News and Announcements
August 20, 2014
Royal Medal Awarded to UCLA Professor
The Royal Society awarded UCLA Professor Terence Tao the 2014 Royal Medal for his
"many deep and varied contributions to mathematics." The Society's fundamental purpose
is to "recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the
development and use of science for the benefit of humanity." The awards, also known as
Queen’s Medals, will be presented Dec. 1. Tao is a member of IPAM’s Science Advisory
Board and has been a speaker, organizer, and participant of many IPAM programs.
August 18, 2014
Osher Receives Carl Friedrich Gauss Prize
At the 2014 International Congress of Mathematicians in Seoul, Korea, Stanley Osher
received the Carl Friedrich Gauss Prize for Applications of Mathematics, which is
granted jointly by the International Mathematical Union (IMU) and the German Mathematical
Society. The prize citation says that Osher received the prize “for his influential
contributions to several fields in applied mathematics, and for his far-ranging
inventions that have changed our conception of physical, perceptual, and mathematical
concepts, giving us new tools to apprehend the world." Along with the Fields Medal,
the Gauss Prize is one of only four prizes awarded by the IMU, and it is one of
the highest honors that a mathematician can receive. Osher is IPAM’s Director for
Special Projects and has been closely involved with IPAM since its inception in
Congratulations as well to two other recent IPAM speakers and organizers. Subhash
Khot won the Nevanlinna Prize, and Martin Hairer received the Fields Medal.
August 14, 2014
Richard Tapia Receives 2014 Vannevar Bush Award
The National Science Board awarded Richard Tapia the 2014 Vannevar Bush Award which
recognizes "exceptional, lifelong leaders in science and technology who have made
substantial contributions to the welfare of the nation through public service activities
in science, technology and public policy." Since the late 1970s, Tapia has been
highly regarded for his commitment to mentoring and championing women and minorities
in the sciences. Using his "Math is Cool" presentation, he has been instrumental
in opening the world of mathematics and computer science to inner-city high school
students and teachers. Tapia served on IPAM’s Board of Trustees from 2000-2004 and
is currently a mathematician at Rice University. The 2014 Blackwell-Tapia Conference,
which honors David Blackwell and Richard Tapia, will be held at IPAM November 14-15.
For more information see Blackwell-Tapia
Conference and Awards Ceremony
July 21, 2014
SIAM Recognizes IPAM Participants
A number of IPAM participants, speakers, organizers and board members were honored
at the 2014 SIAM meeting. Weinan E (Princeton) received the Theodore von Karman
Prize. John Lowengrub (UC Irvine) was awarded the Julian Cole Lectureship. Irene
Gamba (Univ. of Texas) gave the AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture. The author of
one of the Student Paper Prizes, Carlos Fernandez-Granda (Stanford), will be a speaker
for IPAM’s Computational Photography workshop in 2015. All four authors of the three
Outstanding Paper Prizes are frequent visitors to IPAM as well. For a complete list
of awards and awardees, go to SIAM Prizes and Awards. Congratulations to all!
June 30, 2014
IPAM Board Members and Participants Named to Highly Cited Researchers
A number of IPAM Science Advisory Board (SAB) members, organizers, speakers, and
participants are named to
Highly Cited Researchers in a new survey which takes the top 1% in each
field of highly cited papers between 2002 and 2012. As noted on their site, Highly
Cited Researchers 2014 "represents some of the world’s leading scientific minds.
Over three thousand researchers earned the distinction by writing the greatest numbers
of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators℠ as Highly Cited
Papers … earning them the mark of exceptional impact." Current IPAM SAB members
Stanley Osher (UCLA), Terence Tao (UCLA), and Emmanuel Candès (Stanford) made the
To read more on the explanation of the method and purpose of the new list of Highly
Cited Researchers, please click here.
June 25, 2014
Tao Receives Inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics
Congratulations to Terence Tao (UCLA), one of five recipients of the Inaugural Breakthrough
Prize in Mathematics funded by Mark Zuckerberg and Yuri Milner. The prize "aims
to recognize major advances in the field, honor the world’s best mathematicians,
support their future endeavors and communicate the excitement of mathematics to
general public." Tao was selected for his numerous innovative contributions to harmonic
analysis, combinatorics, partial differential equations and analytic number theory.
Winners will be presented with trophies and $3 million at a ceremony in November.
Tao is a member of IPAM’s Science Advisory Board and has been a speaker, organizer,
and participant of many IPAM programs.
May 5, 2014
IPAM Science Advisory Board Members Elected to NAS
The National Academy of Sciences recently announced the election of 84 new members
and 21 foreign associates in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements
in original research. The list includes three members of IPAM’s Science Advisory
Board: Emmanuel Candès (Mathematics and Statistics, Stanford), Cynthia Dwork (distinguished
scientist, Microsoft Research), and Bin Yu (Statistics, UC Berkeley). Candès was
also an organizer of our 2010 long program on Optimization. Also elected was Craig
Evans (Mathematics, UC Berkeley), who has been an IPAM workshop speaker and organizer.
May 2, 2014
IPAM Workshop and Public Lecture Blends Math and Politics
Recent political campaigns have demonstrated the power of data analysis and social
network analysis. An IPAM workshop on April 22 and 23 addressed the emerging area
of mathematics of politics, with talks by Lynn Vavreck (UCLA, Political Science),
Solomon Messing (Facebook), and other researchers. Additionally, Congressman Jerry
McNerney (D-CA 9th District) gave a public lecture entitled “How Election Campaigns
are Run and the Future of Math in Politics,” which featured topics such as optimization
of campaigns and prediction of elections and trends.
April 30, 2014
Irene Gamba to Give Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture
The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and the Society for Industrial and
Applied Mathematics (SIAM) have selected Professor Irene Gamba (University of Texas)
to give the 2014 Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture. Gamba has served on IPAM’s Science Advisory
Board, participated in numerous IPAM workshops, and helped organize the 2009 long
program, Quantum and Kinetic Transport. The Kovalevsky Lectures honor women who
have made fundamental and sustained contributions to applied or computational mathematics.
The talk will take place during the 2014 SIAM Annual Meeting in Chicago in July.
April 28, 2014
Newly Renovated IPAM Lecture Hall Unveiled
Dean of Physical Sciences Joseph Rudnick and IPAM Director Russel Caflisch officially
unveiled our newly renovated lecture hall in a ribbon cutting ceremony held on April
25, 2014. The renovations include raised platforms for better sight lines, new seats,
and state-of-the-art projection, sound, and lighting equipment. IPAM gratefully
thanks its Frontiers Society members and donors for their generous support, which
made the needed improvements possible.
April 24, 2014
Candès, Chayes, and Brenner Elected to American Academy
This week, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced the election of 204
new members. They include some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists,
writers, artists, and civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders. Current membership
includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and 60 Pulitzer Prize winners. The list of new members includes three individuals who have
served as IPAM program organizers and speakers: Emmanuel Candès (Stanford), Jennifer
Chayes (Microsoft Research), and Michael Brenner (Harvard). The new class will be
inducted at a ceremony on October 11, 2014, at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge,
April 21, 2014
Osher Gives Inaugural Lecture
Stanley Osher gave one of two inaugural lectures at Harvard’s Center for Mathematical
Sciences and Applications entitled "What Sparsity and L1 Optimization
Can Do for You" on April 10, 2014 to an audience of about 100. Osher is IPAM’s Director
of Special Projects and a member of the applied math faculty at UCLA.
Jacqueline M. Hughes-Oliver
April 17, 2014
Hughes-Oliver To Receive 2014 Blackwell-Tapia Prize
The National Blackwell-Tapia Committee is pleased to announce that the 2014 Blackwell-Tapia
Prize will be awarded to Jacqueline M. Hughes-Oliver, Professor of Statistics, North
Carolina State University (visiting George Mason University until May 2014). The
prize is awarded every other year in honor of the legacy of David H. Blackwell and
Richard A. Tapia, two distinguished mathematical scientists who have been inspirations
to more than a generation of African American, Latino/Latina, and Native American
students and professionals in the mathematical sciences. Hughes-Oliver has made
important contributions in a number of statistical research areas including methodological
research on prediction and classification, variable and model selection with dimension
reduction, design of experiments, and spatial modeling. She has worked passionately
on the cause of increasing diversity of individuals working of the statistical and
mathematical sciences. The prize will be presented at the Eighth Blackwell-Tapia
Conference, held at IPAM on November 14-15, 2014. Read the press release.
April 10, 2014
Congratulations to 2014 Guggenheim Fellows
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation recently awarded Fellowships to 177
scholars, artists, and scientists. The list includes Doron Levy (applied mathematics),
who organized the 2014 IPAM workshop on cancer modeling and participated in the
2001 long program on Geometrically Based Motions; Mung Chiang (engineering), who
spoke at three IPAM workshops in 2008 and 2010; Kiran Kedlaya (mathematics), a core
participant in our current long program, Combinatorial and Computational Geometry;
and Ashvin Vishwanath (physics), an organizer of our 2015 workshop, Symmetry and
Topology in Quantum Matter. The successful candidates were chosen for their prior
achievement and exceptional promise.
April 4, 2014
IPAM "Alumni" Recognized by SIAM
The 2014 Class of SIAM Fellows includes several “alumni” of IPAM long programs:
Inderjit Dhillon (Search Engines, 2007); Mitchell Luskin (Nanoscale Science, 2002,
and Materials Defects, 2012); and Bernd Sturmfels (Optimization, 2010). Additionally,
Dorit Hochbaum and Suncica Canic have been speakers at IPAM workshops. SIAM Fellows
are nominated by peers for their distinguished contributions to the fields of applied
mathematics and computational science and related disciplines. They will be recognized
at the 2014 SIAM Annual Meeting to be held in Chicago in July.
