July  7, 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


Gérard Ben Arous Courant Institute of Mathematical Science
Helen Byrne University of Oxford
Isabelle Gallagher Université Paris-Diderot
Walter Craig Fields Institute
Bill Goldman University of Maryland
Matheus Grasselli Fields Institute
Susan Holmes Stanford University
Stephen Kudla University of Toronto
Rachel Kuske University of British Columbia
William Minicozzi Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Assaf Naor Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
Duong Phong Columbia University
Moshe Vardi Rice University
Claire Voisin University of Paris VI
Nick Wormald Monash University

Gérard Ben Arous
A specialist of probability theory and its applications, Gérard Ben Arous arrived to NYU's Courant Institute as a Professor of Mathematics in 2002. He was appointed Director of the Courant Institute and Vice Provost for Science and Engineering Development in September 2011. A native of France, Professor Ben Arous studied Mathematics at École Normale Supérieure and earned his PhD from the University of Paris VII (1981). He has been a Professor at the University of Paris-Sud (Orsay), at École Normale Supérieure, and more recently at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, where he held the Chair of Stochastic Modeling. He headed the department of Mathematics at Orsay and the departments of Mathematics and Computer Science at École Normale Supérieure. He also founded a Mathematics research institute in Lausanne, the Bernoulli Center. He is the managing editor (with Amir Dembo, Stanford) of one of the main journals in his field, Probability Theory and Related Fields.

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 of Sciences).
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Helen 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.
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Isabelle Gallagher

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Walter 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.
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Bill 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.
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Matheus 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.
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Susan 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.
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Stephen Kudla
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Rachel 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.
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William Minicozzi

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Assaf Naor
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Duong Phong
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Moshe 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.
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Claire 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.
Professor Voisin is noted for her work in algebraic geometry. She worked in projective geometry of algebraic curves and other subjects in complex algebraic geometry, but most of her work is devoted to Chow groups, Hodge structures and motives of projective complex varieties. Her main result concerns the existence of compact Kaehler manifolds which are not homeomorphic to projective complex manifolds.
She is Editor-in-chief of Publications Mathématiques de l'Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques, editor of Journal of the European Math. Society, Communications in Contemporary Mathematics, Journal de mathématiques pures et appliquées, Compositio Mathematica.
She received the Sophie Germain Prize in 2003 and the Clay Research Award in 2008. She was a Plenary speaker at the 4th congrès European congress of Mathematicians, Stockholm (2004) and International congress of Mathematicians, Hyderabad, Inde (2010)
Professor Voisin has been elected Member of the Académie des Sciences (2010), and foreign Member of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina (2009), Istituto Lombardo (2006) and Accademia dei lincei (2011).
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Nick 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.
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