The idea to organize an international conference on applied mathematics and informatics in San Andres Island was initially proposed by the mathematicians from 16 Colombian universities that have participated in the XI International Conference “Approximation and Optimization in the Caribbean” – APPOPT 2008 held in San Andres Island during March 2-7, 2008.
This initiative has then required another 18 months to get matured and fully discussed among the academic circles of Colombia. A formal proposal to create a new series of international academic events called “International Conference on Applied Mathematics and Informatics – ICAMI” was then presented by the Universidad del Valle to the Board of the REALMA Network (Réseau Europa – Amérique Latine en Maths Appliques). The name for this series was suggested by Professor Jürgen GUDDAT (Humboldt University, Berlin – Germany, now retired) who is one of the founders of two other sequences of academic events:
- PARAOPT series, founded in 1985 (for upcoming XI PARAOPT 2017 conference go to this link),
- APPOPT series founded in 1987 (for latest XII APPOPT 2016 conference visit this link)
In 2009, ICAMI was designated as an official series of academic events of the REALMA Network to be organized every 3-5 years starting from 2010.
First conference of the ICAMI series took place in San Andres, Colombia during November 28 – December 3, 2010 and was attended by 271 participants from 23 different countries.
Second conference of the ICAMI series also took place in San Andres, Colombia during November 24 – 29, 2013 and was attended by 247 participants from 23 different countries.
Objectives of the ICAMI events:
- to recognize, support and promote excellence in scientific research on topics related to applied mathematics and informatics in Latin America and the Caribbean region;
- to provide promising scientists from the region with up-to-date research results delivered by outstanding specialists, in order to stimulate the advances in their professional work;
- to facilitate contacts between individual researches and institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean with outstanding international scientists;
- to encourage international and interdisciplinary cooperation between individuals and academic centers.
ICAMI events are destined to involve local researchers from Latin America and the Caribbean who have fewer opportunities to attend similar conferences held in Europe and USA.