UNCW Faculty Organize International Mathematics Conference

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Faculty from the UNCW Department of Mathematics and Statistics organized an international mathematics conference held July 7-11 in Madrid, Spain.

The Conference on Dynamical Systems, Differential Equations and Applications was the 10th of a series started two decades ago by the American Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS). More than 2,500 scientists and mathematicians representing more than 100 countries participated in the conference. 

Yaw Chang, Wei Feng, Michael Freeze and Xin Lu (conference coordinator) were responsible for scheduling, abstract editing, student paper contest judging and National Science Foundation grant administration for the conference. The contributions of these UNCW faculty members were recognized by Manuel de Leon, director of the Instituto de Ciencias Matematicas (ICMAT) and chair of the conference organizing committee.

Lu, who also coordinated the 2002 UNCW AIMS conference (held on the UNCW campus), said, “We do all this with very limited resources and staff. We make the conference as affordable as we can and provide as many services as possible to serve the international mathematics community.”

Shouchuan Hu, director of AIMS, noted Lu’s “leadership has been indispensable.”  

The conference included more than130 symposia conducted by leaders in diverse mathematical disciplines and attracted world-renowned keynote speakers including Fields Medal recipients Charles Fefferman (Princeton University) and Cedric Villani (Institut Henri Poincare, France). The Fields Medal is known as the Nobel Prize of mathematics. 

For more information about the 10th AIMS Conference, please see the ICMAT newsletter - http://www.icmat.es/newsletter/2014/sixth_en.pdf