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Emmanuel Candes to Receive 2015 AMS-SIAM Birkhoff Prize in Applied Mathematics  


Providence, RI—Emmanuel Candès will be awarded the 2015 AMS-SIAM George David Birkhoff Prize in Applied Mathematics. Candès holds the Barnum-Simons Chair in Mathematics and Statistics and is a professor of electrical engineering (by courtesy) and a member of the Institute of Computational and Mathematical Engineering at Stanford University. The Birkhoff Prize, jointly sponsored by the American Mathematical Society and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, will be awarded at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in January in San Antonio, Texas.

Candès is honored “for his work on compressed sensing that has revolutionized signal processing and medical imaging and his related work on computational harmonic analysis, statistics and scientific computing.”

Compressed sensing is a mathematical technique that has led to dramatic advances in the efficiency and accuracy of data collection and analysis.  A prime example comes from medicine, particularly magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).  An MRI machine collects data about the body part analyzed, and then an algorithm uses that data to create a picture of the body part.  The machine should intelligently collect just the right number of data points, and the algorithm should use those points to reliably reconstruct a high-quality image.  When working with doctors on the problem of reducing artifacts in MRI images, Candès and his post-doc Justin Romberg experimented with one particular reconstruction algorithm that worked with an unusually small number of data points.  They noticed something strange: when tested, the algorithm reconstructed the image *exactly*, every time. Candès then realized they were on to something new. Read the rest of this entry »

SIAM Executive Director James Crowley named AAAS Fellow

Philadelphia, PA—James M. Crowley has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for a distinguished record as a scientific administrator in the U.S. Air Force and for the past two decades of outstanding leadership as executive director of SIAM, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

With Crowley at the helm, SIAM has grown and expanded over the last 20 years through conferences, activity groups and publications that spotlight new areas and cutting edge research, prizes and awards that recognize outstanding work in the field, and a range of projects aimed at improving mathematics education and increasing the impact of the mathematical sciences for the society at large.

Prior to SIAM, Crowley served in positions in the US Air Force, including Assistant Chief Scientist at the Air Force Systems Command. He was a program manager for applied and computational mathematics at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and served as the directorate head for Mathematics and Information Sciences at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. He was also a tenured associate professor at the US Air Force Academy. He received his PhD in Applied Mathematics from Brown University. Read the rest of this entry »

SIAM and ACM honor software developers for large-scale scientific computing toolkit



Prize is awarded to recognize contributions to mathematical and computational tools and methods

Philadelphia, PA–The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) are pleased to present the SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering to the PETSc core development team for the development of PETSc (Portable Extensible Toolkit for Scientific Computation), a suite of data structures and routines intended for use in large-scale application projects.

The prize is being awarded to Satish Balay, Jed Brown, William Gropp, Matthew Knepley, Lois Curfman McInnes, Barry Smith, and Hong Zhang for their collaborative work in developing the PETSc software package, which has transformed the way large-scale software libraries are developed, supported, and used within the CS&E community.  The creation of this innovative and seminal numerical software package provides the scientific and engineering community with robust, efficient, scalable, and extensible tools that are the backbone of numerous high-performance applications.  The sustained impact of this work has been felt worldwide. Read the rest of this entry »

Richard C. DiPrima Prize goes to Thomas D. Trogdon

Philadelphia, PA—The 2014 Richard C. DiPrima Prize has been awarded to Thomas D. Trogdon of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University.

The Richard C. DiPrima Prize is awarded to a junior scientist who has done outstanding research in applied mathematics (defined as those topics covered by SIAM journals) and who has completed his/her doctoral dissertation and all other requirements for his/her doctorate during the period running from three years prior to the award date to one year prior to the award date.  Selection is based on the candidates’ dissertations. Read the rest of this entry »

Theodore von Kármán Prize awarded to Weinan E and Richard D. James

Philadelphia, PA—The Theodore von Kármán Prize, established in 1968, is awarded for a notable application of mathematics to mechanics and/or the engineering sciences made during the five to ten years preceding the award.  The award may be given either for a single notable achievement or for a collection of such achievements.

