Meeting a Big Success

What an amazing gathering of close to 6500 people celebrating mathematics! Thank you to all who contributed to this success. Some selected highlights of the meeting are posted at http://www.ams.org/meetings/national/jmm14-highlights and http://www.maa.org/news/jmm-2014-cruises-into-baltimore. More to come ...

About the JMM

jmm joint logoThe largest mathematics meeting in the world is heading back to Baltimore's Inner Harbor, one of the most photographed and visited areas of the city and one of the major seaports in the United States since the 1700's. The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the American Mathematical Society (AMS) invite you to join them there for the next Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM). This will be the 97th annual winter meeting of MAA and the 120th annual meeting of AMS. The JMM will again host sessions by the Association for Symbolic Logic (ASL), the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), the National Association for Mathematicians (NAM), and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).

What to Expect from this Meeting

Top features of this meeting are:

  • a comprehensive and rich scientific program geared toward mathematicians of all ages and levels of expertise;
  • featured lectures that will include the AMS Colloquium Lectures by Dusa McDuff; the AMS Gibbs Lecture by Andrew Blake; AMS Invited Addresses by Emmanuel Candès, Christopher Hacon, Paul Seidel, and Horng-Tzer Yau; MAA Invited Addresses by Michael Starbird, Jill Pipher, William Dunham, sarah-marie belcastro, and Helaman and Claire Ferguson; Joint Invited Addresses by Benson Farb and Carl Pomerance; the Porter Public Lecture by Eitan Grinspun; and the AMS Retiring Presidential Address by Eric Friedlander.
  • recognition of numerous mathematical achievements through Prize and Award Ceremonies;
  • courses such as the MAA Short Course, the AMS Short Course, and the MAA Minicourses;
  • many activities for students including the Graduate School Fair for undergraduate students;
  • poster sessions for young mathematicians and undergraduate students;
  • employment opportunities at the Mathematical Sciences Employment Center;
  • the Mathematical Art Exhibition that includes works by artists in various media;
  • the Who Wants to Be a Mathematician Competition that showcases the brilliance of ten of the nation's best high school math students
  • exhibits filled with some of the leading scientific publishers, well-known computer hardware and software manufacturers, well-known health and lifestyle companies, companies offering mathematics enrichment products, and professional organization

Exciting Talks Scheduled

Andrew Blake to Speak on Machines that See, Powered by Probability

picture of Andrew BlakeAndrew Blake, Microsoft Research Cambridge, will deliver the AMS Josiah Willard Gibbs Lecture on Wednesday January 15, 2014, 8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Ballrooms 1 & 2, 4th Floor, Baltimore Convention Center. The title of his talk will be Machines that See, Powered by Probability.

Andrew Blake is a Microsoft Distinguished Scientist and the Laboratory Director of Microsoft Research Cambridge, England. He joined Microsoft in 1999 as a Senior Researcher to found the Computer Vision group. In 2008 he became a Deputy Managing Director at the lab, before assuming his current position in 2010. Prior to joining Microsoft Andrew trained in mathematics and electrical engineering in Cambridge England, and studied for a doctorate in Artificial Intelligence in Edinburgh. He was an academic for 18 years, latterly on the faculty at Oxford University, where he was a pioneer in the development of the theory and algorithms that can make it possible for computers to behave as seeing machines. Read more ...

Benson Farb to Speak on Braids, Homology and Polynomials: An Emerging Pattern in Algebra and Topology

picture of Benson FarbBenson Farb, University of Chicago, will deliver an AMS-MAA Invited Address on Friday January 17, 2014, 11:10 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Ballrooms 1 & 2, 4th Floor, Baltimore Convention Center. The title of his talk will be Braids, Homology and Polynomials: An Emerging Pattern in Algebra and Topology.

Listen as Katharine Merow, MAA Staff Writer, speaks with Benson Farb about his talk.

Benson Farb is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Chicago. He works at the interface of geometry, topology, and group theory.  Farb obtained a PhD from Princeton under the direction of William Thurston.  He went to Chicago as a postdoc in 1994, and has been there ever since. Farb has had 30 PhD students.  His awards include a Sloan Foundation Fellowship and a National Science Foundation Career award.  Farb is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, and is an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Seoul in 2014.  Farb is married to Amie Wilkinson, also a Professor of Mathematics at Chicago. They have two children.

