Midwest Dynamical Systems Conference 2019-2020

Project: Research project

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The Midwest Dynamical Systems (MWDS) conference series has been running uninterruptedly for more than forty years, establishing the conference series as one of the leading regular gatherings of dynamical systems researchers in the United States. For the past thirty years, the MWDS conferences have been supported by National Science Foundation grants. The proposed grant will cover the expenses of the 2019 and 2020 conferences. For each conference, the grant will cover the expenses of nine to twelve speakers and support approximately twenty additional participants (primarily graduate students and junior faculty, with priority given to participants from under-represented groups). These conferences take place over weekends, typically with two talks on Friday afternoon, five or six talks on Saturday, and two or three talks on Sunday morning. The location of the meetings rotates between major universities in the Midwest (and sometimes beyond) in order that the meetings come close to a large number of potential participants. The goal is that every two or three years the MWDS will take place within reasonable driving distance from a broad community of interested parties. Much effort is put into the selection of speakers, to highlight the most significant advances in Dynamical Systems of the past few years from a broad range of specialties. The list of speakers always includes both senior and junior researchers.
Dynamical systems is a highly active area of mathematical research and has interactions with almost every other area of mathematics. The MWDS conferences bring together researchers from all branches of dynamics and promote interactions with other fields of mathematics. The MWDS meetings especially encourage talks that build connections between two or more different areas of mathematics and that advocate new areas of promising research.

Moreover, participants in the MWDS have discovered important connections between mathematics and other areas of science such as theoretical physics, statistical mechanics, electrical engineering, information theory, economics, game theory, voting theory, and epidemiology. These connections are the subject of frequent presentations at the meetings.
The MWDS meetings help attract new practitioners to the field and have a long tradition of providing opportunities for early career researchers to present their work. As in the past, the participation of women and under-represented minorities will be encouraged. (At each of the recent conferences, around 65 percent of the participants and 40 percent of the speakers have been early career mathematicians, and around 20 percent of participants and speakers have been women.) The format of the conference is designed with every talk the same length and no parallel sessions. This ensures that each speaker has an equal opportunity, receiving the full attention of the entire audience, independent of whether he or she is a recent Ph.D. or a senior mathematician. Moreover, a poster session will be an integral part of each meeting, giving an additional opportunity for graduate students and early career participants to showcase their work to a relatively large audience.
Effective start/end date8/1/197/31/21


  • National Science Foundation (DMS-1856176)


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