The 2014 Theodore von Kármán Prize is awarded to Weinan E and Richard D. James.

The 2014 award is given to Weinan E for his deep mathematical contributions to fundamental questions in physics ranging from the structure of matter to turbulence, to a rejuvenation of numerical analysis in the light of multiple scales, and for his eclectic and ingenious solutions in scientific computing. Read the rest of this entry »

Arieh Iserles receives the SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession

Philadelphia, PA— Arieh Iserles, Professor in Numerical Analysis of Differential Equations at Cambridge University, is awarded the SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession for his outstanding editorial contributions to applied mathematics.

In 1992, Iserles founded Acta Numerica, an annual volume that publishes seminal review articles in numerical analysis and scientific computing, and has been editor of the volume ever since. Under his guidance and leadership, Acta Numerica has published authoritative articles that are widely read and highly cited, and it has continued to keep pace with rapidly evolving trends in research.  Iserles has also made major and long-standing editorial contributions to the Journal of Foundations of Computational Mathematics and the IMA Journal of Numerical Analysis.  In all his editorial work, he acts with extraordinary dedication, wisdom and integrity. Read the rest of this entry »

W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize goes to Alain Bensoussan

Philadelphia, PA—Alain Bensoussan of University of Texas at Dallas and City University of Hong Kong received the 2014 W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize in Mathematics at the SIAM Annual Meeting last month.

The Reid Prize was established by SIAM in 1993 to recognize outstanding work in, or other contributions to, the broadly defined areas of differential equations and control theory.  The prize, given annually since 2000, may be awarded either for a single notable achievement or a collection of such achievements.  The prize fund was endowed by the late Mrs. Idalia Reid to honor her husband. Read the rest of this entry »

2014 George Pólya Prize shared by Adam Marcus, Daniel Spielman, and Nikhil Srivastava

Philadelphia, PA—Adam Marcus of Yale University and Crisply LLC, Daniel A. Spielman of Yale University, and Nikhil Srivastava of Microsoft Research India, have been awarded the 2014 George Pólya Prize.

The George Pólya Prize in Mathematics, originally established in 1992, is awarded every four years for a significant contribution, as evidenced by a refereed publication, in an area of mathematics of interest to George Pólya, such as approximation theory, complex analysis, number theory, orthogonal polynomials, or probability theory.  The prize is broadly intended to recognize specific recent work.

The 2014 Pólya Prize was awarded to Marcus, Spielman, and Srivastava for the introduction and development of the method of interlacing polynomials, and for its use in the solution of the Kadison-Singer problem. Read the rest of this entry »

John Lowengrub receives Julian Cole Lectureship prize

Philadelphia, PA—John Lowengrub of the University of California, Irvine, was awarded the Julian Cole Lectureship at the SIAM Annual Meeting in Chicago last month.

The Julian Cole Lectureship, established in 2000, is awarded every four years for an outstanding contribution to the mathematical characterization and solution of a challenging problem in the physical or biological sciences, or in engineering, or for the development of mathematical methods for the solution of such problems.

The 2014 Julian D. Cole Lectureship was awarded to Professor Lowengrub in recognition of his seminal contributions to fluid dynamics, materials science, and computational biology through the development of mathematical models, computational methods, and numerical simulations of free-boundary problems and tumor growth. Read the rest of this entry »

Irene Gamba is 2014 AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecturer

Philadelphia, PA—Irene M. Gamba of the University of Texas at Austin received the 2014 AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture prize at the SIAM Annual Meeting held in Chicago last month.

The 2014 Lecture was awarded to Professor Gamba for her significant contributions to analytical and numerical methods for statistical transport problems in complex particle systems.  Professor Gamba also has an outstanding record of service to the applied mathematics community, including serving on scientific, policy, and editorial committees and boards and training postdocs and graduate students, including women applied mathematicians. Read the rest of this entry »