Plenary Speakers


Speaker Abstract
Prof Martino Bardi (University of Padova) An introduction to Mean Field Games and models of segregation
Mahler Lecturer Prof Manjul Bhargava (Princeton University) What is the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer Conjecture, and what is known about it?
Prof Aurore Delaigle (University of Melbourne) Deconvolution when the Error Distribution is Unknown
Prof James Demmel (University of California, Berkeley) Communication Avoiding Algorithms
Prof Jerzy Filar (Flinders University) An Overview of the Flinders Hamiltonian Cycle Project
Asst Prof Clément Hongler (EPFL Switzerland) Random Fields and Curves, Discrete and Continuous Structures
Hanna Neumann Lecturer Prof Frances Kirwan (University of Oxford) Quotients of algebraic varieties by linear algebraic group
A/Prof Frances Kuo (University of New South Wales) Liberating the Dimension - Quasi-Monte Carlo Methods for High Dimensional Integration
Prof Michael Shelley (New York University) Mathematical Models and Analysis of Active Suspensions
Prof Terence Tao (University of California, Los Angeles) Finite time blowup for an averaged Navier-Stokes equation
Prof Ruth Williams (University of California, San Diego) Resource Sharing in Stochastic Networks
Prof Konstantin Zarembo (Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics) Random Matrices in Quantum Field Theory
Prof Wadim Zudilin (University of Newcastle) The life of 1 / Pi


Biographies of Plenary Speakers



Prof Martino Bardi - Martino Bardi was born in 1956 and studied Mathematics at the Universities of Padova, Italy, and Maryland, US, with the supervision of L.C. Evans. He has been a professor of mathematical analysis at the University of Padova since 1988. His main area of research is nonlinear PDE in connection with deterministic and stochastic control and differential games. His book with I. Capuzzo-Dolcetta entitled “Optimal control and viscosity solutions of Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman equation” is a standard reference in the field. Bardi has been advisor of seven Ph.D. students and several post-docs from different countries.


Mahler Lecturer Prof Manjul Bhargava - Manjul Bhargava is Fields medallist 2014, he is the R. Brandon Fradd Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University, U.S.A. He earned his A.B. in Mathematics from Harvard University in 1996 and Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2001. He joined Princeton University as a Professor of Mathematics in 2003. He was the first five-year Research Fellow of the Clay Mathematics Institute during 2000-05. His primary research interests lie in number theory, representation theory, and algebraic geometry. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has received numerous awards, including three Derek Bok Awards for Excellence in Teaching (1993-95), the Hoopes Prize for Excellence in Scholarly Work and Research from Harvard University (1996), the AMS-MAA-SIAM Morgan Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Research in Mathematics (1997), the MAA Merten M. Hasse Prize for Exposition (2003), a Packard Foundation Fellowship in Science and Engineering (2004), the Blumenthal Award (2005), the SASTRA Ramanujan Prize (2005), which he shared with Prof. Kannan Soundararajan, the AMS Cole Prize for number theory (2008), and the Prix Fermat (2011). He was also the 2011 Simons Lecturer at MIT. An accomplished tabla player, he studied with Pandit Prem Prakash Sharma and Ustad Zakir Hussain.


 Prof Aurore Delaigle - Aurore Delaigle is a Professor of Statistics at the University of Melbourne. After obtaining her PhD from the Universite catholique de Louvain in Belgium, she spent one year at UC Davis as a fellow of the Belgian American Education Foundation. She successively became assistant professor at UCSD, reader at the University fo Bristol, and QEII Fellow at the University of Melbourne in 2009. Aurore's main interests lie in the fields of nonparametric statistics, functional data analysis and inverse problems.


Prof James Demmel - James Demmel is the Dr. Richard Carl Dehmel Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley. His personal research interests are in  numerical linear algebra, high performance computing, and communication avoiding algorithms in particular. He is known for his work on the LAPACK and ScaLAPACK linear algebra libraries. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the ACM, AMS, IEEE and SIAM, and winner of the IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award, the SIAM J. H. Wilkinson Prize in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing, and numerous best paper prizes.  He was an invited speaker at the 2002 International Congress of Mathematicians and the 2003 International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics.


 Prof Jerzy Filar - Jerzy Filar obtained his PhD at the University of Illinois, Chicago in 1980. He is an applied mathematician with research interests spanning  a wide spectrum of both theoretical and applied topics in Operations Research, Optimisation, Game Theory, Applied Probability and Environmental Modelling.  He has published extensively in these areas and is on editorial boards of several journals including Operations Research and Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications. Professor Filar is a Fellow of the Australian Mathematical Society and was awarded ASOR’s Ren Potts Medal in 2005.  Since 2011 he has served as Strategic Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Flinders University.


