Prize Lectures

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Each Prize awarded has an associated lecture given during the Congress.  Prize recipient names and scheduled lectures are shown below prize descriptions.


Prize Descriptions

Henri Poincaré Prize

Sponsored by the Daniel Iagolnitzer Foundation.

The Henri Poincaré Prize was created in 1997 to recognize outstanding contributions in mathematical physics, and contributions which lay the groundwork for novel developments in this broad field. The Prize is also created to recognize and support young people of exceptional promise who have already made outstanding contributions to the field of mathematical physics.

The prize is awarded every three years at the International Mathematical Physics Congress and in each case, is an award to three individuals (to be exact, the rules say approximately three allowing for exceptional circumstances, at the discretion of the prize committee). Previous Laureates are listed here.

Prize recipients and their associated lectures are shown below.


IAMP Early Career Award

Sponsored by Springer.

The prize is awarded at the International Congress of Mathematical Physics (ICMP) in recognition of a single achievement in Mathematical Physics. The prize consists of the sum of 3000€ and is reserved for scientists whose age in years since birth on July 31 of the year of the Congress is less than 35. Previous Laureates are listed here.

The prize recipients and associated lecture are shown below.


IUPAP Young Scientist Prize

Sponsored by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics.

The Young Scientist Prizes were established in 2007. The recipients of the awards in a given year should have a maximum of 8 years of research experience following their PhD, and should have performed original work of outstanding scientific quality.

The IUPAP Commission C18 for Mathematical Physics awarded its Young Scientist Prizes for the first time in 2009. Previous Laureates are listed here.

There will be three Prizes awarded.  Prize recipients and their associated lectures are shown below.

Annales Henri Poincaré Journal Prize

Each year a prize founded by Birkhäuser is awarded for the most remarkable paper published in the journal Annales Henri Poincaré. The winners of the AHP prize are selected by the Editorial Board. Since 2008, the AHP executive board decided to award also distinguished papers.

For further information and prevous Laureates, read here.

Prize recipients and their associated lectures are shown below.




Lecture Abstracts

    • Semyon Dyatlov
      University of California, Berkeley
    IAMP Early Career Award Lecture

    Fractal uncertainty principle and quantum chaos

    Fractal uncertainty principle states that no function can be localized close to a fractal set simultaneously in position and momentum. The strongest version so far has been obtained in one dimension by Bourgain and the speaker with recent higher dimensional advances by Han and Schlag. It has applications to spectral gaps in chaotic scattering and to localization and control of high energy eigenfunctions.

    More precisely, using the work with Bourgain and earlier work with Zahl, Jin and the speaker proved that on hyperbolic surfaces, the mass of an eigenfunction on an open set is bounded from below independently of the energy. As shown by Jin, these results lead to observability and control for the Schrödinger equation. Another application is the existence of a spectral gap for every convex co-compact hyperbolic surface, which implies local energy decay of waves at high frequency.

    Slides:  1200_dyatlov_symposia_monday.pdf
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    • Percy Deift
      Courant Institute
    Henri Poincaré Prize Lecture

    Universality in numerical computation with random data: Case studies and analytical results.

    The speaker will discuss various universality aspects of numerical computations using standard algorithms. These aspects include empirical observations, rigorous results, and some speculations about computation in a broader sense.

    Joint with C. Pfrang, G. Menon, S. Olver  and Thomas Trogdon.

    Slides:  1130_deift_symposia_tuesday.pdf
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    • Vadim Gorin
    IUPAP Young Scientist Prize Lecture

    Telegraph equation from the six-vertex model

    I will explain how a second order hyperbolic PDE, known as the telegraph equation, arises in the asymptotic of the height function of a celebrated model of 2d statistical mechanics - the six-vertex (or square ice) model. Homogeneous equation describes the limit shape in the system, and its stochastic inhomogeneous version governs the fluctuations.

    Slides:  1630_gorin_symposia_tuesday.pdf
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    • Giovanni Gallavotti
      Sapienza University of Rome
    Henri Poincaré Prize Lecture

    Reversibility, Irreversibility, Friction and Nonequilibrium Ensembles in Navier-Stokes equations

    A proposal for a theory of equivalent ensembles in nonequilibrium statistical mechanics.

    The case of Navier-Stokes fluids. Equivalent irreversible and reversible friction for incompressible, periodic boundary conditions, constant forcing flows in 2/3D.

  • Annales Henri Poincaré Journal Prize Ceremony

    The prize recipients for 2014, 2015, and 2016 will be formally recognized during this brief ceremony. 

    The associated lectures for each of the prizes are separately scheduled.

    • Wei-Kuo Chen
      University of Minnesota
    IUPAP Young Scientist Prize Lecture

    Some recent progress on mean field spin glasses.

