Open mathematics festival launched in Hanoi

Professor John Ball, from the British University of Oxford, has been invited to lecture at the Hanoi-based Vietnam Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics (VIASM). Professor John Ball, from the British University of Oxford, has been invited to lecture at the Hanoi-based Vietnam Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics (VIASM). As part of VISAM’s 2017 initiative to arrange lecturers related to mathematic applications in climate change, Prof. Ball has been invited to deliver a series of lecturers relating to applied mathematics, Professor Ngo Bao Chau, scientific director of the math institute, said. His topic is related to mathematical applications in solid mechanics, according to Prof Chau. The visiting professor gave the first lecture in the series on Tuesday. The program is organized in collaboration with the Ho Chi Minh City-based Viet Capital Bank. Professor Henri Berestycki, director of the Paris-based Center for Social Analysis and Mathematics (CAMS) under the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) is also scheduled to deliver lectures at VISAM.... [read more]

Viet Capital Bank has agreed to sponsor a series of lectures in applied mathematics to be organised by the Vietnam Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics. — VNS Photo HCM CITY (Biz Hub) — Viet Capital Bank has agreed to sponsor a series of lectures in applied mathematics to be organised by the Vietnam Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics. The lectures will be given by leading experts and scientists from around the world. The first will be by Oxford University's Prof John Ball at VIASM in Ha Noi on August 23 and 25. He will talk about how the mathematical study of compatibility has led to the recent discovery of new kinds of interfaces between phases and spectacular new ultra-low hysteresis materials. Prof Ngo Bao Chau of Chicago University and science director of VIASM said applied research in maths remains weak in Viet Nam. With assistance from the bank, VIASM hopes the lecture series would promote research in mathematical applications. It would be an annual event. — VNS... [read more]

Professors Ngo Bao Chau and Cedric Villani won the Fields Medal in 2010 – popularly known as the Nobel Prize for mathematics and they have made great contributions to education in France and Vietnam. With a desire to encourage young people to study mathematics, Prof. Ngo Bao Chau invited Prof. Cedric Vallani to Vietnam to impart his passion for mathematics to young Vietnamese. The French mathematician had prepared for the trip since 2013 which showed his love for Vietnam and his desire to help young Vietnamese understand more about mathematics. Mathematics is not sheer figures and theorems, but an interesting subject which is on the list of the world’s 200 most favoured subjects in 2009 and 2014, Prof. Vallani said. He has a great passion for math but he also studies it in snatches. He can spend 20 hours per day researching math but sometimes no finger or operation for the whole day. Prof. Ngo Bao Chau (left) and Prof. Cedric Vallani (middle) at the talks with Vietnamese youngsters. Friendly manners of the two world renowned mathematicians during the exchange with young Vietnamese people. Photo: Tran Thanh Giang Prof. Cedric Vallani seats on the floor to talk his ideas of mathematics. The talk draws a large number of young people. Many young people seat around their mathematic ideals for listening to the talks. Prof. Ngo Bao Chau tells funny stories relating to mathematics with the aim of sharing the passion to young people. Many foreign guests attend the talks. Prof.…... [read more]

Math wizards who pinpointed the final resting place of a doomed Air France jet deep beneath the Atlantic stand ready to do so again for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. , senior manager with the advanced mathematics applications division of Metron speaks at the consulting firm's head office in Virginia on March 26 alongside a computer depicting the search area for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.AFP on Wednesday. As that assessment evolves, "we'll provide it to anyone who's interested," added Gurley at Metron's head office in Reston, Virginia, a suburb of Washington. Founded in 1982, with a staff of 170 that includes experts in applied mathematicians, Metron conducts highly specialised mathematical analysis for US national security applications, such as sonar systems. But it has also developed a much-used search and rescue protocol for the US Coast Guard based on a theorem developed by early 18th century English statistician, philosopher and Presbyterian minister Thomas Bayes. "It's a structured method that forces you to look at all the available information about a problem and then apply a confidence factor -- how confident you are in any piece of information," Gurley said. No single bit of data is ever thrown away, but as information is confirmed over time -- say, when a speck in a satellite image turns out to be genuine debris -- the probability that the target item is in a given spot evolves. In the case of Air France Flight 447, which crashed into the Atlantic in 2009 with 228 on board,…... [read more]

Cold spell continues to chill northern region The ongoing cold spell began five days ago. The temperature was recorded at minus 0.9 degree Celsius in Lai Chau province's Sin Ho district and minus 1.1 degree Celsius on Mau Son peak in Lang Son province, a rare phenomenon in the tropical country. However, the centre said that the weather will be better during the Christmas holiday. The temperature is forecast at 18-20 degree Celsius in the day time, and 11-13 degree Celsius at night.- Agribank employee arrested for using fake gold as collateral An employee of Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Agribank) has been arrested for being involved in using fake gold as collateral to withdraw VND19 billion (USD904,761) from the bank. Fake gold used as collateral to withdraw VND19 billion (USD904,761) from the bank Before his arrest on December 18, Duong Thanh Tuan worked at the Dam Cam transaction office, under Agribank's Cai Nuoc branch in Ca Mau Province. Tuan was detained along with his younger brother, Duong Van Gioi and Gioi's friend, Phan Van Hai. Gioi and Hai are close friends. According to the initial investigation, due to his debts, Hai told Gioi to ask for Tuan's help in using the collateral to get loan from the bank. Tuan agreed to help Hai. Since 2009, Gioi and Hai have been buying fake gold and hired a number of farmers and students to bring the gold to the banking office where Tuan worked to get loans. Since 2009,…... [read more]

