Year 1996

First Steps

Autumn 1996 DIMATIA was formally established by signing contract at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, as a joint project of Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague.

The purpose of the center is to foster research in all fields of discrete mathematics and its modern applications and relationship to computer science, operations research and fields as diverse as biology, chemistry and social sciences. Towards this end the center organizes a continuing program of workshops, conferences and research visits both in Prague and other places together with participating institutions. The activity of the center concentrates in the following directions:

  • research workshops and conferences,
  • postdoctoral positions announced and supported jointly with our participating institutions,
  • short-term visits of senior researchers.

Among the first steps of newly created centre belong:

  • former KAM Series were renamed to KAM-DIMATIA Series to reflect the fact, that DIMATIA takes part of the responsibility for their publishing
  • joint application with DIMACS for NSF-Czech grant (granted for 1997-1999)
  • first three international institutions signed their association contracts with DIMATIA (Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Bonn; Forschungsinstitut f ur Diskrete Matematik, Institute fur Okonometrie und Operations Research, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitat Bonn; DIMACS, New Jersey)
  • DIMATIA started to participate at organizing of the prestigious cycle of Mathematical Colloquia (previously organized by Department of Applied Mathematics)
  • Alexader von Humboldt-Stiftung donated the computer equipment for two of DIMATIA's offices

As a promise of future activities DIMATIA co-organized
on November 21, 1996 28th Mathematical Colloquium: talk given by Benoit Mandelbrot (Fractals in Mathematics and Science)
on December 3, 1996 The Computer Science Colloquium: talk given by Ricardo Baeza-Yates (Combinatorial Problems in Strings).