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The International Scientific Advisory Committee advises the CRM on all scientific orientations: selection, organisation and elaboration of the thematic programs (annual programs, semestral programs and short programs), elaboration of the general and multidisciplinary programs and all other important activities.

The International Scientific Advisory Committee meets at the CRM at least once a year during a weekend of October or November and several times a year by electronic mail. Here is a list of its members: 

martin barlowMartin Barlow received his undergraduate degree from Cambridge University in 1975 and completed his Doctoral degree with David Williams at the University College of Swansea in Wales (1978). Since then he has been a leading researcher in probability theory, in particular diffusion in fractals and other disordered media. He held a Royal Society University Research Fellowship at Cambridge University from 1985 to 1992, when he joined the Mathematics Department at University of British Columbia. He currently is Professor of Mathematics at UBC. He has held a number of visiting professorships at leading universities. Martin Barlow gave an invited lecture at the 1990 ICM in Kyoto and was an invited lecturer at the prestigious Saint-Flour Summer School in 1995. In 2008 he received the Jeffery-Williams Prize of the Canadian Mathematical Society and in 2009 the CRM-Fields-PIMS prize. Other distinctions include the Rollo Davidson Prize from Cambridge University and the Junior Whitehead Prize from the London Mathematical Society. He has been a leader of the international probability community as a lead organizer of numerous conferences, Associate Editor of all the top probability journals and Editor-in-Chief of the Electronic Communications in probability. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics since 1995, of the Royal Society of Canada since 1998 and in 2006 was elected Fellow of the Royal Society (London).

A specialist of probability theory and its applications, Gérard Ben Arous arrived to NYU's Courant Institute as a Professor of Mathematics in 2002. He was appointed Director of the Courant Institute and Vice Provost for Science and Engineering Development in September 2011. A native of France, Professor Ben Arous studied Mathematics at École Normale Supérieure and earned his PhD from the University of Paris VII (1981). He has been a Professor at the University of Paris-Sud (Orsay), at École Normale Supérieure, and more recently at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, where he held the Chair of Stochastic Modeling. He headed the department of Mathematics at Orsay and the departments of Mathematics and Computer Science at École Normale Supérieure. He also founded a Mathematics research institute in Lausanne, the Bernoulli Center. He is the managing editor (with Amir Dembo, Stanford) of one of the main journals in his field, Probability Theory and Related Fields.

Professor Ben Arous works on probability theory (stochastic analysis, large deviations, random media and random matrices) and its connections with other domains of mathematics (partial differential equations, dynamical systems), physics (statistical mechanics of disordered media), or industrial applications. He is mainly interested in the time evolution of complex systems, and the universal aspects of their long time behavior and of their slow relaxation to equilibrium, in particular how complexity and disorder imply aging. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (as of August 2011) and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. He was a plenary speaker at the European Congress of Mathematics, an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematics, received a senior Lady Davis Fellowship (Israel), the Rollo Davison Prize (Imperial College, London) and the Montyon Prize (French Academy of Sciences).

borodinAllan Borodin has been teaching computer science at the University of Toronto since obtaining his Ph. D. from Cornell University in 1969. In 1980, he became Chair of the Department of Computer Science for five years. During his long career he has concentrated his research efforts in the field of algorithm analysis and related fields such as algorithmic mechanism design, web search and document ranking/classification. In addition to having held prestigious visiting research positions in universities around the world, he has received many honours, among them CRM-Fields-PIMS Prize (2008), Fellow of the Fields Institute (2008) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (1991). His publications include several well known scholarly books, numerous papers in refereed journals and proceedings as well as invited talks at major international conferences. Mr. Borodin has supervised 15 Ph.D. dissertations and 10 postdoctoral fellows. He has been active as an editor of top journals in the fields of computing and computer algebra.

Stephen E. Fienberg is Maurice Falk University Professor of Statistics and Social Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He is the Carnegie Mellon co-director of the Living Analytics Research Centre. Fienberg received his hon. B.Sc. in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Toronto (1964), and his A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Statistics at Harvard University (1965, 1968).

Professor Fienberg has served as Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon and as Vice President for Academic Affairs at York University, in Toronto, Canada, as well as on the faculties of the University of Chicago and the University of Minnesota. He has been a founding editor of a number of statistical journals. He has been Vice President of the American Statistical Association and President of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the International Society for Bayesian Analysis.

