The Center of Mathematical Sciences and Applications at Harvard University welcomes applications for a two-year Postdoctoral position at the intersection of mathematics and economics, with a particular preference for finance. The area of research interests is understood broadly (for example, they may include but are not limited to asset pricing and corporate finance, macro-finance and monetary economics, operations research and financial engineering , economic theory and game theory, industrial organization and market design, econometrics and machine learning). That said, there is some preference for candidates working with modern empirical methods in addition to theory.
Ravi Jagadeesan, an economic design fellow at CMSA and frequent collaborator with Center Affiliate Scott Kominers, is the recipient of the 2019 AMS-MAA-SIAM Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize for Outstanding Research in Mathematics by an Undergraduate Student. Ravi’s “fundamental contributions across several topics in pure and applied mathematics, including algebraic geometry, statistical theory, mathematical economics, number theory, and combinatorics” have qualified him for this prize. Jagadeesan is currently a PhD student in Business Economics at Harvard. He graduated from Harvard with an A.B. in Mathematics and an A.M. in Statistics in Spring 2018. In his response he thanked the Center of Mathematical Sciences and Applications for support.
Streetchange won a Webby award for Best Use of Machine Learning on the Web! Congratulations to the team.
Streetchange is a new way of measuring changes in the physical appearances of neighborhoods using a computer vision algorithm. The researchers calculated Streetchange by algorithmically comparing Google Street View images of the same location captured in different years.
Read more about the project here.
Read the paper here.
Check out the award page here.
Stephen Hawking passed away yesterday. He was 76. He visited the Black Hole Initiative in 2016 (pictured above). In 2006, Prof. Shing-Tung Yau helped arrange Prof. Hawking’s visit to China, where he has remained a popular cultural figure.
In the words of Prof. Yau, “He was very friendly and was willing to explain physics to laymen. His smile attracted the attention of everybody… the Chinese are grateful for his generosity in spending time in China.”
CMSA Postdoc Zhong-Zhi Xianyu and colleagues’ latest research examines residual radiation from the Big Bang and their relation to the elementary particles in the Standard Model of particle physics.
On Aug. 13, 2017, Boston-area Iranian scholars organized a memorial in honor of Fields Medal winner Maryam Mirzakhani. The event was moderated by CMSA Visitor Artan Sheshmani, and featured comments from leading scholars across several academic institutes.
Professor Sheshmani also gave a tribute in his native tongue of Farsi, which can be viewed below.
Many members of the Center of Mathematical Sciences and Applications recently attended the Strings 2016 Conference hosted at Tsinghua University in Beijing. This week-long conference featured talks by several of the world’s most prominent string theorists, including Director of IAS Robbert Dijkgraaf, Fields Medalist Edward Witten, and Nobel Laureate David Gross. In addition to the plenary speakers, the conference also organized a gong show featuring short presentations from students, poster sessions, several parallel sessions featuring talks by junior researches, and public talks. The conference was hugely successful, with several hundred attending from across the international physics and math community.
CMSA has been hosting a special program on nonlinear equations. Most physical phenomena, from the gravitating universe to fluid dynamics, are modeled on nonlinear differential equations. The subject also makes close connections with other branches of mathematics. In particular, some of the deepest results in complex geometry and topology were obtained through solutions of nonlinear equations.
The subject underwent rapid developments in the last century and foundational results were established. Compared to linear equations, the difficulty of solving nonlinear equations is of a different order of magnitude and the methods employed in solving them are also much more diversified. To this date, it is an active field with recent exciting discoveries and renewed interests, and several long standing problems seem to be within reach. The special year aims to spur activity in this subject, to provide a natural setting for the most cutting edge results to be communicated, and to facilitate interaction among researchers of different backgrounds.
To learn more about the program and the participants, take a trip over to the main CMSA site!
We’ll be posting some interviews with some of the researchers participating in program.