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Annual Keynote Speakers

It is now a tradition in the Department of Mathematics to designate one of our colloquium speakers as the Keynote Speaker each year. The keynote speakers are among the most distinguished and respected researchers that we have visiting the College. Whenever possible, the Keynote Speaker gives two talks during their visit with one at a more advanced level than is usual in our colloquium series. Our Keynote Speakers so far have been:

  • 2001-2002: Emma Previato (Boston University)
    • Differential operators with elliptic coefficients
    • Waves, bundles and branes: it all adds up (or multiplies)
  • 2002-2003: Georgia Benkart (University of Wisconsin)
    • Temperley-Lieb Combinatorics
    • Algebras that go down and up
  • 2003-2004: Hamparsum Bozdogan (University of Tennessee)
    • A New Bayesian Information Complexity and Model Selection Criteria
    • Intelligent Statistical Data Mining with Information Complexity and Genetic Algorithms
  • 2004-2005: Joceline Lega (University of Arizona)
    • New results on the stability of pulse-like solutions to a coupled nonlinear Klein-Gordon system
    • A hydrodynamic model for the growth of bacterial colonies
  • 2005-2006: Robert Bryant (Duke University)
    • Aufwiedersehen Surfaces, Revisited
  • 2006-2007: Ken Ono (University of Wisconsin)
    • Modular Forms, Infinite Products, and Singular Moduli
    • Freeman Dyson's "Challenge for the Future": The mock theta
  • 2007-2008: Theodore P. Hill (Georgia Tech and Cal Poly)
    • The Significant-digit Phenomenon, or Benford's Law
  • 2008-2009: Cornelius Greither (Universität der Bundeswehr)
    • 1-motives and Fitting ideals of class groups of function fields
    • Zeta functions, from Riemann via Kähler to the present day
  • 2009-2010: Roberto Camassa (University of North Carolina -- Chapel Hill)
    • Enhanced diffusion in a class of time varying shear flows
    • Settling in stratified fluids: a tortoise-and-hare experimental and mathematical tale
  • 2010-2011: Erhard Neher (University of Ottawa)
    • Steinberg Groups and Jordan pairs
    • Finite-dimensional representations of equivariant map algebras
  • 2011-2012: Mauro Di Nasso (University of Pisa, Italy)
    • Numerosities: a possible way of refining Cantor's cardinality
  • 2012-2013: Pavel Winternitz (University of Montreal)
    • Superintegrable systems in classical and quantum mechanics
    • Continuous symmetries of difference equations and symmetry preserving discretization of differential equations
  • 2013-2014: Florian Luca (National Autonomous University of Mexico)
    • Diophantine equations with generalized Fibonacci numbers
    • Counting integers with special properties
  • 2014-2015: Ian Anderson (Utah State University)
    • Graded Nilpotent Lie Algebras and their Application to the Geometry of Differential Equations
    • Googling Einstein and Wikipeding Cartan
  • 2015-2016: Keith Promislow (Michigan State University)
    • Geometric Evolution and Bifurcation in Multicomponent Amphiphilic blends
    • Network Formation in Amphiphilic Polymer Membranes

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