Center for Algorithms & Interactive Scientific Software (CAISS)
The Center for Algorithms and Interactive Scientific Software (CAISS) is a research center where mathematicians and computer scientists come together to collaborate on
different projects. It grew out of work on a graphically driven, easy to use, software package called MAGNUS, designed to answer questions about and to carry out experiments with finitely presented groups. This work has led to the development of a general platform, which can house a host of zero learning curve software packages. The
first of these packages, one for statistics called Caiss-Stat, is now nearing completion. This is only one of the many projects being undertaken by CAISS which include continued work on MAGNUS, new cryptographic protocols to ensure electronic security, work on a universal password, all of which make use of the complexity of finitely
presented groups. In addition, CAISS is developing new games or puzzles, based on group theory. CAISS also manages the New York Group Theory Cooperative, which organizes the NY Group Theory Seminar at the Graduate Center. The facilities of CAISS include a 132 node Beowulf cluster, which is being used for work in computational
biology and group theory and a small computer lab equipped with CAISS developed software.
There are many strong multi-faculty research areas within the GSOE that are not yet separately organized. These include earthquake engineering in Civil Engineering, and image processing in Biomedical Engineering, Computer Sciences, and Electrical Engineering.
The CCNY Office of Research Administration encourages, develops budgets for and administers most regulatory aspects of research grants and contracts. It provides a local interface to the Research Foundation of CUNY, the fiscal custodian of all CUNY research grants.
Center for Algorithms & Interactive Scientific Software