March 25-26, 1998. "Exploring the Interface between the Sciences and Mathematical Sciences," Washington, D.C.

Presented by the Committee on Strengthening the Linkages between the Sciences and Mathematical Sciences of the National Research Council (NRC).

PROGRAM

This workshop will illuminate stimulating research at the interface between the sciences and mathematical sciences and explore the nature of interdisciplinary collaborations between scientists and mathematical scientists. It will do so through case studies of successful interdisciplinary interactions and through a roundtable discussion examining factors that potentially impede interdisciplinary collaboration, and practical means of navigating these obstacles in both industry and academia. The program will feature a panel discussion focusing on multidisciplinary education in the mathematical sciences. This workshop will most benefit students and researchers interested in pursuing interdisciplinary problems at the math-science interface; administrators of and participants in interdisciplinary research and/or training programs; and researchers facing interdisciplinary problems in industry. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from the experiences of colleagues and to raise issues before the academic and industrial research communities. Active audience participation will be encouraged.

INFORMATION

Committee on Strengthening the Linkages between the Sciences and Mathematical Sciences Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications (CPSMA)

National Research Council

2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W., NAS 285

Washington, D.C. 20418-0001

Tel: 202-334-1675

Fax: 202-334-1528

Email: Sburkhar@nas.edu

For further information on CPSMA, please visit the committee's Web site, which is posted under www.nas.edu/cpsma/navigatr.htm

REGISTRATION

Interested parties should contact Stacey Burkhardt via phone, fax, or e-mail. There is no participation fee. However, spaces are limited, and pre-registration is required.

SPONSORS

This workshop is being conducted as part of a NRC Special Task on Strengthening the Linkages between the Sciences and Mathematical Sciences, which is sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health.

COMMITTEE ON STRENGTHENING THE LINKAGES BETWEEN THE SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES

- THOMAS BUDINGER, E.O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Chairman
- R. STEPHEN BERRY, The University of Chicago
- NICHOLAS R. COZZARELLI, University of California, Berkeley
- INGRID DAUBECHIES, Princeton University
- MARTIN FARACH-COLTON, Rutgers University, Bell Laboratories
- FRANK C. HOPPENSTEADT, Center for System Science and Engineering Research, Arizona State University
- JOHN LEHOCZKY, Carnegie Mellon University
- GREGORY J. MCRAE, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- JOSEPH PEDLOSKY, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
- ERIC PEETERS, Xerox PARC
- JAMES L. PHILLIPS, The Boeing Company Information and Support Services
- I.M. SINGER, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- MICHAEL TABOR, University of Arizona
- SUZANNE DAVIES WITHERS, University of Washington
- ELLEN ZWEIBEL, JILA, University of Colorado, Boulder

DRAFT AGENDA

"Exploring the Interface between the Sciences and Mathematical Sciences"

March 25-26, 1998

National Academy of Sciences Building

Lecture Room

2101 Constitution Avenue, NW

Washington, DC

Day 1 00 a.m. Chairman's Welcome and Introductions Thomas Budinger (Center for Functional Imaging, E.O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) 30 a.m. Introductory Remarks Phillip Griffiths (Director, Institute for Advanced Study) 45 a.m. The Elucidation and Quantification of Transport and Mixing Processes in the Ocean by Dynamical Systems Techniques Christopher Jones (Applied Mathematics, Brown University) & Lawrence Pratt (Physical Oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute) 45 a.m. How a Physicist and a Mathematician Got Together and Did Something Useful in Brain Imaging Lawrence Shepp (Statistics, Rutgers University) & Jay Stein (Hologic, Inc. & Vivid Technologies) 45 Break 00 Panel Discussion, "Multidisciplinary Research and Training in the Mathematical Sciences: Successes and Failures" Chair, Michael Tabor (Head, Program in Applied Mathematics, University of Arizona) Participants: Avner Friedman (Director, Minnesota Center for Industrial Mathematics [MCIM] & Past Director, Institute for Mathematics and its Applications [IMA], University of Minnesota), Alan Newell (Chairman, Mathematics Institute, University of Warwick), Nancy Sung (Director, Interfaces Program, Burroughs Wellcome Fund), Mary Wheeler (Director, The Center for Subsurface Modeling [CSM], Texas Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics [TICAM], University of Texas at Austin) 45 Lunch Break 45 Blue Lasers: Materials Growth, Characterization, and Computational Physics David Bour (Electronic Materials Laboratory, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center [PARC]) & Chris Van de Walle (Electronic Materials Laboratory, Xerox PARC) 45 Coping with Complex Surfaces: An Interface between Mathematics and Condensed Matter Physics Jack Douglas (Polymers Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology [NIST]) & Fern Hunt (Applied and Computational Mathematics Division, NIST) 45 Break 00 Numerical Simulation of Subsurface Flow and Reactive Transport Todd Arbogast (Mathematics, University of Texas, Austin) & Mary F. Wheeler (Aerospace Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, and Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering, University of Texas, Austin) 00 Wavelets: A Synthesis of Ideas in Harmonic Analysis and Subband Filtering that Happened Serendipitously Ingrid Daubechies (Department of Mathematics and the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics, Princeton University) & Martin Vetterli (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley) 00 General Discussion 15 Adjourn Day 2 00 a.m. Preliminary Remarks by Thomas Budinger 15 a.m. Language and Dynamical Systemsa View from the Bridge Robert Berwick (Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences, and Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) & Partha Niyogi (Bell Laboratories) 15 Protein Folding Class Predictions Temple Smith (Molecular Engineering Research Center, Biomedical Engineering, and Pharmacology, Boston University) & James White (TASC) 15 Economics in Infinite Dimensional Spaces Robert Anderson (Mathematics & Economics, University of California, Berkeley) & William Zame (Economics, University of California, Los Angeles) 15 Break (Refreshments served) 30 Roundtable Discussion: "What Helps and What Hinders Collaboration Between Fields in Academia and Industry" Chairs, James Phillips (Mathematics and Engineering Analysis, The Boeing Company) & Suzanne Withers (Department of Geography and Center for the Study of Demography and Ecology, University of Washington) 45 Closing Remarks 00 Adjourn