Reproducibility in Computational and Experimental Mathematics

Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 8:00pm to Friday, December 14, 2012 - 7:59pm

In addition to advancing research and discovery in pure and applied mathematics, computation is now pervasive across the sciences and computational research results are more crucial than ever for public policy, risk management, and national security. Reproducibility of carefully documented experiments is a cornerstone of the scientific method, and yet is often lacking in computational mathematics, science, and engineering. Setting and achieving appropriate standards for reproducibility in computation poses a number of interesting technological and social challenges. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss aspects of reproducibility most relevant to the mathematical sciences among researchers from pure and applied mathematics from academics and other settings, together with interested parties from funding agencies, national laboratories, professional societies, and publishers. This will be a working workshop, with relatively few talks and dedicated time for breakout group discussions on the current state of the art and the tools, policies, and infrastructure that are needed to improve the situation. The groups will be charged with developing guides to current best practices and/or white papers on desirable advances.

Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM), Providence, RI