MEDIA RELEASE — March 18, 2016 Canadian Mathematical Society
March 18, 2016
Louigi Addario-Berry awarded the 2016 Coxeter-James Prize
Louigi Addario-Berry(McGill University)
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McGill University Associate Professor Louigi Addario-Berry is the recipient of the 2016 Coxeter-James Prize for his outstanding contributions to mathematical research. Louigi Addario-Berry works at the interface of probability and combinatorics, and “has emerged as one of the leaders of his generation in the area of discrete probability” one referee said.
A challenging and exciting area of investigation in probability and statistical physics is to mathematically define and study random energy landscapes. As in the case of a river system, an extraordinarily large number of these models turn out to have an underlying branching structure. One of the aims of Addario-Berry's research is to investigate the structure and scaling limits of typical and exceptional paths in probabilistic discrete models and in their scaling limits, and in particular in systems containing a phase transition or exhibiting some form of tree-like behaviour.
“Addario-Berry has resolved problems which have confounded experts for decades” fellow McGill University faculty members said in their nomination letter. “His ability to bring together researchers from across a wide spectrum of domains makes him a leader in many exciting research projects. The fact that he has almost as many collaborators (42) as papers bears witness to the important role he plays in bringing diverse research communities together”.
Addario-Berry received his Ph.D. from McGill University under the supervision of Bruce Reed. He was Marie Curie Fellow at University of Oxford and Professeur Adjoint at Université de Montreal, before joining the faculty at McGill University in 2009. He has held visiting positions at École Polytechnique, Paris and ENS Lyon, was Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Oxford, and Simons Visiting Fellow at Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge.
The Coxeter-James Prize was inaugurated in 1978 to recognize young mathematicians who have made outstanding contributions to mathematical research. The award is named on behalf of two former CMS presidents, Donald Coxeter, who is recognized as one of the world’s best geometers, and Ralph Duncan James, who was a great contributor to mathematical development in Canada.
Founded in 1945, the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) promotes the advancement, discovery, learning and application of mathematics. The CMS promotes mathematics through a rich array of activities including: scientific meetings; publications; awards; prizes; grants; camps and competitions. As the national math association, the CMS represents Canada internationally to other societies as well as organizations such as the International Mathematical Union (IMU).
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