SIAM Honors Excellence and Innovation at 2012 Prize Luncheon

September 15, 2012

The following recipients of SIAM awards and prizes were recognized in Minneapolis on July 10, during the 2012 SIAM Annual Meeting:

I.E. Block Community Lecture. Robert Bridson, University of British Columbia, Canada; the lecture was titled "Creating Reality: The Mathematics Behind Visual Effects."

AWM–SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture.
Barbara Lee Keyfitz, Ohio State University, with a lecture titled "The Role of Characteristics in Conservation Laws."

Richard C. DiPrima Prize.
Thomas A. Goldstein, Stanford University, for his dissertation "Algorithms and Applications for L1 Minimization."

George Pölya Prize. Vojtěch Rödl, Emory University, and Mathias Schacht, University of Hamburg, Germany.

W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize in Mathematics.
Ruth F. Curtain, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, who gave a lecture titled "Large Algebraic Properties of Riccati Equations."

SIAG/FME Junior Scientist Prize. Sergey Nadtochiy, University of Oxford, UK, who gave a lecture titled "Market-Based Approach to Modeling Derivatives Prices."

SIAM Awards in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling

2011 Problem A, The Continuous Problem: "Snowboard Course"
Solution: "A Half-Blood/Half-Pipe: A Perfect Performance"
Students: Enhao Gong, Rongsha Li, and Xiaoyun Wang
Faculty Adviser: Jimin Zhang
Tsinghua University, PRC

2011 Problem B, The Discrete Problem: "Repeater Coordination"
Solution: "Clustering in a Network"
Students: Daniel Furlong, Dylan Marriner, and Louis Ryan
Faculty Adviser: Susan Martonosi
Harvey Mudd College

2012 Problem A, The Continuous Problem: "The Leaves of a Tree"
Solution: "The Secrets of Leaves"
Students: Cheng Fu, Hangqi Zhao, and Danting Zhu
Faculty Adviser: Zhiyi Tan
Zhejiang University, PRC

2012 Problem B, The Discrete Problem: "Camping Along the Big Long River"
Solution: "C.A.R.S: Cellular Automaton Raft-ing Simulation"
Students: James Jones, Suraj Kannan, and Joshua Mitchell
Faculty Adviser: Changbing Hu
University of Louisville

Student Paper Prizes
2011 Recipients:
Necdet Serhat Aybat, Pennsylvania State University; PhD in 2011, Columbia University; for "Unified Approach for Minimizing Composite Norms." (Co-Author: Garud N. Iyengar, Columbia University)

Sungwoo Park, Knight Capital Group; PhD in 2011, University of Maryland, College Park; for "Portfolio Selection Using Tikhonov Filtering to Estimate the Covariance Matrix." (Co-Author: Dianne P. O'Leary, University of Maryland, College Park)

Xiangxiong Zhang, Massachusetts In
stitute of Technology; PhD in 2011, Brown University; for "On Maximum-Principle-Satisfying High Order Schemes for Scalar Conservation Laws." (Co-Author: Chi-Wang Shu, Brown University)

2012 Recipients:
Brittany D. Froese, Simon Fraser University, Canada, for "Convergent Finite Difference Solvers for Viscosity Solutions of the Elliptic Monge–Ampère Equation in Dimensions Two and Higher." (Co-Author: Adam Oberman)

Stefanie Hollborn, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany, for "Reconstructions from Backscatter Data in Electric Impedance Tomography."

Marina Moraiti, University of Pittsburgh, for "On the Quasistatic Approximation in the Stokes–Darcy Model of Groundwater–Surface Water Flows."

Outstanding Paper Prizes

Nir Ailon, Technion, Israel, and Bernard Chazelle, Princeton University, for "The Fast Johnson–Lindenstrauss Transform and Approximate Nearest Neighbors," SIAM Journal on Computing, Volume 39, Issue 1 (2009), 302–322.
Matthew D. Finn, University of Adelaide, Australia, and Jean-Luc Thiffeault, University of Wisconsin, for "Topological Optimization of Rod-Stirring Devices," SIAM Review, Volume 53, Issue 4 (2011), Expository Research Papers section, 723–743.
Bart Vandereycken, École Polytechnique Féd-érale de Lausanne, Switzerland, and Stefan Vandewalle, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, for "A Riemannian Optimization Approach for Computing Low-Rank Solutions of Lyapunov Equations," SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications, Volume 31, Issue 5 (2010), 2553–2579.

SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession.
Barbara Lee Keyfitz, Ohio State University.

The John von Neumann Lecture.
Sir John Ball, University of Oxford, UK, gave the 2012 lecture, "Liquid Crystals for Mathematicians."

2011 SIGEST Authors

Each issue of SIAM Review's SIGEST section features the slightly modified version of a paper originally published in one of SIAM's research journals. SIGEST papers are judged to be of exceptional quality and of potential significance to the entire SIAM community.

Margaret Beck and C. Eugene Wayne, Boston University, "Using Global Invariant Manifolds to Understand Metastability in the Burgers Equation with Small Viscosity," SIAM Review, Volume 53, Issue 1 (2011), 129–153; published originally in SIADS.