February 19, 2014
ICM 2014 Features Plenary Addresses by IPAM "Alumni"
At the quadrennial International Congress of Mathematicians, to be held in Seoul
in August, several plenary lectures will be presented by IPAM board members and
alumni, including Science Advisory Board members Emmanuel Candes and Alexei Borodin,
workshop organizers Mikhail Lyubich, Ben Green, and Alan Frieze, and workshop speakers
Frank Merle and Benoit Perthame. Congratulations!
February 7, 2014
Tony Chan Elected to NAE
The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) recently elected 67 new members and 11
foreign associates. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions
to engineering research, practice, or education. Among the new members is IPAM’s
co-founder, former director, and current Trustee Tony Chan for his work on numerical
techniques applied to image processing and scientific computing, and for providing
engineering leadership at the national and international levels. Chan is now president
of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The list also includes Stephen
Boyd (Stanford), who was an organizer of the 2010 Optimization long program.
February 5, 2014
RIPS Students Win Awards at Joint Math Meetings Poster Session
On January 17, 2014, nine RIPS-LA and RIPS-Hong Kong students presented five posters
at the MAA Undergraduate Poster Session at the Joint Math Meetings. Two of the posters
won Outstanding Presentation Awards. Anna Ma (UCLA) and Yang Hu (CSU San Marcos)
won for their poster, Linking Social Media to Crime and Disorder, which was sponsored
by the Los Angeles Police Department. Additionally, Christopher Rackauckas (Oberlin
College) was recognized for his poster presentation entitled Doubly Ensemble Movie
Prediction With Social Media Data Using TBEEF. This project, sponsored by Baidu,
was part of the RIPS-Hong Kong program. A team of four students plus an academic
mentor contributed to each project. Congratulations!
January 6, 2014
Mark Green Gives AMS Congressional Briefing
The American Mathematical Society hosted a Congressional Briefing entitled "How
Math Fuels the Knowledge Economy," on December 11, 2013. The event was hosted by
Congressman Jerry McNerny, who holds a mathematics PhD. The invited speaker was
Mark L. Green, Co-founder and former Director of IPAM. Basing his presentation on
the results of a recent National Academies/National Research Council study, "The
Mathematical Sciences in 2025" he described how the role of the mathematical sciences
has expanded dramatically in recent years and gave examples from a variety of dynamically
growing industries including internet startups, biotech, film production, computer
games, and individualized medicine. He also looked at the implications of these
changes for training America's future workforce.
December 13, 2013
AMS Fellows Include Bañuelos, Borgs, Wilkinson
The American Mathematical Society recently announced its 2014 Fellows. The list
includes three current or former IPAM board members. Amie Wilkinson, professor of
mathematics at the University of Chicago, is a member of IPAM's Science Advisory
Board. Rodrigo Bañuelos, professor of mathematics at Purdue, and Christian Borgs,
deputy managing director of Microsoft Research New England, are former members of
IPAM's Board of Trustees. The AMS Fellows program recognizes members who have made
outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication,
and utilization of mathematics.
December 12, 2013
Yann LeCun To Leads Facebook's A.I. Effort
Facebook recently announced that Yann LeCun will be joining the company to direct
a massive new effort to advance the field of artificial intelligence. LeCun is one
of the most prominent artificial-intelligence researchers in the world. He is currently
the director of NYU’s Center for Data Science. He will remain at NYU with reduced
teaching and research responsibilities. LeCun has organized several IPAM programs,
including the 2012 summer school on Deep Learning, and serves on IPAM’s Science
David H. Blackwell and Richard A. Tapia
November 15, 2013
Accepting Nominations for Blackwell-Tapia Prize
Established in 2002, the Blackwell-Tapia Conference honors the work of mathematicians
David H. Blackwell and Richard A. Tapia who inspired a generation of African American
and Latino/Latina students to pursue careers in the mathematical sciences. The seventh
Blackwell-Tapia Prize will be presented at the 2014 conference, which will be held
at IPAM. Nominees should be mathematicians who have contributed significantly to
their field of research and serve/served as role models for mathematicians from
underrepresented minority groups. To nominate a mathematician for the prize, please
email Robert Megginson at email@example.com
by February 28, 2014.
October 28, 2013
Karina Edmonds Recognized for Leadership in Technology Transfer
Karina Edmonds received the University of Rhode Island's President's Award at the
Annual Distinguished Achievement Awards & Gala on October 25, 2013. The
award is given to individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership in their field
and who contribute to the betterment of their industry and community. Dr. Edmonds
is the Executive Director for Institute Corporate Relations at the California Institute
of Technology and a new member of IPAM's Board of Trustees. She is a nationally
recognized expert in the field of innovation, technology transfer and commercialization.
October 9, 2013
IPAM To Host Public Lecture on Sustainable Energy
On Monday, November 4, Dr. Emily Carter, Founding Director of the Andlinger Center
for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University, will give an IPAM public
lecture. The title of her talk is “Quantum Mechanics and the Future of the Planet.”
She will describe the essential role of quantum mechanics in the quest for sustainable
energy and her research on energy systems such as fuel cells and fusion reactors.
The talk is part of the “Mathematics of Planet Earth” lecture series sponsored by
the Simons Foundation. Please follow this
link for more information and to RSVP.
September 19, 2013
Remembering Bob Borrelli
Robert Borrelli passed away on September 11, 2013 following a short period of declining
health. He was a professor of mathematics at Harvey Mudd College for 35 years. During
his tenure, he served multiple terms as department chair and director of the Math
Clinic, the academic-year research experience for undergraduate students on which
IPAM’s Research in Industrial Projects for Students (RIPS) summer program is based.
In 2006, Borrelli won an award from the American Mathematical Society for Exemplary
Mathematics Program. Borrelli was also one of the founding members of IPAM’s Board
of Trustees (1999-2003). As such, Bob helped to build IPAM from the ground up, including
designing the RIPS program. Bob received his B.S. and M.S. in mathematics from Stanford
University and his Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of California,
May 10, 2013
Margaret Cheney To Give Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture
The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and the Society for Industrial and
Applied Mathematics (SIAM) have chosen Margaret Cheney to give the prestigious Sonia
Kovalevsky Lecture at the 2013 SIAM Annual Meeting, which will be held in San Diego
this summer. Dr. Cheney, a professor of mathematics at Colorado State University,
participated in IPAM’s 2003 long program on Inverse Problems, and in 2012, helped
organize a very successful workshop on Synthetic Aperture Radar. She is also a visiting
research professor at the Naval Postgraduate School.
April 30, 2013
American Academy of Arts & Sciences Elects 2013 Class of Fellows
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences elects men and women of exceptional achievement,
drawn from science, scholarship, business, public affairs, and the arts. It recently
announced its Fellows and foreign honorary members for 2013. The following individuals
affiliated with IPAM made the list. Bin Yu (UC Berkeley) serves on IPAM’s Science Advisory
Board and has given talks at several workshops. Richard Tapia (Rice University)
served on IPAM’s Board of Trustees from 2000-2004. Henri Berestycki (Ecoles des
Hautes Études En Sciences Sociales) has spoken at IPAM workshops, and Nicholas Read
(Yale University) helped organize the Random Shapes long program. Congratulations
April 3, 2013
Class of 2013 SIAM Fellows Announced
The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) has announced the 2013 Class of SIAM Fellows. Fellows are chosen for their
exemplary research and service to the community that advances the fields of applied
mathematics and computational science. The list includes David Levermore (Kinetic
Transport 2009, Plasma Physics 2012, Science Advisory Board), Shi Jin (Kinetic Transport
2009), Guillermo Sapiro (Random Shapes 2007), Qiang Du (Cells and Materials 2006,
Materials Defects 2012), plus several others who have given talks at IPAM workshops.
Congratulations to the new SIAM fellows!
February 26, 2013
Sloan Fellows include IPAM Alumni
Congratulations to the 2013 Sloan Research Fellows! Awarded annually since 1955,
the fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements
and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders.
Fellows receive $50,000 to be used to further their research. Fellows who have participated
in IPAM long programs include Anastassia Alexandrova (Chemical Compound Space, 2011),
Jacob Fox (Combinatorics, 2009), Ryan Hernandez (Proteomics, 2004), and Arthur Szlam
(Search Engines, 2007 and Internet MRA, 2008). The list also includes several IPAM
workshop and summer school participants and speakers.
February 12, 2013
IPAM Public Lecture on Brain-Computer Interfacing
Klaus-Robert Müller will give an IPAM public lecture on Monday, March 4, 2013 entitled “Toward
Brain Computer Interfacing.” His talk will provide a brief overview of current Brain
Computer Interface technology. In particular, it will show the wealth, complexity
and difficulties of the data available. The talk will then report in more detail
about the Berlin Brain Computer Interface that is based on Electroencephalography
(EEG) signals. Klaus-Robert Müller is Professor of Computer Science at Technical
University Berlin and Director of the Bernstein Focus on Neurotechnology Berlin.
The lecture will begin at 4:30 pm in the CNSI auditorium at UCLA. It is free and
open to the public.
Elizabeth Cangialosi and Aashish Gadani
January 23, 2013
RIPS 2012 Students Present Research at JMM
Twenty-two RIPS-LA and RIPS-Hong Kong (2012) students presented their research at
the Joint Math Meetings on January 11, 2013. Ten teams represented RIPS at the MAA
Undergraduate Poster Session, and four of them won Outstanding Presentation awards,
including Austin Alleman and Arturo Fernandez, presenting the LAPD project, and
Juan Ramirez who presented the IBM team’s work. Additionally, two RIPS-Hong Kong
teams were recognized: Elizabeth Cangialosi and Aashish Gadani (BGI), and Skyler
Seto and Karen Larson (Huawei). Two teams were selected to give oral presentations
of their research at the AMS Session on Undergraduate Research in Applied Mathematics.