    Spin glass models were initially introduced by theoretical physicists in order to study some strange magnetic behavior of certain alloys. They exhibit several features, such as quenched disorder and frustration, that are commonly shared in many real world problems involving randomized combinatorial optimizations. In this talk, we will discuss some recent progress on the famous Sherrington-Kirkpatrick mean field spin glass as well as its variants. We will explain Parisi's solution to the computation of the ground state energies and give descriptions on the energy landscapes of the models in relation to the computational hardness of the ground state energies.

    Slides:  1645_chen_international_friday.pdf
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    • Phan Thanh Nam
      Ludwig Maximilian University
    IUPAP Young Scientist Prize Lecture

    Nonlinear Gibbs measure and equilibrium Bose gases

    Nonlinear Gibbs measure plays an important role in the studies of  Euclidean Quantum Field Theory, nonlinear PDEs and stochastic PDEs. I will discuss the natural emergence of this measure as the mean-field limit of bosonic equilibrium states. The talk is based on joint work with Mathieu Lewin and Nicolas Rougerie.

    • Michael Aizenman
      Princeton University
    Henri Poincaré Prize Lecture

    Emergent structures in statistical mechanics

    Equilibrium states of classical and quantum systems can often be understood in terms of spontaneously emergent random geometric structures.   Examples of such can be seen in the spontaneous organization of Ising and Potts spins into cliques,  whose statistics are given by the Fortuin - Kasteleyn random cluster models, the random current representation of the equilibrium Gibbs states of Ising / phi^4 models,  and loop based organization of certain quantum spin chains into spin zero clusters.  Uncovering the hidden stochastic geometric features allows insights on the model’s phase structure, and the nature of the correlation functions.  For quantum spin chains the loop representations are of relevance for the phenomena of dimerization, the emergence of boundary spin excitations, and in some cases of topological states.  Mentioned in the talk will be results based on both old and recent  collaborations. 

    • David Damanik Link to this person's website
    Annales Henri Poincaré Journal 2014 Prize Lecture

    Schrödinger operators with thin spectra

    In the early days of the spectral analysis of Schrödinger operators, the essential spectrum commonly turned out to be an interval, or at least a union of intervals. In the 1980's, new types of spectra were discovered, displaying a Cantor set structure. In this talk we present recent work on Schrödinger operators whose spectra are even thinner, having zero Lebesgue measure, or even zero Hausdorff dimension. The mechanisms leading to these results will be elucidated. This is joint work with Jake Fillman, Anton Gorodetski and Milivoje Lukic.

    Article: Damanik, D., Fillman, J. & Gorodetski, A. Ann. Henri Poincaré (2014) 15: 1123.

    Slides:  1645_2_damanik_symposia_friday.pdf
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    • Juliane Rama
      Fraunhofer FHR
    Annales Henri Poincaré Journal 2015 Prize Lecture

    Instability of pre-existing resonances in the DC Stark effect

    This talk is based on the article:

    I. Herbst, J. Rama, "Instability of Pre-Existing Resonances Under a Small Constant Electric Field", Ann. Henri Poincar$\acute{\rm e}$ 16 (2015), 2783 - 2835.

    A simple model operator (Friedrichs model) with a pre-existing resonance $r_0$, defined in a dilation or translation analytic framework, is considered. Adding a potential corresponding to a small constant electric field of strength $f>0$ (DC Stark effect) perturbs the pre-existing resonance into (infinitely many) resonances of the resulting operator. It is shown that the pre-existing resonance $r_0$ is unstable in the weak field limit $f\downarrow 0$, in the sense that the new resonances do not converge to $r_0$ as $f\downarrow 0$. In a dilation analytic framework this instability result in the DC Stark effect is in contrast to the AC Stark effect (time-periodic electric field), where the pre-existing resonance is stable in the weak field limit.

    Article: Herbst, I. & Rama, J. Ann. Henri Poincaré (2015) 16: 2783.

    • Wojciech Dybalski Link to this person's website
      Technische Universität München
    Annales Henri Poincaré Journal 2016 Prize Lecture

    Lieb-Robinson bounds, Arveson spectrum and Haag-Ruelle scattering theory for gapped quantum spin systems

    We consider translation invariant gapped quantum spin systems satisfying the Lieb-Robinson bound and containing single-particle states in a ground state representation. Following the Haag-Ruelle approach from relativistic quantum field theory, we construct states describing collisions of several particles, and define the corresponding S-matrix. For the purpose of our analysis we adapt the concepts of almost local observables and energy-momentum transfer (or Arveson spectrum) from relativistic QFT to the lattice setting. Our results hold, in particular, in the Ising model in strong transverse magnetic fields. Based on these developments, a general discussion of the problem of asymptotic completeness for gapped quantum spin systems will be given.

    Based on joint work with S. Bachmann and P. Naaijkens.

    Article: Bachmann, S., Dybalski, W. & Naaijkens, P. Ann. Henri Poincaré (2016) 17: 1737.

    Slides:  1745_dybalski_symposia_friday.pdf
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