The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in Berkeley, California has awarded Professor Robert Gilman a Research Membership for its program in Geometric Group Theory, which will be held during the Fall 2016 semester. The MSRI is one of eight U.S.-based math institutes funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The objective of these math institutes is to advance research in mathematics and increase the impact of the mathematical sciences on other disciplines.
Each semester the MSRI hosts about 85 mathematicians for extended stays and organizes programs and workshops in various areas of mathematics. Mathematicians worldwide come to the MSRI to engage in research on fundamental mathematics, modern applied mathematics, statistics, computer science and other mathematical sciences. There are no permanent faculty or members.
Geometric group theory is a relatively new field of research which combines ideas and techniques from combinatorial group theory, low dimensional topology, logic, theoretical computer science, and dynamical systems. Geometric group theory is the mathematical foundation of the research program on non-commutative cryptography being carried out by Professor Gilman and his colleagues at Stevens' Algebraic Cryptology Center.