Fienberg’s research includes the development of statistical methods, especially tools for categorical data analysis and the analysis of network data, algebraic statistics, causal inference, statistics and the law, machine learning, and the history of statistics.

Fienberg is a member of the U. S. National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Academy of Political and Social Science, as well as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.

Edward Frenkel grew up in Russia and then moved to the US. He received Ph.D. in Mathematics from Harvard University at the age of 23 after one year of study. He stayed on at Harvard, first as a Junior Fellow at the prestigious Harvard Society of Fellows, and then as an Associate Professor. He was offered Full Professorship at University of California at Berkeley at the age of 28 (one of the youngest ever), and he has been Professor of Mathematics at Berkeley since then. In 2008 he received the first Chaire d'Excellence award from Fondation Sciences Mathématiques de Paris.

Frenkel has authored two books – most recently, Langlands Correspondence for Loop Groups – and about 80 articles in mathematical journals, and he has lectured on his work around the world. Among his other awards are the Hermann Weyl Prize and Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering.

friedlanderSusan Friedlander is currently Director of the Center for Applied Mathematical Sciences and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Southern California. She obtained her Doctoral degree at Princeton University in 1972. She has published extensively in the areas of differential equations and fluid mechanics. She has been very active on numerous committees and evaluation panels, including the Council of the American Mathematical Society and the Board on Mathematical Sciences of the National Academies. She has also been involved continuously in the organization of conferences and workshops, including the AMS-Shanghai Joint Meeting Program Committee. She has served on numerous AMS editorial boards and university committees. She has been honoured with several academic awards, among them, the Institut Poincaré Medal, the Gauthier Villars Prize for Nonlinear Analysis and, in 2003, the University of Illinois Scholar Award. Over the years, she has been a frequent invited lecturer in the United States and around the world
Mark Goresky is a member of the Institute for Advanced Study of Princeton since 1994. He received a B.Sc. from the University of British Columbia in 1971 and a Ph.D. from Brown University in 1976. In 1986, he was elected to the Royal Society of Canada. He was awarded the Jeffrey-Williams Prize of the Canadian Mathematical Society in 1996 and the Steele Prize of the American Mathematical Society in 2002 jointly with R. MacPherson. He was a member of the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Mathematics from 1997 to 2000 and is presently on the editorial board of the Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society. He is a world expert in geometric representation theory.

Laurent Habsieger is a senior researcher at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) since 2002. Former student at École Normale Supérieure (ENS), he completed his PhD in Strasbourg, before conducting a postdoctoral year at IMA Minneapolis. He then became professor at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) during 2 years. In 1990, he joined the CNRS as a junior researcher in Bordeaux. En 2002, he was made senior researcher in Lyon. He then managed the national research group in number theory during 8 years, holding the position of deputy director of his laboratory during 5 years, and supervising 3 research Franco-Hungarian programs. In 2011, the CNRS launched the UMI CRM for which he is appointed co-director with François Lalonde, director at Centre de recherches mathématiques.

Having completed his thesis in combinatorics, Laurent Habsieger broadened its expertise to number theory. He is the author of around 40 scientific articles in many academic fields: combinatorics, arithmetic, special functions, coding theory and analysis….

lebrisClaude Le Bris obtained his Doctoral degree at École Polytechnique in France in 1993. He is a world authority on the mathematics of quantum chemical and quantum physics electronic structure calculations. His professional activities include positions as Civil Engineer-in-Chief and Research Scientist at École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, as well as scientific leader of the MICMAC project at INRIA. He has been a member of several Scientific Program Committees of international conferences and thematic years such as CIAM 2011, SIAM MMS 2008, CRM Montreal, IMA Minneapolis and BICMR Beijing. He has had extensive editorial activity as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the publications Mathematical Modelling and Numerical Analysis and Editor-in-Chief of Applied Mathematics Research Express. He has supervised 12 Ph.D. students. He is also the author of five books, 80 papers in international journals, 20 papers in books and conference proceedings and has given 90 invited lectures at international conferences. In the fall of 2009, he gave a series of talks at the CRM as the Aisenstadt Lecturer in the theme semester on Quantum Dynamic Imaging.
Dusa McDuff is the Helen Lyttle Kimmel '42 Professor of Mathematics at Barnard College. She gained her early teaching experience at the University of York, the University of Warwick and MIT. In 1978, she joined the faculty of the Department of Mathematics at SUNY Stony Brook, where she was awarded the title of Distinguished Professor in 1998. Professor McDuff has honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, the University of York and the University of Strasbourg. She is a fellow of the Royal Society, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a member of the American Philosophical Society, and an honorary fellow of Girton College, Cambridge. She has received the Satter Prize from the American Mathematical Society and the Outstanding Woman Scientist Award from AWIS (Association for Women in Science). Professor McDuff's service to the mathematical community has been extensive. She is particularly interested in issues connected with the position of women in mathematics, and currently serves on the MSRI Board of Trustees. Together with Dietmar Salamon, she has written two foundational books on symplectic topology as well as several articles in collaboration with François Lalonde.

