The AI and Quantum at the interface of Chemistry and Mathematics' research group is hosted by both the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics and of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences at the uOttawa. Our research is developed in the framework of the Canada Research Chair (see press release), the AI4Science @uOttawa and the Nexus for Quantum Technologies Institute.

[OQMG Network] We have recently established a Research Network between Ottawa, Queen's, McMaster and Guelph. We are looking for talended PhD students and Postdocs to join our team and perform research at the interface of mathematics, chemistry, quantum physics, scientific computing and artificial intelligence.

[Open Positions] Several PhD and Postdoctoral positions are available in our research group as well as many research oportunities for undergraduate and master students. Graduate students and young researchers from Ukraine are warmly encouraged to contact us.

[MaLGa-uOttawa Postdoc] We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher in Mathematics of Machine Learning. The young researcher will work and develop their research program at the Machine Learning Genoa Center (MaLGa, Italy) and at the uOttawa. Visit this link for all deails.

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Diversity Axioms

We do agree with the diversity axioms of Federico Ardila (and extended it to Science):
Axiom 1. Mathematical (Scientific) talent is distributed equally among different groups, irrespective of geographic, demographic, and economic boundaries.
Axiom 2. Everyone can have joyful, meaningful, and empowering mathematical (scientific) experiences.
Axiom 3. Mathematics (Sciences) is a powerful, malleable tool that can be shaped and used differently by various communities to serve their needs.
Axiom 4. Every student deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.

Recent Activities

- From 20th to 24th March 2023, AG will be visiting the American Institute of Mathematics, which will have a new home at Caltech in Pasadena, California.

- We are co-organizing the School The Mathematics of Machine Learning at Centro De Giorgi, Pisa (Italy) from 10th to 14th January 2023. A Workshop following the topics of the School will take place also at Centro De Giorgi from 17th to 21st January 2023.

- In December 11th-16th AG will be at the Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) working on High Dimensional PDEs.

- Lorenzo Portinale (Bonn, Germany) will be visiting the University of Ottawa from 25th November to 6th December. We have a plan to conquer the world using optimal transport. We may do a short break on our plans, while he will be giving a talk at the Math Colloquium.

- Stijn De Baerdemacker will visit our research group from 7th to 9th November. He will give a talk at the Colloquium of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

- In October 20th, AG gave a talk to undergraduate students at MathClub, organized by Elizabeth Maltais at uOttawa.

- Pavlo Pelikh jointed our research group from Kyiv Polytechnic Institute in Ukraine. He is a graduate student in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at uOttawa.

- Nicola Gigli visited the University of Ottawa and gave a talk at the Colloquium of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics on September 27th.

- [School and Workshop] From 5th-9th September, AG co-organized the XI Young European Statisticians (YES) Workshop entitled Optimal Transport, Statistics, Machine Learning and moving in between in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

- Adolfo Vargaz-Jiménes joined our Team as a postdoctoral researcher on September 1st. He completed his PhD at University of Alberta under the supervision of Brendan Pass.

- Our focus article on the Strong-interaction limit of Density Functional Theory appeared in WIREs Computational Molecular Sciences.

- In August 22nd, Valeriia Kolesnik joined our research group. She is going to complete a Master degree at uOttawa.

- In August 18th-19th, we hosted at the uOttawa the first presential working group meeting of the OQMG Research Network.

- In August 1st, Dmitry Evdokimov joined our group. He is a PhD student at the Dep. of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences at uOttawa and will develop AI methods for Sciences.

- In July 20-23th AG gave a seminar for graduate students at the 15th Annual Ottawa Mathematics Conference.

- Mircea Petrache (PUC, Chile) visited the University of Ottawa from 17-25th July. We have been working on mathematical aspects of Density Functional Theory.

- In June 22th, AG did a virtual visit at Stijn De Baerdemacker's group and gave a three-hours seminar on Strong Interaction-limit in Density Functional Theory.

- On June 15th, Akshay Raman, Ben Langton and Daniel Calero joined our team as MITACS Summer Interns and will be working at the interface of Optimal Transport and Density Functional Theory.

