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CRM-SSC prize 2022

Congratulations to Pengfei Li (University of Waterloo) who will receive the CRM-SSC prize in statistics for ground-breaking and pioneering research contributions to the EM-test for the order of finite mixture models; for original and creative methodological developments in the areas of the empirical likelihood, density ratio models, statistical genetics, non-probability sampling; for exceptional research productivity; and excellence in statistical education.

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A preview of our new website !

The CRM has been hard at work building a new website. For a preview of the site (which is still under construction) we invite you to visit:

Much work still remains to be done before the site officially goes public. You are invited to send us feedback and suggestions by filling out this form.

John McKay (1939-2022)

It is with sadness that we learned of the death of John McKay, a distinguished member of CICMA and the CRM, on April 19 in Montreal. Obtaining a PhD (Computer Science) from the University of Edinburgh in 1971, he joined Concordia University in 1974, becoming a professor in the Department of Computer Science there in 1979. John McKay’s work revolved around the properties of finite groups, their representations and their symmetries. He has been at the origin of several of the most startling discoveries in mathematics of our time, and is world-renowned for launching two areas of mathematics by his observations and conjectures, one known as the McKay correspondence, and the other going under the fanciful name of “monstrous moonshine”, which aims to explain the relationship between the linear representations of the largest sporadic simple group, known as the monster, and the Fourier coefficients of Klein's modular function j.
Among other achievements, he pioneered in the use of computers as a tool in algebra, both in the study of sporadic groups (he is the co-discoverer of two such groups) or in the explicit computation of Galois groups. He was also one of the principal actors in one of the feats of computational algebra of our time, the proof of the non-existence of a projective plane of order 10. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2000 and awarded the CRM-Fields-PIMS prize in 2003.

Twelfth Montreal Industrial Problem Solving Workshop 2022

The Twelfth Montreal Industrial Problem Solving Workshop (IPSW) will take place "in person" (i.e., not virtually) from August 22 to August 26, 2022. It is being organized by the Centre de recherches mathématiques (CRM) and the Institute for Data Valorization (IVADO).

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Thematic semester: Probability and partial differential equations (PDE)

Join us to discover our workshops as part of the thematic semester on probabilities and partial differential equations:

- Workshop: Interacting Particle Systems and Hydrodynamic Limits March 14-25, 2022

- Workshop: Mean-field games April 11-15, 2022

- Workshop: Branching systems, reaction-diffusion equations and population models May 2-13, 2022

- Workshop: Unifying concepts in PDEs with randomness May 16-27, 2022

UNESCO publishes Mathematics for Action to coincide with International Mathematics Day

Published on March 14 to mark International Mathematics Day,Mathematics for Action: Supporting Science-Based Decision Making is a series of policy briefs produced by UNESCO, the Centre de recherches mathématiques, the International Mathematical Union, the International Science Council and their partners. With help from the CRM, Christiane Rousseau spearheaded the toolkit project, which was produced by a consortium of 14 organizations.

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Joint CRM-ISM initiative in support of mathematicians in distress

Prompted by the events in Ukraine, the Centre de recherches mathématiques and the Institut des sciences mathématiques offer a program in support of mathematicians in distress due to war, oppression, and persecution. The objective is to provide a temporary safe haven to international researchers in mathematical and statistical sciences, so that they can continue pursuing their high-quality research and training goals in a secure and welcoming environment.

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Professor Yoshua Bengio named Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur

Professor Yoshua Bengio, long-time CRM member, was named Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur on March 7 during a ceremony at the French Consulate in Montreal. Mrs. Kareen Rispal, Ambassador of France to Canada, awarded this honour to Professor Bengio.

Warm congratulations to him!

SMS 2024 - Call for proposals

The steering board of the "Séminaire de Mathématiques Supérieures'' (SMS) invites letters of intent from potential organizers of the 2024 summer school. The letter (suggested length: 1-2 pages) should contain the proposed title of the school, names and affiliations of the organizers, as well as a short description of proposed mini-courses and the names and affiliations of prospective lecturers. The 2024 SMS is expected to be hosted by the CRM in Montreal.
The SMS is a high-level summer school in pure and applied mathematics that has been taking place annually since 1961. The usual duration of the school is two weeks. The main institutional partners of the SMS are the Centre de Recherches Mathematiques (Montréal), the Fields Institute (Toronto), the Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences (Vancouver) and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (Berkeley). It also receives the support of the Institut des Sciences Mathématiques and of the Université de Montréal.
The selection of the winning proposal will be made by the steering board composed of Hélène Barcelo (MSRI), Octav Cornea (U de M and CRM), Henri Darmon (McGill), Deirdre Haskell (McMaster and Fields), Nilima Nigam (Simon Fraser) and Iosif Polterovich (U de M, SMS Director).
For more information on the school, please see the SMS web page
The letters of intent will be accepted till May 31, 2022. The successful applicants will be asked to submit a full proposal which is due in September, 2022.

Séminaire de Mathématiques Supérieures 2022: Floer Homotopy Theory

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CRM Research grant for ISM courses given online

To make the content of certain specialized ISM courses available to a broader audience, in particular potential students and collaborators, the CRM is offering a research grant of $2,000 to eligible professors who give their ISM courses on Zoom. The selected courses will be streamed live as well as recorded and available to a wide audience. The links for the Zoom and course materials will be available on the ISM website on the course page. The proposed courses could be scheduled during the fall 2022 or winter 2023 semester.

