Partner 1: LaBRI, University of Bordeaux 1, Talence

LaBRI is a laboratory with an international reputation founded in the fields of Science and Technology of Computation and Communication. With research areas in basic and applied domains and with a continuing interest in application of its results and technology transfer, the laboratory is partner with Inria, the French National Institute for Research in Computer and Control. Associated with the CNRS, the ENSEIRB engineering school and the universities of Bordeaux 1 and 2, the LaBRI has 265 members (123 researchers, 20 administrative, technical and support staff, 122 doctoral students, post-docs, associated and contract staff).

Partner 2: Department of Applied Mathematics, Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung

Founded in 1987, the Department of Applied Mathematics offers B.Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D. programs in applied mathematics. It has now around 230 undergraduate, 60 master students and 18 Ph.D. students. There are now 17 faculty members in the department, divided into 3 groups: Statistics Group, Scientific Computing Group, and Mathematics Group. Research interests include statistics, scientific computing, functional analysis, discrete mathematics and differential equations. As a research oriented department, it is ranked among the leading mathematics departments in Taiwan. In 2002, National Sun Yat-sen University was selected by Ministry of Education as one of the seven research universities in Taiwan, destining for major developments. The Department is equipped with excellent library resources and computer facilities. Many graduates become professionals such as universities professors, school teachers, system analysts, actuarial scientists, financial analysts,etc. Its university is located in the beautiful southern city of Kaohsiung, which is the second largest city in Taiwan.

Partner 3: Institut Fourier, University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble

Institut Fourier is the maths laboratory in Grenoble. The team "Maths à Modeler" is composed of Discrete Maths and Didactics of Mathematics researchers. The two communities propose research-situations from Discrete Maths to a wide audience. Didacticians analyze the kind of knowledge involved in these situations. These situations are proposed as well to pupils and teachers in classroomas to popularize mathematics in Science exhibitions (museum,“fête de la science”, . . . ). This ANR project concerns mainly Discrete Maths researchers. Their main themes in Discrete Maths are Graph Theory and Discrete Geometry. Their research focuses on the following aspects:
• Graphs and Metrics: Sphere packings and coverings from Coding Theory, Isometric embeddings in metric spaces.
• Graphs and Hypergraphs coloring: extremal questions on hypergraphs closed to Ramsey Theory, List-coloring and clique coloring, ...
• Combinatorial Game Theory: numerating systems and two players games, solitaire games.
On the first theme, they collaborate with colleagues from Slovenia through a Proteus PAI project, Algeria through CMEP-Tassili project, South Africa (Région Rhône-Alpes grants) and USA. For the second one, they have common works with researchers from Hungary Academy of Science (Balaton PAI project), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (CAPES-COFECUB project). For the third theme they have informal collaborations with Tel’Aviv (Israel) and Halifax (Canada) universities. Recently, starting from a collaboration on this topic with the Discrete Maths group of Lie`ge University (Belgium), we have created a "Maths à Modeler" antenna at Liège supported by Research and Educational Belgium Ministry. They are particularly interested in this ANR project in order to develop the second theme by considering other aspects of coloring problems.

Partner 4: INRIA team-project Mascotte

Mascotte stands for “Méthodes Algorithmiques, Simulation et Combinatoire pour l’OpTimisation des TElécommunications”. It is a joint team between INRIA and the laboratory I3S which itself belongs to CNRS and University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis (UNS). Mascotte is an associated team RESEAUXCOM with the Network Modeling Group of Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada), an associated team EWIN with the Departamento de Computacao of Universidade Federal do Ceara of Fortaleza. Mascotte is associated with France Telecom R&D via the ‘Contrat de Recherche Collaborative’ CORSO II. Research fields:
• Algorithms, discrete mathematics and combinatorial optimization
• Algorithms for communications
• Network design (WDM optical, SDH, ATM, on-board, radio and satellites)
• Simulation of complex systems

Partner 5: Department of Mathematics, National Taiwan University, Taipei

The Mathematics Department was established in 1946. The Master Program and Ph. D. program started in 1960 and 1976, respectively. The department now has 39 faculties, 20 adjunct professors, 182 undergraduate students, 49 MS graduate students, and 7 Ph. D. graduate students. Each year, the department offers about 100 courses, 50 of them are Calculus, another 50 are mathematical courses ranging from pure math to applied math. The research areas of faculty members include commutative algebra, ring theory, number theory and its applications, differential geometry and topology, analysis and partial differential equations, computational and applied mathematics, statistical sciences. During the past fifty years, this department has educated many international well-known mathematicians, including three National Academicians.