Imanol Arrieta Ibarra, Christie Quaranta, Eric Schwartz, and Elena Sizikova presented
the Shoah Foundation project, and Louis Bohorquez and Jason Xu represented the Aerospace
Corporation team. Congratulations to all!
January 11, 2013
Bertozzi Appointed Chair
UCLA Mathematics Professor Andrea Bertozzi has been named the inaugural holder of
the Betsy Wood Knapp Chair for Innovation and Creativity. The endowed chair was
established through a gift to UCLA from Betsy Wood Knapp, an entrepreneur, philanthropist
and the founder and CEO of BigPicture Investors LLC. Dr. Bertozzi has been organizer,
speaker and participant of numerous IPAM programs, most recently the Plasma Physics
long program (2012). Press Release
January 9, 2013
2013 Dedicated to "Math for Planet Earth"
More than 100 scientific societies, universities, research institutes, and organizations
all over the world (including IPAM) are dedicating 2013 as the year of Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE). MPE2013 is an initiative
to learn more about the challenges faced by our planet and the underlying mathematical
problems, and to increase the research effort on these issues. As part of this initiative,
IPAM will sponsor the program Materials
for a Sustainable Energy Future which will include a series of workshops
and a public lecture by Emily Carter, Founding Director of the Andlinger Center
for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University. The U.S. National Science
Foundation (NSF) has provided a grant of $467,549 to support the extension of the
Mathematics of Planet Earth program into the future.
December 1, 2012
LeCun Cited in NYT Article on Machine Learning
The New York Times front-page article Scientists See Promise in Deep-Learning Programs” (November
23, 2012) cites Yann LeCun, Silver Professor of Computer Science, Neural Science,
and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Courant Institute, New York University.
LeCun organized the 2012 IPAM summer school “Deep Learning, Feature Learning” and
serves on IPAM’s Science Advisory Board. His co-organizers Geoffrey Hinton (University
of Toronto) and Andrew Ng (Stanford) are also mentioned.
November 2, 2012
IMS Elects Bin Yu as President-Elect
IPAM's Science Advisory Board member Bin Yu has been elected President-Elect of
the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). The IMS is a leading international
professional and scholarly society devoted to the development, dissemination, and
application of statistics and probability. Bin Yu is Professor of Statistics, and
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at University of California Berkeley.
October 2, 2012
IPAM Seeks Associate Director
IPAM is conducting a search for a new Associate Director (AD), to begin a two-year
appointment on August 1, 2013. The AD is expected to be an active and established
research mathematician or scientist in a related field, with experience in conference
organization. The primary responsibility of the AD will be running individual programs
in coordination with the organizing committees. The selected candidate will be encouraged
to continue his or her personal research program within the context of the responsibilities
to the institute. For the full job descriptions and application instructions, go
to IPAM Job Openings
July 19, 2012
J.S. Chen Receives Award
Professor J. S. Chen (UCLA) received the Computational Mechanics Award given biannually
by the International Association for Computational Mechanics for his seminal contribution
in nonlinear finite element and meshfree methods, Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian
finite element method for large deformation and contact mechanics, multiscale materials
modeling, and the stabilized Galerkin and collocation meshfree methods. The awards
ceremony took place at the World Congress on Computational Mechanics in July. Chen
is the co-chair of the organizing committee for IPAM’s Materials Defects program
July 9, 2012
"Math 2025" Report Available
The Committee on the Mathematical Sciences in 2025 recently released the report,
"Fueling Innovation and Discovery: The Mathematical Sciences in the 21st Century,"
which describes recent advances in the mathematical sciences and advances enabled
by mathematical sciences research and presents a broad assessment of the current
state of the mathematical sciences in the United States. Former IPAM Director Mark
Green served as vice chair of the Math 2025 committee. The publication is available
at The National Academies
June 29, 2012
Caflisch Accepts Second Term
IPAM’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Dr. Russel Caflisch has accepted
a second term as Director of IPAM. Caflisch’s achievements during his first term
so far include a successful renewal proposal to NSF which guarantees IPAM’s funding
through 2015, the launching of IPAM’s annual newsletter and Frontiers (membership)
Society, sponsorship of a number of diversity programs, the debut of "RIPS-Hong
Kong" in partnership with Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and much
more. The Board and the IPAM staff enthusiastically support his continued leadership.
June 27, 2012
Digital Humanities Program Leads to Publication
Timothy Tangherlini, lead organizer of the 2010 IPAM summer school "Networks and
Network Analysis for the Humanities," along with co-authors Peter Broadwell and
James Abello (also participants in the summer school), recently published the article
“Computational Folkloristics” in Communications of the ACM, July 2012 (Volume 55,
Issue 7). Dr. Tangherlini is UCLA professor and head of the Scandinavian Section
in the department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. The article is available
through the ACM Digital Library.
May 17, 2012
Nobel Laureate Walter Kohn to visit IPAM May 29-31
Walter Kohn, Nobel Laureate and professor of physics at University of California
Santa Barbara, will be the inaugural speaker in the Green Family Lecture Series,
made possible by a generous endowment by former IPAM director and co-founder Mark
Green and his family. Kohn has made major contributions to the physics of semiconductors,
superconductivity, surface physics and catalysis. He was the founding director of
the Institute of Theoretical Physics at the University of California in Santa Barbara,
and has received numerous awards including the Niels Bohr/Unesco Gold Medal, the
United States National Medal of Science and the Richard Prange Prize. His role in
creating Density Functional Theory, the most widely used theory of the electronic
structure of matter, earned him the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1998. Kohn currently
works on Macular Degeneration, renewable energies and global warming. Dr. Kohn will
give three lectures,
which are open to the public.
May 1, 2012
Matthew Fisher Elected to National Academy of Sciences
The National Academy of Sciences today announced the election of 84 new members
and 21 foreign associates in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements
in original research. Among the new members is Matthew Fisher, professor of physics
at University of California Santa Barbara and Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics.
Dr. Fisher served on IPAM’s Science Advisory Board from 2004-2008, and as a speaker
for several IPAM workshops. Read the press release .
April 18, 2012
Caflisch Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences recently announced the election of 220
new members. The list includes IPAM Director Russel Caflisch plus five others who
have served as IPAM program speakers or organizers: James Lake, Herbert Levine,
Thomas Liggett, Judea Pearl, and Eli Yablonovitch. The Academy is one of the nation’s
most prestigious honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy
research. Each year, it recognizes some of the world’s most accomplished scholars,
scientists, writers, artists, and civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders. The
new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 6, at the Academy’s headquarters
in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Future Directions in Mathematics
February 29, 2012
“Future Directions in Mathematics” Report Released
The Workshop on Future Directions in Mathematics was held at IPAM on October 12-14,
2011. It involved 23 invited scientists and 4 government observers, and was sponsored
by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
(ASD(R&E)), Basic Science Office. The goals of the workshop were to provide input
to the ASD(R&E) on the current state of mathematics research, the most promising
directions for future research in mathematics, the infrastructure needed to support
that future research, and a comparison of mathematics in the US and in the rest
of the world. The resulting
report is available to the public.
Leah Rosenbaum and Yacoub Kureh
February 21, 2012
RIPS Students Recognized at JMM Poster Session
Twenty-four RIPS-LA and RIPS-Hong Kong students presented 13 posters of their summer
research at the MAA Undergraduate Poster Session at the Joint Math Meetings held
in Boston in early January. Two of the posters won Outstanding Presentation awards.
The RIPS-LA Aerospace Corporation team were recognized for their project “Calculating
Call Blocking, Preemption Probabilities and Bandwidth Utilization for Satellite
Communication Systems,” presented by Leah Rosenbaum and Yacoub Kureh. The RIPS-Hong
Kong BGI team won for their project “Application of a Hill Climbing Algorithm to
Parallelize Graph-based Genome Assembly,” presented by Alexandra Gendreau. Additionally,
RIPS2010 student Dana-Adriana Botesteanu was recognized for her poster featuring
research she conducted at NIMBios.
February 17, 2012
Meza Elected Chair-Elect
Congratulations to Juan Meza, member of IPAM’s Board of Trustees since 2009, who
was recently elected as Chair-Elect of the Section on Mathematics of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He will serve as Chair in 2013.
Dr. Meza is the Dean of the School of Natural Sciences, University of California
Terry Tao & Andrea Ghez
January 25, 2012
Crafoord Prizes Awarded to Bourgain, Tao and Ghez
Congratulations to Terry Tao and Jean Bourgain, the 2012 recipients of the Crafoord
Prize in Mathematics, and Andrea Ghez, one of the two recipients of The Crafoord
Prize in Astronomy. Jean Bourgain (IAS) was a speaker for IPAM’s workshops on Expander
Graphs (2008) and Combinatorics (2009). Tao (UCLA) is a member of IPAM’s Science
Advisory Board and has been a speaker or organizer for several workshops since 2001.
Andrea Ghez (UCLA) was a speaker in Estimation and Control Problems in Adaptive
Optics (for which she was also an organizer) and Mathematical Challenges in Astronomical
Imaging, both held in 2004.
December 9, 2011
Green, Tapia, and Neelin Elected AAAS Fellows
In November 2011, The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Council elected 539 members as Fellows of AAAS. The list includes Mark Green, co-founder
and former director of IPAM; David Neelin, UCLA professor of atmospheric and oceanic
sciences and a speaker in IPAM’s Climate Modeling program; and Richard Tapia, former
IPAM Trustee and co-founder of the Blackwell-Tapia Conference and Prize. They will
be recognized for their contributions to science and technology at the Fellows Forum
to be held in February during the 2012 AAAS Annual Meeting.
September 29, 2011
Richard Tapia Awarded National Medal of Science
The White House recently announced that Richard Tapia, Rice University professor
of engineering, computing and applied mathematics, will receive the National Medal
of Science, the highest honor for U.S. scientists. The award recognizes those "deserving
of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to knowledge”
in physical, biological, mathematical, engineering, social and behavioral sciences.
