Math alumnus Adam Marcus (2008 PhD in Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization) will be invited to speak at the next International Congress of Mathematicians, to be held in Seoul, Korea, August 13-21, 2014.
The International Congress of Mathematicians takes place every four years with over 4,000 mathematicians from all continents in attendance. The program consists of about 20 plenary one-hour lectures, about 160 invited 45-minute lectures held in 19 sections, and prize ceremonies, including the award of the Fields medals. Being invited to speak is a significant honor which indicates that the speaker's recent work is held in very high regard by the mathematical community.
Adam's talk is classified jointly in Section 8: Analysis and its Applications and Section 13: Combinatorics, and is a collaboration with his coauthors Daniel A. Spielman and Nikhil Srivastava.
It is notable that this will be the fourth International Congress, and the third in a row, with at least one of the invited speakers affiliated with the Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization Program.
Marcus, Spielman, and Srivastava recently solved the Kadison-Singer Problem, which has been open since 1959. A short, (three-page) purely expository paper that states Kadison-Singer (but is really about "frames", not K-S) can be downloaded from a recent AMS Notices.