First Latin American Congress of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, January 2023

The Brazilian Society of Applied and Computational Mathematics (SBMAC), in partnership with the School of Applied Mathematics of Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV EMAp), will hold, in 2023, in Rio de Janeiro, the first Latin American Congress of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (LACIAM). The objective is to unify efforts to consolidate and strengthen the advances achieved by Mathematics and its applications around the world, in addition to being a recognition of the growing presence of Applied and Computational Mathematics in different areas of activity.

The event will have the support of several societies, institutions and groups from all over Latin America and will be held between January 30th and February 3rd at the FGV Cultural Center. The program will feature thematic sessions, conferences, poster presentations and panels. In this first edition, the focus will be on the participation of young researchers and the creation of collaborative networks between existing research groups mainly in the region, but also highlighting collaborations with other countries in the world.

Member of the Organizing Committee of the event, Liliane Basso Barichello, professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) and Officer-at-Large of the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM), stated that the Congress is meeting the goals of the Council for Latin America.

“Connecting groups and institutions that work with Applied Mathematics in Latin America is one of the objectives of the event and is very much in line with the ICIAM's objectives for the region, always seeking the development and consolidation of this area and mainly turning attention to the development of Industrial Mathematics”, she analyzes.

Professor at the Federal University of Ceará (UFC), Ana Shirley Ferreira da Silva will be responsible for one of the mini-courses available in the program. She holds a PhD in Mathematics and Informatics from the Université de Grenoble, in France, as well as a Master's and Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the UFC itself. In addition, she has a Post-Doctorate from Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Between 2019 and 2021, she was a member of the Gender and Diversity Commission of the Brazilian Mathematics Society (SBM) and the Brazilian Society of Applied and Computational Mathematics (SBMAC). She has experience in combinatorics and graph theory, working mainly on coloring and variants, computational complexity and also on temporal graphs.

For the lectures, 11 specialists from various parts of the world are already confirmed. Among them, Wil Schilders, President-elect of ICIAM; Alvaro Jose Riascos Villegas, from Universidad de los Andes & Quantil, Colombia; Professor José Luis Aragón Vera, from the Centro de Física Aplicada y Tecnología Avanzada, and Professor Susana Gómez, from the Institute of Applied Mathematics and Systems, both at UNAM, in Mexico; Professor Soledad Villar, from Johns Hopkins University, in the United States. To check the complete list of speakers, just access the LACIAM website.

According to Maria Soledad Aronna, President of the Organizing Committee of the event, in addition to being the first congress of its kind in the area, there will be a great balance of speakers from various sub-areas of Applied and Industrial Mathematics. The FGV EMAp professor also commented on expectations regarding the receptivity of Latin American groups to the event's holding and programming.

“Many groups from various Latin American countries will propose special sessions, which also include colleagues from outside the region, such as France, Italy and Canada. A lot of participation is expected from Ecuador, Chile, Argentina and Mexico, in addition to Brazil,” she says.

Interested parties will be able to apply soon. The dates and registration forms for the event will be published on the LACIAM website and on SBMAC's social networks.

Posters and special sessions

The LACIAM 2023 Organizing Committee will receive, until August 31 of this year, abstracts from those interested in presenting posters at the event. Authors will be notified of the approval or not of the work until the 30th of September. As for the submission of proposals for special sessions, the deadline is August 5, 2022. Decisions on the proposed sessions are expected to be taken and communicated by August 31. Proposals and other questions should be sent to with the subject LACIAM/sessions until 8/5/2022. For more details and information, visit the event's website