The American Mathematical Society has applied to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for funds to permit partial travel support for U.S. mathematicians attending the 2014 International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM 2014) August 13 – 21, 2014, in Seoul, Korea. Subject to the award decision by the NSF, the Society is preparing to administer the selection process, which would be similar to previous programs funded in 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010.
Discover the math behind biologically-inspired robots at a free public event, on Wednesday, July 10, at 6:15 p.m. at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center in San Diego.
San Diego, CA—Snails can move upside down, sideways, and backwards on almost any surface. Razor clams can dig and bury themselves in the sand with remarkable speed and agility. Swimming microorganisms are highly efficient molecular machines that rapidly propel themselves through dense fluids.
Nature might be the most innovative designer and engineer, with the world as a laboratory at its disposal. The amazing proficiency displayed by animals in crawling, swimming, flying, walking, and running—movements performed perfectly within the limits of the laws of physics—presents a natural observation ground for robotics and automation.
During a free public lecture at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) on July 10 in San Diego, Professor Anette Hosoi of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will discuss how these natural mechanisms can be used to guide engineering design and develop state-of-the-art robots. Read the rest of this entry »
San Diego, CA–Stanford University’s Lexing Ying will receive the 2013 James H. Wilkinson Prize in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing.
Dr. Ying’s research, concerned with the design of fast and accurate numerical algorithms for fundamental problems in scientific computing, displays his exceptional skills as both mathematical analyst and computational scientist, combining ideas from approximation theory, probability, special functions theory, multiscale analysis and parallel computing. Dr. Ying has made outstanding contributions in many areas, including the rapid evaluation of oscillatory integral transforms, high frequency wave propagation and the computation of electron structure in metallic systems. Read the rest of this entry »
San Diego, CA—The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) are pleased to announce Margaret Cheney of Colorado State University and Naval Postgraduate School as the 2013 AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecturer.
Dr. Cheney is being bestowed this honor in recognition of her broad line of research that is coupling disparate radar solutions in ways previously unrecognized. Her application of Microlocal Analysis to high-frequency radar scattering, a method largely unknown to the radar community, has proven to be especially relevant to the problems of radar target detection, tracking and imaging. Read the rest of this entry »
San Diego, CA–The W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize in Mathematics, first awarded in 1994, recognizes outstanding work in, or other contributions to, the broadly defined areas of differential equations and control theory.
The 2013 Reid Prize goes to Tyrone Duncan, a professor of mathematics at the University of Kansas, for his fundamental contributions to nonlinear filtering, stochastic control, and the relation between probability and geometry.
The prize, endowed by the late Mrs. Idalia Reid to honor her husband, William T. Reid, and to celebrate his love of mathematics, has been given annually since 2000, and may be awarded either for a single notable achievement or a collection of such achievements. Read the rest of this entry »
This prize is the highest honor awarded by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
San Diego, CA–Stanley Osher of University of California, Los Angeles, is awarded the 2013 John von Neumann Lecture in recognition of his extraordinarily influential and wide-ranging contributions to the computational sciences and engineering.
Dr. Osher will receive his award and present the associated prize lecture at the SIAM Annual Meeting to be held July 8-12 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center in San Diego, California. Read the rest of this entry »
SIAM’s largest conference to date, the 2013 SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering, was held in Boston last month. Over 1,370 attended the meeting, and the lectures and sessions were very well-received, inspiring a great deal of discussion.
Read Nick Higham’s overview of the meeting in text and pictures here.
At the SIAM Annual Meeting held in Minneapolis in July, Dr. Kristin Lauter of Microsoft Research discussed Elliptic Curve Cryptography as a mainstream primitive for cryptographic protocols and applications. The talk surveyed elliptic curve cryptography and its applications, including applications of pairing-based cryptography which are built with elliptic curves. Lauter also discussed its applications to privacy of electronic medical records, and implications for secure and private cloud storage and cloud computing.
Watch a video overview of the talk and an interview:
At the SIAM Annual Meeting held in Minneapolis in July, Dr. George Papanicolaou of Stanford University surveyed a topic of great relevance today—models for systemic risk and the implications that can be drawn from them. Laying out the picture of an evolving system with a large number of interconnected components, he described Systemic Risk as the probability of overall failure of the system. Papanicolaou spoke about the effect of electronic trading and automated exchanges increase in increased liquidity and risk, illustrating the significance of systemic risk in current mathematical finance research.
Watch a brief video overview of his talk and interview:
At the SIAM Annual Meeting held in Minneapolis in July, Tony Chan of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology spoke about recent growth in the field of image processing due to the advent of inexpensive and integrated image capturing devices, which has led to massive data and novel applications. In a very interesting talk, he described how image processing has emerged not only as an application domain where computational mathematics provides ideas and solutions, but also in spurring new research directions. 2012 I.E. Block Lecturer Robert Bridson, in a very engaging lecture, demonstrated how a computer-generated effect, like a stormy ocean, is made to look real in movies by numerically solving physical equations describing the motion, bringing mathematics and scientific computing into the forefront of animation.
Watch a video recapping both talks and interviews with the speakers!