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CRM-ISM Postdoctoral Fellowship deadline: December 8, 2017

Posted Friday, September 29, 2017

CRM-ISM postdoctoral fellowships are awarded to promising researchers who have recently obtained or expect to obtain a Ph.D. in the mathematical sciences. The deadline for the CRM-ISM postdoctoral competition is December 8, 2017.

To apply, click here.

André Joyal awarded honorary doctorate from Université de Sherbrooke

Posted Friday, September 29, 2017

On September 23, 2017, André Joyal, emeritus professor at UQAM, was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Université de Sherbrooke. André Joyal is known for his extraordinary mathematical vision, and for his deeply original contributions to many fields of mathematics.

https://www.usherbrooke.ca/accueil/fr/udes-en-bref/docteurs-dhonneur/docteurs/j/andre-joyal/

Registration Open for the Fall Sessions of the Montreal Math Circle

Posted Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Montreal Math Circle  is an enrichment program which allows students interested in mathematics to solve challenging problems at their grade level. The circle aims to bring pleasure and confidence to children while doing mathematics.

The next session will begin on October 1st, 2017. Two sessions will be offered during the Fall.

To register your child, please complete the form at the following address:
https://goo.gl/forms/jdJ2VG1gjOygT6Xk1

Please complete one form per child and per session.

Adrian Iovita, Maksym Radziwill, James Maynard and Fabrizio Andreatta to speak at 2018 ICM in Rio de Janeiro

Posted Tuesday, August 22, 2017

We are very happy to announce that ISM members Adrian Iovita (Concordia U.) and Maksym Radziwill (McGill), as well as 2013-2014 CRM-ISM postdoctoral fellow James Maynard and  2000-01 CICMA postdoctoral fellow Fabrizio Andreatta will speak at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) 2018 in Rio de Janeiro: http://www.icm2018.org/portal/en/icm-speakers.

The journal Annales Mathématiques du Québec celebrates 40 years

Posted Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

In 2017, the journal Annales Mathématiques du Québec celebrates forty years of existence. Produced by Springer since 2012, with the support of the CRM and the ISM, this journal publishes quality research papers in the mathematical sciences. I use this opportunity to encourage you, your collaborators as well as your students to take a look at the journal at http://www.springer.com/mathematics/journal/40316 and to submit your research papers to AMQ.

Yours Sincerely,

Octav Cornea
Editor in Chief
Annales Mathématiques du Québec

Bernard R. Hodgson to receive the 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award

Posted Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Bernard R. Hodgson (Université Laval) is the recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award.  Dr. Hodgson will receive the award and present a prize lecture at the CMS Winter Meeting in Waterloo, Ontario, December 2017.

The Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes sustained and distinguished contributions in teaching at the post-secondary undergraduate level at a Canadian institution.

For more information please visit https://cms.math.ca/MediaReleases/2017/ETAward

MCA 2017 - Student Poster Session

Posted Monday, May 15, 2017

The Canadian Mathematical Society Student Committee (CMS Studc) and the Atlantic Association for Research in the Mathematical Sciences (AARMS) invite students to present a poster on a topic of their choice from July 24th-28th at the AARMS-CMS Student Poster Session during the 2017 Mathematical Congress of the Americas in Montréal, Québec.

 A limited number of subsidies of $50 each to cover poster printing costs will be offered to students from Canadian institutions. These subsidies will be subject to some conditions and are given on a first come basis.

 To register for the poster session, an abstract must be submitted by May 31st and meeting registration must be paid by June 16th. Abstracts can be submitted on this page, while conference registration can be done through this form.

 For further information please visit the student page of the meeting.  Any other questions about the poster session should be directed to the poster session organizers, Svenja Huntemann and Simon Huang, at studc-mca-poster@cms.math.ca.

Octav Cornea named Editor-in-Chief of the Annales mathématiques du Québec

Posted Thursday, April 27, 2017

On July 1st 2017, Octav Cornea will start a 3-year mandate as Editor-in-Chief at Annales mathématiques du Québec. He succeeds Dima Jakobson will complete his successful mandate on June 30th, and whom we would like to thank for his excellent work.

Octav Cornea’s appointment has been made by Luc Vinet, CRM Director, and Alina Stancu, ISM Director, following the recommendation of the CRM-ISM Search committee formed last Fall by the following members: Alejandro Adem (UBC), Steven Boyer (UQAM), Galia Dafni (Concordia U.), Henri Darmon (McGill), Claude Levesque (U. Laval), Peter Ozsváth (Princeton U.), Christiane Rousseau (UdeM).

On behalf of all the people involved in the selection, we wish Octav Cornea success in his work at the Annales Mathématiques du Québec.

AMQ Summer Camp: May 28 - June 3

Posted Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The cegep-level math camp is sponsored by the Association mathématique du Québec (AMQ) and the Canadian Mathematical Society with the goal of giving talented students in mathematics and science a chance to discover the beauty of mathematics, their creative power, and their many applications. The campers get to meet mathematical researchers as well as other cegep students who share their interest in mathematics.

The 2017 AMQ camp will be held at the University of Montreal from May 28 to June 3, 2017, from Sunday evening to Saturday afternoon. The campers will be housed in the student residences at the University of Montreal.

Every summer since 1980, more than twenty cegep students who distinguish themselves in the cegep level AMQ math contest and who are enthusiastic about math are invited to spend one week on a university campus. The days are animated by researchers in pure and applied mathematics.

Siyuan Lu winner of 2017 Carl Herz Prize

Posted Tuesday, April 25, 2017

We are pleased to inform you that Mr. Siyuan Lu, a PhD student in mathematics at McGill University, is the 2017 recipient of the Carl Herz Prize.

 The Prize has been awarded to Mr. Lu for his article, co-authored with Pengfei Guan, “Curvature estimates for immersed hypersurfaces in Riemannian manifolds” published in Inventiones mathematicae. At this early stage in his career, Lu has already made significant contributions to the field of fully nonlinear elliptic equations and their use in geometric analysis, having single-authored two other high quality research papers in the area.

 Mr. Lu obtained his Bachelor's of science degree at the University of Science and Technology of China and completed his Ph.D. entitled On a class of fully nonlinear equations and their applications in geometry under the supervision of Pengfei Guan. Next Fall he will be continuing as a postdoctoral fellow at Rutgers University.

 The Carl Herz Prize recognizes a research contribution made by a doctoral student registered at one of the ISM universities whose supervisor is a member of an ISM scientific group. The $4,000 cash prize is accompanied by a $1,000 travel grant, allowing the recipient to present his or her research at a conference. This year’s Selection Committee consisted of Galia Dafni (Concordia), Alexander Fribergh (Université de Montréal), Antonio Lei (Université Laval), Frédéric Rochon (UQAM), and Vasilisa Shramchenko (Université de Sherbrooke).

Registration open for the 2017 Math Camp (June 26-30, 2017)

Posted Thursday, April 20, 2017

Concordia’s Math Camp provides an enriching experience for students who have shown an interest or an aptitude for mathematics. Led by a bilingual instructor, experienced in outreach activities and international mathematical contests, and staffed by graduate students in mathematics or mathematics education from the Montreal area universities, the camp will challenge students aged 10-15 to develop their problem skills while having fun.

