August 3, 2014 | Atlanta, GA

Professor Greg Blekherman is a member of the organizing committee for the SIAM Conference on Applied Algebraic Geometry to be held in Daejeon, South Korea at the National Institute for Mathematical Sciences (NIMS) and Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) during August 3-7, 2015.

The SIAM Activity Group in Algebraic Geometry brings together researchers who use algebraic geometry in industrial and applied mathematics. Algebraic geometry is interpreted broadly to include at least: algebraic geometry, commutative algebra, noncommutative algebra, symbolic and numeric computation, algebraic and geometric combinatorics, representation theory and algebraic topology. These methods have already seen applications in: biology, coding theory, cryptography, combustion, computational geometry, computer graphics, quantum computing, control theory, geometric design, complexity theory, machine learning, nonlinear partial differential equations, optimization, robotics and statistics.

September 1, 2014 | Atlanta, GA

Professor Prasad Tetali is an organizer of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) Special Year on Discrete Structures. The Annual Thematic Program "Discrete Structures: Analysis and Applications" will focus on the frontier topics of discrete mathematics and its applications as well as the overlapping areas of probability and analysis.

Program workshops will span frontier topics of research in discrete mathematics (including combinatorics and optimization) and probability throughout the year. In the fall term, the program will focus on probabilistic, extremal, geometric, and enumerative aspects of combinatorics and convex and other nonlinear programming aspects of optimization. During the spring term, the focus will shift to theoretic, geometric, functional, and analytical aspects of probability and analysis.

The following workshops are scheduled:

September 11, 2014 | Atlanta, GA

Professor Wilfrid Gangbo is an organizer of the Fields special semester titled Thematic Program on Variational Problems in Physics, Economics and Geometry to be held at the Fields Institute, Toronto, Canada during September 11, 2014 through November 14, 2014. This semester is devoted to exploring the explosive developments in optimal transportation and the calculus of variations. These developments and their applications are powerful tools for problems arising in physics, economics and geometry.

Immediately following this semester's activities, the Fields Medal Symposium will take place during 17-20 November 2014 honoring the work of Fields Medalist, Cédric Villani. Wilfrid and past School of Mathematics associate, Professor Eric Carlen, are scheduled to give a presentation.


September 25, 2014 | Atlanta, GA

The 2014 speaker is Sir Vaughan Frederick Randal Jones, a New Zealand mathematician, known mostly for his work on von Neumann algebras and his famous knot polynomial. He is currently on the faculty of Vanderbilt University as a distinguished professor of mathematics.

Vaughan was awarded the Rutherford Medal by the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1991, and the Fields Medal in 1990. Also in 1990 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. In the Queen's Birthday Honours 2002, he was appointed Distinguished Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit for services to mathematics. In the Special Honours 2009, he redesignated his DCNZM to a Knight Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit. In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society. Vaughan was elected to the Australian Academy of Science in 1992 as a Corresponding Fellow.

His work on knot polynomials, with the discovery of what is now called the Jones polynomial, was from an unexpected direction with origins in the theory of von Neumann algebras, an area of analysis already much developed by Alain Connes. It led to the solution of a number of the classical problems of knot theory, and marked the beginning of quantum topology.

In his free time, Vaughan can be found wind surfing.

There will be two lectures. The general audience lecture will be on September 25, at 4:35 pm, in the Clary Theater, Student Success Center. The math lecture will be at 11:05 am on September 26 in Skiles 006.


Lecture 1: General Audience

How quantum theory and statistical mechanics gave a polynomial of knots

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We will see how a result in von Neumann algebras (a theory developed by von Neumann to give the mathematical framework for quantum physics) gave rise, rather serendipitously, to an elementary but very useful invariant in the theory of ordinary knots in three dimensional space. Then we'll look at some subsequent developments of the theory, and talk about a thorny problem which remains open.

Lecture 2: Mathematics Lecture

Some unitary representations of Thompson's groups F and T



October 26, 2014 | Atlanta, GA

The Southeast Geometry Seminar (SGS) is a series of semiannual one-day events focusing on geometric analysis. These events are hosted in rotation by the following institutions:

  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • The Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Emory University
  • The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

This event will be held on October 26, 2014 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The following five speakers will give presentations:

  • Sigurd Angenent (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Omer Bobrowski (Duke University)
  • Tom Ivey (College of Charleston)
  • Ken Knox (University of Tennessee)
  • Facundo Memoli (Ohio State University)

The SGS is sponsored jointly by:

  • National Science Foundation
  • Emory University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville

There are NSF funds available to support travel expenses of participants. Priority will be given to current or recent Ph.D. students and postdocs. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Please email the organizers if you plan to attend and wish to request support.

For full details, check the program and schedule.


