B.2 Plenary Lectures

At the recommendation of the Program Committee, appointed by the International Mathematical Union (IMU), the Organizing Committee has invited 21 mathematicians to give one-hour Plenary Lectures. The names of the speakers, together with their affiliations and fields of research, and the titles of the Plenary Lectures are listed below. The Plenary Lectures will inform participants of major developments, problems, and trends in mathematics.

The IMU General Assembly, the Program Committee, and the Organizing Committee have emphasized that these lectures should be comprehensible to a wide spectrum of mathematicians. All plenary speakers have agreed to prepare addresses for a general mathematical audience.

Jean-Michel Bismut (Université Paris-Sud, Orsay, France): Differential Geometry, Global Analysis
Local index theory and higher analytic torsion (abstract)
Wed 26-Aug-98 · 11:45-12:45 h
Christopher Deninger (Universität Münster, Germany): Arithmetic Algebraic Geometry, L-Functions of Motives
Some analogies between number theory and dynamical systems on foliated spaces (abstract)
Wed 26-Aug-98 · 9:00-10:00 h
Persi Diaconis (Mathematics and ORIE, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA): Statistics, Probability, Algebraic Combinatorics
From Shuffling Cards to Walking Around the Building (abstract)
Thu 27-Aug-98 · 14:00-15:00 h
Giovanni Gallavotti (Universitá La Sapienza, Roma, Italy): Dynamical Systems, Statistical Mechanics, Probability
The Chaotic hypothesis and universal large deviations properties (abstract)
Wed 26-Aug-98 · 10:15-11:15 h
Wolfgang Hackbusch (Universität Kiel, Germany): Numerical Analysis, Scientific Computing
From Classical Numerical Mathematics to Scientific Computing (abstract)
Sat 22-Aug-98 · 9:30-10:30 h
Helmut H. W. Hofer (Courant Institute, New York University, USA): Global Analysis, Dynamical Systems
Dynamics, Topology and Holomorphic Curves (abstract)
Fri 21-Aug-98 · 9:30-10:30 h
Ehud Hrushovski (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel): Logic
Geometric model theory (abstract)
Wed 19-Aug-98 · 11:00-12:00 h
I. G. Macdonald (Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, England): Lie Groups, Algebraic Combinatorics
Constant Term Identities, Orthogonal Polynomials and Affine Hecke Algebras (abstract)
Thu 20-Aug-98 · 11:00-12:00 h
Stéphane Mallat (École Polytechnique, CMAP, Palaiseau, France): Applied Mathematics, Signal Processing
Applied Mathematics Meets Signal Processing (abstract)
Thu 27-Aug-98 · 10:15-11:15 h
Dusa McDuff (SUNY Stony Brook, USA): Symplectic Topology
Fibrations in Symplectic Topology (abstract)
Thu 20-Aug-98 · 9:30-10:30 h
Tetsuji Miwa (RIMS, Kyoto University, Japan): Integrable Systems, Infinite Dimensional Algebras
Algebraic Analysis of Solvable Lattice Models (abstract)
Tue 25-Aug-98 · 10:15-11:15 h
Jürgen Moser (ETH Zürich, Switzerland): Dynamical Systems, Partial Differential Equations
Dynamical Systems - Past and Present (abstract)
Tue 18-Aug-98 · 16:15-17:15 h
George C. Papanicolaou (Stanford University, USA): Applied Mathematics, Probability
Mathematical problems in geophysical wave propagation (abstract)
Tue 25-Aug-98 · 9:00-10:00 h
Gilles Pisier (Université Paris VI, France and Texas A&M University, College Station, USA): Functional Analysis
Operator Spaces and Similarity Problems (abstract)
Tue 25-Aug-98 · 11:45-12:45 h
Peter Sarnak (Princeton University, USA): Number Theory
Zeta and L-functions (abstract)
Thu 27-Aug-98 · 11:45-12:45 h
Peter W. Shor (AT&T Labs, Florham Park, USA): Computer Science
Quantum Computing (abstract)
Wed 19-Aug-98 · 9:30-10:30 h
Karl Sigmund (University of Vienna, Austria): Mathematical Ecology, Evolutionary Game Theory
The Population Dynamics of Conflict and Cooperation (abstract)
Mon 24-Aug-98 · 9:00-10:00 h
Michel Talagrand (C.N.R.S., Université Paris VI, France): Probability, Statistical Mechanics, Functional Analysis, Measure Theory
Huge random structures and mean field models for spin glasses (abstract)
Mon 24-Aug-98 · 10:15-11:15 h
Cumrun Vafa (Harvard University, Cambridge, USA and Tehran, Iran): String Theory, Quantum Field Theory and Quantum Gravity
Geometric Physics (abstract)
Mon 24-Aug-98 · 11:45-12:45 h
Marcelo Viana (IMPA, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil): Dynamical Systems, Ergodic Theory
Dynamics: a probabilistic and geometric perspective (abstract)
Thu 27-Aug-98 · 9:00-10:00 h
Vladimir Voevodsky (Northwestern University, Evanston, USA): Algebraic Cycles and Motives
Homotopy Theory of Algebraic Varieties (abstract)
Fri 21-Aug-98 · 11:00-12:00 h

The first Plenary Lecture will be given by J. Moser and will be delivered in the afternoon of the opening day at the International Congress Center. The other addresses will be given in the Auditorium Maximum (lecture hall H 105) of the TU Berlin. The Auditorium Maximum has a capacity of 1200 seats. The talks will also be shown in an adjoining lecture hall via closed-circuit television, so that an audience of more than 2000 people can be reached.

The final schedule is given in Circular Letter 19.

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Last modified: June 17, 1998