Joint ICTP/SISSA Colloquium 9 May

Mathematician Alice Guionnet to speak on "Large Random Matrices and Beyond"
Joint ICTP/SISSA Colloquium 9 May

ICTP and SISSA will host a joint colloquium on Tuesday 9 May featuring Alice Guionnet, a mathematician with the École normale supérieure de Lyon, France. Guionnet will speak about "Large Random Matrices and Beyond". 

The talk will take place at SISSA's campus at via Bonomea 265, room 128. Directions to reach the campus can be found here. It will also be livestreamed.

Large random matrices were born about a century ago in the work of the statistician Wishart to analyse big array of noisy data. It was then shown in the 1950s by Wigner and Dyson to be a good model for the Hamiltonian of certain heavy nuclei, hence finding its way in quantum physics. Even more surprisingly, Montgomery gave a numerical evidence that random matrices are intimately related with the zeroes of Riemann Zeta function in the seventies. During the last 30 years, random matrix theory developed as a mature field. In this talk, after underlying a few other domains where random matrices play a central role, Professor Guionnet will discuss the random matrix theory of Bernoulli Matrices, presenting old and new results as well as open problems.

Alice Guionnet is a French mathematician known for her work in probability theory, in particular on large random matrices. She has been a pioneer in large deviation principles and heavy tail distribution of random matrices. She has held positions at the Courant Institute, Berkeley, MIT, and ENS (Paris). She is currently a Director of Research at ENS de Lyon. For her work she has received many international recognitions, among which the Rollo Davidson Prize, the Loève Prize, and the Blaise Pascal Medal of the European Academy of Sciences. In 2017 she was elected to the French Academy of Sciences and Academia Europaea. In 2022 she was elected as an international member to the National Academy of Sciences (USA) and International Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS). She has been invited speaker at the European Congress of Mathematics (ECM) in 2004, and the International Congress of Mathematics (ICM) in 2006. She was plenary speaker at the International Congress of Mathematical Physics in 2009, IEEE ISIT in 2019, ECM in 2020 and ICM in 2022.

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