The students will participate in problem solving sessions, and experience math through games, projects, experiments and other fun activities. The camp will also highlight math in everyday life from practical fields to the arts. Finally, it is a chance for kids interested in mathematics to meet other kids who share the same interest and thus develop new friendships.

The cost of the camp is $225/week (M-F: 9am to 4pm) with an extra $35/week for extended care (M-F: 8am-9am and 4pm-5pm). The camp is held in the Mathematics and Statistics Department of Concordia University, 9th floor of the Library Building in SGW campus:

http://www.concordia.ca/maps/sgw-campus.html

A Montreal Math Circle Activity, the camp is made possible by Concordia University in collaboration with the Institut des sciences mathématiques (ISM) and the support of Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) and NSERC Promoscience.

Mathematical activities are chosen among:

-        appropriate level problem solving;

-        challenge problems: like open problems and discovery type activities;

-        exploratory activity with math themes like polygonal numbers, math in paintings, Escher logic and tessellations; or a math walk around the department.

-        recreational mathematics with activities foreseen for outreach and puzzles; stories or movies about mathematicians and mathematics.

We will aim to find at least one daily activity where the students will get to move around and spend some physical energy. 

Any general enquiries may be addressed to montrealmathclub@gmail.com. Please write June camp in the subject line.

To register, please complete the form.

The ISM will be participating in the 24 Hours of Science !

Posted Wednesday, April 19, 2017

From Sherbrooke to Chibougamau, Gatineau to the Magdalen Islands, the 12th edition of the Quebec-wide science festival 24 Hours of Science is finally here! The program is now available on line. From the 12th to the 13th of May, both young and old can participate in more than 360 activities taking place at more than 200 places throughout the province: science bars, exhibitions, astronomical observations… there is something for everyone!

The 2017 edition offers a program for you to explore the world of tomorrow, to get fully involved in science projects and to talk about innovation! All domains of science are included: biology, chemistry, mathematics, health, the humanities, etc. Each activity is an opportunity to discover new things and to meet with passionate specialists and presenters. With a user-friendly search engine on our website www.science24heures.com, it is easy to sort activities by region, theme or type.  The festival, organized by Science pour tous and recognized by UNESCO, is also a part of Science Odyssey, a nation-wide event hosted by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

For the occasion, the ISM is organizing the event The Mathematics of Magic!

Saturday, May 13, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
UQAM,  Président-Kennedy Building
201, ave du Président-Kennedy
Room PK-R650, Montréal

All are welcome!

Jean-Marie De Konick to give the 2017 Margaret Sinclair Memorial Award Lecture on April 19, 2017

Posted Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Margaret Sinclair Memorial Award recognizes an educator in Canada who has demonstrated innovation and excellence in promoting mathematics education at the elementary, secondary, college, or university level.
 
This year’s lecture will be delivered by Dr. Jean-Marie de Koninck, Professor Emeritus from the Université Laval and 2016 winner of the Margaret Sinclair Memorial Award. His presentation, entitled “The Human Part of the Equation”, will examine how math education and math outreach can benefit from a more people-oriented approach.

The event will be held in room 230 of the Fields Institute (222 College Street, Toronto, ON). A reception will follow the public lecture.

Henri Darmon recipient of 2017 CRM-Fields-PIMS Prize

Posted Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Professor Henri Darmon of McGill University is the winner of the 2017 CRM-Fields-PIMS Prize. Professor Darmon is one of the leading number theorists of his generation. He has an extraordinary record of deep and highly influential contributions to the arithmetic theory of ellipticcurves, including his recent breakthrough on the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer Conjecture. He has also been an exceptional mentor to students and an exemplary citizen of the mathematical community.

Prof. Darmon obtained his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Harvard University in 1991. He has been the James McGill Professor of Mathematics since 2005.

Source: CRM

Louigi Addario-Berry and Eyal Goren named Editors-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Mathematics

Posted Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is pleased to announce that Louigi Addario-Berry and Eyal Goren have been appointed as the incoming Editors-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Mathematics (CJM).

Addario-Berry works at the interface of probability and combinatorics, particularly in the field of discrete probability, while Goren specializes in the field of arithmetic geometry, including applications to cryptography and graph theory. Both are professors of mathematics at McGill University.

According to Karl Dilcher, former Chair of the CMS Publications Committee:

“For the success of a high-level scientific journal it is essential to have Editors-in-Chief who are internationally recognized in their fields. After 10 years of excellent service and leadership by Henry Kim and Robert McCann of the University of Toronto, we were delighted to appoint Louigi Addario-Berry and Eyal Goren of McGill University as new Editors-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Mathematics. Both are leading researchers in their fields who have the editorial skills and vision to steer this journal through the current climate of change and uncertainty in the publishing sector and at the same time maintain, if not increase, the journal's standing as one of the world's best mathematics journals.”

Addario-Berry received his Ph.D. from McGill University in 2006. He was Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Oxford and Professeur Adjoint at Université de Montreal, before joining the faculty at McGill University in 2009. He has held visiting positions at École Polytechnique, Paris and ENS Lyon, was Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Oxford, and Simons Visiting Fellow at Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge. He has previously served on the CMS Research Committee, Board of Directors and as Vice-President (Quebec region), and was the scientific director of the 2015 CMS Winter Meeting in Montreal. Addario-Berry was awarded the CMS Coxeter-James Prize in 2016.

Goren received his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in January 1997 under the supervision of Prof. E. de Shalit. Following that he had held postdoctoral positions at Harvard (as a Rothschild Fellow), at Utrecht and at Concordia and McGill (as a CRM-ISM Postdoctoral Fellow), before joining McGill University as faculty in 1999. He was a Forchheimer Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University. Goren has previously served on the CMS Publication Committee and Board of Directors, and as an Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Mathematics (CJM) and the Canadian Mathematical Bulletin (CMB).

Source: Canadian Mathematical Society

Special Call for donations to the Carl Herz Foundation

Posted Monday, December 19, 2016

Now, more than ever, is a good moment to support the Foundation’s activities. The ministry has not yet renewed the ISM’s funding and it has been confirmed that the new regulations on retroactive funding will result in a decrease of the current year’s funding of the institute. (More information on the grant application here.) Consequently, I am renouncing my ISM director’s salary from January 1, 2017 until the ISM’s funding situation is resolved.

In a strong show of support, the former ISM director, Olivier Collin has pledged the Foundation $200/month for the next year!

I would like to remind you that donations to the Carl Herz Foundations may be used for scholarships as well as Accromath and the Carl Herz prize, that a small amount is better than nothing, and that your donation is tax deductible.

Donations can be made through the Foundation page or by contacting Alexandra Haedrich.

Thank you for your support.

Alina Stancu
Director, ISM

Registration open for Winter sessions of the Montreal Math Circle

Posted Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Montreal Math Circle is an enrichment program which offers an occasion for students interested in mathematics to solve challenging problems at their grade level. The circle aims to bring pleasure and confidence to children while doing mathematics.

Three new sessions are now open for registration:

January 15 - February 19, 2017

February 26 - April 9, 2017 (no class on March 26 - Kangaroo contest)

April 23 - May 28, 2017

To register, click here.

For more information, please feel free to send an email at montrealmathclub@gmail.com. This project is piloted by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of Concordia University and by the ISM.

