Alumnos y profesores de enseñanza media participan en 1era Jornada del Campeonato de Matemáticas

¿Cómo elegir el trayecto más corto entre una distancia entre A y B? ¿De qué manera modelar matemáticamente situaciones de la vida real? ¿Cómo se está confeccionando el nuevo mecanismo de admisión escolar?

Estos y otros conocimientos fueron adquiridos por estudiantes y profesores de enseñanza media provenientes de la Región Metropolitana, Los Andes y Concepción que participaron en la “Primera Jornada de Divulgación para alumnos y profesores de enseñanza media del CMAT”.

La actividad fue organizada por el Núcleo Milenio Información y Coordinación en Redes en conjunto con el Campeonato de Matemáticas (CMAT) y forma parte del Programa de Proyección del Medio Externo del Núcleo.

Puedes leer más  sobre nuestra actividad CMATen el siguiente enlace:

XII Discrete Mathematics Summer School

Continuing with this tradition, the first week of January 2017 the Nucleus is organizing the twelfth version of the Escuela de Verano de Matematicas Discretas (Discrete Math Summer School).

This year three outstanding speakers will deliver courses around the main topic “Algorithms”. Indeed Neil Olver (VU Amsterdam) will talk about algorithms for flow problems, David Shmoys (Cornell) about approximation algorithm, while Santosh Vempala (GaTech) will talk about algorithms for volume computation.

Five postdocs joining the Nucleus

Between August and November 2016 five postdocs are joining the Nucleus and will devote full time to research.

One the one hand, economist Jackie Zhang (PhD Caltech) and Marc Schroeder (PhD Maastricht) are joining the nucleus as part of a joint effort with the MIPP led bu Juan Escobar. They will devote part of their time to investigate questions arising in the school admissions project.

Graph theorist Fabio Botler (PhD Sao Paulo) will spend part of his time working with Nucleus researchers in Valparaiso. Finally computer scientists Kevin Schewior (PhD Berlin) and Krzysztof Fleszar (PhD Würzburg) are joining the Nucleus as part of the collaboration with the Max Planck Institute in Informatics.

Teaching is Learning in BM

Led by Nucleus researcher Jeremy Barbay, in our outreach project “Teaching is Learning” high school students develop animated videos about educational topics. In this project the student deepen their knowledge of a specific topic while developing their computational thinking and programing skills.

The last edition of Beauchef Magazine features this project among other initiatives carried out by faculty at the Computer Science department at U. Chile. See the article HERE.

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Google Research Award to Nucleus Researcher



Gonzalo Navarro and his MSc student Joshimar Córdova received a prestigious Google Research Award 2016 for Latin America. From the 473 proposals, 24 were awarded, 2 of those in Chile.

The research proposal aims to obtain practical implementations of Compressed Random Access Memories (CRAMs), as an alternative to expand the virtual size of the main memory of computers and low-end devices. The idea is to mainain the contents of the memory compressed all the time, while allowing the usual read and write operations transparently from the programs.

In desktop PCs and notebooks, this is an alternative to the use of disk-based virtual memory, which can be orders of magnitude slower. On low-end devices like smartphones, sensors and routers, where there is no secondary memory, a CRAM lets the device work on larger datasets.

While there are already some theoretical results on CRAMs, this research aims at establishing the practicality of such a solution, and how it competes with a traditional virtual memory deployment.