The IMU is an international non-governmental and non-profit scientific organization with the purpose of promoting international cooperation in mathematics. One of its key functions is to support international scientific meetings, especially the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM), which meets every four years.

The IMU is also renowned as the organization that awards the Fields Medal at the opening ceremony of each ICM meeting. The Fields Medal is considered the highest honor a mathematician can receive. It is often described as ”the Nobel Prize of mathematics.”

Jones himself is a Fields Medalist, having received the award in 1990, and holds many other awards in recognition of his contributions to mathematics. He is especially recognized for his work in the area of von Neumann algebras and knot theory. Jones joined the Vanderbilt Department of Mathematics in fall 2011.

The IMU Executive Committee is comprised of four officers and seven at-large members. Jones and the other members of the 2015-2018 Executive Committee were elected by the IMU General Assembly at its meeting in Gyeongju, South Korea, in August 2014.

(For a profile of Jones and his career, see page 3 of the Fall 2012 issue of Spectrum, the Department of Mathematics newsletter.)

]]>The conference is being held in honor of the 70th birthday of Professor Ed Saff. The topics and broad international involvement in this conference reflect Saff’s seminal contributions to these areas of research, as well as his career-long efforts to build connections between mathematical communities around the world.

The conference will also include a school comprising two evening sessions designed for the benefit of young researchers. These sessions will include expository talks on advanced topics in analysis to be delivered by Henry Cohn (Microsoft Research), Arno Kuijlaars (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), Barry Simon (Caltech), and Nick Trefethen (Oxford University).

The conference organizers are Doug Hardin and Brian Simanek (both of Vanderbilt University) and Doron Lubinsky (Georgia Institute of Technology). Further information is available on the conference website.

]]>The purpose of the conference is to foster research and collaboration in the field of computational harmonic analysis, an area of mathematical analysis that has had a strong impact on many areas of science and engineering as well as in pure mathematics. New developments in this field have a wide range of applications – in wavelets, frames, sampling, learning theory, and compressed sensing.

Topics that will be covered include, but are not limited to, compressed sensing, frame theory, high-dimensional data geometry, learning theory, the mathematics of imaging, matrix completion, multifractals, novel methods for sampling and sensing networks, random matrix theory, time-frequency analysis, wavelet theory, and x-let theory.

The conference is held in conjunction with the 29th Annual Shanks Lecture. This year’s featured Shanks Lecturer is Fields Medalist Jean Bourgain of the Institute for Advanced Study.

The prestigious Shanks Lecture Series is organized annually by the Department of Mathematics of Vanderbilt University, honoring Baylis and Olivia Shanks. The late Professor Baylis Shanks was chairman of the Department from 1955 through 1969. A list of previous Shanks Conferences and Lecturers can be found here.

Further information is available on the conference website

]]>The Spring Institute is a combination of spring school and international research conference. During the school part of the meeting several mini-courses on a variety of topics from noncommutative geometry, operator algebras, and related topics will be given by leading experts. The mini-course speakers are Terry Gannon, Masaki Izumi, Geoffrey Mason, Scott Morrison, David Penneys, Peter Teichner, and Antony Wassermann.

The conference portion of the event will consist of a number of invited research talks and short contributions. More details are available on the conference web site.

The Spring Institute on Noncommutative Geometry and Operator Algebras is sponsored by the National Science Foundation through a Special Meetings grant, DARPA, the Department of Mathematics, and the College of Arts & Science at Vanderbilt University. The organizing committee consists of Dietmar Bisch, Vaughan Jones and Jesse Peterson (all Vanderbilt).

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