Welcome to FoCM!  

The computer has profoundly changed the relationship between mathematics and computation.  Besides its invaluable role in numeric, symbolic, and experimental applications, computation is an important object of mathematical study in its own right and a fundamental theoretical tool. It is a source of new and exciting problems for mathematics.

Foundations of Computational Mathematics (FoCM) is an international nonprofit organization that supports and promotes research at the interface of mathematics and computation.  It fosters interaction among mathematics, computer science, and other areas of computational science through conferences, events and publications. FoCM traces its beginnings to the Park City AMS--SIAM seminar  in 1995 and its first conference has been held in Rio de Janeiro in 1997.

The FoCM journal, produced by Springer-Verlag, publishes highest-quality research articles treating various aspects of computational mathematics.

The FoCM conference, held every three years, covers the entire spectrum of mathematical computation. Specialized events are held from time to time, and focus on timely research topics. Membership in FoCM is free and available through this website.


FoCM'17 Conference

Barcelona, Spain

Next FoCM Conference:
Barcelona, Spain
July 10 to 19, 2017.

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Smale Prize


The third Stephen Smale Prize will be awarded at the next Conference on the Foundations of Computational Mathematics (FoCM 2017) at Barcelona, between July 10th - 19th, 2017. The Prize is awarded by the Society for the Foundations of Computational Mathematics to young researchers in recognition of major achievements in furthering the understanding of the connections between mathematics and computation, including the interfaces between pure and applied mathematics, numerical analysis and computer science. More information and prize rules can be found here.

The winner of the third Stephen Smale prize is Lek-Heng Lim, University of Chicago