Mathematics and Computer Sciences
The School of Mathematical Sciences was one of the earliest at the University of Catania. The first location of the Institute of Mathematics was at the main building of the University in downtown. At the end of the second world's war the Institute of Mathematics moved in a new location sited at the last floor of the Palace of Science and changed its organization becoming Seminario Matematico.
The actual organization of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, whose acronym inside the University of Catania is DMI, was born in 1990 when the members of the former Department of Mathematics joined together with the researchers working on Computer Science. The DMI is located in the main campus of the University of Catania, named Cittadella, and has the aim of coordinating, developing and spreading the research in the fields of Mathematics and Computer Science. At the present time there are about 80 members forming the academic staff.
Inside the Department there is a Computing Center and a Library with more than 900 scientific journals and more than 70.000 scientific books. The Computing Center offers facilities for research, teaching and administrative activity. The computing labs have about 130 computer stations with various and flexible configurations and hosts a node of a computing grid arranged all over the Sicilian region and connected to the other main national and international research grids.
Didactics and research activities
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science offers bachelor courses (3 years) and master courses (2 years) along with PhD programs both in Mathematics and Computer Science.
The master course in Mathematics allows the students to choose between two curricula: a general one and an applicative one. The first curriculum is suited mainly for those who want to have a general background necessary for further studies like PhD or post-master courses. The other curriculum is aimed to get skills in applied mathematics with particular reference to economical and industrial problems. Both curricula are also aimed to give the expertise required for teaching mathematics.
DMI participates to the ERASUMS project.
The main research groups working within DMI are the following: evolutionary algorithms; qualitative analysis and stability in thermo-mechanics and bio- mathematics; data mining, clustering and pattern discovery in bio – informatics; variational inequalities and partial differential equations; functional analysis; Traffic Equilibrium Problem in the Continuum case, Time-dependent supernetworks and variational formulations; Lie groups, symmetries and techniques of reduction for partial differential equations; finite geometry, combinatorics , designs theory and graphs and hypergraphs; scientific computing; methods for teaching mathematics; computational methods in bio-mathematics; mathematical models for charge transport in semiconductors; mathematics problems in kinetic theories; multimedia data processing and analysis; theoretical computer science and design methods and criptology; algebraic manifolds; solid mechanics; distributed systems and security; general topology; theory of degenerated elliptic equations ; theory of minimax.