ABOUT THE FIELDS INSTITUTE
|August 31, 2015|
Scientific Advisory Panel
Our Directorate and the Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) provide the scientific leadership of the Institute. The SAP, which is chaired by the Director, includes the Deputy Director and a rotating membership of at least seven distinguished mathematicians from Canada and abroad. The panel makes recommendations to the Board of Directors on the selection of thematic programs and workshops. Members of the SAP can access the SAP Information Page
Professor Ben Arous works on probability theory (stochastic analysis,
large deviations, random media and random matrices) and its connections
with other domains of mathematics (partial differential equations,
dynamical systems), physics (statistical mechanics of disordered
media), or industrial applications. He is mainly interested in the
time evolution of complex systems, and the universal aspects of
their long time behavior and of their slow relaxation to equilibrium,
in particular how complexity and disorder imply aging. He is a Fellow
of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (as of August 2011)
and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.
He was a plenary speaker at the European Congress of Mathematics,
an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematics,
received a senior Lady Davis Fellowship (Israel), the Rollo Davison
Prize (Imperial College, London) and the Montyon Prize (French Academy
Goldman began studying geometric structures on low-dimensional
manifolds and their moduli as an undergraduate, working with Bill
Thurston at Princeton University. In 1980 he earned a doctorate
at the University of California, Berkeley working with Morris Hirsch.
After positions at the University of Colorado, MIT, the University
of Maryland and MSRI, he moved permanently to Maryland in 1986.
Since then he has held visiting positions at Oxford University,
IHES, the Institute for Advanced Study and the University of Paris.
He received a Sloan Foundation Fellowship in 1988. In 2000 he cofounded
the Experimental Geometry Lab, which he now directs. He has supervised
over 25 doctoral dissertations. He spoke at the 2010 ICM. Since
2003 he was Editor-In-Chief of Geometriae Dedicata. He directed
the VIGRE program at Maryland from 2003 to 2009. He was elected
Member-At-Large of the AMS Council in 2005, and currently serves
on the AMS Committee on the Profession. He has co-organized numerous
conferences in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia.
Grasselli, Deputy Director, earned an undergraduate degree
in Physics from the University of Sao Paulo in 1997, and a Ph.D.
in Mathematics from King's College London in 2002, for his thesis
on Quantum and Classical Information Geometry under the supervision
of Raymond Streater. After a postdoctoral fellowship, he was appointed
Sharcnet Chair in Financial Mathematics at McMaster University in
2003, where he is currently an Associate Professor and co-director
of PhiMac, the Financial Mathematics Laboratory. He has published
research papers on information geometry, statistical physics, and
numerous aspects of quantitative finance, including interest rate
theory, optimal portfolio, real options and executive compensation,
as well as an undergraduate textbook on numerical methods. His consulting
activities include projects with CIBC, Petrobras, EDF, and Bovespa.
He is a regular speaker in both academic and industrial conferences
around the world, and was the lead organizer of the Thematic Program
on Quantitative Finance: Foundations and Applications, at the Fields
Institute in 2010. Starting in 2011, he began serving as the first
managing editor for the newly created book series Springer Briefs
on Quantitative Finance.
Voisin , born in 1962, is a French mathematician. She is
currently Director of Research at the Institut de mathématiques
de Jussieu at the University of Paris VI. She received her PhD and
permanent position at CNRS in 1986.
Wormald is an Australian mathematician and professor of
mathematics at Monash University. He specializes in probabilistic
combinatorics, graph theory, graph algorithms, Steiner trees, web
graphs, mine optimization, and other areas in combinatorics. In
1979, he earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Newcastle
with a dissertation entitled Some problems in the enumeration of
labelled graphs. In 2006, he won the Euler Medal from the Institute
of Combinatorics and its Applications. He previously was the holder
of the Canada Research Chair in Combinatorics and Optimization at
the University of Waterloo. In 2012, he was recognized with an Australian
Laureate Fellowship for his achievements.