ICIAM 2023 Featured Several Women Prize Winners and Invited Speakers

The ICIAM 2023 Congress held in Tokyo, Japan last August featured several invited women speakers.  Prof. Ilse Ipsen of North Carolina State University gave the ICIAM sponsored Olga Taussky-Todd Lecture.  Olga Taussky-Todd lecturers are honored as women who have “made outstanding contributions in applied mathematics and /or scientific computation,” and Prof. Ipsen spoke on, “An Introduction to Randomized Matrix Computations.”  In addition, the AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture was also given at ICIAM 2023.  These lectures “highlight significant contributions of women to applied or computational mathematics” and are usually given at the SIAM Annual Meeting.  Because SIAM did not have an Annual Meeting this year, the ICIAM meeting also featured this lecture, given by Prof. Annalisa Buffa of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.  Prof. Buffa spoke on, “Simulation of PDEs on Geometries Obtained via Boolean Operations.”

In addition, of the six prize lectures given at the ICIAM 2023 meeting, one was given by a woman, the ICIAM  ​Collatz Prize.  This prize “was established to provide international recognition to individual scientists under 42 years of age for outstanding work on industrial and applied mathematics.”  The 2023 recipient of this prize was Prof. Maria Colombo of EPFL Lausanne, and she was awarded the prize “for her fundamental contributions to the regularity theory and the analysis of singularities in elliptic PDEs, geometric variational problems, transport equations, and incompressible fluid dynamics.”  Her presentation at the ICIAM meeting was on “Anomalous Dissipation in Fluid Dynamics.”

Of the 27 invited plenary lectures given at the ICIAM meeting, one third were given by women.  These included Prof. Cynthia Dwork of Harvard who spoke on “Measuring Our Chances: Risk Prediction in This World and its Betters“, Prof. Ingrid Daubechies of Duke University who spoke on, “Old-fashioned Machine Learning: Using Diffusion Methods to Learn Underlying Structure“, Dr. Tamara Kolda of MathSci.ai who spoke on, “Randomized Algorithms for Tensor Decomposition“, Prof. Kavita Ramanan of Brown University who spoke on, “Characterizing Rare Events in Interacting Particle Systems“, Prof. Rachel Ward of the University of Texas at Austin who spoke on, “Stochastic Gradient Descent: Understanding Adaptive Step-sizes, Momentum, and Random Initialization“, Prof. Gitta Kutyniok of the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München who spoke on, “The Mathematics of Reliable AI“, Prof. Monique Laurent of Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) who spoke on, “Performance Analysis of Sums of Squares Approximations in Polynomial Optimization“, Prof. Xiaoyun Wang of Tsinghua University who spoke on, “Lattice-based Cryptography: From Theory to Practice“, and Prof. Alicia Dickenstein of the University of Buenos Aires and CONICET, the National Research Council of Argentina who spoke on, “Algebraic Geometry and Systems Biology.“

In addition, ICIAM featured a Community Lecture by Prof. Padmanabhan Seshaiyer of George Mason University who spoke on, “Understanding the Dimensions of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) across the globe in Applied Mathematics Research and Education.”  The talk features several axes of diversity and inclusion. 


Carol S. Woodward

Carol S. Woodward, Lawrence Livermore Nat Lab, is President-Elect of SIAM and Vice Chair of the Standing Committee for Gender Equity in Science. Her research includes portable numerical software, time integration methods, and algebraic solvers.