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Distinguished Professor Alexander Its To Speak At Prestigious International Congress Of Mathematics

Alexander Its
Alexander Its


August 18, 2010

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Alexander Its, Distinguished Professor and professor of mathematical sciences in the School of Science at IUPUI, is speaking at the International Congress of Mathematicians(ICM) to be held in Hyderabad, India from August 19 to 27. As one of eight invited speakers in the Analysis section, his presentation “Asymptotic analysis of the Toeplitz and Hankel determinants via the Riemann-Hilbert method” will cover recent important developments in the theory of Toeplitz and Hankel determinants.

The ICM, which takes place every fourth year in different locations, is the largest and most prestigious international meeting of mathematicians. Mathematicians from every continent gather to take stock of the state of their subject and determine possible future directions.

Although Its spends a significant amount of time working at his desk on research, he does not discount the importance of being part of the global mathematical community. “One can argue,” Its says, “that in the internet era the importance of in-person interactions has increased. Indeed, a professional meeting like ICM—one in real space and time—is the best opportunity, especially for young researchers, to single out the true questions and mainstream ideas in the sea of incoming information.”

In addition to being named a Distinguished Professor of IU, Its was chosen by the London Mathematical Society as its 2002 Hardy Fellow and selected by the Israel Academy of Science and Humanities as one of its 2009 Batsheva de Rothchild Fellows. He has been committed to tackling some of math’s most challenging problems since his earliest days studying and teaching in Leningrad, USSR.

The Toeplitz and Hankel determinants belong to the fundamental objects of classical mathematics which, since the middle of the 20th century, have played an increasingly central role in modern mathematical physics. Part of Its’ talk will concern the analytical problems related to Quantum Entanglement—a remarkable physical phenomenon behind the future of quantum informatics technology.

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