Conditions :

1) The university offering the course must agree to the terms, namely, that the course be offered on an online platform and that the content be available to a wide audience.

2) The course must be a specialized research course that is not offered every year.

Applications should be sent to ism@uqam.ca and include the course title and outline as well as a letter from the applicant’s department confirming that the university allows the course to be open to a wide audience.

The Research grant can be used to pay for all expenses that are eligible with a FRQNT grant.

Application deadline: August 1st, 2022

André Joyal to Receive 2022 CMS Jeffery-Williams Prize

Congratulations to André Joyal (CIRGET and CRM member) who will receive the 2022 Jeffery-Williams Prize of the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) at the Summer Meeting of the CMS. The Jeffery-Williams Prize was first awarded in 1968 to recognize mathematicians who have made outstanding contributions to mathematical research.


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2022 Krieger-Nelson Prize is awarded to Matilde Lalín

Congratulations to Matilde Lalín (CICMA and CRM member) who has been awarded the 2022 Krieger-Nelson Prize of the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) for her outstanding contribution to Number Theory and related fields. The Krieger-Nelson Prize was first awarded in 1995 in recognition of outstanding contributions in the area of mathematical research by a female mathematician.

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Call for mobility Quebec - France

The Centre de recherches mathématiques (CRM) receives support from the FRQNT within the framework of the agreement establishing the CRM as an IRL of the CNRS. This support allows the CRM to offer its scientific members and students the possibility of short or medium-term stays in France. Three possibilities are offered:

Research internships for students up to 6 months in France (see details in the attached document STAGES-QC-FRA-2022).

Research stays of up to 6 months in a French laboratory for CRM members (see details in the attached document SEJOURS-QC-FRA-2022).

Short stays to participate in scientific events in France for CRM members, postdoctoral fellows and students (see details in the attached document PARTICIPATION-QC-FRA-2022).

2022 CRM-Fields-PIMS Prize is awarded to Bálint Virág

We are pleased to announce that the 2022 CRM-Fields-PIMS Prize is awarded to Bálint Virág, of the University of Toronto. The price is awarded for his exceptional contributions to mathematical research, in the area of probability.

Virág earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley in 2000, after which he was a Moore Instructor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, before going to the University of Toronto in 2003 as a Canada Research Chair. He has been awarded the Rollo Davidson Prize in Probability, the Coxeter-James Prize in 2010 and the John L. Synge Award from the Royal Society of Canada in 2014. Virág was a speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2014. Virág's research spans a wide range of areas of probability, including random matrix theory, Kardar-Parisi-Zhang (KPZ) universality, and random sorting networks. Virág has an outstanding record of training students and postdoctoral fellows. Many of them have been gone on to become leaders in probability in their own right.

The CRM-Fields-PIMS prize is the premier Canadian award for research achievements in the mathematical sciences. It is awarded jointly by the three largest Canadian mathematics institutes: the Centre de Recherches Mathématiques (CRM) in Montreal, the Fields Institute in Toronto, and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) in Vancouver. 

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CRM Laboratories

Mathematical Analysis
Both classical and central to modern mathematics, mathematical analysis lies at the core of our understanding of any continuous system. The mathematical analysis laboratory has undertaken in-depth studies of dynamical systems, partial differential equations and spectra of operators.

The objective of CAMBAM (Center for Applied Mathematics in Bioscience and Medicine) is the application of mathematics to address biological challenges across all levels of biological organisation ranging from the molecular/genetic through single cell and whole organ physiology to population and ecosystem dynamics.

CICMA is an inter-university research center officially established in 1989. Its research activities are concentrated on number theory, arithmetic geometry, computational algebra and sporadic finite groups.

CIRGET is a joint force of researchers at the cutting-edge of international research in differential geometry, topology, geometric group theory and mathematical physics.

GIREF gathers researchers and research groups from several academic institutions in order to facilitate research, development, training of specialists and interaction with the industrial circles in the field of modeling an numeric simulation.

Founded in 1982, LaCIM is one of the principal research center in combinatorics, algebraic combinatorics and theoretical computer science on the international scene.

Applied Mathematics
As a result of state-of-the-art computational resources, it has become possible to simulate problems and figure solutions that we only dreamed of a decade ago. This has been a driving force in the creation of this laboratory.

Mathematical Physics
Mathematical physics represents one of the traditional strengths of the CRM since the beginning of the 1970's. Research focus on several of the most active scientific areas in mathematical physics.

Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA)
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are dynamic and ever-expanding disciplines. The incorporation of MILA into the CRM will give the CRM a more important role within the so-called “digital strategy” of the Québec government.

The work of PhysNum is focused on cerebral imaging and its method. Started within a collaboration with INSERM (Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière) and the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal, this trend took shape during the study of reconstruction signals in magnetoencephalographic problems.

Probability lab members pursue research in a broad range of areas, spanning theoretical and applied, continuous and discrete probability. A particular focus is on the development and analysis of probabilistic models for real-world phenomena from physics, biology, statistics and computer science.

The Actuarial and Financial Mathematics Laboratory is an inter-university group of researchers focused on the mathematics of actuarial science and finance. Its research activities are concentrated on the applications of probabilistic and statistical techniques to analyze random events with financial impact.

Statistics is central to many endeavours in society. Whether it be through surveys from sampling, clinical trials to study various biomedical treatments or experimental designs in agriculture or industry, statistical methodology can be found everywhere in science. The statistics laboratory rallies a great number of statisticians from Eastern Canada.