- On June 12th, Nataliia Monina joined our research group from Kyiv Polytechnic Institute in Ukraine. In September, she will be a graduate student in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at uOttawa.

- In June 2-5th, AG attended the 17th Canadian Workshop on Information Theory and gave a tutorial on Optimal Transort.

- On May 30th, Liam Meades joined my research group as a summer intern. He will be working on the Strictly Correlated Electron limit of Density Functional Theory.

- In April 13th, AG gave an online talk at the Instituto de Ingeniería Matemática y Computacional (IMC) from the Universidad Católica de Chile.

- In April 5th, AG gave a talk at the Physical, Theoretical and Computational Chemistry online seminar of the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC).

- In March 31th, AG gave a talk at the Mathematical Finance and Probability Theory Group at the University of Vienna.

- In March 4rd, AG gave a talk at the UCL Data Sciences seminar, organized by Codina Cotar and Alex Watson.

- In January 12th, AG gave an online talk on Convex-regularized Optimal Transport at High Dimensional Hamilton-Jacobi PDEs program at the Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM).

- [Postponed] AG was co-organizing the School The Mathematics of Machine Learning at Centro De Giorgi, Pisa, Italy. A Workshop following the topics of the School will take place also at Centro De Giorgi. New dates for both School and Workshop will be define soon.

- From 12th to 18th December, AG was at the Geometry & Learning Reunion Conference at the LakeArrowhead, organized by IPAM . He spoke about Wasserstein Generative Adversarial Networks.

- From August to December, AG was visiting the Simons Institute in Berkeley and attending the long-program Geometric Methods in Optimization and Sampling . He gave a talk on Multi-marginal Sinkhorn algorithm.

Past Activities (2017-2021, before the PI joined uOttawa)

- I gave a mini-course on Optimal Transport and Machine Learning at the AutoCheMo Machine Learning Workshop organized by SCM.

- After the new relaxation measures in The Netherlands, I will travel to Eindhoven from June to August to work with Oliver Tse at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).

- In May, I am attending the SIAM Conference on Materials Science in Bilbao, Spain. I gave a talk at the mini-symposium "Numerical Methods for electronic structure calculations" organized by Gero Friesecke and Benjamin Stamm.

- Our paper Learning normalizing flows from Entropy-Kantorovich potentials has been accepted for a contributed talk (oral) at the 2020 ICML workshop (July 12-18) on Invertible Neural Networks, Normalizing Flows, and Explicit Likelihood Models . - I attended the Geometry and Learning Conference at Lake Arrowhead, organized by IPAM (Los Angeles) in December 13-18.

- In 4th-8th May, I attended the online Workshop Optimal transport and applications to machine learning and statistics, at MSRI, Berkeley.

- From March to June, I traveled to Los Angeles to take part of the (now online) program High Dimensional Hamilton-Jacobi PDEs, at IPAM.

- From 23th to 27th February, Mircea Petrache was visiting the Theoretical Chemistry Department at the VU and working with me.

- In February-March, I am teaching the BSc course Mathematical Methods in Quantum Chemistry at VU.

- 12th February: I gave a talk at the CASA Colloquia of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).

- 3rd-7th February: I gave a talk and celebrated the 30th aniversary of the Convegno Nazionale di Calcolo delle Variazioni at Levico Terme.

- In the last week of January, Flavien Léger was visiting the Theoretical Chemistry Department at the VU and working with me.

- In 14th November, I gave a talk at the Applied Mathematics Seminar, at Utrecht University.

- In 26th September I was visiting Banff to work with Mircea Petrache (PUC Chile).

- I gave a short talk at the school Mathematical and Computational Aspects of Machine Learning, 7th-11th October, Centro De Giorgi, Pisa.

- I gave a talk at the General Mathematics Colloquium at the VU at 11th September.

- In the last years, I taught the course Topics in Mathematics of Data Sciences and a Ph.D. course on Density Functional Theory and Optimal Transport.

- I have co-organized the Workshop Optimal Transport meets Density Functional Theory (2017).

Research Funding

We gratefully acknowledge support from: