June 14, 2022
Staff Accomplishment

PNNL Research Highlighted at World’s Largest Mathematics Conference

Annual joint meetings bring together thousands from mathematics community

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Mathematicians and data scientists from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory presented on their research at the 2022 Joint Mathematics Meetings.

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Mathematicians and data scientists from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) shared their expertise and research at the 2022 Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM)—the largest annual mathematics gathering in the world.

The event occurred virtually, April 6–9, after the originally scheduled January meeting in Seattle was postponed due to COVID. It brought together thousands of people from the mathematics community for presentations, panels, exhibits, and professional development sessions featuring the latest in mathematics research, education, methods, careers, and other topics.

PNNL researchers hosted four special sessions in the areas of geometry in data science, topological structures and applications, combinatorial mathematics, and mathematical visual storytelling.

Scientists from PNNL also gave multiple talks on their research in areas such as dynamical systems, topological tools for aerial tracking, data visualization, artificial neural networks, machine learning, and natural language processing, among other topics. 

“PNNL’s prominent role at JMM reflects our growing mathematics research activity supporting a range of applied science applications and national security missions,” said Cliff Joslyn, who leads the Mathematics of Data Science team at PNNL. “As a national applied science research laboratory, PNNL researchers are increasingly recognized for making significant advancements in mathematics outside of an academic environment. JMM is the premier forum to showcase that work within the mathematics community.”

In addition to Joslyn, PNNL staff who served as JMM speakers and organizers included Sinan Aksoy, Tim Doster, Tegan Emerson, Brett Jefferson, Grayson Jorgenson, Bill Kay, Henry Kvinge, Brenda Praggastis, Emilie Purvine, Madelyn Shapiro, Alexander Soloway, Scott Vasquez, and Stephen Young.

JMM is coordinated by the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, and several other mathematics societies and associations. Recordings of the JMM 2022 sessions are available on the conference website.