Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics, Brown University

Program ID: ICERM-SI2017 [#515]
Program Title: Summer@ICERM: Undergraduate Summer Research Program: Topological Data Analysis
Program Type: Undergraduate program
Program Location: Providence, Rhode Island 02912, United States [map]
Subject Area: Mathematics
Starting Date: 2017/06/19
Application Deadline: 2017/02/17 (posted 2016/12/01, updated 2016/11/28)
Program Description:    

SUMMER@ICERM: Undergraduate Summer Research Program at Brown University

"Topological Data Analysis" from June 19 - August 11, 2017

Organizing Committee: Jeffrey Brock (Brown University), Katherine Kinnaird (Brown University), Facundo Mémoli (The Ohio State University), José Perea (Michigan State University)

The eight-week Summer@ICERM 2017 program is designed for a select group of 16-20 undergraduate scholars. The program will give undergraduates an opportunity for exposure and research in the methods of “Applied Topology” in the study of complex data sets. 

The program will offer mini-courses for students at the beginning of the program:

  • Persistent Homology from the Computational Viewpoint;
  • Distances Between Metric Spaces and Applications; and
  • Topological Time Series Analysis.

The faculty advisors will then present several research projects that are highly interdisciplinary and represent areas where topological data analysis stands to have a deep and meaningful impact:

  1. Shape Classification;
  2. Action Recognition;
  3. Feature Recognition from Persistent Diagrams;
  4. Local Persistence Diagrams;
  5. Configuration Spaces;
  6. Künneth Formula for Persistent Homology;
  7. Classification of Music Data Streams: Music Information Retrieval; and
  8. Analysis of Hippocampal Networks.

Tackling these projects will require a combination of analytical and computational approaches, and students will be expected to gain intuition into some of these problems via analysis, computer experimentation, and visualization.

Throughout the eight-week program, students will work on their assigned projects in groups of two to four, supervised by faculty advisors and aided by teaching assistants. Students will meet daily, attend mini-courses, learn how to write reports in LaTeX, give weekly team talks about their findings, attend professional development seminars, and write up their research into a poster and/or paper by the end of the program.

ICERM provides an excellent research environment, and the students and their faculty and TA mentors will have access to shared offices and collaborative space throughout the institute. They also will have access to ICERM’s computer facilities and specialized software. ICERM staff will provide logistical support for students and will help build community through fun activities and events.

More program details are available at:

Funding Includes*:

- $3,000 stipend

- Travel support within the U.S.

- Dormitory housing

- Meal plan

- Fun events

*Accepted Brown University students will receive Brown University's I-Team UTRA grant in lieu of the Summer@ICERM funding package.


  • Applicants must be matriculating undergraduate students at the time of the start of Summer@ICERM 2017;
  • Non-Brown University students must apply via;
  • Students from Brown University must apply via the I-Team UTRA process (not via Look for Jeff Brock's "Topological Data Analysis” project on Brown's I-Team UTRA page before January 15, 2017.
  • Funding is available for a very small number of students who are not US citizens or permanent residents.

Non-Brown University students must apply via by February 17, 2017 to receive full consideration. ICERM will begin making offers to non-Brown University students between late February and early March 2017. 

Brown University students must apply for Jeff Brock's I-Team UTRA before January 15, 2017 (not via The I-Team UTRAs will be announced to the Brown University student applicants on February 1, 2017. Applications for Brown Students are now CLOSED.

ICERM encourages women and members of underrepresented minorities to apply.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website:
Further Info:
Brown University/ICERM
Box 1995
Providence, RI 02912

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