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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
96 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8018
TEL: 732-445-5928 FAX: 732-445-5932
EMAIL: center at dimacs.rutgers.edu

The Founding of DIMACS

Because of the increasing importance of methods of Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, four New Jersey institutions, Rutgers and Princeton Universities, AT&T Bell Laboratories, and Bell Communications Research (Bellcore, now called Telcordia Technologies), each developed strong research groups in these fields.  In 1988, these four institutions joined to found the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, DIMACS.

The center became one of 11 National Science Foundation (NSF) Science and Technology Centers (STCs), funded by a 5 year $10 million grant under a program recommended by the White House and the national Academy of Sciences, and aimed at increasing the economic competitiveness of the U.S. STC Support continued throughout the maximum 11-year lifetime of hte STC program.  Support was also provided from the onset by the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology.

With the splitup of AT&T, both AT&T Labs and Bell Labs became members of the center in 1996.  NEC Laboratories America (formerly NEC Research) joined in 1997.  Avaya Labs became an affiliate in 2001, IBM Research and Microsoft Research in 2002, and HP Labs in 2003.


A Broadened Scope

As DIMACS has grown and matured, it has increasingly emphasized other areas of the mathematical sciences as well as the connections between DM/TCS and other areas of science.  Applications of DM/TCS to problems in physics, chemistry, engineering, biology, and the social sciences supplement the more traditional DIMACS applications in computer science and telecommunications.  Mathematical sciences methods as diverse as computational statistics, ordinary and partial differential equations, stochastic processes, and algebraic geometry have been applied at DIMACS to a variety of practical problems and explored for their own sake.


Participants in DIMACS Programs

Today DIMACS involves over 250 scientists - many of them world leaders in their fields - conducting important research in DM/TCS, other areas of telecommunications, information transmission, computer graphics, robotics, transportational systems, data mining, decision making, security, epidemiology, and molecular biology.  These scientists form the "permanent members" of DIMACS and most come from the six partner institutions.

The permanent members are also involved in DIMACS' innovative educational and outreach activities, which involve numerous participants from outside the local institutions.  In a typical year, the center hosts 25 to 30 research workshops with 1,500 attendees, 100 visiting scientists, 4 postdoctoral fellows, 50 2- and 4-year college faculty, 100 precollege teachers, 100 high school students, 25 undergraduate students, and many graduate students.


--For more information, visit the DIMACS website at dimacs.rutgers.edu.