How to apply effectively mathematics in socio-economic development is the main major subject discussed at the Vietnam International Applied Mathematics Conference which began in Ho Chi Minh City (VIAMIC 2013) on December 19. Jointly organised by the Vietnam Society for Application of Mathematics (VSAM) and Sai Gon University, the two-day event attracts over 100 Vietnamese and foreign mathematicians. Speaking at the opening, Dr. Tong Dinh Quy, Vice President and General Secretary of VSAM underlined the significance of applied mathematics to production, business and service fields, saying that it is considered as an important tool to raise the competitiveness of the economy. He therefore called on enterprises to make investment in and support research projects in the field. The conference received nearly 50 research papers, introducing the latest advances in applying maths and information technology in managing economics, finance and risk. Participants also gave opinions on what must be done to further develop mathematics in Vietnam.-VNA... [read more]

Handing over certificates of merit and awards to outstanding mathematical works  The awards worth nearly VND 10 billion were handed over by the national key program on mathematical development in the 2010-2020 period, in presence of Professor Tran Van Nhung, General Secretary of the State Council for Professor Title, Deputy Head of the program’s steering committee; Professor Ngo Bao Chau; representatives of Ministry of Education and Training. This is the fifth year that tinternationally published mathematical projects have been awarded, and universities and high schools students excellent at math have been presented with scholarships. Since 2012, over VND 10 billion has been awarded to 356 math projects by 742 authors, with a reward of from VND 17.25 million to 30.25 million per project. Meanwhile, nearly VND 33.8 billion worth scholarships have been granted to 1,517 students with good mathematical records have received scholarships, worth VND 7.35 million to 8.05 million each, totalling nearly VND 33.8 billion. Over the past years, these scholarships encouraged high school and university students to well study math, and at the same time helped disadvantaged students with high academic records to overcome difficulties and continue their study.  The talk themed "The Industrial Revolution No. 3,141592654..." During the awarding ceremony, a talk themed “The Industrial Revolution No. 3,141592654 ...” was held with the participation of Prof. Ngo Bao Chau, Chairman of FPT Corporation Truong Gia Binh, Asso. Prof. Phan Toan Thang  and Prof.…... [read more]

Mathematics in Vietnamese currently ranks 50-55th in the world and is striving to reach 40th position by 2020. Under the programme, there will be an increase in the number of maths lecturers at universities and colleges and 70 percent of lecturers at major universities will have doctorates. In addition, the Institute of Mathematics and mathematical faculties at some universities will be upgraded into regional mathematics research and training centres. An advanced institute for mathematical research will also be set up. The country will also enhance the teaching of maths in high schools and put together advanced classes for pupils in maths. Mathematics lecturers at colleges and universities will also be encouraged to engage much more in research and a number of them will be sent abroad for further training and periodical scientific exchanges. Another important need is to provide financial support for some key applied mathematics projects and to host some large conferences on mathematics to attract more international attention.... [read more]

During the meeting held by the Vietnamese Students Association in France with assistance from Secours Populaire Francais (SPF), Professor Chau said he will continue to do research in mathematics and prepare for implementing a 10-year project for mathematical development and establishing an Advanced Institute for Mathematical Research in Vietnam. He also said he will encourage further research cooperation between Vietnam and foreign countries as well as set up funds to assist young talented people. Mr Chau called on Vietnamese students and researchers to return to their homeland after they finish their courses overseas. Corinne Makowski, an SPF official, said Mr Chau’s winning the Clay award and the Fields Medal for proving the Langlands fundamental lemma makes him the pride of both Vietnamese and French mathematicians and helps motivate young people in the two countries to pursue scientific research.... [read more]

His appointment will be announced by the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) on March 9. The Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics is to become a prestigious maths centre in order to improve scientific capacity of maths researchers and lecturers in Vietnam. The Hanoi-based institute, under the management of MoET, is expected to encourage overseas Vietnamese scientists to join the institute for Vietnam’s mathematics development. Last year, Chau was awarded the Field Medal, the world’s top mathematics prize, for his proof of the Fundamental Lemma in the theory of automorphic forms, by introducing new algebro-geometric methods. The award, comparable to the Nobel Prize for mathematics, is a great honour for Vietnam, making it the second nation in Asia after Japan to have citizen awarded the medal. In 2009, his evidence proving the Langlands fundamental lemma was selected by Time Magazine as one of the 10 most outstanding scientific discoveries of 2009.... [read more]

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