Meiji Institute for the Advanced Study of Mathematical Sciences (MIMS)

Meiji Institute for the Advanced Study of Mathematical Sciences (MIMS)


Thirty-five works of visual illusion by Professor Kokichi Sugihara are now on display at the National Palace Museum of Taiwan

It is a long exhibition that will run for a period of 17 months from Thursday, September 20, 2018 to Sunday, February 23, 2020.
Professor Sugihara won first prize (highest award) at the Best Illusion of the Year Contest 2018 for his work on illusory research.
This special exhibition features a collection of jade made from the Warring States period to the Han Dynasty (475 BCE-220 CE), works of illusory art, as well as works of visual illusion by Professor Sugihara, the product of his scientific research. It offers some aspects of the visual effects of these two types of works that set each other apart in time for two millennia from a perspective of illusion.
Optical Illusionist

Let us introduce our latest movie "Optical Illusionist". (One of the series "Incredible Senseis at Meiji University #1~#3")

Have you seen the optical illusions video that went viral? Prof. Sugihara researches optical illusions in a mathematical way. And he uses numbers to create as many optical illusions as he likes. Now, let’s enjoy his works! Be ready to get your mind blown away. 

Origami Changes Everything

Let us introduce our latest movie "Origami Changes Everything" (One of the series "Incredible Senseis at Meiji University #1~#3")

Do you know the greatest attribute of Origami is that it can make paper super strong? Prof. Hagiwara is a leading expert on Origami engineering. Mass producing Origami structures is very difficult. But He succeeded in developing the Origami 3D printer. Let’s become witness of his super cool invention!

Project Summary


We aim at the development and promotion of mathematical sciences on various social/natural phenomena. We also aim at the education and assistance of young researchers/students to popularize mathematical sciences. Through those activities, MIMS will become an outstanding international research center on pioneering mathematical sciences.

MIMS establishes four research groups : (1) Fundamental Mathematics Group (algebra, geometry, analysis), (2) Mathematical Modeling and Analysis Group (data analysis, simulation, mathematical analysis), (3) Mathematical Education Group (history of mathematics, mathematical education), and (4) Advanced Mathematical Sciences Group (research projects related to the above three groups). We will promote research activities, nurture researchers and highly-skilled experts, and provide various activities required by our university and regional society.

In order to promote advanced research in mathematical sciences, MIMS will call for research projects, which is not only inside our university but also open public to all researchers in the world. The leader and researchers of an adopted project will join us as research fellows of Advanced Mathematical Sciences Group.

Director’s Message

A selected project for Global COE Program: Formation and Development of Mathematical Sciences Based on Modeling and Analysis

Masayasu MIMURA

We live in a society where various complex systems continuously evolve with dynamic changes. In addition to the tremendous number of components in a complex system, these components interact in intricate manners, further increasing the complexity. Recent technological advances have enabled substantial amounts of accurate data to be experimentally measured in these systems. However, elucidating phenomena derived from complex systems based on this enormous volume of data and the complexity among the components remains a signi¬ficant challenge. I strongly believe that conquering these difficulties is one of the most challenging missions for mathematicians in the 21st century. The key to overcome this challenge resides in innovation of new mathematical modeling, which should elucidate complex phenomena. Although we value conventionally utilized realistic models that aim to quantitatively reproduce phenomena, our program strives to establish new mathematical modeling based on the construction of an extraction model to clarify the essences of phenomena.

Meiji University is a forerunner in Mathematical Sciences as we understand that bridging phenomena and mathematics by modeling and analysis is critical for elucidating complex phenomena as well as inspiring innovation. Based on this belief, we established the Meiji Institute for Advanced Study of Mathematical Sciences (MIMS) as an advanced center for education and research. Building on the strong foundation of
MIMS, our Global COE Program, “Formation and Development of Mathematical Sciences Based on Modeling and Analysis ”, emphasizes studies on complex phenomena in society, nature, and biology in order to attain a clear-cut understanding of these phenomena, and ultimately create an internationally renowned center for Experimental Mathematical Sciences based on modeling and analysis. I am con¬dent that our vision will not only contribute to society, but will also expand the realm of modern mathematics, thereby establishing new mathematics connected to human life and society.

Another important task of our program is to educate young researchers. Hence, we provide a broad curriculum on advanced knowledge in mathematics as well as technologies that help to clearly understand the nature of phenomena hidden behind complexity. By sending talented young researchers with the ability to incorporate different ¬fields to industry, we will build a bridge to strengthen the university and industry ties as well as stimulate innovation.

Masayasu MIMURA
Project Leader of the Meiji University Global COE Program
Director, Meiji Institute for Advanced Study of Mathematical Sciences
Project Leader, Meiji University Global COE Program “Formation and Development of Mathematical Sciences Based on Modeling and Analysis”
Specially Appointed Professor, Graduate School of Advanced Mathematical Sciences, Meiji University

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