Probability & Statistics Day, 2013

University of California, San Diego, Friday, April 5th, 2013

Scott Sheffield (MIT)

Random surfaces: real and imaginary


Scott Sheffield has been Professor of Mathematics at MIT since 2008, following a faculty appointment at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. He earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from Stanford University in 2003. His research is in probability theory and concerns geometrical questions that arise in such areas as statistical physics, game theory, and metric spaces, as well as long-standing problems in percolation theory. A Sloan fellow and NSF Faculty CAREER awardee, Sheffield received the 2006 Rollo Davidson prize for work on spatial models of probability theory and especially their relationship to stochastic (Schramm) Loewner evolutions. He received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2009. In 2011 he was selected for the Line and Michel Loeve International Prize in Probability, awarded by U.C. Berkeley every two years, "to recognize outstanding contributions by researchers in probability who are under 45 years old."