Duong H. Phong is Professor of Mathematics and Director of Graduate Studies (Mathematics) at Columbia University. He received his PhD from Princeton University in 1977. His research encompasses complex analysis and geometry, partial differential equations, and mathematical physics. Professor Phong was Aisenstadt Chair Lecturer at CRM in 1999. He was awarded the Bergmann Prize of the American Mathematical Society in 2009.
Claus Michael Ringel received the Diplom (1968) and PH.D. in Mathematics from the University of Frankfurt/Main in 1969 and the Habilitation (second doctorate) from the University of Tubingen in 1972. He taught briefly at Carleton University in Ottawa (1970-1972). From 1978 to 2010 he was Professor of Mathematics at the University of Bielefeld in Germany, where he is now Professor Emeritus. He is in addition Visting Chair Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. Claus Ringel's research is in Representation Theory, the study of concrete realizations of abstract algebraic structures. His work has been profoundly influential in the development of the theory of representations of finite dimensional algebras, in particular quivers, hereditary algebras, Ringel-Hall algebras and quantum groups. He has had, and continues to have, a leading role in a number of SFB (Sonderforschungsbereich) in Germany in the area of representation theory.
Since 2003 Keith Frederick Taylor has been teaching at Dalhousie University where he notably held the position of dean at the Faculty of Science from 2003 to 2008. He presently is Associate Vice-President Academic for the Outreach and International Programs. After obtaining his Ph.D. (1976) at the University of Alberta, he became Assistant Professor and Associate Professor at the University of Saskatchewan. In 1996-97, Professor Taylor won the Student Union Teaching Excellence Award, followed by the Master Teacher Award in 2001. He finds his primary research interests in Abstract Harmonic Analysis and Wavelet Analysis, Spectral Problems Arising in Chemistry and Technology Enhanced Pedagogy. He has supervised five Ph.D. theses and nine M.Sc. theses and is still the founding director of the Math Readiness Summer Camps created in 1996.

Akshay Venkatesh is professor at Stanford University since September 2008. He obtained his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2002. He was C.L.E. Moore Instructor at MIT from 2002 to 2004 and then joined the Courant Institute from 2004 to 2008. Akshay Venkatesh has received many prizes and fellowships since the beginning of his career, among them, the Sloan Foundation Fellowship (2007), the Salem Prize (2007), the David and Lucile Packard Foundation fellowship (2007-2012) and the SASTRA Ramanujan Prize (2008).

In 2010, he was be the Aisenstadt Chair lecturer of the CRM thematic semester on Number Theory as Experimental and Applied Science.

His research interests are in number theory and automorphic forms, including representation theory, dy namics on homogeneous spaces and arithmetic algebraic geometry.


Luc Vinet is Aisenstadt Professor of Physics at the Université de Montréal and the Director of the CRM, a position he held previously from 1993 to 1999. Born in Montréal, he holds a doctorate (3rd cycle) from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris) and a PhD from the Université de Montréal, both in theoretical physics. After two years as a research associate at MIT, he was appointed as assistant professor in the Physics Department at the Université de Montréal in the early 1980s and promoted to full professorship in 1992. His research interests in theoretical and mathematical physics include: exactly solvable problems, symmetries, algebraic structures, special functions and quantum information.

In 1999, Luc Vinet joined the ranks of McGill University where he held the position of Vice-Principal (Academic) and Provost. From 2005 to 2010, he was the Rector of the Université de Montréal. He presently chairs the Board of the Fulbright Canada and sits on the Board of Directors of National Institute for Nanotechnology in Edmonton. Among numerous honours, he was awarded the Armand-Frappier Prize of the Government of Québec in 2009 and the 2012 CAP-CRM Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics. He holds an honorary doctorate from the Université Claude-Bernard (Lyon).

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