The International Association for Boundary Element Methods (IABEM) was founded in late 1988 by Prof. Thomas A. Cruse of the US, Prof. Luigi Morino of Italy, and Prof. Shoichi Kobayashi of Japan. IABEM aims to advance the development, analysis, and application of numerical methods founded on or related to boundary integral equations (BIE), volume integral equations (VIE), and, more generally, non-local operators. Particular examples are
the boundary element method (BEM) and its variants,
spectral methods for integral equations,
non-local Trefftz methods for partial differential equation,
matrix compression techniques for discretized non-local operators,
fast direct and iterative solvers for non-local operator equations,
methods for evolution problems based on time-domain integral equations.
The scope of IABEM includes both basic research at academic institutions and the use of BEM and related methods in compuational science and engineering and industry.
IABEM organizes the IABEM Symposium to provide a forum for researchers and engineers around the world to discuss recent developments in the field and the new challenges ahead. IABEM Summer School or Short Courses on the BEM have also been offered by IABEM to train students and researchers on the topics of the BEM.