ABOUT THE FIELDS INSTITUTE
|April 1, 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
Byrne is an applied mathematician whose research focusses
on the development and analysis of mathematical models of biomedical
systems, with particular emphasis on solid tumour growth, regenerative
medicine and stem cell biology. She was an undergraduate at the
University of Cambridge and gained her Masters and DPhil from the
University of Oxford. Postdoctoral work at Oxford and Bath led to
her appointment as a lecturer at UMIST in 1996. She moved to Nottingham
in 1998 where she was awarded a prestigious Advanced Fellowship
by the EPSRC and promoted to Professor of Applied Mathematics in
2003. Professor Byrne recently moved to the University of Oxford
where she is based in the Oxford Centre for Collaborative Applied
Mathematics and the Department of Computer Science as a lecturer
in computational biology. As founding Director of Nottingham's Centre
for Mathematical Biology and through her active involvement with,
and organisation of, Mathematics-in-Medicine study groups, she has
played a key role in promoting the application of mathematics to
medicine and biology in Nottingham and further afield. She is currently
a member of the BBSRC's Integrative and Systems Biology Strategy
Panel, an editor of Mathematical Biosciences and an associate editor
for Mathematical Medicine and Biology, a Journal of the IMA.
Craig, began serving as Director of the Fields Institute
July 1, 2013. He is a Professor of Mathematics and the Canada Research
Chair (Tier I) of Mathematical Analysis and its Applications at
McMaster University. His doctorate is from the Courant Institute
(1981), and he has held faculty positions at Caltech, Stanford University
and Brown University, where he was department chair, before moving
with his wife to McMaster in the year 2000. He is a prominent mathematical
analyst, whose interests include partial differential equations,
Hamiltonian dynamical systems, and their applications to the physical
sciences. His contributions have been to theoretical aspects of
these fields, as well as their applications to fundamental problems
in physics; these include small divisor problems in Hamiltonian
partial differential equations, microlocal propagation of singularities
for the Schrodinger equation, advances in the mathematical theory
of water waves and their modeling, and progress on the important
issue of regularity for solutions of the Navier - Stokes equations.
He has authored more than 100 research articles. He has organized
several thematic programs at the Fields Institute, and has been
a regular visiting member since his move to Canada. He served on
the Fields Institute Scientific Advisory Panel (2000-2005), the
Scientific Nominating Committee (2001-2005) and the Board of Directors
(2009-2012). He has been awarded a Bantrell, a Sloan and a Killam
Research Fellowships, and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society
of Canada, of the AAAS and AMS, as well as a Fields Institute Fellow.
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.
Holmes is a Professor of statistics at Stanford University.
Trained in Multivariate Data Analysis `a la Francaise' in Montpellier,
France. She has taught at MIT, Harvard, Cornell and has been at
Stanford since 1998. On a practical side, she specializes in heterogeneous
data sets from biology, and has developed software and methodology
for doing Image Analysis of Cancer cells, Comparing Phylogenetic
Trees, Combining Phylogenetic Trees with high throughput sequencing
data, On the theoretical side she works on applied probability,
MCMC chains and geometrical methods for analyzing graphs and trees.
She teaches probability and statistics using computational tools,
especially Java applets and R.
Kuske received her PhD in 1992 from Northwestern University,
and has research interests in applied stochastic dynamics, nonlinear
modeling, and asymptotic methods. Before coming to Canada, she was
a postdoc at Stanford and University of Utrecht and held faculty
appointments at Tufts University and University of Minnesota. In
2002 Kuske joined the faculty in UBC Mathematics, where she holds
a Canada Research Chair in Applied Mathematics and was the Department
Head from 2007-2011. She was recently appointed as the Senior Advisor
to the Provost on Women Faculty. Kuske's recent service to the math
community includes contributions as Associate Director of Program
Diversity at the American Institute of Mathematics, co-chair of
the bi-annual SIAM Applied Dynamical Systems meeting and as founder
co-chair for Mentor Network of the Association for Women in Mathematics.
She is on the editorial boards for the SIAM J on Applied Math, SIAM
Review, the European J. of Applied Math, the IMA J. of Applied Math,
and Discrete and Continuous Dynamics - B.
Vardi is the George Distinguish Service Professor in Computational
Engineering and Director of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information
Technology Institute at Rice University. He is the co-recipient
of three IBM Outstanding Innovation Awards, the ACM SIGACT Goedel
Prize, the ACM Kanellakis Award, the ACM SIGMOD Codd Award, the
Blaise Pascal Medal, and the IEEE Computer Society Goode Award.
He is the author and co-author of over 400 papers, as well as two
books: "Reasoning about Knowledge" and "Finite Model
Theory and Its Applications". He is a Fellow of the Association
for Computing Machinery, the American Association for Artificial
Intelligence, the American Association for the Advancement of Science,
and the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He is
a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, the American
Academy of Arts and Science, the European Academy of Science, and
Academia Europea. He holds honorary doctorates from the Saarland
University in Germany and Orleans University in France.
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.