ABOUT THE FIELDS INSTITUTE
|June 20, 2013|
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
Bierstone began serving as Director of the Fields Institute
July 1, 2009. He is a professor in the Department of Mathematics
of the University of Toronto. He earned his B.Sc. from the University
of Toronto (1969) and his Ph.D. from Brandeis University (1973).
He has held visiting positions at the Institute for Advanced Study
(Princeton), l'Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques (Bures-sur-Yvette)
and IMPA (Rio de Janeiro). Ed's honours include Fellowship in the
Royal Society of Canada (1992), an invited address at the American
Mathematical Society Annual Meeting (1997), the Jeffery-Williams
Prize of the Canadian Mathematical Society (2005), and the Excellence
in Teaching Award of the CMS (2008). Ed has made groundbreaking
contributions in the areas of algebraic geometry and singularities
of differentiable functions. His work on resolution of singularities
(in collaboration with Pierre Milman) has played a major part in
a revival of activity in the area; the constructive techniques involved
have led to applications in fields as diverse as logic and analysis.
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.
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.
Guan is a professor at McGill University. He works on nonlinear
partial differential equations and geometric analysis with particular
interest in Monge-Amp\`ere type equations. He received his bachelors
degree at Zhejiang University, China in 1982, and his PhD in mathematics
at Princeton University in 1989. He was a faculty member at the
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, McMaster University from
1989 to 2004, before moved to McGill University in 2004 as a Canada
Research Chair. He was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in
1993 and was elected to the Fellow of Royal Society of Canada in
2008. He was an associate editor of Canadian Journal of Mathematics
and Canadian Mathematical Bulletin (2004-2008). He is currently
a vice president of Canadian Mathematical Society (2009-2011).
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.
M. Newman, Professor of Mathematics at the Courant Institute
of Mathematical Sciences, was director from 2002 to 2006. Born in
Chicago, he received two B.S. (1966) degrees (Mathematics and Physics)
from MIT, and M.A. (1966) and Ph.D. (1971) degrees in Physics from
Princeton. His specialties are probability theory and statistical
physics, with over 180 published papers in those and related areas.
Beginning his academic career at NYU campus in 1971, he went on
to the mathematics departments of Indiana University and the University
of Arizona, and returned to NYU in 1989. Newman has been a Sloan
Fellow (1978-81) and a Guggenheim Fellow (1984-85), and is a member
of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts
and Sciences and the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. He is currently
the Principal Investigator of a grant in the NSF PIRE (Partnerships
in International Research and Education) program involving collaborations
between students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty from Courant,
Latin American and Europe.
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.
Zelditch is Professor of Mathematics at Northwestern University.
He works in spectral geometry, complex geometry and mathematical
physics, with a particular interest in asymptotics problems. He
got his bachelors degree from Harvard in 1975, and his Ph.D.
from UC Berkeley in 1981 under the direction of Alan Weinstein.
He was Ritt Assistant Professor at Columbia (1981-1985), and went
from Assistant Professor to Professor of Mathematics at Johns Hopkins
University (1986-2009) , before moving to Northwestern in 2010.
He was an invited speaker at the ICM in Beijing (2004) and has twice
been an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematical
Physics. He gave Current Developments in Mathematics lectures at
Harvard in 2009 and an invited AMS national address in 2005. He
served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Centre de Recherches
Mathematiques during the years 2004-2007. He has been on the editorial
boards of Annales Scientifiques de l\Ecole Normale Superieure, American
Journal of Mathematics, Journal of Mathematical Physics and is currently
on the editorial boards of the Communications in Mathematical Physics
and Analysis & PDE.
Zworski is a Professor of Mathematics at the University
of California, Berkeley. He works in partial differential equations
and mathematical physics, studying manifestations of classical/quantum
correspondence in scattering theory, geometry, and soliton propagation.
After undergraduate studies at Imperial College, London (1982/83)
and MIT (1983-1985), he received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1989 under
the direction of R.B. Melrose. He held positions at Harvard (1989-1992),
IHES (1992/1993), The John Hopkins University (1992-1995), and University
of Toronto (1995-1998), before moving to Berkeley, California in
1998. He received the Coxeter-James Prize of the Canadian Mathematical
Society (1999) and gave an invited talk at the International Congress
of Mathematicians (2002). He is a Fellow of Royal Society of Canada
(1999) and American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2010).