on 2018 International Congress of Mathematicians Prize Awardees


This Special Joint Colloquium explores the work behind awardees of 2018 International Congress of Mathematicians Prize (Fields Medal & Nevanlinna Prize).

Akshay Venkatesh (Australian; born 21 November 1981) is an Australian mathematician and a professor at the Institute for Advance Studies. In 2018, he was awarded the Fields Medal for his synthesis of analytic number theory, homogeneous dynamics, topology, and representation theory. He is the only Australian to have won medals at both the International Physics Olympiad and International Mathematical Olympiad, which he did at the age of 12!
Speaker: Prof. Ole Warnaar

Peter Scholze (German; born 11 December 1987) is a German mathematician and a professor at the University of Bonn and a director of the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics. He won the Fields Medal in 2018 for transforming arithmetic algebraic geometry over p-adic fields through his introduction of perfectoid spaces, with application to Galois representations, and for the development of new cohomology theories. In addition to mathematics, he is a fan of heavy metal!
Speaker: Dr. Masoud Kamgarpour

Alessio Figalli (Italian; born 2 April 1984) is an Italian mathematician working primarily on calculus of variations and partial differential equations. In 2018 he won the Fields Medal for his contributions to the theory of optimal transport, and its application to partial differential equations, metric geometry, and probability. He has many mathematical problems to tackle, but more pressing is solving the two-body problem!
Speaker: Dr. Ramiro Lafuente

Constantinos Daskalakis (Greek; born 29 April 1981) is a professor at MIT’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department and a member of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. In 2018, he was awarded the Nevanlinna Prize for transforming our understanding of the computational complexity of fundamental problems in markets, auctions, equilibria and other economic structures. Among other things, he thinks about how street painters in Athens can make more money!
Speaker: Prof. Ben Burton


Afternoon Tea (post Colloquium) will be served at around 3:15pm.