
THE
FIELDS INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH IN MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES

Dean’s
Distinguished Visiting Professorship





The Dean's Distinguished
Visiting Professorship is a joint program of the Fields Institute
with the Faculty of Arts and Science, and the Department of Mathematics
of the University of Toronto. Each year, the program brings a leading
international researcher in the mathematical sciences to give a fullterm
course connected to a Fields Institute program, for graduate and advanced
undergraduate students of the University of Toronto and other students
participating in the program.
The Dean's Distinguished Visiting Professorhip currently provides
a stipend of $50,000, for a visitor to be in residence throughout
a term. The Dean's Distinguished Visiting Professor is selected
by a committee representing the Fields Institute and the Department
of Mathematics. Nominations can be made either to the Director of
the Institute or to the Chair of the Department of Mathematics.

Nassif Ghoussoub
(University of British Columbia)
September to December 2014
Graduate Course on Applied Analysis I: Selfdual variational
calculus in PDE and mass transport MAT1501HF
JulyDecember
2014
Thematic Program on Variational
Problems in Physics, Economics and Geometry


N. Christopher Phillips (Oregon)
January to June 2014
Thematic
Program on Abstract Harmonic Analysis, Banach and Operator
Algebras

Archives of the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut
Oberwolfach

Nikita Karpenko (Université
Paris 6)
January to June 2013
Graduate Course on Algebraic and Geometric Theory of Quadratic
Forms
Thematic
Program on Torsors, Nonassociative Algebras and Cohomological
Invariants


Artur Avila (IMPA and Paris VI)
January to April 2011
Course from on Ergodic and Spectral Theory of Quasiperiodic
Cycles
Thematic
Program on Dynamics and Transport in Disordered Systems


Nizar Touzi (Centre de Mathématiques Appliquées,
Ecole Polytechnique)
January to June, 2010
Course on Stochastic control, BSDEs, and Applications to Finance
January  June, 2010 Thematic
Program on Quantitative Finance: Foundations and Applications
Nizar Touzi is world expert in control problems of stochastic
differential equations. He obtained major results in probabilistic
representations of solutions of nonlinear partial derivative
equations.
The lecture notes especially prepared by Touzi for the graduate
course he gave during the Thematic Program on Quantitative
Finance were published as a Fields
Institute Monograph


Lenore Blum (Carnegie Mellon)
September to October, 2009
Course on Complexity and Accuracy in Numeric Computations
Thematic
Program on the Foundations of Computational Mathematics


YumTong Siu (Harvard University)
September to December, 2008
Course on Transcendental Methods in Algebraic Geometry
Thematic
Program on Arithmetic Geometry, Hyerbolic Geometry and Related
Topics
YumTong Siu gave an enlightening and entertaining course
on transcendental techniques in complex geometry. One of his
themes in the course can be summed up by the following analogy:
in both arithmetic geometry and hyperbolic geometry, metrics
play a central role; in arithmetic geometry, one tries to
concentrate the curvature at points, while in complex geometry,
one tries to spread the curvature out over the entire space.
Through this analogy, Siu suggested ways to think about the
correspondence between the two areas.








