A Brilliant Scientist from Austria Inspires Young Researchers

The mathematician Martin Hairer will attend the 2nd Heidelberg Laureate Forum

The mathematician Martin Hairer, who lives in Kenilworth, England, received the Fields Medal this past August. Together with the Abel Prize, the Fields Medal is considered the highest distinction in the field of mathematics. Martin Hairer will travel to the city on the Neckar River from September 21 to 26 to attend the 2nd Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), where he will give a talk entitled “Taming infinity”. Two hundred young researchers in mathematics and computer science were invited to the HLF to personally meet and network with award winners of the highest scientific distinctions in these disciplines.

Martin Hairer’s research colleagues describe his work as so unbelievable sound and diverse that one of them even compares it to Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings”: Martin Hairer’s mathematics is a world in and of itself; it is fantastic and mature. The creativity, intuition and even the speed with which the Austrian works amazes not only his colleagues at the University of Warwick in England, where he currently conducts research and teaches, but also the entire mathematical community. The 38-year-old mathematician has been considered as one of the leading minds in the area of stochastic analysis for the last 20 years. This subdiscipline of mathematics deals with random processes that can be observed in nature, for example the growth of crystals, or can occur in such simple situations as when liquid spreads out in a napkin. In mathematical terms, these processes are described with the help of so-called stochastic partial differential equations (SPDEs), which is Martin Hairer’s area of specialty. SPDEs help to set up mathematical models of physical processes that are sequenced based on time and occur randomly: A drop of water on a napkin expands little by little. What seems to be an arbitrary expansion is really a stochastic process. Describing this process in mathematical terms requires highly complex equations and equation systems with many variables. Hairer developed a basic theory on the overall properties of SPDEs, that is, a theory that describes all stochastic processes such as growth, particle movement — but also phenomena such as stock prices — and helped to organize the immense diversity of stochastic partial differential equations, which have been a thorn in the side of many mathematicians for decades given their sheer volume and complexity.

During the 2nd Heidelberg Laureate Forum, the scientist will talk with young researchers in the fields of mathematics and computer science as well as journalists about his professional background and scientific projects. The brilliant mathematician is extremely down-to-earth, open and interested in many things: For instance, some of his hobbies include cooking and listening to rock music, and in his free time he developed the software package “Amadeus”, which is used by DJs and producers all over the world.

Media representatives who would like to interview Martin Hairer or any other distinguished scientist during the 2nd Heidelberg Laureate Forum are asked to register at: https://application.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org/intern/regj_registration_for.php and get in touch with one of the contact persons from the Heidelberg Laureate Forum.

The updated list of the award winners who will attend the 2nd HLF can be found on the website of the Forum: https://www.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org/the-laureates/?hlfyear=2014

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation organizes the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) every year. The HLF is a networking event for mathematicians and computer scientists from all over the world and will take place for the second time from September 21 to 26, 2014. The HLF was initiated by the German foundation Klaus Tschira Stiftung (KTS), which promotes natural sciences, mathematics and computer sciences, and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). The Forum is organized by the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation in cooperation with KTS and HITS as well as the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the International Mathematical Union (IMU), and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (DNVA).

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