Henri Darmon to Receive 2017 AMS Cole Prize in Number Theory

Posted Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Henri Darmon of McGill University will receive the 2017 AMS Cole Prize in Number Theory. Darmon is honored "for his contributions to the arithmetic of elliptic curves and modular forms." The work of Henri Darmon has centered on a major open problem in mathematics known as the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture. It is one of the seven "Millennium Prize Problems," the solutions for which the Clay Mathematics Institute has offered prizes of US$1-million each.

CRM-ISM Postdoctoral Fellowship deadline: December 9, 2016

Posted Monday, October 3, 2016

CRM-ISM postdoctoral fellowships are awarded to promising researchers who have recently obtained or expect to obtain a Ph.D. in the mathematical sciences. The deadline for the CRM-ISM postdoctoral competition is December 9, 2016.

To apply, click here.

Mathematical Contests for middle and high school students coming up this Fall

Posted Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Montreal Math Circle is mentoring students who are interested in participating in math contests. Please see the upcoming competitions listed below:

The Tournament of Towns contest, autumn edition 2016.
The O-level contest will be held on October 9, while the A-level competition will be held on October 23.
For details concerning the contest, please consult the page:
http://www.concordia.ca/artsci/math-stats/about/math-outreach/FormulaofUnity1.html
If interested in participating, please contact as at montrealmathclub@gmail.com  by October 1st. Please, specify name, grade level and contact information.

COMC (Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge) to be held November 3rd.
For details concerning the contest, please consult the page:
https://cms.math.ca/Competitions/COMC/2016/
If interested in participating, please contact as at montrealmathclub@gmail.com  by September 15th. Please, specify name, grade level, contact information and language preference (English, French). There is a contest fee of $13.

AMC 8 (American Mathematics Competition) to be held November 15th.
For details concerning the contest, please consult the page:
http://www.maa.org/math-competitions/amc-8
If interested in participating, please contact as at montrealmathclub@gmail.com  by October  10st. Please, specify name, grade level, and contact information. There is a contest fee of $8.

Registration open for Fall sessions of the Montreal Math Circle

Posted Friday, September 2, 2016

The Montreal Math Circle is an enrichment program which offers an occasion for students interested in mathematics to solve challenging problems at their grade level. The circle aims to bring pleasure and confidence to children while doing mathematics.

Two new sessions are now open for registration:

October 2 - November 6, 2016

November 13 - December 18, 2016

To register, click here.

For more information, please feel free to send an email at montrealmathclub@gmail.com. This project is piloted by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of Concordia University and by the ISM.

Vincent Genest awarded the CMS doctoral prize

Posted Thursday, August 25, 2016

The 2014 Carl Herz Prize winner, Vincent Genest has been awarded the CMS doctoral prize for his PhD thesis entitled “Algebraic Structures, Superintegrable Systems and Orthogonal Polynomials,” completed in 2015 at the Université de Montréal under the supervision of Luc Vinet.

Recipient of 2016 Governor General’s Academic Gold and the 2016 joint award of the Winnipeg Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Canadian Association of Physicists for the best thesis in theoretical physics, Vincent Genest is currently Instructor in Pure Mathematics and NSERC postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, Boston, MA).

Dr. Genest will receive his award and present a lecture at the CMS Winter Meeting to be held in Niagara Falls, Ontario, December 2-5, 2016.

Henri Darmon (McGill) to give an Abel lecture

Posted Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Abel Laureate Sir Andrew Wiles will give his prize lecture at the University of Oslo on the 25th of May,  followed by two Abel Lectures by Henri Darmon and Manjul Bhargava. Simon Singh will then give the popular lecture From Fermat's Last Theorem to Homer's Last Theorem.

Jonathan Belletête awarded the 2016 Carl Herz Prize

Posted Wednesday, April 27, 2016

We are pleased to inform you that Jonathan Belletête, a PhD student in physics at the Université de Montréal, is the 2016 recipient of the Carl Herz Prize.

The 2016 Carl Herz Prize has been awarded to Mr. Belletête for his contribution to the study of a fusion product between representations of Temperley-Lieb algebras. The Temberley-Lieb algebras are a family of associative algebras appearing in mathematics, for example in the study of tangles and their invariants, and in mechanical statistics where some of their elements capture the Boltzmann weights of several two-dimensional models. The fusion product has certain characteristics of the tensor product of two representations of a group algebra, but it differs in that the two initial representations and the result of their product are generally the representations of three distinct algebras.

Many hypotheses conjecture that a particular fusion product on Temperley-Lieb algebras should capture the properties of a similar product in algebras of vertex operators and in conformal field theories. Mr. Belletête's works have shown, amongst other things, that the two rings of the fusion product, that of the Temperley-Lieb algebras and that of the minimal family of conformal field theories, coincide. They therefore add a rigorous argument, be it partial, in support of these hypotheses.

Mr. Belletête obtained his Bachelor's of science degree from the Université de Montréal in 2010 (joint mathematics and physics). His Master's in physics, under the supervision of Manu Paranjape, earned him fourth place in the 2013 Awards for Essays on Gravitation competition by the Gravity Research Foundation. He shall soon defend his thesis, written under Yvan Saint-Aubin's supervision. This summer, he will begin a postdoctoral fellowship at CEA (Saclay, Paris) under Hubert Saleur's supervision.

Mr. Belletête will present his work at the 19th Colloque pan-québécois des étudiants de l’ISM, to be held at UQAM, May 13-15.

The Carl Herz Prize recognizes a research contribution made by a doctoral student registered at one of the ISM universities whose supervisor is a member of an ISM scientific group. The $4,000 cash prize is accompanied by a $1,000 travel grant, allowing the recipient to present his or her research at a meeting. This year’s Selection Committee consisted of Line Baribeau (Laval University, Dmitry Korotkin (Concordia University), Matilde Lalín (Université de Montréal) et David Stephens (McGill University).

Middle school team from Montreal Math Circle wins first place in Canada at Purple Comet Math Contest

Posted Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mentored by Ildiko Pelczer at the Montreal Math Circle, a team of middle school students,and a team of high school students participated this month for the first time in the International mathematical contest named Purple Comet. The middle school team, formed by students from various schools hence what is called a mixed team, won the first place among Canadian mixed teams.

Congratulations go to the members of the team: Allison Tsypin - grade 7, Bruno Cisneros Pelczer - grade 8, Danylo Perkov - grade 8, Dmytro Perkov - grade 8 and Jean Zatarain - grade 8.

Adrian Iovita and Adam Oberman selected as Simons Fellows in mathematics

Posted Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Two ISM professors, Adrian Iovita from Concordia University and Adam Oberman from McGill University have been selected as Simons Fellows in 2016.

Dani Wise awarded the 2016 Jeffrey Williams Award

Posted Wednesday, March 30, 2016

McGill University Professor Daniel T. Wise is the recipient of the 2016 Jeffery-Williams Prize. Wise is widely recognized as one of the top geometric group theorists in the world, and the best of his generation. His work has had a profound impact, not only in the immediate subject of geometric group theory, but also playing a key role in the solution of outstanding open problems in the theory of 3-manifolds.

One of Wise's major achievements is his work on special cube complexes, and quasi-convex hierarchies of hyperbolic groups. His program to study 3-manifolds is described by one reviewer as "revolutionary and remarkable, was not expected by anyone before him, and is clearly the biggest breakthrough in 3-dimensional topology since Perelman’s resolution of the Poincare Conjecture".