Professor Tapia was an original member of IPAM’s Board of Trustees (2000-2004) and
founded, along with David Blackwell, the annual Blackwell-Tapia Conference, which
IPAM hosted in 2004. Tapia and other recipients will be honored at a White House
ceremony in October.
July 15, 2011
Tkatchenko Receives Award from European Research Council
Alexandre Tkatchenko (Fritz-Haber-Institut, Berlin) was recently awarded the European
Research Council Starting Independent Researcher Grant, which will support his research
for five years. This prestigious ERC grant supports promising researchers who have
the proven potential of becoming independent research leaders in any field of science,
engineering and scholarship. Dr. Tkatchenko participated in IPAM’s Materials Science
and Bio-physics program (2005) and in the Chemical Compound Space program (2011).
June 6, 2011
Juan Meza Appointed UC Merced Dean
The University of California, Merced, recently announced the appointment of Juan
Meza as the new dean of its School of Natural Sciences. He will begin the position
in the fall. Dr. Meza has been a member of IPAM’s Board of Trustees since 2009.
He currently works at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as head of the High
Performance Computing Research Department and acting director of the Computational
May 5, 2011
Congratulations to New NAS Members
The National Academy of Sciences recently announced the election of 72 new members
and 18 foreign associates in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements
in original research. The list includes several individuals who have been organizers
and speakers at IPAM programs, including Stuart Geman, William Jorgensen, Jon Kleinberg,
Herbert Levine, and Jean Borgain (foreign associate). Additionally, Josh Tenenbaum
received the Troland research award in January.
May 3, 2011
Cleve Moler Receives Award from Caltech
Congratulations to Cleve Moler, member of IPAM’s Board of Trustees from 2006-2011,
for receiving Caltech’s Distinguished Alumni Award. This award is in recognition
of "a particular achievement of noteworthy value, a series of such achievements,
or a career of noteworthy accomplishment." Since the award's inception in 1966,
Caltech has recognized a total of 221 alumni as standouts in science, engineering,
business and the arts. Dr. Moler was co-founder of MathWorks, and is currently chairman
and chief scientist.
April 1, 2011
Congratulations to 2011 SIAM Fellows.
SIAM recently announced its Class of 2011 SIAM Fellows. The list includes Charles
Doering (University of Michigan) who participated in IPAM’s Optimal Transport program,
Jean-Pierre Fouque (UC Santa Barbara), a speaker in IPAM’s 2010 Financial Math workshop,
Kenneth M. Golden (University of Utah), who gave a public lecture during the Kinetic
Transport program, and Stephen J. Wright (University of Wisconsin Madison), currently
serving on IPAM’s Science Advisory Board. SIAM Fellows are chosen for their outstanding
contributions to fields served by SIAM.
Dr. Grace Gao (session chair) with the RIPS students.
February 4, 2011
RIPS Students Present at ION Technical meeting
The Institute of Navigation (ION) held its annual International Technical Meeting
last month in San Diego. RIPS2010 students Aaron Mosher, Amber Richter, and David
Puelz presented their summer research, “All-in-View Satellite Dilution of Precision
Formulas for GNSS Coverage Analysis and Optimization.” (The authors also included
UCLA postdoc Yanina Landa and RIPS student Matthew Kosko, as well as several researchers
from The Aerospace Corporation.) The team’s industry mentor, James Gidney, said
of their work: “The RIPS team delivered a presentation that was well received by
the ION audience. It was clear that the team was in command of the subject matter
and that they had taken ownership of their research. The team was equally adept
at fielding questions from an audience that was passionate about the subject matter
and thoroughly engaged throughout the presentation. I was very proud of the entire
team, and their efforts and contribution to the GPS and GNSS community.”
February 3, 2011
Mac Hyman Elected as AAAS Fellow
In December 2010, the AAAS Council elected 503 members as Fellows of AAAS in all
areas of science, including James (Mac) Hyman for mathematics. Hyman served on IPAM’s
Board of Trustees from 2006-2010, and as chair starting in 2007. He currently holds
the Evelyn and John G. Phillips Distinguished Chair in Mathematics at Tulane University.
The Fellows will be recognized for their contributions to science and technology
at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. on February 19.
December 16, 2010
S.T. Yau to give IPAM Public Lecture
Shing-Tung Yau, Professor of Mathematics at Harvard University and the director
of The Institute of Mathematical Sciences at The Chinese University of Hong Kong,
will give an IPAM public lecture on Friday, January 14, 2011 entitled “The Shape
of Inner Space: String Theory and the Geometry of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions.”
Yau’s book of the same name was published earlier this year with co-author Steve
Nadis. Calabi-Yau manifolds are among the ‘standard toolkit’ for string theorists
today. His proof of the Calabi conjecture allowed physicists—using Calabi-Yau compactification—to
show that string theory is a viable candidate for a unified theory of nature. Yau
has received a number of awards and prizes, including the Fields Medal (1982), a
MacArthur Fellowship (1984) the Crafoord Prize (1994), the U.S. National Medal of
Science (1997), and the Wolf Prize in Mathematics (2010). The lecture will be held
at 3:00 pm in Haines Hall, room 39, followed by a reception at IPAM. The lecture
is co-sponsored by Departments of Mathematics and the Department of Physics and
November 24, 2010
Yann LeCun is Helping Robots See
A recent Economist article entitled “Eye Robot” described the work of Yann
LeCun on computer vision and its application to help a robot recognize objects,
such as a person standing in its path. Yann is a professor of computer science at
the Courant Institute of New York University, a member of IPAM’s Science Advisory
Board and a frequent speaker in IPAM programs. Yann’s approach to computer vision
is “convolutional neural networks” (ConvNets) that mimic the hierarchical structure
of the human visual cortex. They also use the “deep learning” method from machine
learning to construct the filters that are used at each level of the hierarchical
structure. In addition to their use in robotics, ConNets have been used by Google’s
Streetview software to recognize and blot out faces and license plates.
November 18, 2010
IPAM’s 10th Anniversary Celebrated
On November 2-4, 2010, IPAM celebrated its 10th year and recently renewed support
from NSF with a 10th Anniversary Conference. The conference featured a dozen scientific
talks given by former participants of IPAM programs, a panel discussion on the future
of interdisciplinary research, and two public lectures given by Tony Chan and Claire Tomlin. A large number of former participants
of IPAM long programs, workshops, summer school, and RIPS, as well as current and
former directors and board members, filled IPAM’s lecture hall for three days. About
20 RIPS students, academic mentors, and sponsors from the last 10 years attended
a RIPS reunion lunch as well. The conference schedule contains many of the speakers’ presentation
files and the IPAM videos
page provides links to videos of Tony Chan’s and Claire Tomlin’s talks.
For anyone who missed the opportunity, IPAM 10th Anniversary T-shirts are still
available with a donation of $50 or more to IPAM! IPAM wishes to sincerely
thank everyone who joined us in this celebration, especially those who traveled
a long distance and who became founding members of IPAM’s Frontier’s Society.
Tony Chan, President, HKUST
October 21, 2010
IPAM’s 10th Anniversary Conference to be held on Nov. 2-4, 2010
IPAM will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a conference assessing the current
state and the future of interdisciplinary mathematics and science. Speakers from
academia, government and industry will present research results related to programs
from IPAM’s first ten years. Two public lectures featuring Tony Chan (Tuesday, Nov.
2) and Claire Tomlin (Wednesday, Nov. 3) and a panel discussion will provide an
overview of interdisciplinary mathematics and science and IPAM’s role in this exciting
endeavor. Go to www.ipam.ucla.edu/programs/ann2010
for more information, a registration form, and a schedule of talks and activities.
Please join us!
September 27, 2010
IPAM Mourns Loss of Jerry Marsden
Jerrold Marsden, Professor at Caltech and frequent IPAM participant, passed away
on September 21, 2010 at age 68. Jerry was one of the founding members of IPAM’s
Board of Trustees, and served as Chair from 2002 to 2005. His research was centered
around mechanics, control and geometry with applications to differential equations,
fluid mechanics, plasma physics, and other areas. In recognition of his outstanding
accomplishments in these fields, he received a number of prizes, among them the
Norbert Weiner Prize from SIAM and AMS and the von Neumann Prize from SIAM. Jerry
was an intellectual leader with a wide circle of colleagues and collaborators, and
he was notably optimistic, articulate and gregarious. We will all miss him very
Lt. Sean Malinowski, LAPD
September 8, 2010
LA Times Article on Predictive Policing
A team of researchers at UCLA has been working with the Los Angeles Police Department
on predictive policing, using computer analysis of information about previous crimes
to predict where and when crimes will occur. Their work is featured in an LA Times
article, "Stopping Crime Before It Starts,” printed August 21, 2010.
The article includes quotes from UCLA Professor Jeff Brantingham (Anthropology)
and math postdocs Martin Short and George Mohler, who work in collaboration with
Professors Andrea Bertozzi (UCLA), Lincoln Chayes (UCLA) and George Tita (UC Irvine).
The LAPD also enlisted the help of students in IPAM’s RIPS program in the summers
of 2009 and 2010, with Short and UCLA postdoc Alethea Barbaro serving as their academic
mentors. LAPD Lt. Sean Malinowski, who oversees the LAPD’s crime analysis unit,
was the team’s industry mentor. Involvement of Bertozzi, Chayes and other mathematicians
in this project was initiated during IPAM’s workshop on Crime Hot Spots in 2007.
September 1, 2010
Second Annual IPAM Newsletter Available
IPAM's second annual newsletter is now available in PDF or print. It includes a feature article on the research
of cognitive scientist Josh Tenenbaum, who organized the IPAM summer school “Mathematics
of the Mind;” another on IPAM’s first long program on Functional Genomics; as well
as Alethea Barbaro’s personal testimony regarding the impact of IPAM on her career,
an introduction to the new IPAM Science Advisory Board Chair Al Hales, news about
IPAM “alumn,” and much more. To receive a printed copy, please complete this form:
Annual Newsletter Form
August 16, 2010
RIPS Student Receives Fulbright
Dan Butler (RIPS 2008) received a Fulbright grant to perform research at Academia
Sinica in Taiwan in 2010-2011. He will help develop mathematical image modeling
techniques for art restoration, specifically restoration of Chinese calligraphy.
