Mathematics as a subject has been shaped over ages through an intricate balance of fundamental research and practical applications, resulting in the seemingly disjoint disciplines termed as “pure” and “applied” mathematics.
TRIM, however, focusses on foundational research in both fundamental and applied mathematics with the aim of translating research results to tangible contributions as is necessary in the modern realm of interdisciplinary advances in science and technology so that mathematics can reinvent itself by merging the long-term foundational impact of pure mathematics with short-term insightful gains from mathematical applications. The core mission of the Translational Research Institute in Mathematics (TRIM) is to foster and facilitate this holistic symbiosis.
The Institute is planned along three verticals–fundamental research, mathematical applications, and translational innovation. While fundamental research will be at the heart of the Institute, the vertical for translational innovation will closely interface with research to seek out theories and solutions that can fundamentally boost other domains of science and technology. Lastly, mathematical applications will be the Institute’s window to the real world with the objective to explore the power of mathematics in solving real-life problems arising from various domains of science and technology, significantly amplified by interfacing with the vertical on translational innovation.
In a nutshell, TRIM will explore the benefits of translational research in mathematics by conducting cutting edge research in Mathematics with the focus on its applications to real world problems arising out of industry needs, social-networking problems and communication science. Potentially, it shall, re-invigorate the culture of mathematical thinking at the interface of theory and practice, by fostering excellence in higher education, capacity building. It shall encourage collaborative research with leading national and international institutes and technology based industries. At present there are four full time post doc fellows working in the area.