From The Director
New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences is a leading center for research and education in mathematics and computer science. For seventy-five years, we have contributed to U.S. and international science and engineering by promoting an integrated view of mathematics and computation. Our research activities are broad, covering many areas of mathematics and computer science, as well as the application of these disciplines to problems in the biological, physical, and economic sciences.
The Courant Institute has played a central role in the development of mathematics (both pure and applied) and computer science. Our faculty has received numerous national and international awards in recognition of their extraordinary research accomplishments. We are equally proud of our former students and postdoctoral associates who now provide leadership at universities, government laboratories, and private industry throughout the world.
As computer science, mathematics, and their applications evolve, so does the Courant Institute. It is our unified view of the mathematical sciences, and of their importance for modern science and society, that remains constant. In mathematics, we currently offer great depth in analysis, partial differential equations, probability, geometry, topology, and number theory. In computer science our strengths include multimedia, programming languages and systems, distributed and parallel computing, and the analysis of algorithms. Perhaps our most unusual feature is an emphasis on the interplay of disciplines at the boundary between mathematics and computer science, particularly in the areas of scientific computing, computer graphics, machine learning and computational geometry. Our strength at this boundary informs our research and training in areas such as biophysics, genomics, atmosphere/ocean science, computer vision, fluid mechanics, materials science, and financial mathematics.
The continuing development of the mathematical and computational sciences is fundamental to scientific progress and to our nation's technological competitiveness. The Courant Institute expects to provide continuing scientific leadership and direction in this vital endeavor.
Richard Cole, Interim Director
Silver Professor of Computer Science