## Scientific Review Panel

The scientific activities of the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences are reviewed by an arm's-length Scientific Review Panel (SRP) of experts from various fields of the mathematical sciences. The SRP meets once a year to make recommendations to the Board on the selection of upcoming scientific activities.

### Current SRP Members

**David Aldous*** Professor of Statistics, University of
California at Berkeley. *David Aldous is Professor in the Statistics Dept at
U.C. Berkeley, since 1979. He received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University in
1977. He is the author of "Probability Approximations via the Poisson Clumping
Heuristic" and (with Jim Fill) of a notorious unfinished online work
"Reversible Markov Chains and Random Walks on Graphs". His research in
mathematical probability has covered weak convergence, exchangeability, Markov
chain mixing times, continuum random trees, stochastic coalescence and spatial
random networks. A central theme has been the study of large finite random
structures, obtaining asymptotic behavior as the size tends to infinity via
consideration of some suitable infinite random structure. He was founding
editor of the journal "Probability Surveys". He has recently become interested
in articulating critically what mathematical probability says about the real
world. Aldous is a Fellow of the Royal Society, and a foreign associate of the
U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

**Martin Barlow** Martin Barlow is a leading figure in probability and an expert in diffusion on fractals and other disordered media. His work has been important in such diverse fields as partial differential equations, including major progress on the De Giorgi conjecture, stochastic differential equations, the mathematical finance of electricity pricing, filtration enlargement and branching measure diffusions.

Barlow's awards include the CRM-Fields-PIMS Prize, the Jeffery-Williams Prize of the Canadian Mathematical Society, 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, an organizer of numerous conferences and editor of several probability journals. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, The Royal Society of Canada, The Royal Society(London) and the American Mathematical Society.

**Liliana
Borcea*** Professor of Mathematics, University of Michigan, Ann
Arbor, *received her PhD in Scientific Computing and Computational
Mathematics at Stanford University, in 1996. From 1996-1997 she was an NSF
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Applied Mathematics at California Institute of
Technology, and between 1997-2013 she was in the Computational and Applied
Mathematics department at Rice University. She moved to University of Michigan
in 2013. Her research interests are in stochastic methods with application to
wave propagation and imaging in random media, in inverse problems and in the
multi-scale analysis of diffusion in high contrast media. Examples of
applications are in underwater acoustics, electromagnetic wave propagation and
imaging in the atmosphere, groundwater flow, solute transport and controlled
source electromagnetic oil and gas exploration. She is a member of the SIAM
council (2014-2017). She served as the chair of the SIAM Imaging Science
activity group 2010-2011 and is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the
National Academy of Finland, for the Center of Excellence in Inverse Problems
Research, 2012-2017. She is on the editorial boards of the SIAM Journal on
Multiscale Modeling and Simulations, the SIAM Journal on Uncertainty
Quantification and on the international advisory panel of the journal Inverse
Problems.

**James Colliander** *PIMS Director, Professor of Mathematics at University of British Columbia, *Graduated from Macalester College in 1989. He worked for two years at the United States Naval Research Laboratory on fiber optic sensors and then went to graduate school to study mathematics receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 1997 under Jean Bourgain. Colliander was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and spent semesters at the University of Chicago, the Institute for Advanced Study and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute. His research mostly addresses dynamical aspects of solutions of Hamiltonian partial differential equations, especially non-linear Schrödinger equation. He is also the Founder/CEO of an education technology company called Crowdmark, a collaborative grading and analytics platform.

**Niky Kamran** *James McGill Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at McGill University* received his licence en sciences mathematiques from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles in 1980 and his
Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Waterloo in 1984, where he was the
Ph.D. gold medalist. He was the first recipient of the Andre Aisenstadt Prize
in 1991 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2002. From
2006 to 2008, he held a Killam Research Fellowship awarded by the Canada
Council for the Arts. His research interests are in differential geometry,
partial differential equations and mathematical physics.

**Sándor Kovács** *Craig McKibben and Sarah Merner Endowed Professor of Mathematics at the University of Washington*, received his Ph.D. in 1995 at the University of Utah under the direction of János Kollár. After being a C.L.E. Moore Instructor at M.I.T., and an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago he joined the faculty of the University of Washington in 2000. Dr. Kovács has held visiting positions at the Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Kyoto (Japan), the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley (California), the Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest (Hungary), the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton (New Jersey), and the Instituto Nacional de Matemática Pura e Aplicada in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Dr. Kovács's research is in higher dimensional algebraic geometry, he is especially interested in questions related to moduli theory, singularities and vanishing theorems for cohomology groups. He received the Rényi Kató Prize of the Bolyai János Mathematical Society (Hungary) and has been the recipient of an AMS Centennial Research Fellowship, an NSF CAREER award, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, and a Simons Fellowship.