Dan participated in RIPS as an undergraduate student; he was a member of the Arête
team. After graduating from Brown University in 2009 with a degree in applied math
and computer science, he spent a year at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory.
July 26, 2010
Google Awards Grant to Tim Tangherlini
Google awarded its first grants for the new Digital Humanities Research Program
earlier this month, including an award to Tim Tangherlini (UCLA) and his partner,
Peter Leonard (University of Washington) for their project "Northern Insights: Tools
& Techniques for Automated Literary Analysis, Based on the Scandinavian Corpus in
Google Books." Google will allow Tangherlini, Leonard and others to conduct text-mining
research on its corpus of more than 12 million digitized books. Tangherlini is the
lead organizer of the 2010 IPAM summer school “Networks and Network Analysis for
the Humanities,” and was a core participant in the 2007 long program “Search Engines.”
The article is available at The Chronicle
Alfred W. Hales
July 15, 2010
Al Hales Chairs IPAM Board of Trustees
IPAM is proud to announce that Alfred W. Hales is the new chair of IPAM’s Board
of Trustees. Dr. Hales is a distinguished mathematician – a recipient of the Polya
Prize and a newly elected Fellow of the AAAS – who has a very broad perspective
on pure and applied mathematics. He has served as Chair of the UCLA Mathematics
Department, Director of the Center for Communications Research (CCR) - La Jolla
and member of the Board of Trustees of MSRI. Recently, the Hales-Jewett Theorem,
derived by Alfred Hales and Robert Jewett and concerning the degree to which high-dimensional
objects must necessarily exhibit some combinatorial structure, has received a huge
amount of attention due to its use in an alternative proof of the Green-Tao Prime
Progression Theorem. IPAM welcomes his expertise and experience to the Board.
July 1, 2010
RIPS Goes to Berlin
IPAM’s successful summer program Research in Industrial Projects for Students (RIPS)
has a new location in 2010. IPAM and its German partners MATHEON and the Berlin Mathematical School debuted RIPS-Berlin
this summer, with undergraduate students from the U.S. and Europe participating
in four industry-sponsored research projects, including proteomics fingerprinting,
coarse graining complex biological networks, photogrammetric correction of microscopic
images of photonic crystal fibers, and surface optimization using graphics cards.
RIPS-Beijing, in partnership with Microsoft Research Asia, is in its third year
with four projects. The “original” RIPS program, held on the UCLA campus with eight
projects and 32 students, is celebrating its tenth year.
Dr. Kevin Trenberth
May 10, 2010
Trenberth Gives Global Warming Talk
On May 5, Dr. Kevin Trenberth gave an IPAM public lecture entitled "Global Warming:
Coming Ready or Not!" The talk highlighted the wealth of data that unequivocally
demonstrates that global warming is happening and is caused by human activities.
He presented results from climate models that show that the human influence on climate
has exceeded the natural variability since 1970. Over 200 attended the talk, which
was cosponsored by IoE CNSI, AOS,
and JIFRESSE. This public
lecture was part of IPAM's long program, "Model and Data Hierarchies for Simulating
and Understanding Climate," which brought mathematicians and climate scientists
together to work on problems related to climate modeling.
Dr. Kevin E. Trenberth is Head of the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center
for Atmospheric Research. He was a lead author of the 1995, 2001 and 2007 Scientific
Assessment of Climate Change reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change (IPCC), and shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize which went to the IPCC. He
is listed among the top 20 authors in highest citations in all of geophysics.
A video of Trenberth's lecture is available here. RealPlayer is required to see the video and can be
Prof. Trachette Jackson
April 28, 2010
Trachette Jackson Awarded Blackwell-Tapia Prize
The National Blackwell-Tapia Committee recently announced that Professor Trachette
Jackson of the Department of Mathematics of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
was awarded the 2010 Blackwell-Tapia Prize. Dr. Jackson was an organizer and core
participant of IPAM's Cells and Materials long program in spring 2006, and spoke
at the 2004 Blackwell-Tapia Conference which was held at IPAM. Dr. Jackson will
be the guest of honor at the Sixth Blackwell-Tapia Conference on November 5–6, 2010.
Read the full announcement.
April 20, 2010
Congratulations to 2010 AAA&S Fellows
On April 19, 2010, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAA&S) announced
its 2010 Fellows. IPAM wishes to congratulate those fellows who have served as director,
organizer, board member, and speaker at IPAM, as well as participated in IPAM long
programs and workshops: Andrea Bertozzi (UCLA), William Goddard (Caltech), Mark
Green (UCLA), Andrew Majda (NYU Courant Institute), Mary Wheeler (University of
Texas at Austin), and Maciej Zworksi (UC Berkeley).
229 leaders in the sciences, social sciences, the humanities, the arts, business
and public affairs were elected by members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences,
a center for independent policy research. The new class will be inducted at a ceremony
on October 9, at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A complete
list of the 2010 class is located at AAA&S List.
April 19, 2010
Congratulations to UCLA Math!
On April 15, U.S. News and World Report released their 2010 rankings of graduate
programs in the U.S. UCLA's department of mathematics was ranked in the top 10 of
math departments across the country (tied for #8 with the University of Michigan--Ann
Arbor). This is up from 10th place in the 2008 rankings. UCLA also ranked in the
top 10 in five specialty areas of mathematics. Highlights of the graduate school
rankings are scheduled for publication in the May print issue of U.S.News & World
Report and are currrently available online. Top Science Schools
April 14, 2010
Bertozzi and Brantingham's Crime Research in News
Congratulations to Andrea Bertozzi and Jeff Brantingham for several recent articles
featuring their work. In the science section of U.S. News and World Report on March
2, an article entitled “Can Math and Science Help Solve Crimes?” explains how Bertozzi,
Brantingham, and their collaborators are using sophisticated mathematical models
to predict and prevent crime. The collaboration of Bertozzi and Brantingham was
initiated at IPAM’s Crime Hotspots workshop in 2007. Their work was also highlighted
in a recent article in Popular Mechanics, and their research paper was the cover
article for the March 2, 2010 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of
April 7, 2010
2010 SIAM Fellows Announced
On April 1, The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) announced
its 2010 SIAM Fellows. Among them is Andrea Bertozzi, Susanne Brenner, Tony Chan,
Bjorn Engquist, Ioannis Kevrekidis, and Fred Wan – all of whom have served on an
IPAM board or as an organizer for an IPAM program. Many other SIAM fellows participated
in IPAM programs as speakers or participants. The 2010 Fellows will be recognized
at the Prizes and Awards Banquet at the annual SIAM meeting in July. The complete
list of 2010 Fellows is available online at
March 30, 2010
Infinite Possibilities Conference Held at IPAM
On March 19-20, in partnership with Building Diversity in Science, IPAM sponsored
the 2010 Infinite Possibilities Conference,
a national conference designed to promote, educate, encourage and support minority
women interested in mathematics and statistics. The conference included several
featured speaker presentations, panel discussions, research talks, a poster session,
math activities for high school students, mentoring activities, and an awards banquet.
College scholarships were also awarded to six students, with a grant from Oracle
Corporation. Other supporters included NSA, UCLA Office of Faculty Diversity and
Development, Symantec, and Toyota. Almost 200 high school, college, and graduate
students, postdocs, professors and professionals attended. The next IPC will be
held in 2012.
The Falconer Award for Mentoring and Commitment to Diversity recognizes someone
who has demonstrated a professional commitment to mentoring and increasing diversity
in mathematics; this year, the award went to Ivelisse Rubio, University of Puerto
Videos of some of the activities are available in Real Player format:
Suzanne Weekes: “Keeping It Real - Industrial Strength Mathematics”
Ivelisse Rubio: “Latin and Frequency Squares”
“If I Had To Do It All Over Again” panel session
March 29, 2010
NSF Recommends IPAM for Renewal
On March 15, 2010,the NSF Division of Mathematical Sciences informed IPAM director
Russ Caflisch that IPAM will be recommended for renewal for another 5 years with
a substantially increased budget. This will enable us to continue IPAM’s current
programs and to support some important additional activities.
Dr. Caflisch wishes to thank those who met with the NSF site visit evaluation team
in October, which we believe made a significant difference in IPAM’s renewal. The
site visit report was extremely positive with comments such as this: “IPAM is doing
a terrific job of meeting its mission of impact in mathematics and its applications.
Thoughtful configuration of programs has supported the development of new research
networks and scientific breakthroughs.”
We will celebrate our continued NSF support with a 10th anniversary workshop on
Nov. 2-4, 2010 at IPAM. More information will be available soon.
March 11, 2010
Physics Nobel Laureate David Gross Gives IPAM Public Lecture
On February 22, Dr. David Gross, Director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical
Physics and Professor of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara,
gave a stimulating talk entitled “The Coming Revolutions in Fundamental Physics”
to an audience of about 300.
Dr. Gross reviewed the present state of knowledge in elementary particle physics
and discussed the experimental revolutions that might occur at the Large Hadron
Collider at CERN. He gave a clear and compelling description of the state of string
theory. In 2004, Gross was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for solving in 1973
the last great remaining problem of what has since come to be called "the Standard
Model" of the quantum mechanical picture of reality. His research interests include
High Energy Physics, Quantum Field Theory, and String Theory. IPAM sponsored this
lecture in cooperation with California NanoSystems Institute and the UCLA Department
of Physics and Astronomy.
Video of the public lecture can be viewed online here. Some versions of RealPlayer may not properly play
this video. We are working to bring this video in additional formats, so please
try again in the near future.
