New journal JACT: Call for submissions

A new “Journal of Applied and Computational Topology” (APCT) will start appearing in the beginning of 2017 published by Springer. Information about the scope of the journal, the editorial team and the submission procedure can be found here.
The main goals of the journal are to provide a forum for the parts of topology that have new and exciting applications within mathematics and the sciences, as well as to facilitate the development of relevant algorithms.

Please submit your current work to APCT.  We strive for an excellent quality journal, and  we need the support of the community to achieve this.


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ICERM Semester Program on “Topology in Motion”


This thematic semester aims at exploring those areas of topology where the research challenges stem from scientific and engineering problem and computer experiments rather than the intrinsic development of the topology proper. In this context, topology is a toolbox of mathematical results and constructions which impacts and inspires developments in other areas. Born as a supporting discipline, aimed at creating a foundation of intuitive notions immensely useful in differential equations and complex analysis, algebraic topology remains indispensable in many disciplines.

Our goal here is to concentrate on relatively recent areas of research enabled, in particular, by the computational revolution in mathematical discovery.

The past decade has seen a surge of interest in applied topology, a vaguely defined area that became a focus of attraction for several communities neighboring mathematics proper – biology, engineering, computer science, data analysis, to name a few. The central lure of this emerging area is the feeling that the flexibility afforded by the passage from geometric constructions to analysis situs, analysis of (mutual) positions, can be a powerful force in applications. The meta-goal of this project is to contribute to the development of the original view of topology as analysis situs: the extraction of discrete, combinatorial invariants from continuous shapes.

Here is a sample of the topics to be covered: moduli spaces of linkages, hinges and origami; configuration spaces of hard disks and coverings; topological robotics; topology of random simplicial complexes and random varieties; topology in condensed matter; high-dimensional expanders; equipartitions and Tverberg type theorems.

Associated Events: Fall 2016 Semester Workshops
September 12-16, 2016 Unusual Configuration Spaces Yuliy Baryshnikov, Michael Farber, Misha Kapovich, Randall Kamien, Ileana Streinu
October 17-21, 2016 Stochastic Topology and Thermodynamic Limits Matthew Kahle, Sayan Mukherjee, Shmuel Weinberger, Ileana Streinu, Patrick Charbonneau
November 28-December 2, 2016 Topology and Geometry in a Discrete Setting Eva Maria Feichtner, Larry Guth, Gil Kalai, Roman Karasev, Elchanan Mossel, Igor Pak, Rade Zivaljevic

Current Issues in the Philosophy of Practice of Mathematics & Informatics

4th April – 1st July 2016

The thematic trimester CIPPMI “Current Issues in the Philosophy of Practice of Mathematics & Informatics” will be held from 4th April to 1st July 2016 at the Centre International de Mathématiques et d’Informatique de Toulouse (CIMI).

This thematic trimester is organised by an interdisciplinary team of researchers in Mathematics, Philosophy, and Computer Science from the Institut de Mathématiques de Toulouse (IMT) & the Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse (IRIT).

It will feature sessions courses, workshops, and a thematic school on themes at the interface of Philosophy, Mathematics and Computer Science.

See the corresponding webpage.


ACAT was an ESF networking programme about Applied and Computational Algebraic Topology. See the brochure and the
detailed programme proposal for more information.

The revolutionary growth of experimental data in the sciences and the availability of unprecedented computing power pose many challenges to contemporary mathematics. The ESF Research Network on Applied and Computational Algebraic Topology will combine efforts of researchers from thirteen European countries to develop mathematical tools for the following broad research themes:
The topological and statistical analysis of shapes, images, and large multidimensional data sets;
Algorithms for motion planning and the study of configuration spaces of mechanical systems;
Statistical topology and the study of large growing systems;
The theory of concurrent computation and computer networks.
Research on these themes is currently carried out in small groups spread over several European countries. The Network will facilitate intensified interactions and cross-fertilization, which we predict will lead to new results and entire new research directions as well as to commercial applications in industry. The Network will organize summer schools and conferences to support the formation of an integrated research community in Applied and Computational Algebraic Topology and to attract an increasing number of students to the field. The Network will actively collaborate with experts outside Europe.