**Mark Lewis*** Canada
Research Chair in Mathematical Biology, Killam Research Fellowship holder,
Director of the Centre for Mathematical Biology at the University of
Alberta *received his BSc from the University of Victoria in 1987 and D.
Phil from Oxford in 1990. After a postdoc at the University of Washington he
joined faculty at the University of Utah in 1992 before moving to the
University of Alberta in 2001. He has held visiting positions at Imperial
College, Princeton, Minnesota, and Oxford. His research involves mathematical
modeling of biological processes, involving interplay of science and
mathematics, where ideas from each lead to advances in the other. Professor
Lewis's work develops techniques in stochastic processes, dynamical systems and
partial differential equations and has led to significant advances, for
example, in modeling territorial pattern formation in wolf populations,
predicting population spread in biological invasions like the West Nile virus,
and assessing the effect of habitat fragmentation on species survival. Research
prizes include the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society Research
Prize and the CRM-Fields-PIMS Prize for Exceptional Research in
Mathematics.

**Douglas Nychka ***Director of the Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences, National Center for Atmospheric Research.*
Douglas Nychka is a statistical scientist with an interest in the
problems posed by geophysical data sets or, more generally, by
substantive problems in science and engineering. His current
interests are in quantifying the uncertainty of numerical experiments
that simulate the Earth's present and possible future climate. His
statistical expertise is in spline and spatial statistical methods
especially as they are applied to large geophysical data sets and
numerical models. He has a Ph. D. in Statistics (1983) from the
University of Wisconsin and he subsequently spent 14 years as a
faculty member at North Carolina State University. He assumed
leadership of the Geophysical Statistics Project at the National
Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in 1997, a program funded by
the National Science Foundation to develop collaborative research and
training between statistics and the geosciences. In 2004 he became
Director of the Institute of Mathematics Applied to Geosciences (IMAGe). IMAGe
is an interdisciplinary component of NCAR with a focus on transferring
innovative mathematical models and tools to the geosciences. He has
received the Jerry Sacks Award for Multidisciplinary Research (2004),
the Distinguished Achievement Award Section on Statistics in the
Environment (2013), the Achievement Award for the International
Statistics and Climatology Meeting (2013). He is a Fellow of the
American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical
Statistics.

**Raman Parimala**, * Arts & Sciences Distinguished
Professor at Emory University, Atlanta* received her Master's degree at
Stella Maris College, Chennai and her Ph. D. degree in 1976, at the Tata
Institute of Fundamental Research. She was a Professor at the Tata Institute of
Fundamental Research before she moved to Emory Univeristy. She has held
visiting positions at several institutions including the MSRI, Berkeley, EPFL,
Lausanne, ETH, Zurich and Université Paris-Sud, Orsay.

Dr. Parimala has given a number of special addresses including the Coxeter lectures at the Fields Institute, Toronto in May 2013; Noether lecture of the AWM, at the joint AMS-MAA national meeting at San Diego, January 2013 and the Bernoulli Lecture at EPFL Lausanne, December, 2012. She also gave a plenary lecture at the International Congress of Mathematicians, Hyderabad, 2010 and a sectional invited address at the International Congress of Mathematicians, Zurich, 1994.

Dr. Parimala is on the editorial boards of a number of Mathematics Journals and is currently the editor in chief of the Journal of the Ramanujan Mathematical Society. Her research interests include quadratic forms, Brauer groups, algebraic groups and homogeneous spaces.

**Kannan Soundararajan**, *Professor of Mathematics and Director of the Mathematics Research Center (MRC) at Stanford University*.
Soundararajan received his BS degree from the University of Michigan, and his Ph.D, supervised by Peter Sarnak, from Princeton University in 1998. After postdoctoral positions at Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study, he was on the faculty of the University of Michigan, before moving to Stanford University in 2006. His main research interests lie in number theory, and in particular in multiplicative number theory and L-functions, but he is broadly interested in many
problems in number theory, combinatorics, probability and analysis.

Soundararajan has received the Salem Prize, the SASTRA Ramanujan Prize, the Ostrowski Prize, the Infosys Prize, and a Simons Investigator Award. He gave an invited lecture at the ICM in 2010.

**Jun-cheng Wei**, *Canada Research Chair (Tier I), University of British Columbia* received his PhD from University of Minnesota in 1994. He was a postdoctoral fellow at SISSA (Trieste, Italy) from 1994 to 1995. In 1995 he joined the department of mathematics at Chinese University of Hong Kong where he held the Wei Lun Chair Professor from 2011 to 2013. He then moved to University of British Columbia in 2013 as a CRC in Nonlinear Partial Differential Equation. He has published extensively and his research covers both pure and applied mathematics, ranging from De Giorgi and Liouville type properties of nonlinear partial differential equations, concentration phenomena, nonlinear analysis, geometric scalar curvature problems, to reaction-diffusion systems, diblock and triblock copolymer problems, phase-transitions in material sciences and pattern formation in mathematical biology. He is an Invited Speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians, Korea, 2014, a plenary speaker at the International Congress of Chinese Mathematicians, Beijing, 2010, and a Senior Croucher Fellow in 2005.