May 10, 2016

International Conference on Evolution Equations, May 16-20

The Department of Mathematics hosted the 31st Annual Shanks Lecture and International Conference on Evolution Equations from May 16 to 20, 2016. The conference focused on recent developments in partial differential equations connected to evolution problems. Topics included fluid dynamics, free boundary problems, dispersive equations, parabolic equations, Einstein’s equations, and non-linear wave equations.

Part of the conference was a special tribute to the mathematical work of Professor Jan Prüss of Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, on the occasion of his 65th birthday.

This year’s featured Shanks Lecturer was Professor Lawrence C. Evans of the University of California, Berkeley. Evans is a graduate of Vanderbilt University’s class of 1971. The title of his Shanks Lecture was “Hidden Convexity for Nonlinear PDE.” The Shanks Lecture was given on May 17 from 4 to 5 p.m.

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.

More information on International Conference on Evolution Equations is available on the conference web site.