Werner to Deliver Colloquium Lectures

picture of Wendelin WernerThe AMS Colloquium Lectures will be delivered by Wendelin Werner, University of Paris-Sud, on Sunday, January 6, 2008 - Tuesday, January 8, 2008 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. He will speak on Random conformally invariant pictures. These lectures will be held in Room 6AB, San Diego Convention Center.

Wendelin Werner was born in Germany in 1968 and acquired French nationality in 1977. He is a former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (1987-1991). After working as a researcher at CNRS (1991-1997), he was appointed professor at the Université Paris-Sud 11 in 1997 and has since continued his research at the Laboratoire de mathématiques of the Orsay Faculty of Science (Université Paris-Sud 11/CNRS joint unit).

Werner was awarded the Fields Medal in 2006 during the International Congress of Mathematicians held in Madrid. The medal was awarded in recognition of his work in the field of probability. He has received other awards, including the Fermat Prize in 2001, the Loève Prize in 2005, and the 2006 SIAM George Pólya Prize with his collaborators Gregory Lawler and Oded Schramm.

His interests lie in probability theory and its relations to statistical physics, complex analysis and partial differential equations. Together with Greg Lawler and Oded Schramm, he has developed new tools and ideas that enable to understand better two-dimensional phase transitions and prove physicists' conjectures coming from conformal field theory.

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