# Schramm Lecture in Probability and Stochastic Processes
The IMS and the Bernoulli Society have recently cooperated to create a
new joint lecture in probability and stochastic processes,
named in honor of Oded Schramm. The lecture will be given annually and
will be featured
at meetings (co)-sponsored by the IMS or the Bernoulli Society with a
strong attendance by researchers in probability and stochastic
processes.
It is anticipated that the first Schramm lecture will be delivered at
the Stochastic Processes and their Applications meeting to be held in
Boulder, Colorado in 2013.
Oded Schramm (1961-2008) was an extraordinary mathematician whose life was
cut short in a tragic hiking accident in September 2008. His work had a
profound impact on probability --- he transformed our understanding of
planar processes from statistical physics through his introduction of the
Schramm-Loewner evolution (SLE), tying probability theory to complex
analysis in a completely novel way. He also made fundamental contributions
to circle packings, random spanning trees, percolation, noise sensitivity of
Boolean functions, random permutations and metric geometry.
Oded Schramm received many honors for his work, including the Erdos Prize in
Mathematics in 1996, the Salem Prize in 2001, the Clay Research Award in
2002, the Poincare Prize in 2003, the Loeve Prize in 2003, the Polya Prize
in 2006 and the Ostrowski Prize in 2007. He was elected as a member of the
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 2008. Oded gave many key lectures,
including plenary addresses in the 2004 European Congress of Mathematics and
the 2006 International Congress of Mathematicians, as well
as an invited IMS-Bernoulli Society special lecture at the World Congress in
Probability and Statistics held in Singapore in July 2008.
For further information on Oded Schramm, see http://research.microsoft.com/~schramm/memorial/
A fund has been established to support the travel expenses of the
Schramm lecturer. Contributions to this fund in honor of Oded Schramm
are welcome. To contribute, go to https://secure.imstat.org/secure/orders/schrammcontribution.asp |