The importance and originality of Wise's work have been recognized through several major awards, most notably an invited address at the 2014 International Congress of Mathematicians and the 2013 Veblen Prize of the American Mathematical Society, the most prestigious prize that is awarded in geometry and topology -- Wise is the first Canadian mathematician to have received the Veblen Prize since its inception in 1964. Wise was the recipient of the 2016 CRM-Fields-PIMS Prize, and was selected as Henri Poincare Chair at the Institute Henri Poincare for 2015-2016. In 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Wise received his Ph.D. in 1996 from Princeton University under the supervision of Martin Bridson. He was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at U.C. Berkeley in 1996-1997 and H.C. Wang Assistant Professor at Cornell University from 1997-2000. He was Visiting Assistant Professor at Brandeis University in 2000-2001, before joining the Mathematics Department at McGill University in 2001, where he is currently James McGill Professor.

The Jeffery-Williams Prize was inaugurated to recognize mathematicians who have made outstanding contributions to mathematical research. The first award was presented in 1968 and is named after Ralph Jeffery and Lloyd Williams, who were two influential CMS board members.

Source: Canadian Mathematical Society

Jean-Philippe Lessard awarded CAIMS/PIMS Early Career Award in Applied Mathematics

Posted Thursday, March 24, 2016

CAIMS and PIMS have annouced that Professor Jean-Philippe Lessard of Université Laval is the winner of the 2016 CAIMS/PIMS Early Career Award in Applied Mathematics. Professor Lessard obtained his PhD in 2007 from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He held postdoctoral positions at the Free University of Amsterdam, Rutgers and Princeton, and is now associate professor at Université Laval. He is also a member of the Groupe Interdisciplinaire de Recherche en Éléments Finis (GIREF), which brings together researchers and research groups from a number of universities  to promote research, development, specialist training and interaction with industry, in the field of modeling and numerical simulation.
 
Professor Lessard’s research interests are in dynamical systems. In particular, he uses and develops rigorous computational methods, topological methods and analytic estimates for the study of solutions of  partial differential equations, delay differential equations and ordinary differential equations. Professor Lessard has made substantial contributions to the theory of rigorous computing, and was cited for being “one of the world leading experts in the area” and "at the forefront of applied mathematics in Canada, blending traditional analysis with traditional computation to build something entirely new."
 
Professor Lessard will receive his award and deliver a plenary lecture at the 2016 Annual CAIMS meeting at the University of Alberta in June, 2016.

Congratulations to Allison Tsypin of Pointe Claire: For the first time a Quebec student is admitted to the prestigious MathPath Summer Program

Posted Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Winner of the 2015 Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest, Allison Tsypin is a 12 year-old student in Secondaire I with many other outstanding accomplishments in mathematics and chess, who you may see sometimes at the Montreal Math Circle. Allison’s latest milestone is her acceptance to the prestigious U.S.-based mathematics enrichment summer program called MathPath. Every year, the participating students are selected via a strict admission test, with only 20% of places going to students who do not go to school in the United States. Allison is the first student from Quebec to be admitted into this competitive program. To help defray some of the camp expenses, airfare, U.S. medical insurance, and such, for her family, a registered Canadian charity, providing federal and provincial receipts for tax purposes, accepts donations on Allison's behalf.

Louigi Addario-Berry awarded the Coxeter-James Prize

Posted Monday, March 21, 2016

McGill University Associate Professor Louigi Addario-Berry is the recipient of the 2016 Coxeter-James Prize for his outstanding contributions to mathematical research. Louigi Addario-Berry works at the interface of probability and combinatorics, and “has emerged as one of the leaders of his generation in the area of discrete probability” one referee said.

A challenging and exciting area of investigation in probability and statistical physics is to mathematically define and study random energy landscapes. As in the case of a river system, an extraordinarily large number of these models turn out to have an underlying branching structure. One of the aims of Addario-Berry's research is to investigate the structure and scaling limits of typical and exceptional paths in probabilistic discrete models and in their scaling limits, and in particular in systems containing a phase transition or exhibiting some form of tree-like behaviour.

“Addario-Berry has resolved problems which have confounded experts for decades” fellow McGill University faculty members said in their nomination letter. “His ability to bring together researchers from across a wide spectrum of domains makes him a leader in many exciting research projects. The fact that he has almost as many collaborators (42) as papers bears witness to the important role he plays in bringing diverse research communities together”.

Addario-Berry received his Ph.D. from McGill University under the supervision of Bruce Reed. He was Marie Curie Fellow at University of Oxford and Professeur Adjoint at Université de Montreal, before joining the faculty at McGill University in 2009. He has held visiting positions at École Polytechnique, Paris and ENS Lyon, was Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Oxford, and Simons Visiting Fellow at Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge.

Awarded by the Canadian Mathematical Society, the Coxeter-James Prize was inaugurated in 1978 to recognize young mathematicians who have made outstanding contributions to mathematical research. The award is named on behalf of two former CMS presidents, Donald Coxeter, who is recognized as one of the world’s best geometers, and Ralph Duncan James, who was a great contributor to mathematical development in Canada.

Jean-Marie De Koninck awarded 2016 Margaret Sinclair Memorial Award

Posted Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Fields Institute has announced that Professor Jean-Marie De Koninck of Laval University is this year’s recipient of the Margaret Sinclair Memorial Award Recognizing Innovation and Excellence in Mathematics Education.

De Koninck has worked to promote mathematics and mathematics education for more than 40 years, both within the scholarly community as well as through many and varied outreach programs engaging students, teachers and the public at large such as SMAC.

Each year the Fields Institute selects a candidate from a group of individuals that have shown great enthusiasm for enhancing the learning environment and displaying novel ways of teaching mathematics. 

Our congratulations go out to Professor De Konnck for this outstanding recognition!

In memory of Syed Twareque Ali

Posted Tuesday, February 2, 2016

It is with profound sadness that we report the death of our colleague and former ISM director Professor Syed Twareque Ali on the 24th of January 2016 whilst on an academic visit to Malaysia. He is survived by his wife Fauzia, their son Syed Furrokh-Nabeel Ali (Samira Karim), and grandson Syed Aydin Karim Ali.

Twareque completed his doctoral studies in mathematical physics at the University of Rochester in1973.  After periods of research and teaching in ICTP Trieste, University of Toronto, UPEI, and ITP Clausthal, Germany, he joined the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Concordia University in 1981.  He was promoted to full professor  in 1990 and directed the ISM from 2003 to 2006.

Twareque pursued research in many areas of mathematics, mostly in analysis, functional analysis, and quantum mechanics.  He published his work with numerous scientists around the world in over 120 research articles and in a number of books. He was always studying and preparing lectures, now wavelets, now differential geometry, now group theory. His presentations were structured, lucid, interesting, deep, and, before the fashion of electronic displays, by means of perfectly clear handwriting on the blackboard. 

He was not inclined to profess an overt teaching philosophy but an observer might infer that it was ‘empowerment through mathematical understanding’.  He was himself impressively erudite with an eclectic taste that included history, philosophy and literature, and the mastery of at least five European languages in addition to Bengali and Hindi, and some Farsi and Arabic.

He was extremely generous and engendered enormous affection in his students and colleagues. He had an amusing story or anecdote for almost every occasion – often related to other mathematicians he knew from his extensive travels – and had a repertoire of funny jokes that naturally prompted his distinctive laughter.

