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Plenary Speakers

Louis Block, University of Florida

IP3: The Dynamics of Two Families of Maps of the Interval.   Abstract
Sunday, March 30, 8:10am-9:00am

Louis Block is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Florida, where he has proudly served since 1973. He received his Doctoral Degree from Northwestern University, under the supervision of R.F. Williams. He has been a Visiting Fellow on three occasions at Australian National University, and he was a Van Vleck Visiting Professor at Wesleyan University twice during sabbatical years. Most of his research has been in the area of One-Dimensional Dynamics.
Professor Block is the author or co-author of 54 publications which have been reviewed by Mathematical Reviews. His most frequently cited publications are his 1992 book (with W. A. Coppel), "Dynamics in one dimension," (Lecture Notes in Mathematics Volume 1513, 1992, MR1176513), and his 1980 paper (with J. Guckenheimer, M. Misiurewicz, and L. S. Young), "Periodic points and topological entropy of one-dimensional maps," pages 18-34, Lecture Notes in Mathematics Volume 819, MR0591173).
Professor Block has had the good fortune of being able to visit and give lectures in numerous countries. In addition to mathematics, he enjoys playing tennis and spending time with family, especially his grandchildren.


Emmanuele DiBenedetto, Vanderbilt University

IP2: On the Local Behavior of Non-Negative Solutions to a Logarithmically Singular Equation.   Abstract
Saturday, March 29, 1:10pm-2:00pm


Joel Smoller, University of Michigan

IP1: Gravitation.   Abstract
Saturday, March 29, 8:10am-9:00am

Dr. Joel Smoller is the Lamberto Cesari Chaired Professor at The University of Michigan. Dr. Smoller was a Guggenheim Fellow, a Senior Humboldt Fellow, and was the recipient of the 2009 Birkhoff Prize in Applied Mathematics.


Gunther Uhlmann, University of Washington and University of Helinski

IP4: Harry Potter's Cloak (Public Lecture).   Abstract

Dr. Uhlmann studied mathematics as an undergraduate at the Universidad de Chile in Santiago, gaining his Licenciatura degree in 1973. He continued his studies at MIT where he received a PhD in 1976. He held postdoctoral positions at MIT, Harvard and NYU, including a Courant Instructorship at the Courant Institute in 1977-1978. In 1980, he became Assistant Professor at MIT and then moved in 1985 to the University of Washington. He has been the Walker Family Professor at the University of Washington since 2006. During 2010-2012 he was on leave at the University of California, Irvine, as the Excellence in Teaching Endowed Chair.
Dr. Uhlmann has received several honors for his research including a Sloan Fellowship in 1984 and a Guggenheim fellowship in 2001. In 2001 he was elected a Corresponding Member of the Chilean Academy of Sciences. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics since 2004. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009 and a SIAM Fellow in 2010. He was an Invited Speaker at ICM in Berlin in 1998 and a Plenary Speaker at International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics in Zurich in 2007. He was named a Highly Cited Researcher by ISI in 2004. He was awarded the Bôcher Memorial Prize in 2011 and the Kleinman Prize also in 2011. Uhlmann delivered the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Einstein Lecture in 2012. He was awarded the Fondation Math'ematiques de Paris Research Chair for 2012-2013. He was elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences in 2012 and is also an AMS Fellow since 2012. He was awarded a Simons Fellowship for 2013-2014.