New York University Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Navigation Skip to Sub Navigation

Courant’s Vanden-Eijnden Wins Mathematical Prize

February 17, 2011
460

Eric Vanden-Eijnden, a professor at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, has been named the winner of the 2011 J.D. Crawford Prize, in recognition of recent outstanding work on a topic in nonlinear science, by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). The prize, which is given every two years, will be awarded in May.

Vanden-Eijnden’s focus is the development of mathematical tools and numerical methods for the analysis of complex dynamical systems, which range from living organisms to the weather.

These systems are subject to small, random fluctuations, which researchers refer to as “noise.” This noise, which is intrinsically irregular, can lead to a dynamical behavior that has a predictable and periodic pattern. For example, the noisy input neurons receive from other neurons can lead to periodic switches in neuronal activity crucial to specific functions in our brain. Similarly, there are some chemical systems in which a small amount of thermal noise can create periodic patterns of activities.

While these phenomena arise in a wide variety of contexts, they can be explained within a unified mathematical framework. This framework is the centerpiece of Vanden-Eijnden’s contributions, which include developing theories to account for these changes and algorithms to quantify the impact of such random processes.

Vanden-Eijnden has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, which are the most prestigious NSF awards for junior faculty, as well as SIAM’s Germund Dahlquist Prize, which recognizes contributions to the solution of differential equations and numerical methods for scientific computing, among other honors.

Vanden-Eijnden received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in theoretical physics from Belgium’s Université Libre de Bruxelles.

The Crawford Prize, established in 2000, is awarded biennially to one individual for recent outstanding work on a topic in dynamical systems and nonlinear science. This prize honors the memory of John David Crawford (1954-1998), who made fundamental contributions on collisionless plasmas and pattern formation.

About NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences

New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences is a leading center for research and education. Established under the leadership of Richard Courant in 1935, the Courant Institute has contributed to U.S. and international science and engineering by promoting an integrated view of mathematics and computer science. The Institute is engaged in broad research activities, applying these disciplines to problems in biology, chemistry, physics, economics, and atmosphere-ocean science. The Courant Institute has played a central role in the development of applied mathematics, analysis, and computer science, and is comprised of a faculty which has received numerous national and international awards in recognition of its extraordinary research accomplishments. For more information please visit www.cims.nyu.edu.

This Press Release is in the following Topics:
Research, Faculty, Awards, NYUToday-feature, Research, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Sponsored Awards

Type: Press Release

Press Contact: James Devitt | (212) 998-6808

Courant’s Vanden-Eijnden Wins Mathematical Prize

Eric Vanden-Eijnden, a professor at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, has been named the winner of the 2011 J.D. Crawford Prize, in recognition of recent outstanding work on a topic in nonlinear science, by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).


Search News



NYU In the News

CUSP Unveils its “Urban Observatory”

Crain’s New York Business profiled CUSP’s “Urban Observatory” that is continuously photographing lower Manhattan to gather scientific data.

Post-Sandy Upgrades at the Langone Medical Center

NY1 reported on the major post-Sandy upgrades and renovations made at the Medical Center to protect the hospital from future catastrophic storms.

Steinhardt Research Helps Solve Tough Speech Problems.

The Wall Street Journal reported on research at Steinhardt’s Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, including an interview with Assistant Professor Tara McAllister Byun, that uses ultrasound to help solve tough speech problems.

Times Column Lauds Professor Stevenson’s New Memoir

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote a column about “Just Mercy,” a new memoir by Law Professor Bryan Stevenson, the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, whom he noted has been called America’s Nelson Mandela.

Entrepreneurship Lab Opens at NYU

Crain’s New York Business covered the opening of the Mark and Debra Leslie Entrepreneurial eLab, which will be the headquarters for NYU’s Entrepreneurial Institute and all of the University’s programs aimed at promoting innovation and startups.

NYU Footer