MEDIA RELEASE — April 27, 2009

Canadian Mathematical Society

April 27, 2009

Canadian Mathematical Society's
2009 Doctoral Prize Winner

OTTAWA, Ontario — The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is pleased to award the 2009 CMS Doctoral Prize to Dr. Mark Braverman (Toronto).

The award will be presented at the Society's Winter Meeting in Windsor, Ontario (December 2009).

Mark Braverman’s work is motivated by questions on how computability and complexity theory affects our understanding of real-world phenomena. The main part of his thesis contains ground-breaking work on the computability and complexity of Julia sets. An early version of some of his results appeared in the Journal of the AMS (joint with Michael Yampolsky). He has worked on projects in a wide range of areas of mathematics and computer science including stochastic processes, algorithms, game theory, machine learning, computer-aided verification and automated image processing. More recently, he has also worked on derandomization, pseudorandomness, and applications of information theory to communication complexity. Braverman’s work has opened up new avenues of research in dynamical systems and computer science, and will be of lasting significance to both fields.

Mark Braverman won a gold medal at the 2000 International Mathematical Olympiad. He received his B.A. in Mathematics with Computer Science at Technion, in Israel. After studying mathematics at Yale, he completed a Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Stephen Cook. After postdoctoral work at Microsoft Research, New England, Braverman will take up a tenure line position at the University of Toronto in July 2010, jointly in mathematics and computer science.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Graham P. Wright
Executive Director
Canadian Mathematical Society
Tel: (613) 733-2662
Dr. Edward Bierstone
Chair, CMS Research Committee
Department of Mathematics,
University of Toronto
Tel: (416) 978-4347