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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Graduate student Jacque Davis has won an award from the American Women in Mathematics (AWM) for Most Outstanding Graduate Student Research Poster at the 2014 Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) in Baltimore in January 2014. The JMM is the largest mathematics meeting in the world, held jointly by the American Mathematical Association and the Mathematical Association of America.

Davis’s research interests are in the areas of computational harmonic analysis, inverse problems, and sampling theory. Her winning poster was titled “Spatio-temporal Sampling Schemes in Evolutionary Systems.” She is currently a fifth-year graduate student working under the supervision of Prof. Akram Aldroubi.

As part of her award, Davis will be invited to participate in a workshop in her area of interest at one of the National Science Foundation’s eight mathematical sciences institutes located at various universities in the U.S. The exact location is still to be determined.

Davis will receive her Ph.D. in May 2014. She will spend fall 2014 as a postdoctoral fellow at ICERM (Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics) at Brown University during their semester program on High Dimensional Data Analysis. Following that, she has accepted a postdoctoral position at Arizona State University beginning in spring 2015.

In recent years, the interest in non-classical logics and its connections with ordered algebraic structures has been growing. Motivations from computer science, natural language reasoning and linguistics have played a significant role in this development. The aim of the workshop is to bring together experts from both areas to promote further investigation into interactions between the two.

The organizers of the workshop are J. Gil-Férez (University of Cagliari, Italy), C. Tsinakis (Vanderbilt University, USA), and H. Zhou (Shaanxi Normal University, China). Funding is being provided by the Shanks endowment.

More information is available on the workshop web site.

]]>The Fellows of the AMS designation recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics. Among the goals of the program are to create an enlarged class of mathematicians recognized by their peers as distinguished for their contributions to the profession and to honor excellence.

Aldroubi is the eighth Department of Mathematics faculty member to be named an AMS Fellow. The others are Professors Dietmar Bisch, Mark N. Ellingham, Edward Saff, and Glenn Webb; Distinguished Professor Emeritus Bjarni Jónsson; Stevenson Distinguished Professor Vaughan F.R. Jones; and Centennial Professor Mark Sapir.

A description of the Fellows program is at http://www.ams.org/profession/ams-fellows.

]]>The AMS makes $18,000 in awards to six undergraduates nationwide each year through the Waldemar J. Trjitzinsky Memorial Fund. Six geographically distributed universities are chosen in a random drawing from the society’s institutional members. The mathematics departments at each of those schools then select an undergraduate mathematics major to receive the funds to assist him or her in pursuit of a career in mathematics.

Ponmattam, a junior, came to Vanderbilt in fall 2011 from the American Heritage School in Plantation, Florida. “He is one of our most accomplished and outstanding students,” said department Vice-Chair Mike Neamtu, who oversaw the selection process. “He has a GPA in mathematics of 4.00 out of 4.00. He has already taken several upper level undergraduate and beginning level graduate courses and excelled in all of them. Paul has a true passion for mathematics and I have no doubt that he has the potential to become a successful mathematician.”

In recognition of Ponmattam’s accomplishments, the Department of Mathematics augmented the AMS award with an additional $1,000 grant.

Department Chair Dietmar Bisch, who presented the two awards, added, “”We are extremely proud of the achievements of Paul Ponmattam in our undergraduate program. He’s the kind of math major that every instructor wishes to have in his class.”

Waldemar J. Trjitzinsky (1901-1973) received his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1926. He was the author of approximately 60 mathematical papers, primarily on quasi-analytic functions and partial differential equations. He spent most of his mathematics career at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he showed particular concern for students of mathematics and, in some cases, made personal efforts to ensure that financial considerations would not hinder their studies.

]]>The Department of Mathematics has a strong postdoctoral program that attracts outstanding young researchers from top universities. Seven new postdoctoral fellows joined the department this fall, bringing the total number of postdocs to 19.

“It’s exciting to have such a diverse and talented group of young mathematicians join us,” says Department Chair Dietmar Bisch. “We look forward to many interesting research discussions and to their contributions to teaching in our department.”

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Speakers will include Uffe Haagerup of the University of Copenhagen; Vaughan Jones and Zhengwei Liu of Vanderbilt University; Dima Shlyakhtenko of UCLA; and Kevin Waker from Microsoft.

The workshop is co-organized by Department Chair Dietmar Bisch and Distinguished Professor Vaughan Jones. Funding is being provided by DARPA Grant HR0011-12-1-0009 and the Shanks endowment.

More information is available on the workshop web site.

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