Stephen A. Gourley, University of Surrey, UK, and Xingfu Zou, University of Western Ontario, Canada, "A Mathematical Model for the Control and Eradication of a Wood Boring Beetle Infestation," SIAM Review, Volume 53, Issue 2 (2011), 321–345; published originally in SIAP.

Anna Pagh, Rasmus Pagh, and Milan Ružić, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, "Linear Probing with 5-wise Independence," SIAM Review, Volume 53, Issue 3 (2011), 547–558; published originally in SICOMP.

Alex Olshevsky, Princeton University, and John N. Tsitsiklis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "Convergence Speed in Distributed Consensus and Averaging," SIAM Review, Volume 53, Issue 4 (2011), 747–772; published originally in SICON.

SIAM Fellows, Class of 2012
Tamer Başar, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Michele Benzi, Emory University
Anthony M. Bloch, University of Michigan
Pavel B. Bochev, Sandia National Laboratories
Richard A. Brualdi, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Emeritus
Gui-Qiang G. Chen, University of Oxford
G. Bard Ermentrout, University of Pittsburgh
Richard S. Falk, Rutgers University
Lisa J. Fauci, Tulane University
David R. Ferguson, Applied Mathematical Analysis and The Boeing Company, Retired
M. Gregory Forest, University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill
Susan Friedlander, University of Southern California
Irene M. Gamba, University of Texas at Austin
Walter Gautschi, Purdue University, Retired
Donald Goldfarb, Columbia University
Sven Hammarling, Numerical Algorithms Group Ltd, Semiretired, and University of Manchester
Pavol Hell, Simon Fraser University
Bruce Hendrickson, Sandia National Laboratories
Kirk E. Jordan, IBM Corporation
Michael I. Jordan, University of California, Berkeley
James P. Keener, University of Utah
Naomi Ehrich Leonard, Princeton University
Philip Kumar Maini, University of Oxford
Geoffrey B. McFadden, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Edward Ott, University of Maryland, College Park
Tamar Schlick, New York University
David B. Shmoys, Cornell University
Mary Silber, Northwestern University
Barry F. Smith, Argonne National Laboratory
Tao Tang, Hong Kong Baptist University
Edriss S. Titi, Weizmann Institute of Science and University of California, Irvine
Robert J. Vanderbei, Princeton University
Richard S. Varga, Kent State University, Emeritus
Jan C. Willems, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Thaleia Zariphopoulou, University of Oxford and University of Texas at Austin.



The 2012 W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize was awarded to Ruth F. Curtain (University of Groningen, The Netherlands) for her "fundamental contributions to the theory of infinite dimensional systems and the control of systems governed by partial and delay differential equations." Curtain titled her prize lecture "Large Algebraic Properties of Riccati Equations." The Reid Prize was established in 1993 to recognize outstanding work, or other contributions to, the broadly defined areas of differential equations and control theory; it has been given annually since 2000.


Barbara Keyfitz, the Dr. Charles Saltzer Professor of Mathematics at Ohio State University, received the 2012 SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession from SIAM president Nick Trefethen. Keyfitz was recognized "for her long-term and pervasive advocacy of ap-plied mathematics in several leadership roles. As the Director of the Fields Institute in Toronto (2004–2008), Keyfitz revitalized applied mathematics programming at the Institute with initiatives such as the successful Fields–MITACS Industri-al Problem-Solving workshops. The innovative Canada-wide graduate industrial research internship program for students in the mathematical sciences was created by MITACS–NCE while she served on its Board of Directors. The program has since expanded from applied mathematics to cover all disciplines. She was President of the Association for Women in Mathematics (2005–2006). In SIAM, Keyfitz served as Vice President for Programs (1998–2003), and was instrumental in forming closer links between SIAM's US-based and Mexican communities, in particular through the organization of numerous SIAM–SMM conferences. Currently, as President of ICIAM, she is leading applied mathematics globally."




SIAM awards in the 2012 Mathematical Contest in Modeling went to (top photo, from left) Cheng Fu, Hangqi Zhao, and Danting Zhu of Zhejiang University for their Problem A solution, and to (bottom photo, from left) Suraj Kannan and Joshua Mitchell (with James Jones, not shown) of the University of Louisville for Problem B.


The 2012 SIAG/FME Junior Scientist Prize was awarded to Sergey Nadtochiy (University of Oxford, UK) for "his impressive contributions to Mathematical Finance and his original, sophisticated and rigorous mathematical analysis of challenging problems in volatility modeling and derivative pricing theory." Nadtochiy is the first recipient of the prize, which was established by the SIAM Activity Group on Financial Mathematics and Engineering in 2010 to recognize outstanding work in the field by a junior researcher.


Vojtěch Rödl of Emory University (left) and Mathias Schacht of the University of Hamburg, Germany, received the 2012 George Pólya Prize for "their seminal work on the regularity method for hypergraphs." Rödl and Schacht, according to the prize citation, "have produced a central body of results developing, extending, and consolidating Szemerédi's regularity method for hypergraphs. They have also shown how this method leads to remarkable results like the generalized hypergraph removal lemma and the theorem that every decidable, hereditary property of k-uniform hypergraphs is testable with one-sided error."


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