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Tom Leighton wins 2018 Marconi Prize

Tom Leighton

Professor Tom Leighton has been selected to receive the 2018 Marconi Prize. The Marconi Society, dedicated to furthering scientific achievements in communications and the Internet, is honoring Leighton for his fundamental contributions to technology and the establishment of the content delivery network (CDN) industry.

Leighton ’81, a professor in the Department of Mathematics and a member of CSAIL, will be awarded at The Marconi Society’s annual awards dinner in Bologna, Italy, on Oct. 2.

“Being recognized by the Marconi Society is an incredible honor,” said Leighton. “It’s an honor not just for me, but also for Danny Lewin, who created this company with me, and for all of the people at Akamai who have worked so hard for over two decades to make this technology real so that the internet can scale to be a secure and affordable platform where entertainment, business, and life are enabled to reach unimagined potential."

Congratulations Tom! Read more in the MIT News.

Ankur Moitra Receives Young Investigator Award

Ankur Moitra

Congratulations to Ankur Moitra for receiving the 2018 Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) for his proposed research "An Algorithmic Theory of Robustness." His research falls under ONR's Mathematical Data Science program.

Ankur was one of 31 scientists "awarded for research that holds strong promise across a wide range of naval-relevant science and technology areas."

The list of recipients is available from the ONR, and details about the program can be found on the ONR Website.

Congratulations Ankur!

Alexei Borodin Receives Inaugural Alexanderson Award

Alexei Borodin

Alexei Borodin, jointly with Ivan Corwin and Patrik Ferrari, received the inaugural Alexanderson Award for their article "Free energy fluctuations for directed polymers in random media in 1+1 dimensions," Communications in Pure and Applied Mathematics, 67 (2014). This work began during the October 2011 AIM workshop "The Kardar-Parisi-Zhang equation and universality class."

The American Institute of Mathematics' award is given in honor of Gerald Alexanderson, Professor of Mathematics at Santa Clara University and founding chair of the AIM Board of Trustees. The Alexanderson Award recognizes outstanding research articles arising from AIM research activities that have been published within the past three years.

Congratulations Alexei!

Yufei Zhao Receives Dénes König Prize

Yufei Zhao

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Yufei Zhao, SB '10, PhD '15, who is the 2018 recipient of the Dénes König Prize.

His award is based on the paper he co-authored with David Conlon and Jacob Fox, "A relative Szemerédi theorem," published in Geometric and Functional Analysis 25 (2015). This paper was completed during his PhD at MIT.

The König Prize will be awarded at the SIAM Conference on Discrete Mathematics, to be held June 4-8 at the University of Colorado, in Denver, Colorado.

The SIAM Activity Group on Discrete Mathematics (SIAG/DM) Dénes König Prize is awarded biennially to an early career researcher or early career researchers for outstanding research in an area of discrete mathematics, based on a publication in the three calendar years prior to the year of the award.

Congratulations Yufei!

Seminars and Events

Simons Lectures 2018


Stephen Boyd, Stanford University

Applied Convex Optimization

April 18-20 | 4:30-5:30pm | Room 2-190

Sylvia Serfaty, New York University

Systems with Coulomb Interactions

April 23-25 | 4:30-5:30pm | Room 2-190