RIPS 2009 Students
February 18, 2010
RIPS students present research at Space Flight Mechanics Meeting
RIPS 2009 students Samuel Ivy, Ekaterina Merkurjev, Tavis Hall, and Paulina Rodriguez
and academic mentor Jorge Balbas (Professor at CSU Northridge), along with representatives
of the project’s sponsor, The Aerospace Corporation, presented their RIPS research
at the 20th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting in February, The title of their
talk was “Relative Performance of Lambert Solvers 1: 0-Revolution Methods.” Lambert’s
problem is a classic two-point boundary value problem to determine the spacecraft’s
conic trajectory from position P1 on an initial orbit to position P2 on a second
desired orbit in a specified time. The conference was organized by the AAS Space
Flight Mechanics Committee and the AIAA Astrodynamics Technical Committee.
January 11, 2010
Pierre-Louis Lions Gives IPAM Public Lecture
Pierre-Louis Lions – a Fields medalist, member of the French Academy of Sciences,
and Professor at the College de France – gave a public lecture for IPAM and UCLA’s
Department of Mathematics on January 5, 2010, to an audience of about 200. The lecture
was part of the IPAM workshop “New Directions in Financial Mathematics.” He spoke
about Mean Field Games (MFG in short), a new class of mathematical models and problems
introduced and studied in collaboration with Jean- Michel Lasry. In this talk he
explained with a very simple example how MFG models are derived, and presented some
overview of the theory and its connections with many other fields. In addition to
the Fields medal, Professor Lions has received many prestigious awards, including
the Doistau-Blutet Foundation Prize, the Ampère Prize, the IBM Prize and the Philip
Video of the public lecture can be viewed online here. Real Audio player is required to see the video and
can be downloaded here.
January 4, 2010
Juan Meza Among "Top 100 Influential Hispanics"
Congratulations to Dr. Juan Meza, a member of IPAM’s Board of Trustees, for being
included in Hispanic Business magazine’s list of the 100 most influential Hispanics.
Dr. Meza head of the High Performance Computing Research Department in the Computational
Research Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is one of only two scientists
on the list. He is a recognized leader in efforts to increase the diversity in science
and mathematics. The article is in the October issue: http://www.hispanicbusiness.com/top100influentials/
December 7, 2009
Mark Green Elected to AMS Board
The members of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) have elected IPAM's Director
Emeritus and UCLA mathematics professor Mark Green to its Board of Trustees. The
Board of Trustees conducts the business affairs of the Society; it sets fiscal policy
and has the deciding voice on all financial affairs. Green begins his five-year
term on February 1, 2010.
November 15, 2009
RIPS Students Wins Award at Minority Student Conference
The ninth annual Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)
was recently held in Phoenix. RIPS 2009 participant Benjamin Sanchez-Lengeling (Placental
Analytics team) was one of the two winners of the Oral Presentation Award in Physical
Sciences and Mathematics category. He credits RIPS with helping him develop confidence
and an accessible, professional style. The ABRCMS is the largest, professional conference
for biomedical and behavior students, including mathematics.
November 12, 2009
Tenenbaum Receives Award from APA
Professor Josh Tenenbaum (MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, organizer
of “Mathematics of the Mind” summer school 2007) has been recognized by the American
Psychological Association (APA). Tenenbaum received the 2008 Distinguished Scientific
Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology for cognition and human learning.
In addition, Tenenbaum gave invited keynote or plenary talks at a number of major
conferences on the topic of the summer school, including most recently the 2009
Computational and Neural Systems Conference and the 2009 Computational Cognitive
October 12, 2009
Public Lecture on Voting Paradoxes
Tel Aviv University Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Noga Alon presented
a stimulating public lecture entitled “The Combinatorics of Voting Paradoxes” on
October 5. He described complex and interesting mathematical problems that arise
in the theory of Social Choice which show that the simple process of voting leads
to strikingly counter-intuitive paradoxes. Dr. Alon has published more than 400
research papers, mostly in combinatorics and in theoretical computer science, and
has received numerous awards and recognition for his work. The lecture was part
of the IPAM workshop “Probabilistic Techniques and Applications" and was co-sponsored
by UCLA’s math and computer science departments. About 260 members of the UCLA/IPAM
community attended the lecture and reception.
Video of the public lecture can be viewed online here. Real Audio player is required to see the video and
can be downloaded here.
September 4, 2009
IPAM Welcomes Amber Puha, Associate Director
On September 1, 2009, CSU San Marcos mathematics professor Amber Puha began a two-year
term as IPAM Associate Director. Professor Puha completed her PhD in mathematics
at UCLA with Thomas Liggett as her advisor. Her research focuses on probability
theory and stochastic processes, stochastic networks, and interacting particle systems.
She was recently the recipient of a National Security Agency Young Investigators
Grant and the Best Publication Award from the Applied Probability Society. She is
also an avid surfer and serves as the advisor for the CSUSM surf team. Amber is
excited for the opportunity to work and serve in IPAM’s research oriented environment.
September 2, 2009
First Annual IPAM Newsletter Available
IPAM's first annual newsletter is available in PDF or print. It includes feature articles on the research
of mathematician Emmanual Candes and placental pathologist Carolyn Salafia, a story
from Alexandre Tkatchenko on the impact of an IPAM program on his career, and information
on exciting upcoming programs and activities. To receive a printed copy, please
complete this form: Annual Newsletter Form
August 9, 2009
RIPS Student Recognized at MathFest
Former RIPS student Miklos Racz from Budapest University of Technology and Economics
won an award from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) for
his presentation, "Competing Prices: Analyzing a Stochastic Interacting Particle
System," at the 2009 MathFest in Portland, Oregon. Miklos was a member of the Amgen
team during RIPS 2008.
June 19, 2009
NEH Grant for Digital Humanities
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently announced five new awards
from their Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities program. Timothy
Tangherlini, UCLA professor and head of the Scandinavian Section in the department
of Germanic Languages and Literatures, is one of the recipients. He will direct
the project “Network Analysis for the Humanities,” which includes support for a
ten-day workshop and follow-up symposium for humanities faculty members and advanced
graduate students on the use of large-scale network analysis for humanities topics
and questions. IPAM will serve as host and cosponsor for the 10-day workshop, to
be held in summer 2010.
May 28, 2009
Eight Postdocs Appointed through IPAM
Along with the other NSF Math Science Institutes, IPAM received a supplement from
NSF to create postdoc positions for recent math PhDs struggling to find academic
jobs in the weak economy. IPAM reviewed over 400 applications from new and recent
PhDs for positions in a research group in academia, industry or a government laboratory,
and received a huge response to its search for mentors. The topics and pairings
cross disciplines and schools; for example, a math PhD will work with a medical
doctor on analyzing placental geometry. UCLA Today covered the NSF Math Institutes’
postdoc program in its May 28, 2009 issue:
The national press release is available
A complete list of IPAM postdocs, mentors and projects follow:
Organization(s) of mentor
Salafia, Carolyn and Vese, Luminita
Placental Analytics & UCLA
Calderbank, Robert and Daubechies, Ingrid
Burdzy, Chris and Peres, Yuval
University of Washington
May 14, 2009
Feature Article in The Notices Acknowledges IPAM
The May 2009 issue (Volume 56, Issue 05) of The Notices of the American Mathematical
Society (AMS) features an article by Walter Willinger, David Alderson and John Doyle
entitled “Mathematics and the Internet: A Source of Enormous Confusion and Great
Potential.” The authors describe graph theoretic models of the internet and how
real data from the internet should be properly used in formulating these models.
They provide a critical analysis of existing models and argue that the internet
is not properly modeled by a scale-free network. Willinger and Doyle were organizers
and senior participants of IPAM’s Internet Multi-Resolution Analysis Program in
fall 2008; Alderson was an organizer for the third workshop in the series. They
explicitly acknowledge the MRA program in their article.
May 11, 2009
2009 SIAM Fellows include Caflisch, Osher
On May 1, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) announced the
SIAM Fellows Class of 2009 and the inauguration of the SIAM Fellows Program. The
Fellowship is an honorific designation conferred on members distinguished for their
outstanding contributions to the fields of applied mathematics and computational
science. SIAM will recognize the 183 fellows during the 2009 SIAM Annual Meeting
in Denver, Colorado. The 2009 SIAM fellows include Russ Caflisch, IPAM’s director
since 2008, and Stan Osher, IPAM’s Director of Special Projects since 2001. Also
honored are over 35 IPAM board members, workshop speakers and organizers, and long
program participants. Congratulations to all!
May 10, 2009
Jerome Darbon Receives Chancellor’s Award
Jerome Darbon, organizer and speaker for the IPAM workshop “Graph Cuts” held in
2008, was among five UCLA postdocs selected to receive the Chancellor’s Award for
Postdoctoral Research - a $4,000 prize - for his research accomplishments that show
clear potential to have meaningful and enduring implications in mathematics. The
award was funded by the Office of the Chancellor, the Graduate Division, The Henry
Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, UCLA College of Letters & Science
and the Office of Research. The nominees were honored at the 2009 Postdoctoral Scholars
Reception on March 10, 2009. Congratulations!
May 5, 2009
IPAM Welcomes New Board Members
IPAM is pleased to announce the new members of both its Board of Trustees and its
Science Advisory Board.
New IPAM trustees include Tatiana Toro, Professor of Mathematics at the University
of Washington, Sallie Keller-McNulty, Professor of Statistics and Dean of Engineering
at Rice University, William Massey, Professor of Mathematics at Princeton, and Juan
Meza from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
New Science Advisory Board members include Richard Schwartz, Professor of Mathematics
at Brown, Stephen Wright, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison,
Elizabeth Thompson, Statistics Professor at the University of Washington, Claire
Tomlin, Professor of Electrical Engineering at UC Berkeley, Jill Mesirov from the
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and Matt Hastings of Los Alamos National Laboratory.