Asst Prof Clément Hongler - Since July 2014, Clément Hongler is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at EPFL, Switzerland. His research is in the area of mathematical physics and is devoted to bringing together ideas from probability, complex analysis and quantum field theory to study lattice models, in particular the Ising model. In this area he has proven a number of conjectures coming from Conformal Field Theory. He obtained his M.Sc. from EPFL in 2008, supported by an Excellence Scholarship. He obtained his Ph.D. under the supervision of Stanislav Smirnov in 2010 at the University of Geneva. From 2010 to 2014, he was a Ritt Assistant Professor and a Minerva Fellow at Columbia University, supported by an NSF grant (2011-2014).


Hanna Neumann Lecturer Prof Frances Kirwan - Frances Kirwan studied at Cambridge, and went on to graduate work at Oxford, where she now is a Professor and a Fellow of Balliol College. Her research interests include moduli spacesin algebraic geometry geometric invariant theory and also in the link between GIT and moment mapsin symplectic geometry. In 2005, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council awarded her a Senior Research Fellowship for her work in algebraic geometry. She is the former president of the London Mathematical Society (2004 to 2006).


A/Prof Frances Kuo - Frances Kuo completed a BCMS(Hons) in 1999 and a PhD in 2002 at the University of Waikato in New Zealand, and subsequently joined the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of New South Wales in 2003. Started as a Research Fellow, Frances obtained a UNSW Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellowship in 2004-2006, an ARC QEII Fellowship in 2007-2011, and was appointed a Senior Lecturer in 2012. She is an ARC Future Fellow since 2013, and an Associate Professor since 2015. Frances was the recipient of the inaugural Information-based Complexity Young Researcher Award in 2003, and the ANZIAM J.H. Michell Medal in 2011, and the Information-based Complexity Prize in 2014. She works in the theory and applications of high dimensional integration and approximation, especially quasi-Monte Carlo methods, multilevel and multivariate decomposition techniques. Her recent interests are in their application to partial diffential equations with random coefficients.

Prof Michael Shelley - Michael Shelley works on the mathematical modeling and simulation of complex systems arising in physics and biology. He is the George and Lilian Lyttle Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Courant Institute of New York University, where he co-founded and co-directs its Applied Mathematics lab. He is also a Professor of Neuroscience (NYU) and Professor of Mechanical Engineering (NYU-Poly). He has received the Frenkiel Award of the APS, the Julian cole Lectureship of SIAM, is a Fellow of SIAM and APS, and was the 2015 AMSI-ANZIAM Lecturer.

Prof Terence Tao - 1992 Flinders University graduate Terence Tao was born in Adelaide, Australia, in 1975.  He has been a professor of mathematics at UCLA since 1999, having completed his PhD under Elias Stein at Princeton in 1996.  Tao's areas of research include harmonic analysis, PDE, combinatorics, and number theory.  He has received a number of awards, including the Salem Prize in 2000, the Bocher Prize in 2002, the Fields Medal  in 2006, the MacArthur Fellowship in 2007 and Crafoord prize in 2012.  Terence Tao also currently holds the James and Carol Collins chair in mathematics at UCLA, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Australian Academy of Sciences. 


Prof Ruth Williams - Ruth Williams is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of California at San Diego where she currently holds the Charles Lee Powell Chair in Mathematics I. Her research is focused on probability, stochastic processes and their applications.  She is especially well known for her work on reflecting Brownian motion and stochastic networks. Ruth Williams earned her Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Master of Science degrees at the University of Melbourne, and her Ph.D. degree in Mathematics from Stanford University in 1983 under Kai Lai Chung. Ruth Williams is an elected member of the US National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has held an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is a past President of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, a major professional society for those doing research in probability and statistics.


Prof Konstantin Zarembo - Konstantin Zarembo received his PhD from the Steklov Mathematical Institute in Moscow in 1997. After postdoctoral position at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in 2001 he moved to the Uppsala University as an Assistant Professor. In 2008-2010 he has been a Directeur de Recherche de 2ème classe of CNRS at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. He became a Professor of Nordita in 2010. Konstantin's field of research is theoretical high-energy physics, with main interests in quantum field theory, string theory and integrable systems. During the last few years he has been working on the AdS/CFT correspondence, mainly on non-perturbative aspects of the relationship between gauge fields and strings, and on exact results in quantum field theory that can be obtained with the help of integrability. He pioneered the use of integrability and Bethe ansatz in the AdS/CFT correspondence, which has led to new non-perturbative results in quantum field theory. He also worked on various aspects of string theory, on statistical application of field theory, on color superconductivity and on matrix models.


 Prof Wadim Zudilin - Wadim Zudilin is a number theorist who received his doctorate from the Moscow State University in 1995 where he stayed as an Assistant Professor until 2000 and an Associate Professor until 2008, with research periods as an Ostrowski Fellow (IHP and Paris 6 in 1999), a Humboldt Fellow (Cologne University in 2003) and a Max-Planck-Society Fellow (MPIM Bonn, several times in 2006--2009). From 2006 to 2008 he also held a position of Senior Researcher at the Steklov Mathematical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. From 2009 he works in the University of Newcastle (NSW, Australia) as an Associated Professor, promoted to Professor in 2013.