Math/CS Welcomes New Faculty Member Ymir Vigfusson
Ymir Vigfusson completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Cornell University (2010). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2014, Vigfusson held positions at Reykjavik University and IBM Research. Vigfusson's primary research focus is on distributed data replication and security. His articles have been published in a number of leading venues including VLDB, EuroSys, SOCC and the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing.
Computer Science Graduate Student Dmitry Lagun Wins SIGIR 2014 Best Student Paper
Dmitry Lagun, a graduate student in the Data Management Research Group, was awarded Best Student Paper at the SIGIR '14 Proceedings of the 37th international ACM SIGIR conference on Research & development in information retrieval. "Towards better measurement of attention and satisfaction in mobile search" was in collaboration with Chih-Hung Hsieh, Dale Webster, and Vidhya Navalpakkam, all with Google, Inc The paper can be found here.
Emory Math Circle on CBS 46 Better Mornings Atlanta
Amanda Clemm and Sarah Trebat-Leder were interviewed this morning talking about the Math Circle program and the fun with shapes and bubbles at the Children's Museum of Atlanta. Their interview can be found here.
A mathematical discovery
Mathematicans have found a framework for the celebrated Rogers-Ramanujan identities and their arithmetic properties, solving another long-standing mystery stemming from the work of Indian math genius Srinivasa Ramanujan. The findings, by mathematicians at Emory University and the University of Queensland, yield a treasure trove of algebraic numbers and formulas to access them. “Algebraic numbers are among the first numbers you encounter in mathematics,” says Ken Ono, a number theorist at Emory “And yet, it’s surprisingly difficult to find functions that return them as values in a uniform and systematic way.” Ono is the co-author of the new findings, along with S. Ole Warnaar of the University of Queensland and Michael Griffin, an Emory graduate student.
Ken Ono profiled in Scientific American
Ken Ono, the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics, is profiled in a feature story in the May 2014 issue of Scientific American. Ono and his collaborators have solved a large number of open problems in number theory related to the enigmatic writings of Srinivasa Ramanujan.