LaCIM is a research center comprised of researchers, postdoctoral fellows, as well as graduate and undergraduate students interested in discrete mathematics and theoretical computer science. It gained international recognition by developing Combinatorial Species Theory, which unifies combinatorial constructions such as trees, graphs, permutations and words.
Since its beginning more than 20 years ago, research at LaCIM has diversified significantly. It is well-known on the international scene as a major actor in algebraic combinatorics, enumerative combinatorics and combinatorics on words; it also includes research in bio-informatics and algorithmics analysis.
LaCIM includes about forty researchers, and maintains many close collaborations with most of the major research centers in this field, in particular in Canada, in France and in the USA.
The Canada Research Chair in algebra, combinatorics and discrete mathematics of Université du Québec à Montréal is associated with LaCIM. LaCIM is also one of the eight laboratoires member of the Centre de Recherche Mathématiques (CRM).