  • John McCuan and Mohammad Ghomi (Georgia Tech)
  • Vladimir Oliker (Emory)
  • Fernando Schwartz (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
  • Gilbert Weinstein and Junfang Li (University of Alabama, Birmingham)

October 31, 2014 | Atlanta, GA

Professor Howie Weiss has accepted to serve a three year term on the Committee of Science Policy (CSP) for the American Mathematical Society (AMS). According to David Vogan, President of the AMS, one of the main activities of the CSP is to visit congressional offices to talk about the importance of federal funding for science. Another is to guide the AMS on broad issues regarding science policy. Hopefully, this will increase Georgia Tech's visibility in Washington.

The Committee on Science Policy serves as a forum for dialogue about matters of science involving representatives of the society, government and other interested parties. It interacts with federal agencies and policymakers and provides advice to the society on matters of broad science policy. It also conducts periodic reviews of society activities in areas of science policy and selects those elements of AMS meeting programs which bear directly on policy questions that are within the purview of the committee.

October 31, 2014 | Atlanta, GA

Professor Leonid Bunimovich is an organzer for the Fourth Abel Conference: A Celebration of Yakov G. Sina, hosted by the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA). This event will be held October 31 - November 2, 2014 at the IMA.

The Abel Conference is an annual conference series that honors the Abel Prize Laureates. It is a collaboration between the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the IMA.


October 31, 2014 | Atlanta, GA

This year's homecoming activities promise to be better than ever with all of the schools in the College of Sciences getting together to throw one big bash. We invite you and your family to come and hear the CoS All-Star band, play casino and table games and take part in our photo contest. Come early to take tours of science labs and hear faculty and students show-off their research.

This is Halloween, so come dressed in your favorite costume to take part in the 2014 All Hallow's Eve Costume contest (extra points for including science in your get-up).

  • 4:00-5:00 PM Pre-party Lab tours
  • 5:00-6:00 PM Pre-party Lectures
  • 6:00-9:00 PM Homecoming Activities
    Photo contest and All Hallow's Eve Costume Contest
    Science Demos
    Casino games, ping-pong, air hockey, foosball, and pinball
    Dean Paul Goldbart and the CoS All Star Band

Georgia Tech approved Atlanta Food Trucks*

  • Mac the Cheese
  • Ibiza Bites
  • Mighty Meatball
  • Chay J's New Orleans Sweets

For more details visit the College of Sciences event page.

*RSVP required to get your free food ticket for the above listed food trucks. Please be sure to list the names of all guests who will attend with you in the RSVP form.

November 1, 2014 | Atlanta, GA

Postdoctoral Positions - School of Mathematics

Georgia Institute of Technology

The Interdisciplinary Mathematics Preparation and Career Training (IMPACT) Postdoctoral Program is supported through generous funding by the National Science Foundation through a "Mentoring Through Critical Transition Points" grant as well as the School of Mathematics and College of Sciences at Georgia Tech.

IMPACT addresses the critical transition from graduate student to tenure-track faculty by expanding research horizons, enhancing teaching effectiveness, and advancing professional development. Through an innovative research cohort model, and with the support of mentored career training, IMPACT Fellows will be well-prepared for the challenges faced by new faculty.

Postdoctoral fellows are recruited in cohort groups of three postdocs around a common interdisciplinary research theme. The first three Math+X cohort themes are:

2014 - 2017:Applied & Computational Mathematics plus Computational Science & Engineering2015 - 2018:Discrete Mathematics plus Molecular Biology2016 - 2019:Analysis plus Electrical & Computer Engineering

Recruiting for the DM+MB 2015 - 2018 program begins immediately.

The IMPACT positions will be for three years, with a competitive salary and standard benefits including health insurance. Fellows will have limited teaching responsibilities of one course per semester, and a fund for research expenses.

Requirements include: (1) PhD in mathematics or other closely related field; (2) Demonstrated research excellence in Applied & Computational Mathematics or other closely related area; (3) Strong oral and written communication skills; (4) Clear evidence of teaching effectiveness; (5) US Citizen or Permanent Resident.

Highly qualified candidates from groups underrepresented in the mathematical sciences are strongly encouraged to apply.

Any eligible candidates who have already applied for a postdoctoral position at Georgia Tech will be considered. New applications should be submitted through MathJobs.Org.

Applications will be reviewed starting immediately, and continue until the positions are filled.

Questions or concerns should be addressed to

2014 IMPACT flyer

December 5, 2014 | Atlanta, GA

The fourth annual Tech Topology Conference will be held December 5-7, 2014. It will bring together established and young researchers from around the country for a weekend of mathematics in beautiful Atlanta. We are pleased to announce this year's speakers will be:

  • Danny Calegari (University of Chicago)
  • James Conway (Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Laura DeMarco (Northwestern University)
  • Nathan Dunfield (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Chris Leininger (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Kathryn Mann (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Laura Starkston (University of Texas at Austin)

The organizers are John Etnyre and Dan Margalit.

Talks are scheduled to be given in the School of Mathematics, Skiles Building Room 006.

For registration information, please visit the conference website.


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