His inspiring presence and cheerful demeanor will be sorely missed by us all.

The ISM's 25th anniversary!

Posted Wednesday, January 6, 2016

This shall be a big year for the ISM, one that the Quebec mathematical community should  celebrate collectively: founded in 1991, the ISM will turn 25 this year! The Institute’s vision, scope and impact have grown immensely since its founding, but the spirit of simplicity and collaboration instilled by its founders still reigns and guides our actions. It is thanks to the contributions of all members of the ISM, professors and institutions, that we can carry out our mission so successfully and continue to take on new challenges.

To mark this important anniversary, we will be organizing several outreach activities to reach a broader public and launching a fundraising campaign. Our goals in the long term are to establish new scholarships, thus improving our recruitment potential, and to become more involved in enriching the mathematics programs offered in Quebec’s schools and cegeps.

Dani Wise awarded the CRM-Fields-PIMS Prize

Posted Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Professor Wise is widely recognized as one of the top geometric group theorists in the world. His fundamental research contributions lie at the core of what is widely considered as the most important development in geometry and topology since Perelman's celebrated proof of the Poincaré Conjecture, namely the proof of Thurston's virtually fibered conjecture for hyperbolic three-manifolds. It has also been central to the resolution of major open problems such as Waldhausen's virtual Haken conjecture and Baumslag's famous 1968 conjecture which states that every one-relator group with torsion is residually finite. Over the past 40 years, the works of Thurston and Waldhausen have been central to the development of 3-manifold topology and hyperbolic geometry. The work of Wise followed a totally different direction, which he developed with exceptional insight and virtuosity over more than 15 years, leading to the spectacular results mentioned above.
 
The profound impact and originality of Wise's work have been recognized through major awards, most notably the Veblen Prize of the American Mathematical Society, which he shared in 2013 with Ian Agol (Berkeley). He delivered an invited address at the 2014 International Congress of Mathematicians in Seoul and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in Canada, also in 2014.

Dani Wise received his PhD from Princeton in 1996 and, following Postdoctoral positions at Berkeley and Cornell, joined the Mathematics department of McGill in 2001, where he is now James McGill Professor.

Louis-Pierre Arguin awarded the André-Aisenstadt Prize in mathematics

Posted Monday, November 16, 2015

The International Scientific Advisory Committee of the Centre de recherches mathématiques (CRM) is happy to announce that Louis-Pierre Arguin from the Université de Montréal and the City University of New York (Baruch College and Graduate Center) is the 2015 André Aisenstadt Prize recipient.

Dr. Arguin obtained his M.Sc. degree in physics at the Université de Montréal in 2002 under the supervision of Yvan Saint-Aubin and his Ph.D. in mathematics at Princeton University in 2007 under the superivison of Michael Aizenman. Arguin's research interests lie in probability theory and its applications to mathematical physics and other fields. One of his most spectacular breakthroughs came in a series of joint papers with Anton Bovier and Nicola Kistler on the extreme values of branching Brownian motion. This work has received considerable international recognition and was the subject of a Séminaire Bourbaki in March 2013. The impact of the methods developed by Arguin and his collaborators goes beyond probability theory. In particular, Arguin, Belius and Harper have applied this approach to probe the conjecture of Fyodorov, Hiary and Keating stating that the maxima of the Riemann zeta function on a bounded interval of the critical line have statistics similar to branching Brownian motion.

In an earlier work with Aizenman, Arguin developed a new approach to a long-standing open problem in statistical mechanics now referred to as the Parisi Ultrametricity Conjecture. The conjecture is about a large class of interacting particle systems, called spin glasses. The ideas of Aizenman and Arguin were central to the construction of a rigorous theory of spin glasses, notably in the work of Panchenko, who proved the Ultrametricity Conjecture in the most general case in 2012.

Source: Centre de recherches mathématiques

Frédéric Gourdeau awarded the Abel-Gauthier Prize

Posted Thursday, November 5, 2015

On the occasion of the closing ceremony of the AMQ Conference held last October 17, the 2015 Abel-Gauthier prize, designating the personality of the year, was awarded to Frédéric Gourdeau, professor at Laval University, in recognition of:

  • his founding of the Association québécoise des jeux mathématiques (AQJM), which he still directs, finding financial partners, organizing competitions throughout Quebec and organizing the participation of the Quebec finalists in the international finals;
  • his role as member of the editorial board of the magazine Accromath since its creation in 2006;
  • his primordial role as organizer of the Semaine des maths, held at Laval University for the past two years;
  • the fact that the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) awarded him the Adrien-Pouliot Prize in 2014, in recognition of his exceptional contribution to the teaching of mathematics in the country;
  • the fact that since 2011 he represents Canada on the International Commission on the Teaching of Mathematics;
  • the fact that he did a very efficient job as treasurer of the AMQ in 2009 and 2010, consolidating the financial situation and improving it in the process;
  • his contribution as head organizer of the AMQ collegiate mathematics camp held at Laval University from 2012-2014.

New Montreal Math Circle

Posted Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Starting on October 11, the Montreal Math Circle is an enrichment program which offers an occasion for students interested in mathematics to solve challenging problems at their grade level. The circle aims at bringing pleasure and confidence to children while doing mathematics. For more information, please feel free to send an email at montrealmathclub@gmail.com. This project is piloted by the Department of Mathematics nd Statistics of Concordia University and by the ISM.

Christian Genest elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Posted Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Christian Genest, professor of Statistics at McGill University and ISM Director from 2012 to 2015, has just been elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. The induction ceremony will be held in Victoria, British Columbia, on November 27. For additional information, see here.

Guillaume Roy-Fortin winner of the 2015 Carl Herz Prize

Posted Tuesday, April 28, 2015

We are pleased to inform you that Guillaume Roy-Fortin, PhD student in mathematics at the Université de Montréal, is the 2015 recipient of the Carl Herz Prize.

Guillaume Roy-Fortin has been awarded the Carl Herz Prize for his contributions to the study of Laplace eigenfunctions on Riemannian surfaces. He investigated the link between the size of the nodal sets and the average local growth of eigenfunctions. Such a connection was  outlined in a 2005 paper by F. Nazarov, L. Polterovich and M. Sodin, and Guillaume succeeded to prove an important result that has been announced by these authors. The approach used by Roy-Fortin involved a combination of "hard analysis" (e.g. Carleman estimates) with other techniques, such as the theory of quasi-conformal mappings and integral geometry.  The problem studied by Guillaume is closely related to the celebrated Yau's conjecture on the size of the nodal sets of eigenfunctions, which is one of the most outstanding open problems in geometric spectral theory.

Guillaume Roy-Fortin completed a BSc in psychology at Université de Sherbrooke in 2004 and a second BSc in mathematics at the Université de Montréal in 2010. He will soon defend his Ph.D. thesis, written under the supervision of Iosif Polterovich. In September 2015,  Guillaume will join the mathematics faculty at  Northwestern University as a Ralph Boas Assistant Professor.

Mr. Roy-Fortin will present his work at the 18th Colloque pan-québécois des étudiants de l’ISM, to be held at HEC Montréal, May 15-17. You can congratulate him there in anyone of the five languages he speaks fluently.

