Caflisch Lecture Highlights 13th Annual Menger Celebration



By Casey Moffitt

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The Department of Applied Mathematics at Illinois Institute of Technology will host Russel Caflisch, director and professor of mathematics at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University, as the featured 2020 Karl Menger Lecturer. The event is part of the 13th annual Karl Menger Lecture and Awards, to be held March 5–6 on Illinois Tech’s Mies Campus.

Caflisch’s research focuses on analysis and numerical methods for physical sciences. He is known for analysis of the fluid dynamic limit in kinetic theory and of vortex sheets in incompressible flow, mathematical modeling of epitaxial growth, and development of Monte Carlo methods for kinetic theory and finance.

His lecture, “From Differential Equations to Data Science and Back,” addresses how the arrival of massive amounts of data from imaging, sensors, computation, and the internet brings significant challenges for data science. The first focus is the application of ideas from differential equations to image and data analysis. The second focus is the development of new ideas in information science. He is scheduled to speak at 6 p.m. March 6 in Room 104 of the John T. Rettaliata Engineering Center.

The 13th annual Menger Lecture and Awards honors the memory and contributions of Karl Menger, a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics at Illinois Tech from 1946–1971. Menger is regarded as one of the finest mathematicians of the twentieth century, and made significant contributions to the fields of dimension theory, probability, economics, ethics, geometry, and calculus. The annual Menger Lecture and Awards is made possible by support from the Menger family, the Department of Applied Mathematics at Illinois Tech, and the Menger Fund.