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The 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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