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29/05/2018

Math is in the air this spring at Inria Lille – Nord Europe

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In the spring of 2018, three math events clearly demonstrate that this dynamic discipline is not just for experts: the conference of the French Mathematics Society, the Mathematical Olympiads and TFJM² (the French tournament for young mathematicians). The winning TFJM² team at the national event is jointly coached by a doctorate researcher from the Inria Lille – Nord Europe research center.

 

May 31: the prize-giving ceremony of the Mathematical Olympiads

 

In a quest to introduce high schools to math research, Inria is reaching out to young people and forging partnerships in national education. One such initiative is the Mathematical Olympiads. Introduced in 2000-2001 by the French Ministry of National Education, this national schools competition aims to foster a love of mathematics among Year 12 students in all streams. For the eighth consecutive year, the Inria Lille – Nord Europe center is hosting the regional prize-giving ceremony, which will honor 20 high school students.

 


June 5: SMF: Vincent Borelli’s public conference at the Fives community hall

The conference of the French Mathematics Society (Société Mathématique de France, SMF) will be held June 4-8, 2018 at the Science and Technology faculty of Lille University’s Villeneuve d'Ascq campus. It is jointly organized by Lille University and the Mephysto-Post*, Modal* and Rapsodi* teams at the Inria Lille – Nord Europe research center. As part of this, Vincent Borelli will host a public conference on June 5 in the Fives community hall. This event will be open to all: experts, high school students, students in preparatory classes for entrance into elite schools, undergraduates and Master’s students, and generally anyone who is interested in or loves math.

"I love those who yearn for the impossible," wrote Goethe. Mathematicians Werner Boy, Stephen Smale and John Nash did not simply yearn for it, they challenged it. And they pushed the limits. Come along and hear how far these mathematicians stretched their imagination to think, and achieve, the improbable. Come and marvel at their strange creations: Boy’s surface, Smale’s sphere eversion and Nash’s embedding theorem. Join us and you too can dream the impossible in mathematics.

Following Vincent Borelli’s conference, the SMF will award the Alembert and Jacqueline Ferrand prizes and there will then be a round-table discussion on the topic of "Linking high school and further education". Find all the relevant information on our website (in French).

 

July 12: TFJM² 2018: the winning team in the nationals, coached by a doctorate researcher from Inria Lille, takes on the international competition

The French tournament for young mathematicians (TFJM²) has been held since 2011. It is organized by Animath, in conjunction with several higher education and research institutions, and is aimed at high school students. It differs from other math competitions in that it sets research problems that require collective reflection over several months. It offers a first glimpse into the world of research for the students who volunteer to take part.

The team that won the national competition comprised four students from Lille and two from Paris and was jointly coached by a doctorate researcher from the Inria Lille – Nord Europe research center, Dimitri Gallois*. After coming first in the nationals, the team is now heading for the international tournament, where it will face teams from seven other countries, including Brazil, Russia, the UK and Germany. "The students choose several problems from a selection given and have four months to write an article with proofs, along the lines of a research paper. As their coaches, we guide them, ensuring they don’t forget any proofs, and help them write a clear, accurate text. But it’s the team that solves the problems," explains Dimitri Gallois, who will be involved in the tournament again next year, this time in its organization and as a member of the panel of judges.


*Mephysto-Post is a joint research team with the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Université de Lille 1 (Science and Technology), within the joint research unit UMR 8524 CNRS-Université de Lille 1, Paul Painlevé laboratory.

*Modal is a joint project team with the CNRS, Université de Lille 1 (Science and Technology) and Université de Lille 2 (Law and Health), within the joint research unit UMR 8524 CNRS-Université de Lille 1, Paul Painlevé laboratory, and EA 2694 "Public Health: Epidemiology and Quality of Care" of Université de Lille 2.

*Rapsodi is a joint project team with Université de Lille 1 (Science and Technology), within the joint research unit UMR 8524 CNRS-Université de Lille 1, Paul Painlevé laboratory.

*Dimitri Gallois is a member of the Links project team, a joint team with the CNRS, Université de Lille 1 (Science and Technology) and Université de Lille 3 (Human and Social Sciences), within the joint research unit UMR 9189 CNRS-Centrale Lille-Université de Lille 1, CRIStAL. He jointly coached the TFJM² winning team with Franck Kamenga. The students in the team are Arthur Léonard, Elodie Bernard, Théophile Cailliau, Baptiste Tesson and Etienne Rossignol.

Keywords: Smf Equipe-projet Links Mathématiques Olympiades de mathématiques

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