All of us at IPAM greatly appreciate their willingness to serve as Board members
and the time and energy that they will give to the Boards.
May 1, 2009
Ken Golden Gives Lecture on Mathematics and Sea Ice
On April 29, 2009, Utah professor of mathematics Kenneth Golden gave the lecture
“Climate Change and the Mathematics of Sea Ice” to an audience of UCLA students,
professors and members of the public. He presented the recent advances in using
mathematics to understand sea ice as agents of climate change. Dr. Golden has journeyed
on five Antarctic and five Arctic expeditions to study sea ice. His research has
been presented several times to the US Congress and has been covered extensively
by the media. Dr. Golden received his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the Courant Institute
of NYU in 1984. This lecture, held during the IPAM workshop "Flows and Networks
in Complex Media,” was cosponsored by IoE, JIFRESSE, IGPP, the Department of Mathematics,
and the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.
Video of the public lecture can be seen online
here. Real Audio player is required to see the video and can be downloaded
April 28, 2009
Tony Chan Appointed President of HKUST
Tony Chan has been appointed the next president of Hong Kong University of Science
and Technology (HKUST) for a five-year term, effective September 1, 2009. A UCLA
professor of mathematics since 1986, Chan was co-founder of IPAM with Mark Green
and Eitan Tadmor, IPAM Director from 2000-2001, and dean of the Division of Physical
Sciences in the College of Letters and Science from 2001 to 2006. In October 2006,
Chan took a leave from his faculty position at UCLA to become the NSF assistant
director in charge of its Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate, the largest
directorate at NSF.
April 15, 2009
Jones and Osher to give Plenary Addresses at ICM 2010
The Organizing Committee of the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) has
invited Stan Osher and Peter Jones to each give a one-hour Plenary Addresses at
ICM 2010 to be held in Hyderabad, India on August 19-27, 2010. The ICM is held every
four years. It is a major scientific event, bringing together mathematicians from
all over the world and demonstrating the vital role that mathematics play in our
society. Twenty plenary lectures will be offered at ICM 2010.
Peter Jones, mathematics professor at Yale, has served on IPAM’s Science Advisory
Board since 2000 and has been an organizer and speaker for several IPAM programs.
Stan Osher, UCLA professor of mathematics, is IPAM’s Director of Special Projects.
Congratulations to them both for this well-deserved honor!
March 20, 2009
IPAM’s Jichun Li Receives Award
IPAM’s Associate Director Jichun Li, who is a member of the mathematics faculty
at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, recently was chosen to receive the UNLV Barrick
Scholar Award. The prestigious Barrick Scholar Awards are designed to recognize
faculty members who have established a record of distinguished research or have
demonstrated excellence in the area of creative activity. It is awarded annually
to just two or three faculty members with less than 10 years of service in an academic
environment. Dr. Li joined the faculty of UNLV in 2000 as an assistant professor
and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2006. He has served as IPAM associate
director since August 2008 while taking a leave of absence from his university.
March 1, 2009
Andrea Bertozzi to Give Sonia Kovalevsky lecture
Andrea Bertozzi, UCLA professor of mathematics and frequent IPAM organizer and speaker,
was chosen to give the Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture at the 2009 annual meeting of the
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).
The Association of Women in Mathematics (AWM) and SIAM established the annual Sonia
Kovalevsky Lecture to highlight significant contributions of women to applied or
computational mathematics. The lectureship may be awarded to anyone in the scientific
or engineering community whose work highlights the achievements of women in applied
or computational mathematics.
Sonia Kovalevsky (1850-1891) was the most widely known Russian mathematician of
the late 19th century. In 1874, she received her Doctor of Philosophy degree from
the University of Gottingen and was appointed lecturer at the University of Stockholm
in 1883. Kovalevsky did her most important work in the theory of differential equations.
March 1, 2009
Tangherlini (Search Engines) receives Digital Innovation Fellowship
Timothy Tangherlini, professor and head of the Scandinavian Section in the department
of Germanic Languages and Literatures, UCLA, has been selected by the American Council
of Learned Societies for a Digital Innovation Fellowship. He will apply some of
the analysis techniques he learned during IPAM’s Search Engines program (2007) to
the giant Danish folklore corpus. His project focuses on the Evald Tang Kristensen
collection, the world’s largest folklore collection produced by an individual. He
provides a rich navigational interface that allows users to make use of advanced
GIS, statistical learning and text corpus visualization tools. During the fellowship,
he will incorporate more materials into the database, effectively covering the entire
collection; and increase the number of study tools to include more advanced GIS
functions; statistical learners; and text-corpus visualization.
February 20, 2009
Congratulations to PECASE Winners
Twenty young scientists from among those taking part in the National Science Foundation's
(NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) have received an additional
distinction as winners of Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers
(PECASE). The PECASE program recognizes outstanding scientists and engineers who,
early in their careers, show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers
of knowledge. This Presidential Award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S.
government on scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. Among
the winners are several IPAM participants, speakers, and organizers:
Alex Gamburd (UC Santa Cruz) was a speaker for Automorphic Forms, Group Theory and
Graph Expansion (2004) and an organizer for Expander Graphs (2008)
Michael Elowitz (Caltech) was a speaker for Sequence Analysis Toward System Biology
Nick Feamster (Georgia Tech) was a speaker at two Internet Multi-Resolution Analysis
February 19, 2009
Friends of IPAM among 2009 Sloan Fellows
Congratulations to the following “friends of IPAM” who are among the 2009 Alfred
P. Sloan Fellows:
James Lee (University of Washington) participated in Search Engines (2007) and was
a speaker at Metric Geometry (2009)
Morley Mao (University of Michigan) was an organizer and speaker for Multiscale
Representation, Analysis and Modeling of Internet Data and Measurements (2008)
Wotao Yin (Rice University) was a participant of Random Shapes (2007) and a speaker
at the workshops Numerical Tools and Fast Algorithms for Massive Data Mining, Search
Engines and Applications (2007) and Graph Cuts (2008)
Chiu-Yen Kao (Ohio State) served as a RIPS faculty mentor (2004) and speaker at
Numerics and Dynamics for Optimal Transport (2008)
Two-year Sloan fellowships are awarded yearly to 118 researchers in recognition
of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions
to their field.
Miller, Thompson, and others at the 2008 summer school
February 8, 2009
Special Issue of NeuroImage results from IPAM Summer School
A special issue of NeuroImage, entitled “Mathematics in Brain Imaging,”
was published in February 2009. The issue consists of 18 invited papers from some
of the finest research groups in brain imaging today. This project grew out of the
“Mathematics in Brain Imaging” summer school held at IPAM in July 2008,
which was organized by the guest editors of this special issue, including Dr. Paul
Thompson (UCLA, Neurology), Michael Miller (Johns Hopkins, CIS), Russell Poldrack
(UCLA, Psychology), Thomas Nichols (Oxford, GSK Clinical Imaging Centre), Jonathan
Taylor (Stanford, Statistics), and Keith Worsley (Chicago, Statistics). They selected
a representative set of participants to contribute reviews of their work on mathematics
in brain mapping.
The issue covers many of the mathematical techniques used in structural and functional
neuroimaging studies, including diffusion tensor imaging, and highlight a diverse
array of mathematical and statistical approaches: state-of-the-art algorithms for
computational anatomy and algorithms for meta-analysis of functional images, and
methods to relate imaging information to genetics. Also described are cutting-edge
methods for image registration and segmentation—indispensable steps in all brain
February 6, 2009
Estrin Receives Multiple Honors
Professor Deborah Estrin (joint appointments in computer science and electrical
engineering, UCLA) recently received a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Swiss Federal
Institute of Technology in Lausanne, and was elected to the National Academy of
Engineering (NAE) for the pioneering design and application of heterogeneous wireless
sensing systems for environmental monitoring. Estrin served on IPAM’s Science Advisory
Board and was a speaker and organizer for several IPAM programs. She holds the Jon
Postel Chair in Computer Networks, and is Founding Director of the NSF-funded Center
for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS).
November 19, 2008
Terence Tao and Joseph Teran named among "50 Best Brains in Science" by DISCOVER
In the December 2008 Discover special issue "The Discover 50 Best Brains in Science
2008", Terence Tao and Joseph Teran (both UCLA math professors) were listed in the
"20 Best Scientists Under 40". A member of IPAM's Science Advisory Board, Tao is
well known for his contributions across mathematical fields and his breakthrough
research in compressed sensing. Teran was a faculty mentor in IPAM's 2005 RIPS program
before coming to UCLA, and he was the main organizer of the 2008 workshop "Scientific
Computing Applications in Surgical Simulation of Soft Tissues".
More information can be found on the Discover special issue .
November 4, 2008
MIT’s David Clark Presents Lecture on Internet Design
On November 3, David Clark, Senior Research Scientist at MIT's Computer Science
and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, presented the IPAM public lecture "The Internets
We Did Not Build" to an audience of over 300. The lecture was cosponsored by The
Institute for Digital Research and Education (IDRE) and the Computer Science Department.
Dr. Clark identified a few of the alternate designs of the internet, described how
the network they would induce would differ from what we see today, and illustrated
both the nature of the design process and the variation in outcomes. Since the mid
70s, Dr. David Clark has been leading the development of the Internet; from 1981-1989
he acted as Chief Protocol Architect in this development, and chaired the Internet
September 23, 2008
IPAM speakers named MacArthur Fellows
The MacArthur Foundation today named 25 new MacArthur Fellows for 2008, including
two individuals who have been speakers at IPAM workshops. Andrea Ghez is a professor
of physics and astronomy at UCLA, and gave talks at IPAM during the 2004 workshops
“Estimation and Control Problems in Adaptive Optics” and “Mathematical Challenges
in Astronomical Imaging.” Alexei Kitaev is a professor of theoretical physics and
computer science at Caltech. He spoke at the “IPAM/MSRI Workshop on Quantum Computing”
in 2002, and the IPAM workshop “Topological Quantum Computing” in 2007. All fellows
were selected for their creativity, originality, and potential to make important
contributions in the future. They will each receive $500,000 in “no strings attached”
support over the next five years.
