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Ever-Expanding Mathematics

Investigation project commissioned by MEXT in 2009, “Investigation and estimation of promotion of cooperation of mathematics and mathematical science with other fields”, with the intention of contributing the examination of the post-third governmental science & technology master plan

http://www.mext.go.jp/b_menu/boshu/detail/1283853.htm(MEXT Website)

The project is now being promoted by the group consisting of Kyushu University (main institute and I am the representative), the University of Tokyo, Mathematical Society of Japan and Nippon Steel Company. In this project, we investigate and estimate the activities of mathematics and mathematical science, and those of their cooperation with the other fields that have been implemented in Japan, and thereby gain ideas for making a proposal to the Japanese government for promoting mathematics and for strengthening cooperation with various fields surrounding mathematics, which will achieve creation of new values and promote innovations. As part of this investigation project, the symposium “Ever-expanding Mathematics --- the expectations of the society” will be held in the University of Tokyo on February 22-23. During the two-day symposium, through the lectures and discussions by those who are actively involved in the promotion of cooperation of mathematics and mathematical science with other fields, as well as reports of and specific proposals based upon our investigations and estimations, we are aiming at making our policy proposal all the more feasible and effective. If our final proposal, which should be made by the end of March 2010, be successfully accepted, the government would make a policy to promote researches in the field of mathematics and mathematical science in the following few years.

Purport of the conference:

“Ever-expanding Mathematics --- the expectations of the society” Mathematics is the most universal language in science, and is standing out like a beacon in this modern, highly functionalized society. Actually, mathematics plays a role of compass in the advanced research in the areas such as life-science, economics, physics, to name a few, and, in almost all fields of high technology, by which the modern society is driven, like information security, medical technology, development and control of high-performance devices, scheduling mechanism in transportation and distribution, finance and insurance, resources search, hazard assessment, entertainment etc., mathematics lies in the very center of the essential part of those technologies. Also to be pointed out is that, to cope with global and societal challenges such as the problem of environment and energy, the method of mathematical science rooted in the ideas of mathematics is inevitable because those problems often involve multitudes of factors and complicated dimensions

Moreover, it has been gradually recognized that there are still many new mathematical problems in various matters in real society or in various branches of sciences. However, in Japan, quite a few researchers in society conducting math-related researches point out that not many opportunities to cooperate with mathematicians are available, or feel the lack of researchers with mathematical background in their research group.

In these circumstances, it is definitely important to build a mechanism or system that promote the coalition and cooperation between mathematicians and other scientific and industrial circle, together with strengthening the research in mathematics and mathematical sciences in our country and pushing forward the active challenge of mathematicians to the diverse mathematical problems in real society, and thereby making possible to fill the gap between the academic community of mathematics and mathematical sciences and the society.

“Ever-Expanding Mathematics--- Expectations from the Society”

DATE: 22th (afternoon)-23th February 2010
PLACE: The University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus, Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences, The Main Auditorium
Implementing Organizations: Kyushu University (Main), The University of Tokyo, The Mathematical Society of Japan, Nippon Steel Corporation
Support Organizations: The Japan Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Japan Federation Statistical Science Associations

【Program】
■February. 22 (Mon) 13:00-17:35

Chairman: Toshio Oshima (Dean & Professor, Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Tokyo)

■13:05-13:25
Opening & Guest addresses

Setsuo Arikawa(President, Kyushu University)
Takao Kuramochi(Basic and Generic Research Division, The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT))

■13:30-16:00
Background and aim

Kouki Uchimaru(Director, Basic and Generic Research Division, MEXT)
Masato Wakayama (The Representative; Dean & Professor, Faculty of Math. Kyushu Univ.)
Taketomo Mitsui (Former President (2008) of the Japan Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics; Professor, Faculty of Sci.&Tech. Doshisha Univ.)

[Report on the results of the investigation projects]

Takashi Tsuboi (President of Math. Society of Japan; Professor, Graduate School of Math. Sci. Univ. Tokyo)
Moritaka Hosotsubo (Guest Assoc. Professor, Faculty of Math., Kyushu Univ.; Researcher, NISTEP)
Setsuo Taniguchi (Professor, Faculty of Math., Kyushu Univ.)

[Plan toward policy proposal]

Masato Wakayama (The Representative; Dean & Professor, Faculty of Math. Kyushu Univ.)

[Example of industry-academia cooperation]

Junichi Nakagawa (Chief Researcher, Nippon Steel Corporation)

■16:00-16:30 Coffee break
■16:40-17:30 Keynote Lecture

Tony F. Chan (President, The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology; Former Professor, UCLA; Former board member, National Science Foundation)

■18:00- Reception (Place: Lover son Verre Komaba)
■February. 23 (Tue) 10:00-17:05

Chairman: Kazuo Murota(Professor, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo)

■10:05-10:40 Remarks from the societies of math. and math. Sciences

Toshikazu Takada (President, JSIAM)
Genshirou Kitagawa (Director-General, The Institute of Statistical Mathematics)
Takashi Tsuboi (President of Math. Society of Japan; Professor ,Graduate School of Math. Sci., Univ Tokyo)

■10:45-12:00
Remarks from CREST-PREST (JST)

Yasumasa Nishiura (Professor, Research Institute for Electronic Science, Hokkaido Univ., Research Director of the JST Mathematics)

[Remarks from industries]

Kennichi Anjyo (Board member, R&D Supervisor, OLM Digital Inc.)
Norishige Morimoto (Director of IBM Research Tokyo, IBM Japan,Ltd)

■12:00-13:00 Lunch
■13:30-14:30 Remarks from other fields

Hideki Kimura (Director-General, Brain Science Institute, RIKEN)
Naoto Kunitomo (Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Univ. Tokyo)

■14:30-14:55 Coffee break
■14:55-17:00 Panel discussion
Cooperation of mathematics and mathematical science with other fields

Chairman: Toshio Oshima (Graduate School of Math. Sci., Univ.Tokyo)
Reiko Aoki (Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Director for Intergenerational Research,
Hitotsubashi Univ. & Member of CSTP)
Shihoko Ishii (Professor, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology;
Science Council of Japan)
Hideki Kimura (Director-General, Brain Science Institute, RIKEN)
Yasumasa Nishiura (Professor, Research Institute for Electronic Science, Hokkaido Univ., Research Director of the JST Mathematics)
Taketomo Mitsui (Former President(2008)of the Japan Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics&Professor, Faculty of Sci.&Tech. Doshisha Univ.)
Yasuo Morita(Professor President Special commanded: Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Tohoku Univ.)
Norishige Morimoto (Director of IBM Research Tokyo, IBM Japan, Ltd.)
Masato Wakayama (The Representative; Dean & Professor, Faculty of Math, Kyushu Univ.)

■17:00- Closing addres

Takashi Tsuboi (President of Math. Society of Japan; Professor, Graduate School of Math. Sci. Univ. Tokyo)

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