Eitan Grinspun to Speak on Movie Magic: The Mathematics Behind Hollywood's Visual Effects

picture of Eitan GrinspunEitan Grinspun, Columbia University, will deliver the  MAA-AMS-SIAM Gerald and Judith Porter Public Lecture on  Saturday, January 18, 2014, 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Ballrooms 1 & 2, 4th Floor, Baltimore Convention Center. The title of his talk will be Movie Magic: The Mathematics Behind Hollywood's Visual Effects.

Eitan Grinspun is Associate Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University and Co-Director of the Columbia Computer Graphics Group. He was Professeur d'Université Invité at l'Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris in 2009, a Research Scientist at the Courant Institute from 2003-2004, a graduate student at the California Institute of Technology from 1997-2003, and an undergraduate in Engineering Science at the University of Toronto from 1993-1997.

He was named an NVIDIA Fellow in 2001, Everhart Distinguished Lecturer in 2003, NSF CAREER Awardee in 2007, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in 2010-2012, one of Popular Science magazine's Brilliant Ten Scientists in 2011, and one of Fast Company magazine's Most Creative People in Business in 2013. Read more ...

Dusa McDuff to Give Three Lectures Related to Symplectic Topology Today

picture of Dusa McDuffDusa McDuff, Barnard College, Columbia University, will deliver the AMS Colloquium Lectures in Ballrooms 1 & 2, 4th Floor, Baltimore Convention Center, on the following dates:

* Colloquium Lecture I on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Symplectic Topology Today: Recent Results and Open Questions

* Colloquium Lecture II on Thursday, January 16, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Symplectic Topology Today: Embedding Questions: Obstructions and Constructions

* Colloquium Lecture III on Friday, January 17, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Symplectic Topology Today: Embedding Ellipsoids and Fibonacci Numbers

See lecture notes here.

Listen as Mike Breen, AMS Public Awareness Officer, speaks with Dusa McDuff about her lectures.

McDuff began her career while she was a graduate student at Cambridge University (where she earned her PhD in 1971 under George Reid) when she solved a well-known problem about von Neumann algebras, constructing infinitely many different factors of type II-one. Read more ...

Jill Pipher to Speak on the Mathematics of Lattice-based Cryptography

picture of Jill PipherJill Pipher, Brown University, will deliver an MAA Invited Address on Friday, January 17, 2014, 9:00 a.m.-9:50 a.m., Ballrooms 1 & 2, 4th Floor, Baltimore Convention Center. The title of her talk will be The Mathematics of Lattice-based Cryptography.

Listen as Katharine Merow, MAA Staff Writer, speaks with Jill Pipher about her talk.

Jill Pipher is Elisha Benjamin Andrews Professor of Mathematics at Brown University, and Director of the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM). She received her Ph.D. from UCLA in 1985, spent five years at the University of Chicago and came to Brown as an Associate Professor.

Her research interests include harmonic analysis, partial differential equations and cryptography. Read more ...

Carl Pomerance to Speak on Paul Erdős and the Rise of Statistical Thinking in Elementary Number Theory

picture of carl pomeranceCarl Pomerance, Dartmouth College, will deliver an AMS-MAA Invited Address on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 11:10 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Ballrooms 1 & 2, 4th Floor, Baltimore Convention Center. The title of his talk will be Paul Erdős and the Rise of Statistical Thinking in Elementary Number Theory.

Listen as Mike Breen, AMS Public Awareness Officer, speaks with Carl Pomerance about his talk.

Carl Pomerance received his B.A. from Brown University in 1966 and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1972 under the direction of John Tate. During the period 1972--99 he was a professor at the University of Georgia, with visiting positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Limoges, Bell Communications Research, and the Institute for Advanced Study. Read more ...

Call for Exhibitors and Sponsors

Unique opportunities are now available for companies to network with over 6,000 mathematical professionals, launch a new product or service, collect feedback and generate new leads, and much more. Details are posted on the exhibits and sponsors pages.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

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