Indo-American mathematician among the three selected for the first Ciprian Foias Prize: The Tribune India


Washington, December 4

Prominent Indo-American mathematician Nikhil Srivastava, who teaches at the University of California, Berkeley, was jointly shortlisted for the first Ciprian Foias Prize in Operator Theory by the American Mathematical Society (AMS).

Along with Srivastava, the other two winners are Adam Marcus and Daniel Spielman. Adam Marcus holds the Chair of Combinatorial Analysis at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Switzerland. Spielman is a Sterling Professor of Computer Science, Professor of Statistics and Data Science, and Professor of Mathematics.

The award recognizes their highly original work which introduced and developed methods for understanding the characteristic polynomial of matrices, namely the iterative sparsification method (also in collaboration with Batson) and the polynomial interlacing method, according to a press release. .

“Together, these ideas provided a powerful toolkit with many applications, most notably in the groundbreaking trio article ‘Interlaced Families II: Mixed Characteristic Polynomials and the Kadison-Singer Problem’ (Annals of Mathematics, 2015), which solves the famous “paving problem” ‘in operator theory, formulated by Richard Kadison and Isadore Singer in 1959, “said AMS.

In a joint statement, the three award winners said they were willing to accept it on behalf of the many people whose work helped resolve the Kadison-Singer issue.

“Our involvement was the final chapter in an incredible story which we hope will inspire similar solutions to difficult problems in the future,” they said.

The award will be presented to Professor Srivastava and his colleagues on January 5 next year at the 2022 Joint Mathematics Meeting in Seattle, described as “the world’s largest math gathering.”

The Ciprian Foias Prize is the third major prize won by Srivastava, who previously jointly won the George Polya Prize in 2014 and the Held Prize in 2021. PTI


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