The Carl Herz Prize recognizes a research contribution made by a doctoral student registered at one of the ISM universities whose supervisor is a member of an ISM scientific group. The $4,000 cash prize is accompanied by a $1,000 travel grant, allowing the recipient to present his or her research at a meeting. This year’s Selection Committee consisted of Chantal David (Concordia University), Éric Marchand (Université de Sherbrooke), Jean-Christophe Nave (McGill University), and Thomas Ransford (Université Laval).

Alina Stancu appointed Director of the ISM

Posted Thursday, April 23, 2015

It is a great pleasure to inform you that Dr. Alina Stancu, professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Concordia University, has been appointed director of the ISM as of June 1st. She will serve a three-year term.

Dr. Stancu obtained her PhD in Mathematics in 1996 from the University of Rochester with the solution to a conjecture posed by Jean Taylor. Before joining Concordia University, she was an NSF postdoctoral fellow at Case Western Reserve University and an Associate Research Scientist at the Courant Institute in New York. A member of the CRM Analysis Laboratory, her research focuses on convex geometry, curvature flows, and isoperimetric-type problems.

Jean-Marie De Koninck and Frédéric Gourdeau are awarded Promoscience grants

Posted Thursday, April 9, 2015

Two teams from Laval University have been awarded PromoScience grants to continue their mathematics outreach work with young people.

The project SMAC (sciences et mathématiques en action), headed by Jean-Marie De Koninck, develops on-line games and offers shows in schools and for the general public.

Frédéric Gourdeau was awarded the grant for the International Mathematics and Logic Championships and for mathematics week.

PromoScience is a program funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Carl Herz Scholarship nomination deadline: March 30, 2015

Posted Monday, March 30, 2015

The Carl Herz Prize, awarded annually, recognizes a research contribution to mathematics or statistics made by a doctoral student registered at one of the ISM members universities whose supervisor is a member of an ISM scientific group. The prize is worth $4,000, and is accompanied by a travel grant of $1,000, allowing the recipient to present his or her results at a scientific conference. The prize is awarded by a committee of internationally renowned mathematicians who are members of the ISM.

For more information, see the scholarships page.

Octav Cornea and Henri Darmon selected as Simons Fellows in Mathematics

Posted Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Two ISM professors, Octav Cornea (Université de Montréal) and Henri Darmon (McGill University), have  been selected as Simons Fellows in Mathematics by the Simons Foundation. The 40 awardees in Mathematics for 2015 (four from Canadian universities and the rest from the United States) are distinguished mathematicians at all levels of their respective careers.

Christiane Rousseau appointed member of the Scientific Board of the International Basic Sciences Programme of UNESCO

Posted Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Christiane Rousseau, member of the ISM and professor at the Département de mathématiques et de statistique of the Université de Montréal has been appointed a member of the prestigious Scientific Board of the International Basic Sciences Programme (IBSP) of UNESCO for a three-year term from 2015 to 2017.

ISM Summer Scholarships deadline: March 16, 2015

Posted Wednesday, January 28, 2015

ISM Summer scholarships, offered to undergraduate students in mathematics and statistics who are registered in one of the ISM member universities, allow selected candidates to carry out research under the supervision of a postdoctoral fellow, a doctoral student or an assistant professor affiliated with one of the ISM member universities. For more information, see the scholarships page.

ISM Graduate Scholarship internal deadline: March 2, 2015

Posted Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Students registered in a graduate program at one of the ISM member universities are invited to apply for an ISM Graduate Scholarship. The application must be submitted to the student's host Department by  March 2, 2015. For more information, please see the scholarship page.

Frédéric Gourdeau awarded the Adrien Pouliot Award

Posted Monday, December 8, 2014

Frédéric Gourdeau of Université Laval is the recipient of the 2014 Adrien Pouliot Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to mathematics education in Canada. The award was presented at the 2014 CMS Winter Meeting in Hamilton.

The Adrien Pouliot Award was inaugurated in 1995 to recognize individuals who have made significant and sustained contributions to mathematics education in Canada. The award is named for Adrien Pouliot, the second CMS President, who taught mathematics at Université Laval for 50 years and was instrumental in developing Laval’s engineering and science faculty.

Xiangwen Zhang awarded the CMS Doctoral Prize

Posted Monday, December 8, 2014

The 2012 Carl Herz prize winner, Xiangwen Zhang has been awarded the CMS Doctoral Prize for his thesis "Complex Monge-Ampère Equation and its Applications to Complex Geometry," completed at McGill University under the supervision of Pengfei Guan. Xiangwen is now a Ritt Assistant Professor at Columbia University.

Launch of new ISM website

Posted Thursday, December 4, 2014

We are proud to announce that the ISM has a new website.

Attractive and functional, the site contains a wealth of information on all of the ISM's programs. We hope that you will like it.

Please promote the new site and update your links. The old site will no longer be updated and shall be officially closed in the Spring.

Dani Wise elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Royal Society of Canada has announced that Professor Dani Wise of McGill University, well-known for his works in geometric group theory, shall become a fellow on November 22. He will thus join ten other ISM professors who are fellows of the Society.

Dmitry Jakobson appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Annales mathématiques du Québec

Posted Wednesday, October 1, 2014

On behalf of the ISM, I am pleased to announce that Professor Dmitry Jakobson, from McGill University, has recently been appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Annales mathématiques du Québec (AMQ). His three-year term will begin January 1, 2015.

Dmitry Jakobson is a Peter Redpath Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at McGill University. He received his BSc from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991, and obtained his PhD from Princeton University in 1995. After holding postdoctoral fellowships at the California Institute of Technology and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago for one year prior to joining McGill University in 2000.

In recommending the appointment of Dmitry Jakobson to the helm of the AMQ, the Search Committee chaired by François Lalonde expressed its conviction that the journal would benefit greatly from the expertise of this very active researcher, whose work is at the crossroads of geometric analysis, the theory of partial differential equations, and mathematical physics. Dmitry Jakobson has largely contributed, among other things, to the study of spectra and eigenfunctions of Laplace- and Dirac-type operators. His interests also include ergodic theory, probability theory, number theory, and graph theory. He was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in 2001 and was appointed a William Dawson Fellow by McGill University in 2003. In addition, he received the G. de B. Robinson Award from the Canadian Mathematical Society in 2008.

There is every reason to believe that the AMQ will continue to grow and prosper under the leadership of Dmitry Jakobson.We wish him every success in his new position. We also express our deep gratitude to the past Editor-in-Chief, Professor Claude Levesque, for his outstanding work since 2008.

Christian Genest, PhD, PStat
ISM Director

Quebec Mathematical Sciences Colloquium

Posted Tuesday, September 23, 2014

This year, after a decade of existence, the CRM-ISM colloquium is having a makeover.

Here are the main changes:

  • The CRM-ISM mathematics and statistics colloquia are replaced by a new event, the Colloque des sciences mathématiques du Québec which will cover research fields of the community participating in CRM and ISM activities.
  • Organizers of the 2014-2015 theme year have paid special attention to choosing excellent communicators, hopefully making the event attractive in particular to the graduate students.
  • Series of talks are to be held in Montreal, Quebec and Sherbrooke.
  • From now on, the Montreal event will be held on Thursdays at 4:00 pm. This year first colloquium will take place on October 2, 2014.
  • Whenever possible talks related to annual CRM Prizes will be given on Thursdays at the same time and interspersed between colloquium presentations.
  • As in the past, budget for the event is provided by the CRM and the ISM, by CRM laboratories and by the GERAD.
  • And on a less scientific note, post-conference wine and cheese is being replaced by pre-conference coffee and cookies.

