI serves to foster advanced interdisciplinary mathematical research with the potential for meaningful application and to facilitate its transfer to the academic, government and industrial sectors.

One of the great challenges of the 21st century is the development of efficient and accurate numerical models for complex physical, chemical, biological and social processes arising in various areas of science, medicine, engineering and technology. This task is additionally complicated by the enormous amounts of data gathered or produced continuously at ever accelerating rates in this age of Big Data.

The primary objective of the IMI is to increase our fundamental understanding of these processes and to develop novel mathematics and numerical algorithms for resolving them. These mathematical and algorithmic advances will inject fundamentally new ideas into areas ranging from cosmology to electron microscopy, from atmospheric sciences and oceanography to image processing, from biomathematics to tissue fabrication.

Another important purpose of the IMI is to support and expand the new PhD track in mathematics with concentration in Applied and Computational Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics at USC. It is critical for us to create better teaching environments and opportunities for educating students in the IMI thrust areas.

Our third objective is to develop and support meaningful collaborations of the IMI and its members with units and individuals within the College of Arts and Sciences, from other colleges at USC, from the US and all over the world.

Our goals are ambitious but we are ready to face the challenges they offer us.

Pencho Petrushev,

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