|André Aisenstadt Prize 2006 - Iosif Polterovich [ français ]
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The 2006 André Aisenstadt Prize is awarded jointly to Iosif Polterovich of the University of Montreal, and Tai-Peng Tsai of the University of British Columbia.
After obtaining his Master's degree from Moscow State University in 1995, Dr. Polterovich obtained his doctorate from the Weizmann Institute in 2000. Following postdoctoral experiences at the CRM, MSRI and the Max Planck Institute, Dr. Polterovich began a tenure track position at the University of Montreal, in 2002.
Dr. Polterovich works in geometric spectral theory, his broad variety of results being notable for both their importance and novelty. Perhaps most exciting was Polterovich's announcement in 2000 of an "explicit" formula for the heat invariants of a Riemannian manifold; these geometric invariants had been studied for more than fifty years, yet Polterovich presented them in a striking and useful way, which will undoubtedly be central to much forthcoming research by him and others.