All colleagues, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students are warmly welcomed.

Christian Genest, Director, ISM
Luc Vinet, Director, CRM

Statistics at the Service of the Community: A Tribute to Louis-Paul Rivest for his 60th birthday

Posted Monday, September 1, 2014

A symposium was held at Université Laval on August 29 to mark the 60th birthday of Louis-Paul Rivest and the extent of his contributions to science these past 30 years. More than 80 people attended the event, which the ISM sponsored as it was also intended to promote statistics as a field of study and research. The program, rich and diverse in the image of Louis-Paul's career, featured some of his former students and his closest collaborators. Their talks, purposely designed to be accessible to a broad audience, received a lot of praise. For more details (in French), see http://www.crm.umontreal.ca/2014/Rivest14/index.php.

Expansion of the Undergraduate Research Scholarship program

Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2014

To respond to the increasing demand, the undergraduate research scholarship program shall be expanded in the summer of 2015 to allow not only postdoctoral fellows, but also doctoral students and assistant professors, to supervise the scholars.

Moreover, funding for the program shall be increased by $10,000, the equivalent of four full-time scholarships. Both the CRM and the ISM have agreed to increase their respective contributions by $5,000 to ensure that more students can discover research in the mathematical sciences, often a defining experience.

HEC Montréal becomes a member of the ISM

Posted Thursday, May 1, 2014

On May 1, 2014, HEC Montréal became an institutional member of the Institut des sciences mathématiques. This is excellent news for the ISM which can count on the expertise of the new member professors to enrich and consolidate the ISM programs and course offerings, notably in financial mathematics, probability and statistics.

2014 Carl Herz Prize winner

Posted Wednesday, April 30, 2014

We are pleased to inform you that Vincent Genest, PhD student in mathematical physics at the Université de Montréal, is the 2014 recipient of the Carl Herz Prize.

Mr. Genest has been awarded the Carl Herz Prize for his innovative interpretation of multivariate Charlier, Krawtchouk, and Meixner polynomials in physical terms. The characterizations that he obtained allowed him to discover many important properties of these classes of orthogonal functions and to open up new perspectives for their use in mathematics and physics.

Mr. Genest completed his BSc in physics at Université Laval in 2010 and his MSc in mathematical physics at the Université de Montréal in 2011 under the supervision of Yvan Saint-Aubin. His research focuses on representation theory, symmetries in quantum mechanics, and the study of algebraic properties of orthogonal polynomials and special functions, in view of their application to integrable and superintegrable systems. Since he joined the Centre de recherches mathématiques, he has authored nearly 20 papers in highly respected journals, most of which in collaboration with his PhD advisor, Luc Vinet, and Ukrainian mathematician Alexei Zhedanov.

Mr. Genest will present his work at the 17th Colloque pan-québécois des étudiants de l'ISM, to be held at Université Laval, May 16-18.

The Carl Herz Prize recognizes a research contribution made by a doctoral student registered at one of the ISM universities whose supervisor is a member of an ISM scientific group. The $4,000 cash prize is accompanied by a $1,000 travel grant, allowing the recipient to present his or her research at a meeting. This year's Selection Committee consisted of Olivier Collin (UQAM), Galia Dafni (Concordia University), Niky Kamran (McGill University), and Louis-Paul Rivest (Université Laval).

2014 ISM Undergraduate Research Scholars

Posted Friday, April 25, 2014

The winners of the 2014 ISM Undergraduate Research Scholarships are:

  • Xuesi Cai (McGill University)
  • Jaël Champagne-Gareau (UQAM)
  • Thomas Davignon (Université de Montréal)
  • François De L'Isle (Université de Montréal)
  • Ryan Gibara (Concordia University)
  • Geneviève Provost (Université de Montréal)
  • Sarah Sekheri (UQAM)

2014-15 CRM-ISM Postdoctoral Fellows

Posted Friday, April 25, 2014

In 2014-15, five new CRM-ISM postdoctoral fellows shall be welcomed in our universities:

Stephan Ehlen will come to Montreal from Germany where he completed his doctorate in 2013 at the TU Darmstast under the supervision of Jan H. Bruhner. He works in number theory, in particular on automorphic forms, Shimura varieties and the Kudla program. He will work at McGill University under the supervision of Henri Darmon and Eyal Goren.

Alastair Irving is currently finishing his doctorate under the supervision of Professor D. R. Heath-Brown at Oxford. He works in analytical number theory, a research area he will continue to develop at the University of Montreal under the supervision of Andrew Granville and Dimitrios Koukoulopoulos.

Amy Pang, originally from Great Britain and a resident of Hong Kong, will soon complete her doctorate at Stanford University under the supervision of Persi Diaconis. Her thesis is on Hopf algebras and Markov chains. She will work at UQAM under the supervision of François Bergeron, Christophe Hohlweg, Christophe Reutenauer and Franco Saliola.

Boaz Slomka shall come to Montreal from Israel where he is completing a thesis at the University of Tel Aviv under the supervision of Shiri Artstein-Avidan. He works in the field of convex geometry and asymptotic geometric analysis. He will be working under the supervision of Alina Stancu (Concordia) and Dmitry Jakobson (McGill).

Originally from China, Weiwei Wu completed his doctorate in 2012 under the supervision of Tian-Jun Li at the University of Minnesota. Currently at Michigan State University, he works in symplectic geometry and topology. He shall work with Octav Cornea and François Lalonde at the University of Montreal.

Renewal of ISM grant

Posted Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, the Honorable Pierre Duchesne, announced today that he has awarded the Institut des sciences mathématiques (ISM) an annual grant of $329,000 for the academic years 2013-2014 to 2015-2016. This funding will allow the ISM to carry out its mission and continue its activities.

The Québec government has funded the ISM since its foundation in 1991. Since 2007-2008, the grant has been $329,000 per year. Collectively contributing $191,000 per year, the Institute's partner universities provide the remainder of the funding. The ISM is composed of eight Québec universities: Bishop's, Concordia, Laval, McGill, Université de Montréal, Université de Sherbrooke, UQTR, and UQAM. The member universities have mandated the latter to administer the Institute.

In the letter that was sent today to the ISM Director, Mr. Duchesne writes: "The Institute continues to distinguish itself by its innovative approach, the strong degree of attraction of its funding programs for students, and the vitality of its activities, be they for graduate students or the general public. I am happy to associate myself with this initiative, which has proven itself over its 22 years of existence."

The Director of the ISM, Christian Genest, was delighted with this news. As he explains: "the ISM is an eloquent example of what Québec universities can accomplish when they work together. The unified doctoral school formed by the ISM is a magnificent incubator for mathematical talent and a point of attraction worldwide. Its activities and publications, such as Accromath and the Annales mathématiques du Québec, contribute to a strong presence of Québec on the international scene. It is this mission that the new grant from the Ministry will allow us to pursue, and the mathematical community is delighted. It is a vote of confidence of which we shall prove ourselves to be worthy," concluded Professor Genest.

For more information, see the MESRST press release.

