The Pichorides Distinguished Lectureship Position

The Pichorides Distinguished Lectureship position is a short term visiting position (1 or 2 months), established in the memory of the late Stylianos Pichorides, the driving force behind the Department of Mathematics' progress, until his early death in 1992. The position is funded by the Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas (FO.R.T.H.). It is awarded to well-known mathematicians from around the world who agree to give a number of lectures during their stay and interact with the faculty and students.

The Pichorides Distinguished Lectureship Position for 2019 to Prof. Israel Michael Sigal

Israel Michael Sigal is a University Professor at the University of Toronto and the Norman Stuart Robertson Chair in Applied Mathematics. He works on mathematics arising in quantum physics with side trips to geometric analysis and mathematical biology. Some of his main results include:

Professor Sigal was a speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Kyoto and at several International Congresses of Mathematical Physics. He has held long-term visiting positions at the Institute of Advanced Study (Princeton), Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH-Zürich) and IHES (Bur-sur-Yvette). Professor Sigal has supervised a large number of students and postdocs, many of whom stayed in academia and now occupy tenured positions at distinguished universities.

Professor Sigal will be visting the department between 1st May and 5th June 2019. The theme of his talks will be The theme of his talks will be "Differential Equations of Quantum Physics" and his lectures are scheduled as follows:

The Pichorides Distinguished Lectureship Position for 2017 to Prof. Ed Saff

Ed Saff is a Professor at Vanderbilt University in the United States and director of the Center for Constructive Approximation, which supports research in the fields of Approximation Theory, Numerical Analysis and their applications. He received his B.S. in applied mathematics from Georgia Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Maryland. His research areas include approximation theory, numerical analysis, and potential theory. He has published more than 240 mathematical research articles, co-authored 9 books, and co-edited 11 volumes. Saff is Editor-in-chief of two research journals, Constructive Approximation and Computational Methods and Function Theory. He also serves on the editorial board of Journal of Approximation Theory. He has mentored 16 Ph.D.’s as well as 9 post-docs. Among other recognitions of his research he received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1978 and became a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society.

The theme of Professor Ed Saff talks will be Discrete Minimal Energy on Rectifiable Sets.

Analysis Days, 24-25 May 2017

The Department organizes a meeting on Mathematical Analysis on the occasion of the visit of Professor Ed Saff, in May 2017. Confirmed speakers (so far):

Georgios Costakis, Univ. of Crete
Nikos Frantzikinakis, Univ. of Crete
Alex Iosevich, Univ. of Rochester
Mihalis Kolountzakis, Univ. of Crete
Romanos Malikiosis, TU Berlin
Themis Mitsis, Univ. of Crete
Mate Matolcsi, Renyi Institute
Michael Papadimitrakis, Univ. of Crete
Ed Saff, Vanderbilt University
Nikos Stylianopoulos, Univ. of Cyprus
Yang Wang, Hong Kong Univ. of Science and Technology

For more information, see the meeting's website, and/or contact Mihalis Kolountzakis.

List of past Distinguished Lecturers