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U math institute bugs its way to record grant Mary Jane Smetanka, Star Tribune
 

Summary: U math institute bugs its way to record grant
Mary Jane Smetanka, Star Tribune
July 20, 2005 MATH0720
Put a cockroach expert in a room with mathematicians
and electrical engineers at the University of Minnesota
and what do you get? A six-legged robot that looks like
a bug and might someday scamper over the rocky
surface of Mars.
The idea was hatched at the Institute for Mathematics
and its Applications (IMA), the recipient of the largest
single math research grant ever made by the National
Science Foundation: $19.5 million over five years.
The grant, to be announced this morning, "firmly
establishes the IMA as the top math institute in the
country," according to university President Robert
Bruininks.
The institute is one of the few places where
mathematicians meet to talk with biologists, engineers,
psychologists -- and even people who study linguistics
and speech -- to give practical application to a

  

Source: Arnold, Douglas N. - School of Mathematics, University of Minnesota

 

Collections: Mathematics