2014 CRM-Fields-PIMS Prize awarded to Professor Niky Kamran

Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The CRM - Fields - PIMS Prize for 2014 has been awarded to  Niky Kamran, professor at McGill University and member of the ISM. He has spent his career in Canada, working in the areas of analysis and differential geometry. His interests are far reaching, with the two main directions of his research being in the theory of exterior differential systems and Lie theory, a central area of the geometric analysis of systems of partial differential equations, and the mathematical analysis of general relativity.

Prof. Kamran's work on the topic of exterior differential systems has its roots in the foundational insight of E. Cartan, which describes local geometrical objects in terms of systems of differential forms which are invariant under diffeomorphisms and other infinite dimensional Lie (pseudo)group actions. Prof. Kamran's principal contributions have been in the theory of existence of solutions and the classification of infinite dimensional symmetries. His publications on isotropy subgroups of transitive analytic Lie pseudogroups of infinite type are definitive, and involve global elements, such as the cohomology of certain differential complexes, and local, which for example include Malgrange's estimates arising from his proof of the Cartan-Kahler theorem.

Prof. Kamran's contributions to the mathematical analysis of the Einstein equations of general relativity are extremely influential as well, in an area that is currently running as a "hot topic". His work, in a series of important papers with co-authors F. Finster, J. Smoller and S.-T. Yau, addresses the basic question of stability of Lorentzian space-times, something that is fundamental to our understanding of present day cosmology. The key in such questions about nonlinear systems of evolution equations is to understand on a deep level the solution operator for the linearized equations; Prof. Kamran and collaborators have given a systematic treatment of the `black-hole' space-times, namely of the Schwarzschild and Kerr solutions to Einstein's equations. His most recent work addresses the anti-deSitter solutions as the central object of interest in the approach to quantum gravity known as the Anti-deSitter - Conformal Field Theory correspondence.

Prof. Kamran has published over 125 scientific articles. In addition he is a superb expositor, and has contributed influential survey articles and monographs. His work is remarkable for its brilliant, original insights, in combination with a deep mathematical culture, representing a wide and varied range of topics of interest. Niky's contributions will have a lasting scientific impact on Canadian mathematics and on the global mathematical community.

Giant Leap by CRM-ISM Postdoctoral Fellow

Posted Wednesday, November 20, 2013

James Maynard, recipient of a 2013 CRM-ISM Postdoctoral Fellowship, has just announced a spectacular result in number theory which represents enormous progress in the quest to prove the Twin Primes Conjecture. This longstanding conjecture postulates that that there are infinitely many pairs of prime numbers which differ by 2 (as do, for example, 5 and 7). In April 2013, Yitang Zhang (University of New Hampshire) caused a sensation in the mathematical world by proving a weaker version of this conjecture, namely the existence of a finite bound B such that there are infinitely many pairs of distinct primes which differ by no more than B. Zhang proved the result with B = 70,000,000, while the original conjecture corresponds to B = 2, so the race was on to reduce the gap.

In November, recent Oxford PhD James Maynard, now working at the University of Montreal under the supervision of CICMA member Andrew Granville, announced that he had dramatically slashed this bound to 600, by a substantially easier method. Maynard is in good company: Terry Tao (UCLA), a recipient of the most presitigious prize in mathematics, the Fields Medal, had independently developed the same idea. Both were able to extend their proofs to show a much stronger result: given a number m, there corresponds a bound B such that there are infinitely many intervals (stretches of consecutive integers) of length B containing at least m distinct primes. If the ideas of Zhang, Maynard and Tao are pushed to their limit one could conceivably arrive at a bound (for 2 primes) as low as B = 12, close but not quite enough for the Twin Primes Conjecture.

More information can be found at:

Source: Centre de recherches mathématiques

Christiane Rousseau winner of Abel-Gauthier Prize

Posted Monday, November 4, 2013

On the occasion of the closing ceremony of the AMQ Conference held last October 12, several prizes were awarded.

The 2013 Abel-Gauthier prize, designating the personality of the year, was awarded to Christiane Rousseau, professor at Université de Montréal, in recognition of:

  • her co-initiative with Edward Bierstone to declare 2013 the International Year Mathematics of Planet Earth, and her relentless efforts that led to the participation of about one hundred scientific societies, universities and research centres in this initiative;
  • her success in distributing the Spring edition of Accromath to 14 countries in francophone Africa;
  • her unflagging involvement in AMQ activities and the Bulletin AMQ, always with grace and wisdom;
  • her smiling attitude, attentiveness, intelligent approach and integrity.

Numéro conjoint du Bulletin AMQ sur le thème MPT2013

Posted Monday, June 17, 2013

The special joint AMQ-ISM publication of the Bulletin de l'AMQ for the theme year MPT2013 is now available on line at the following address: http://archimede.mat.ulaval.ca/amq/BullNumeros.html.

2013 Carl Herz Prize winner

Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2013

We are pleased to inform you that Dr. Mohammad Najafi Ivaki, from Concordia University, is the 2013 recipient of the Carl Herz Prize.

A graduate of Tarbiat Modares University in Iran, Dr. Ivaki came to Concordia University in 2009 to do a PhD under the supervision of Alina Stancu. His research interests include geometric flows, convex geometry, differential geometry and PDE's. He successfully defended his thesis on "Centro-affine normal flows and their applications" in December 2012.

A very promising young researcher, Dr. Ivaki has already published four articles, three of which as a sole author, in highly respected journals. He was also invited to present his results at the CRM workshop on Convexity and Asymptotic Geometric Analysis held in April 2012.

He has been awarded the Carl Herz Prize for his paper entitled "Centro-affine curvature flows on centrally symmetric convex curves" to appear in Transactions of the American Mathematical Society.

Dr. Ivaki will present his work at the 16th Colloque pan-québécois des étudiants de l'ISM, to be held on the McGill campus, May 17-19. In September 2013, he will start a research postdoctoral position at Technische Universität Wien (Austria).

The Carl Herz Prize recognizes a research contribution made by a doctoral student registered at one of the ISM universities whose supervisor is a member of an ISM scientific group. The $4,000 cash prize is accompanied by a $1,000 travel grant, allowing the recipient to present his or her research at a meeting. This year's Selection Committee consisted of Galia Dafni (Concordia University), Franco Saliola (UQAM), David Stephens (McGill University), and Luc Vinet (Université de Montréal).

2013 ISM Undergraduate Research Scholars

Posted Sunday, April 28, 2013

The winners of the 2013 ISM Undergraduate Research Scholarships are:

  • Alex De Serre (Bishop's University)
  • Nicholas Galbraith (McGill University)
  • Olivier Gingras (Université de Montréal)
  • Samuel Laferrière (McGill University)
  • Thomas Ng (McGill University)
  • Manuela Piñeros-Rodriguez (Université de Montréal)
  • William Wright (McGill University)
  • Dongliang Zhang (McGill University)

Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013

Posted Friday, December 7, 2012

The official Canadian launching of the world-wide initiative "Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013" took place at the Canadian Mathematical Society's meeting held in Montreal, December 7-10, 2012.

To mark this important event, the ISM, in partnership with the CMS, organized a series of presentations on the theme for cegep teachers.

The scientific programme was elaborated by Christiane Rousseau and Christian Genest. The speakers have kindly accepted to make there slides available to the general public.

The proceedings of this meeting have been published in the Bulletin AMQ in collaboration with ISM.