BANYAN  Research Express@NCKU
Volume 2 Issue 4 - November 23, 2007
Jose Carlos Gomez
CIMAT at a Glance
Article Digest
Chyan-Deng Jan
Effect of rainfall intensity and distribution on groundwater level fluctuations
Shao-Chi Chang
The Effect of Product Diversification Strategy on the Relationship between International Diversification and Firm Performance
Cheng-Chien Liu
Integrating genetic and semianalytical algorithms to retrieve the constituents of water bodies from remote sensing of ocean color
Yun Chen
Novel Hyperbranched Polyfluorenes Containing Electron-Transporting Aromatic Triazole as Branch Unit
Chung-Ming Huang
Layer 7 Multimedia Proxy Handoff Using Anycast/Multicast in Mobile Networks
Article Digest
Huan-Yao Lei
The enhancement of dengue virus infection by anti-dengue virus antibody
News Release
Passion and Care: NCKU Carries out A Joint Program with the Great Lakes University
6 Universities Sign Agreement with Famous American School
President Chen Shui-Bian Wishes NCKU Happy Birthday at the 76th Anniversary Celebration
Editorial Group
CIMAT at a Glance
Jose Carlos Gomez
Director General, CIMAT, Mexico

CIMAT welcomes the opportunity to partner with the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU,) Tainan, Taiwan, as its first Asian collaboration, enhancing our own process of internationalization.

Although it is a challenge to write a complete description of CIMAT in one page, I am honored that Da Hsuan Feng, Senior Executive Vice President of NCKU offered me this opportunity to share some facts of our community through Research Express@NCKU, a la BANYAN. I should also underscore that in the past several months, I have had the privilege of interacting closely with NCKU’s new Dean of Science, Professor Andy Fuh.

The Mexican Research Center for Mathematics (CIMAT) was founded in Guanajuato, Mexico in 1980 as a component of the Mexican Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT) research system to promote the diffusion, development and research of mathematics and its applications for science and technology in Mexico and Latin America. CONACyT may be considered as the counterpart of Taiwan’s National Science Council. Particularly, CIMAT has devoted its efforts to the fields of pure and applied mathematics, probability and statistics, computer science, transfer of technology and designing solutions for such domestic industries as the production and distribution of tequila and the Mexican society in general.

CIMAT’s vision is to be a research centre of excellence and a pole of scientific breakthrough in progressive consolidation. It strives to be renowned, attractive and influential both nationally and internationally within and beyond its areas of specialization and to be fully capable of integrating a critical mass of high-performing scientific groups while being an example of efficiency, flexibility, growth and strength of social impact.

Accomplishing this vision is only possible through energy and motivation of CIMAT’s faculty, which is comprised of sixty-one professors/researchers. More than ninety percent of CIMAT´s full Professors belong to the CONACyT National System of Researchers (SNI) and more than ninety three percent of them have obtained a Ph.D. from world renowned institutions such as Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California, National University of Mexico (UNAM), University of Cambridge, and others.
CIMAT faculty members frequently and periodically publish in some of the most prestigious journals such as Annals of Mathematics, Inventiones Mathematicae, Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society, Topology, Stochastic Models, Journal of Theoretical Probability, Image and Vision Computing and Journal of Neuroscience Methods.

CIMAT is currently hosting 254 students: 40 percent at the undergraduate level and 60 percent at the graduate level; many of them are coming from Latin American nations such as Brazil, Cuba, Guatemala and Columbia, and also from Spain, Uruguay, Kenya, and United States. These scholars are pursuing any of the nine programs offered at CIMAT: one Ph.D. program (with specialization in pure and applied mathematics, statistics and computer science), six masters degrees (pure and applied mathematics, statistics, computer science, software engineering, and official statistics) and two bachelor programs (mathematics and computer science).

Since its inception, one of the key characteristics of CIMAT has been its linkage with the productive, governmental, and social sectors through consulting projects providing 21% of its annual budget as of 2006 fiscal year.

Frequently, CIMAT organizes scientific meetings with the collaboration of national and international partners such as Sociedad Matematica Mexicana, American and Canadian Mathematical Societies and Clay Mathematics Institute, among others. In the first semester of this year, for example, CIMAT hosted two international and twelve national events.

During last five years, CIMAT has consolidated its internationalization by collaborating with institutions of great academic prestige such as University of Berlin, Rice University, University of Texas at Dallas, and Florida State University, among others. Without a doubt, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, will be an essential and critical partner in CIMAT’s endeavor to internationalization.

I look forward to a fruitful and solid collaboration.

Sincerely, Jose Carlos