“GAIA” is the acronym of The Center for Geometry
and its Applications.
The short version of its name is The
SRC-GAIA, as it is one of the centers established in September 2011 as
part of the Science Research Center (SRC) project by the
Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Korea.
SRC project is the ambitious project launched in the early nineteen-nineties by
the KOSEF, Korean Science and Engineering Foundation, an agent under the
Ministry of Science and Technology of Korea, which has been absorbed, later,
into the current National Research Foundation, under the care of the Ministry
of Education, Science and Technology. The main mission is to perform high level
research in Science so that it may establish itself as one of the leading
research centers of the world.
GAIA is a research center in Mathematics. We focus upon Geometry, one of the most traditional and profound
branches of Mathematics. By its birth and nature, Geometry encompasses
the theoretical study as well as its applications. Cutting edge sciences and technology
of modern times require deeper and newer understanding of Geometry. Computer
science and technology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical engineering
and many other areas of research would like to implement more geometry to their
research. The SRC-GAIA has researchers who are able to connect their theory
to such applied science. At the same time the SRC-GAIA’s main engine consists
of theoretical geometers, who major in Complex algebraic and analytic/differential
geometry, Riemannian geometry, Algebraic geometry, and Geometric Topology.