(Formally Centre for Applicable Mathematics & Computer Science)

The International Institute for Applicable Mathematics and Information Sciences is a constituent of the B M Birla Science Centre.

It grew out of the Centre for Applicable Mathematics and Computer Science due to an agreement signed by the Presidents of India and Italy in February 2005. This Centre has two legs one at Hyderabad and the other at the University of Udine, Italy.

The IIAMIS has ongoing research programmes in Theoretical Physics, Astronomy and Computer Sciences. Apart from ongoing research programmes in Mathematical and Computer Science, the Centre organizes on a regular basis, Lectures, relevant Courses, Symposia and Workshops , both at the National and International level.

The Centre also aims to exploit the unique scientific infrastructure of Hyderabad. There are a large number of scientific research institutes, laboratories and universities with a large community of active computer professionals, mathematicians, physicists and other specialized scientists with an interface with the above subjects. Suitable programmes in collaboration with these institutions are arranged.

The ongoing activities of the Centre for Applicable Mathematics and Computer Sciences in collaboration with the University of Udine were formalised with the formation of the virtual R&D Institute, the International Institute of Applicable Mathematics and Information Sciences (IIAMIS) which has hubs at the B M Birla Science Centre, Hyderabad and the University of Udine, Italy.

There are networking partners in both India and Europe including the Indian Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, C-DAC and the Department of IT, Government of Andhra Pradesh, the University of Genova and the University of Valencia, Spain. This was one of the initiatives signed by H.E. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India and H.E. Dr. G. Ciampi, President of Italy during their meeting in February 2005. The various partners signed the MOU in the presence of Shri Kapil Sibbal, Minister for Science and Technology, Government of India and Dr. L. Moratti, Minister for Research and Universities, Government of Italy.

The IIAMIS has already started functioning with Workshops both in Italy and in India and fellowships for Master’s and PhD students as also other research fellowships supported by the Government of Italy.

Highlights of the Division

Visiting Professorships

A Visiting Professorship was instituted. The world renowned Theoretical Physicist, Prof. J.C. Pati of the University of Maryland, USA, was the Visiting Professor from 1995 to 1998.

Visiting Scientists Programme

The Centre has an ongoing Visiting Scientists Programme, under which scholars can visit the Centre, typically for a period ranging from a few days to a month. Full hospitality is provided by the Centre. The scholars generally are expected to fund their travel from their own sources.

During their stay the scholars deliver lectures, organize or participate in workshops or short courses and interact with local scientists. The programme is open throughout the year. A large number of mathematicians, physicists and computer professionals from all over the world have already participated in this programme.

Ph.D. And Master’s Programmes

The Centre has been organizing Post Graduate Courses in Computer Sciences for several years. The Centre has entered into a long term collaboration with the Department of Computer Science and Mathematics of the University of Udine, Italy and the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad. Under this collaboration apart from the exchange visits of faculty and scientists, there are fellowships for joint PhD and Masters Degree courses in Computer Science and Mathematics. Apart from this there are other research fellowships supported by the Government of Italy.

Admission to PhD Programme is based on an entrance test. Depending on the performance of the candidate, there is the possibility of a Fellowship to carry out the PhD programme in Italy, or it could be carried out at the Centre itself with full or partial aid.

Admission to the MIT Degree is also based on an entrance exam. The Degree is awarded after the successful completion of the two semester course, conducted at the Centre. The objective of the course is to prepare candidates for rapid absorption into the IT industry, while the option is left open for interested candidates to pursue research and the PhD degree.