NYU Shanghai Hosts Conference on Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistical Physics

May 19 2014
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NYU Shanghai hosted the International Conference on Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistical Physics May 16th -18th on its Zhong Shan campus at ECNU.  The conference was organized by eminent mathematicians Charles Newman of Courant, NYU and NYU Shanghai, and Qi-Man Shao from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and sponsored by NYU-ECNU Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU Shanghai. 

The conference focused on those rapidly developing areas of Probability Theory that arise from, or have potential applications to, such fields as Statistical Physics and Theoretical Computer Science.  Mathematicians gathered to present their current research and discuss future directions in the overlapping areas of Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistical Physics. The speakers included such influential scholars as Dayue Chen of Peking University, Michael Cranston of the University of California, Irvine, Raphael Lefevere of Paris Diderot University and NYU Shanghai, Zenghu Li of Beijing Normal University, Daniel Stein of NYU and NYU Shanghai, Zhan Shi of Université Paris VI and Weian Zheng of East China Normal University.

Louis-Pierre Arguin of Université de Montréal and Federico Camia (NYU Abu Dhabi and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) conducted two well-received mini-courses for students.

The Conference created a vibrant communication between the Mathematical communities at home and abroad. Conference attendees included scholars, post-docs and graduate students from universities in China and abroad.

About Charles Newman

Charles (Chuck) Newman is the Silver Professor of Mathematics at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of NYU, an Affiliated Faculty at NYU Shanghai, and a member of NYU-ECNU Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU Shanghai.  Newman is Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, Member of the International Association of Mathematical Physicists, Member of the US National Academy of Sciences, Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. His most recent book is Spin Glasses and Complexity (Daniel L. Stein & Charles M. Newman, Princeton University Press, 2013).

About Qi-Man Shao

Qi-Man Shao is the Professor of Statistics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.  He is an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2010 and has co-authored three books published by Springer including Self-normalized Processes: Theory and Statistical Applications (V. de la Pena, T.L. Lai and Q.M. Shao) and Normal Approximation by Stein's Method (L.H.Y. Chen, L.Goldstein and Q.M. Shao).

About the Institute

NYU-ECNU Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU Shanghai is a research institute dedicated to developing a unique research and training environment to advance modern mathematics and their applications. 

The Institute is in close partnership with NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. Research work at the Institute will be patterned after the style of mathematics that has become the trademark of the Courant Institute - strong, dedicated and talented mathematicians working on problems of important scientific, technological, social or economic consequences, and developing mathematical and computational methods to contribute to their solution. The research interests at the Institute include: theories and applications of probability, nonlinear partial differential equations, fluid dynamics, biology, materials science, computational neuroscience, and mathematical finance.  

The Institute is also in close partnership with East China Normal University’s Department of Mathematics. The Department of Mathematics at ECNU was founded in 1951. In 1996, the Department was listed as one of the national bases in China for basic research in science and talent training in mathematics. The Department of Mathematics has strengths in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, computational mathematics, and math education. It has become an influential math research and education base in and outside China.

The Institute will also serve to attract scientific and mathematics talent to NYU Shanghai.   

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