The names of participating researchers, as well as their lines of research and expected contributions, are given in part 2 of this proposal. They represent a major part of what is best done in mathematics, applications and computational modeling in Brazil and, to a large extent, in the region.
A fundamental aspect of the Institute?s activity will be the education of highly skilled young researchers, at the PhD and post-doc levels. Very successful graduate programs exist at many of the participating institutions. Besides enlarging these programs and stimulating the creation of new ones in other institutions, in order to increment the number of graduates whose need is intensely felt in the country, the Institute will also broaden their scientific coverage, especially in the direction on applications of mathematics in those fields which concern the Institute more directly: petrol, climate, energy, economy, optimization.
As examples of new initiatives, we mention the new Master's programs in Mathematical Finances at IMPA and USP, as well as the PhD program that is currently being installed at LNCC, focussing on applied and computational mathematics. The main research lines in this connection deal with modeling of biological systems and bio-informatics, modeling of ecosystems, and petrol engineering.
The Institute will also enphasize supporting the collaboration with centers and groups of researchers in Latin America, like in Uruguay (U. Montevideo), Argentina (U Buenos Aires, U Cordoba), Chile (Centro de Modelamiento Matematico, U Chile, U Santiago), Venezuela (IVIC, U Simon Bolivar and others), Mexico (U N Autonoma de Mexico, CIMAT - Guanajuato).
The foreign participants of the proposed Millennium Institute are of very high scientific level, including 5 Fields Medalists.