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University of Delaware’s Mokshay Madiman, who is an Associate Professor
of Mathematical Sciences, has been appointed as an Adjunct Professor at
the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in India.
Madiman will hold this visiting appointment
for a period of 3 years, during each of which he will spend at least 2
weeks at TIFR to collaborate with researchers there. TIFR, whose two
main campuses are in Mumbai and Bengaluru, is one of the top research
institutions for mathematics in India. One of his visits will involve
the delivery of an expository lecture series on cutting-edge research
developments in the field of convex geometry.
Madiman, who received his Ph.D. in 2005 from
Brown University, joined UD in January 2013 after several years as an
Assistant and then Associate Professor of Statistics and Applied
Mathematics at Yale University. He is an expert on the interrelationship
of probability theory and information theory. Probability is the
language of chance or random phenomena, while information theory was
first developed to address fundamental problems of data compression and
communication, and is at the heart of modern communication algorithms.
Somewhat surprisingly, random phenomena in general can be studied
fruitfully from the perspective of information theory, and such a
perspective has implications for many other areas in the mathematical
sciences including discrete mathematics, statistics, functional
analysis, and the science of networks. Madiman's research touches on
several of these areas and has been supported by the U.S. National
Science Foundation (NSF) since 2011, including through an ongoing CAREER
Award, which is the NSF's "most prestigious awards in support of junior
faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding
research, excellent education and the integration of education and
research within the context of the mission of their organizations".
This will not be Madiman’s first visiting
position. Indeed, he spent the spring of 2013 as a visitor with the
National Mathematics Initiative organized by the Indian Institute of
Science in Bengaluru, and the fall of 2013 visiting the Department of
Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton University.
In each instance, he gave a series of expository lectures— one on
probabilistic methods in the rapidly developing area of additive
combinatorics, and the other on entropic limit theorems. He will also be
spending the spring of 2015 as an invited member of the Institute for
Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) in Minneapolis, which is one of
the most influential research institutes in the world for the
interdisciplinary mathematical sciences.
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