Yasumasa Nishiura, Research Director
Mathematics has always produced ways of looking at the world that are ahead of their times. From the Ptolemaic worldview of the harmony of the spheres that accompanied astrology, through to the Newtonian worldview, all the way down to the modern chaos/fractal view of nature, mathematics has brought about a series of paradigm shifts epitomized by the Copernican revolution.
From the standpoint that the highest echelon of technology is to be "invisible technology," mathematics can surely be said to have well and truly secured that position. However, mathematics' more intrinsic role does not reside in its aspect as a "tool" or "hidden supporter of technology" but rather in a completely different function.
That function is to provide a point of view for identifying the essence of things that we have no idea how to understand, and a framework and a perspective for thinking about the problems that today's society faces such as global warming, economic fluctuations, psychology and risk management. What all of these areas called "complex systems" have in common is that there are a huge number of contributing factors and it is difficult to reach an understanding using a simple cause-and-effect framework.
We believe that there would be no hope of finding fundamental solutions to these kinds of problems without the involvement of mathematics.
Most of the PRESTO and CREST researchers are attacking these issues directly or indirectly and it would be indispensable to work together from a globe point of view. The series of ABMS-CREST/PRESTO international conference is designed in order to enhance the understanding of those common problems and collaboration among various types of international researchers.
We hope this activity will become a trigger to resolve those issues.
- Team Shibata (Nov. 11 - 15, 2014) The Eighth CREST-SBM International Conference
"International Conference on Mathematical Fluid Dynamics, Present and Future"
- Team Oishi (March 15 - 20, 2014) The Seventh CREST-SBM International Symposium
"The International Workshop on Numerical Verification and its Applications 2014 (INVA 2014)"
- Team Kokubu (March 10 - 14, 2014) The Sixth CREST-SBM International Symposium
"New Directions in Applied Dynamical Systems"
- Team Sakajo (July 1 - 5, 2013) The Fifth CREST-SBM International Symposium
"Topological Problems in Fluid Dynamics" at The 6th Pacific RIM Conference on Mathematics 2013
- Team Suito (March 13 - 14, 2013) The Fourth CREST-SBM International Symposium
"Collaboration between Mathematical Science and Clinical Medicine"
- Team Suzuki (June 8 - 9, 2011) The Third CREST-SBM International Conference
"Mathematical Methods in Cancer Cell Biology"
- Team Hibi (June 28 - July 2, 2010) The Second CREST-SBM International Conference
"Harmony of Gröbner Bases and the Modern Industrial Society"
- Team Kotani (January 25 - January 29, 2010) The First CREST-SBM International Conference