Joel Kamnitzer awarded a 2018 E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship

The Department is proud to announce that Professor Joel Kamnitzer is one of the winners of the 2018 E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship. NSERC awards up to six E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships annually to enhance the career development of outstanding and highly promising scientists and engineers who are faculty members of Canadian universities.

Joel’s achievement is also featured in a U of T news article: https://www.utoronto.ca/news/u-t-researchers-win-prestigious-nserc-awards

Three faculty, Haslhofer, Shankar, and Tiozzo awarded 2018 Sloan Research Fellowships

The department is pleased to announce that three of our faculty, Robert Haslhofer, Arul Shankar, and Giulio Tiozzo are recipients of the 2018 Research Sloan Fellowships!

The fellowships are awarded annually since 1955 by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. More information about the Sloan Research Fellowships can be found here. The full list of this year’s Sloan Fellows can be found here.

Jeremy Quastel Wins the 2018 CRM-Fields-PIMS Prize

The Department is proud to announce that Professor Jeremy Quastel has been awarded the 2018 CRM-Fields-PIMS Prize

The official Fields Press Release follows:

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Jeremy Quastel is widely recognized as one of the top probabilists in the world, having made major advances in the fields of hydrodynamic theory, stochastic partial differential equations, and integrable probability. He is particularly recognized for a series of ground-breaking works during the last ten years related to the Kardar-Parisi-Zhang (KPZ) equation and the wider class of random growth models conjectured to share the same long-time, large-scale limit (the so-called KPZ universality class). He proved a 25 year old conjecture from physics about the scaling exponents for the KPZ equation, as well as computing an exact formula for its one-point distribution. He demonstrated that the KPZ equation is universal in that it arises as a scaling limit of a wide variety of non-linear stochastic partial differential equations of Hamilton-Jacobi type. Most recently, he constructed and computed transition probabilities for the ‘KPZ fixed point’ Markov process, which should be the universal long-time limit of all models in the KPZ universality class. Among his earlier contributions, Quastel derived the incompressible Navier-Stokes equation from a class of interacting particle systems, derived equations for the behaviour of the internal diffusion-limited-aggregation model, and proved a conjecture about the speed of the traveling front for the stochastic Fisher-Kolmogorov–Petrovsky–Piskunov equation, which models branching diffusion processes.

For the profound impact of his work, Quastel has been recognized as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2016), and was the recipient of a Killam Research Fellowship (2013). He delivered an invited address at the 2010 International Congress of Mathematicians in Hyderabad India.

Jeremy Quastel received his Ph.D. from the Courant Institute in 1990. After six years at the University of California, Davis, he moved to his present position at the University of Toronto in 1998.

Source: http://www.fields.utoronto.ca/news/Jeremy-Quastel-Wins-2018-CRM-Fields-PIMS-Prize

Three Faculty to speak at 2018 International Congress of Mathematics in Rio de Janiero

Three of our faculty members have been invited to speak at the 2018 International Congress of Mathematics (ICM) in Rio de Janiero, Brazil:

* Konstantin Khanin will speak in the research area of Dynamical Systems and ODEs joint with Mathematical Physics
* Benjamin Rossman will speak in the research area of Mathematical Aspects of Computer Science
* Jacob Tsimerman will speak in the research area of Number Theory.

The conference will be held August 1-9, 2018.  More info on the event can be found here.

For a full list of speakers to the event, see here.

New Royal Society Fellow – Robert Jerrard

The department is proud to announce that Professor Robert Jerrard has been added as a new member of the Royal Society of Canada in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

The full announcement can be read here:

 

B. Rossman awarded one of the 2017 Research Sloan Fellowships

The department is pleased to announce that Prof. Benjamin Rossman is one of the recipients of the 2017 Research Sloan Fellowships!  A feature article can be found here.

The fellowships are awarded annually since 1955 by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. More information about the Sloan Research Fellowships can be found here.

The ArtSci Effect Article

This past Spring (2016) Planet ArtSci sat down with the Chair of the Department, Professor Kumar Murty, to record a podcast about mathematics and how to approach mathematics, conquer the fear of it, and appreciate its creative aspects.

Recently the ArtSci Effect wrote an article based on this podcast.

The article can be found here:
http://artscieffect.utoronto.ca/features/its-all-about-math/