September 5, 2008
Article in Scientific American by IPAM participant
The article “Cryptography: How to Keep Your Secrets Safe,” written by Anna Lysyanskaya,
appeared in the August 2008 issue of Scientific American. The article presents some
mathematical tools available for protecting privacy, beyond encrypting messages.
Anna Lysyanskaya is Associate Professor of Computer Science at Brown University,
and was a core participant in IPAM’s long program “Securing Cyberspace” (fall 2006).
The complete article is available on
August 29, 2008
IPAM welcomes Jichun Li, Associate Director
IPAM is happy to introduce the newest member of its scientific staff. Jichun Li
started on August 21, 2008 as one of IPAM’s associate directors. Dr. Li is taking
a leave of absence from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), where he is an
Associate Professor of Mathematics. Prior to UNLV, he held a postdoc position at
the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences at the University of Texas
at Austin. As an associate director, Dr. Li will help organize IPAM’s many programs,
as well as help set institute policy and direction, solicit and review proposals
for future programs, recruit industry sponsors for the undergraduate summer program,
and occasionally represent IPAM at conferences and meetings. His bio is available
on our directors page. Please
help us welcome Jichun to IPAM and UCLA!
Karianne Bergen receives her certificate
August 26, 2008
Eight Years of RIPS!
The Research in Industrial Projects for Students (RIPS) program enjoyed its eighth
successful year as an innovative research program connecting undergraduate students
with industrial problems involving mathematics. This summer, IPAM recruited eight
sponsors, ten faculty mentors, and 32 students from around the world. Dr. Michael
Raugh served as Program Director. Projects included “Representing Invariant Manifolds
for Low-Energy Trajectory Design” (sponsored by Jet Propulsion Laboratories) and
“Adding Secondary Dynamics to Animated Characters (sponsored by Pixar Animation
Studies). New sponsors this year included Microsoft Research Asia and The Aerospace
Corporation. Read about the RIPS2008 sponsors and projects online at http://www.ipam.ucla.edu/programs/rips2008/sponsors.aspx.
Mark Green and Russ Caflisch
July 1, 2008
Mark Green Steps Down, Russ Caflisch Appointed as IPAM Director
After seven years as director, Mark Green has relinquished his post to return to
his full-time appointment in the UCLA department of mathematics. Prior to becoming
director, Dr. Green was Founding Co-Director with Dr. Eitan Tadmor for one year.
Mark Green was personally invested in IPAM’s programs. A pure mathematician, Dr.
Green took it upon himself to attend most lectures, learning as much as possible
about a wide variety of topics. IPAM grew substantially during his tenure, both
in terms of funding, the size of the staff and the amount and quality of programming.
In 2004, Dr. Green led a successful application for renewal as a National Science
Foundation math institute. Shortly before his departure on June 30, 2008, he also
oversaw an NSF site visit that resulted in a highly favorable report by the evaluation
Dr. Russ Caflisch,
UCLA professor of mathematics, was appointed as Director after a national search.
Dr. Caflisch is an applied mathematician with interests in materials science, mathematical
finance, Monte Carlo methods, kinetic theory, plasma dynamics, fluid dynamics, and
PDEs. He has previously served on IPAM’s Board of Trustees and as an organizer of
two IPAM long programs. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Caflisch!
June 5, 2008
RIPS student awarded Gates scholarship
RIPS 2006 student Marcelo Alvisio, who recently completed his bachelor’s degree
at MIT, won a prestigious Gates Cambridge Trust international scholarship for 2008-2009.
Mr. Alvisio plans to complete the Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics at
Cambridge then return to the U.S. to begin a Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University
of Chicago. During his summer in RIPS, Marcelo served as project manager on the
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory team.
April 29, 2008
Congratulations to new NAS Members
The National Academy of Sciences announced its new members on April 29, 2008. Among
those elected to the NAS include several “friends of IPAM” – former participants,
speakers, organizers and board members. The list includes Peter Jones, who has served
as chair of IPAM’s Science Advisory Board and as organizer of several workshops
and long programs, Terence Tao (foreign associate) who recently joined the Science
Advisory Board, and other past workshop speakers and organizers: Steven Boxer, Emily
Carter, Kenneth Dill, Thomas Liggett, and Peter Zoller (foreign associate). Congratulations
March 5, 2008
Congratulations to Sloan Fellows, NSF CAREER Award Recipient
The Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics wants to congratulate the 2008 Alfred
P. Sloan Fellows with connections to IPAM, including Inwon Kim (Geometrically Based
Motions, Optimal Transport); Xiole (Shirley) Liu (Sequence Analysis Toward System
Biology, Search and Knowledge Building for Biological Datasets); Anna Lysyanskaya
(Securing Cyberspace: Applications and Foundations of Cryptography and Computer
Security); Mauro Maggioni (Multiscale Geometry and Analysis in High Dimensions,
Internet Multi-Resolution Analysis); Ben Weinkove (Geometric Flows: Theory and Computation);
and Eric Xing (Social Data Mining and Knowledge Building). Congratulations also
to Selim Esedoglu (RIPS 2003 and 2004) for winning an NSF CAREER Award from the
Division of Mathematical Sciences.
January 22, 2008
RIPS Mentor Matteo Pellegrini Recognized for New Tools for Genomic Research
Matteo Pellegrini, UCLA assistant professor of molecular, cell and developmental
biology and IPAM-RIPS faculty mentor since 2002, was featured in the winter 2008
issue of UCLA College Report. Dr. Pellegrini has developed new software tools to
help genomic researchers model and interpret large-scale genomic information. The
article will be available on
January 21, 2008
UCLA Anthropologist Jeff Brantingham Finds Patterns in Crime with Mathematics
Professor Brantingham was also featured in the winter issue of UCLA College Report
for his mathematical research into crime patterns, in partnership with UCLA mathematicians
Andrea Bertozzi and Lincoln Chayes and several southern California police departments.
With Assistant Professor Brantingham as the primary organizer, IPAM sponsored a
one-week workshop “Crime Hot Spots” in January 2007. The article will be available
January 10, 2008
Plastic Surgeon Court Cutting Presents Lecture on Virtual Surgery
On January 9, 2008, New York University Medical Center Surgeon Court Cutting gave
a public lecture at UCLA on the use of three-dimensional surgical simulation to
model and plan reconstructive surgery on patients with severe facial malformations.
The lecture was cosponsored by the Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional
Technology (CASIT) and California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI).
January 3, 2008
SAGE Organizer/Graduate Student Craig Citro Featured in UCLA Graduate Quarterly
PhD Student Craig Citro (UCLA Mathematics) was the subject of a “student profile”
in the UCLA Graduate Quarterly magazine, featuring his passion for rock climbing
and number theory. Mr. Citro was co-organizer of two IPAM affiliate workshops, called
“SAGE days.” Read the article: http://spotlight.ucla.edu/students/craig-citro-math/.
December 10, 2007
IPAM Organizer Joseph Teran Featured Speaker at IDF 2007
Joseph Teran, who joined the UCLA math faculty this summer and first became involved
at IPAM as a RIPS faculty mentor, was a featured speaker at the Intel Developer
Forum Fall 2007. As a response to Intel Chief Technology Officer Justin Rattner’s
keynote address on the 3D Internet, Teran demonstrated the finite element cutter/simulator
used in virtual surgery applications. Joseph Teran was chair of the organizing committee
for the workshop “Scientific Computing Applications in Surgical Simulation of Soft
Tissues,” held at IPAM in January 2008. Dr. Teran and his work were also featured
in a UCLA Today article on November 28, 2007: http://www.today.ucla.edu/campus/071128_virtual-surgery/.
November 30, 2007
Heinz Engl Receives ICIAM Pioneer Prize
Heinz Engl of Johannes Kepler Universität Linz and the Austrian Academy of Sciences
received the joint Pioneer Prize awarded at ICIAM 2007. The prize honored his contributions
to inverse problems, especially in the solution of a wide range of industrial problems.
He was also commended for his promotion of mathematics in industrial problems solving
worldwide and the founding of RICAM (Radon Institute for Computational and Applied
Mathematics). Dr. Engl was the chair of the organizing committee for IPAM’s long
program Inverse Problems: Computational Methods and Emerging Applications,” held
August 22, 2007
IPAM Takes “RIPS” to China
In addition to our annual Research in Industrial Projects for Students (RIPS) program
held on the UCLA campus, IPAM partnered with Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA) to offer RIPS-Beijing in 2007. Ten U.S. and ten Chinese
undergraduate students worked on cross-cultural teams on five projects sponsored
by MSRA research groups, including “Semi-supervised Support Vector Machine for Relation
Extraction,” “Maximum Mutual Information Partition for Confidence Measures in Speech
Recognition,” “Stochastic Modeling and Analysis of Broadcast Algorithms,” “The Disktop:
A Hyperbolic Task Manager,” and “Analysis of PageRank Computation Methods and Induced
Webpage Ordering for Google Matrices.” The students spent eight weeks in Beijing
and presented the results of their research on Projects Day, held on August 23,
2007. IPAM and MSRA hope to offer this industrial mathematics undergraduate program
again in the future.
August 11, 2007
Webcast of “Mathematics of the Mind” Summer School Lectures Available
In July 2007, over 200 graduate students, postdocs, professors, and others met at
UCLA for a three-week summer school entitled “Probabilistic Models of Cognition:
The Mathematics of Mind.” The path-breaking program brought together mathematicians,
psychologist, cognitive scientists, and statisticians working on the common problem
of how to explain empirical phenomena in the major areas of cognitive science. The
lectures are currently available
online as video files in Real Player