NSF-Supported KI-Net activities @ Iowa State University  (2013-2014)

The KI-Net is a new NSF Research Network in Mathematical Sciences: "Kinetic description of emerging challenges in multi-scale problems of natural sciences".  One main objective is to train a future generation of researchers to address emerging challenges in three identified areas: Quantum dynamics, network dynamics and biological processes. For various KI-Net activities and how to participate, you may visit  

KI-NET Lecture Series

Fall 2013

Friday, October 4,  202 Carver, see the poster.    
3:20pm--4:05pm,  Prof. Tong Li, University of Iowa 
"Spectral Stability of Traveling Waves in Relaxation Systems."
4:15pm--5:00pm,  Prof. Lihe Wang, University of Iowa,
   on  "Geometrical approaches to boundary regularity." 

Spring 2014

Monday, February 10,  401 Carver, see the poster.
3:10pm-4:00pm, Prof. Pierre-Emmanuel Jabin, University of Maryland
   on ``Selection/Mutation models"
Monday, April 14, 401 Carver, see the  poster.
4:10pm--5:00pm, Prof. Olof Runborg, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden
on "Fast Interface tracking using multi-resolution representations of curves and surfaces"


KI-Net Summer School 2014

Dynamics and Numerics for Non-local PDEs and

Related Equations in the Physical and Biological Sciences

Iowa State University, 4-7 May, 2014   see the  poster.


The scope of the school is to review the latest developments in mathematical modeling, tools, and numerical methods for nonlocal partial differential equations of the transport/kinetic type, and related lattice differential equations, which arise in various contexts of physical sciences (e.g., aggregation, coagulation, and fragmentation; gases and plasmas; phase transitions; reaction-diffusion systems; competitive selection; swarming; contact processes). There are many issues in both mathematical analysis of those models and their numerical realization.

The aim of the school is to provide a sound mathematical background, a comprehensive review of newly developed techniques and novel numerical methods to capture solution behavior produced by such mathematical models. The techniques used are often related to classical methods in fluid mechanics, and the interplay between classical applications and modern ones will be highlighted through the school program. The introductory lectures aim to familiarize graduate students, postdocs, and non-experts with central concepts and new directions in the field. Though the audience is expected to have a general mathematical background, knowledge of technical terminology and recent findings is not assumed.


Registration for the school is through the Ki-Net official website.
There is some funding available for both travel and local accommodation to support junior researchers to attend the school program. If you would like to be considered for funding, please register on the Ki-net web site early.

Organizers: James Evans and Hailiang Liu

Courses and talks as well as other information can be found at http://www.math.iastate.edu/Events/KI-Net/2014index.html.