May 27, 2024
Fields Institute, 222 College Street, Toronto

Public Lecture
June 2, 2015

Clifford Will
Distinguished Professor of Physics, University of Florida

Black Holes, Waves of Gravity, and other Warped Ideas of Dr. Einstein

Avner Magen Memorial Lecture
May 29, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.
Location: Room BA1170, Bahen Centre (map)

James R. Lee, University of Washington
Lower bounds on the size of semidefinite programming relaxations

Past Magen Memorial Lectures


Public Lecture
2:30 p.m. on May 14, 2015 at the Fields Institute

Gabor Stepan
Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Delay models for dynamic contact problems: machine tool vibrations

Part of the Short Thematic Program on Delay Differential Equations

Distinguished Public Lecture
March 25, 2015 at 3:30 p.m.
Location: Room 230

Andrew Lo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Big Data, Big Brother, and Systemic Risk Measurement and Management

A recurring theme among the many narratives of the Financial Crisis of 2008 is the complexity of the financial system and the failure of private- and public-sector policies to anticipate and attenuate the Crisis. This failure may be a symptom of the emergence of a new type of risk to the financial system—systemic risk—and the growing mismatch between rapidly evolving financial technologies and increasingly antiquated regulations that were never designed to address these challenges. However, technology can also be used to improve regulation. In this talk, Prof. Lo will provide an overview of new challenges to macroprudential policies and the potential for big data analytics to transform financial regulation, including self-stabilizing capital requirements, machine-learning models for consumer credit risk management, and aggregate risk measures that guarantee individual privacy.

Andrew W. Lo is the Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor, a Professor of Finance, and the Director of the Laboratory for Financial Engineering at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His awards include the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, the Paul A. Samuelson Award, the American Association for Individual Investors Award, and the 2001 IAFE-SunGard Financial Engineer of the Year Award.



The University of Toronto 20th Annual
R.A. Blyth Lecture Series in Mathematics

Public Lecture: Wednesday February 25 - 4:30 Bahen (BA1130)
Lecture II Thursday February 26 - at 4:10 p.m. at the Fields Institute (Room 230)
Lecture III Friday February 27 - at 3:10 p.m. at the Fields Institute (Room 230)

David Donoho, Stanford University
What's the Big Deal about "Big Data"? Emergent Phenomena in High-Dimensional Data Analysis

This lecture series occurs during the Institute's Workshop on Visualization for Big Data: Strategies and Principles. For more information, see the event's webpage here.


Emmanuel Candes, Stanford University
Big Data and the Reproducibility of Scientific Research: What Can Statistics Offer

Distinguished Public Lecture
January 13, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.
Location: Room 230

Monday October 27, 2014 5:00 p.m.
Bahen Building, Room 1190
Donald G. Saari
UCI Distinguished Professor: Mathematics and Economics
Professor (courtesy): Logic and Philosophy of Science
Director:Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences
University of California, Irvine
Mathematics and the mystery of "dark matter" (video of talk)

Thursday September 11, 2014
Robert Aliber, Professor Emeritus of International Economics and Finance at the University of Chicago
The Source of Financial Crisis


September 5, 2014
Pisa/Fields Seminar Series

at 3:30pm in Pisa and at 9:30am in Toronto.

Stefano Marmi,
Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
Linearization of Roth type interval exchange maps

Centro di Ricerca Matematica Ennio De Giorgi

Past Avner Magen Memorial Lectures

June 6, 2014 at 11 a.m.
Konstantinos Georgiou, University of Waterloo (Video of the talk)
Lift-and-project systems for combinatorial optimization problems; More than a decade of fascinating positive and negative results

June 6, 2013
Bernard Chazelle, Princeton University
(Video of the talk)
Why Algorithms Are Poised to Become the Language of the Living World

May 25, 2012
Avi Wigderson, Institute for Advanced Study (Audio of the talk)

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July 11, 2011
Avner Magen Memorial Lecture Day

Ben-Gurion University

May 27, 2011
Nati Linial, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
What is high dimensional combinatorics?
held at Massey College