Recent Emory Number Theory PhD Makes World News With Recent Discovery About Prime Numbers
Robert Lemke Oliver of Stanford University, who earned his PhD at Emory working under Ken Ono in 2013, has made made world news in joint work with Kannan Soundararajan also from Stanford. Lemke Oliver and Soundararajan have discovered that prime numbers are not as randomly behaved as had been commonly accepted. Read about their work here.
Emory Report: Li Xiong - Researching the human elements of cybersecurity
Dr. Li Xiong was recently featured in the Emory report. The article profiles Dr. Xiong and her research lab, Assured Information Management and Sharing (AIMS), focusing on cybersecurity issues. Read more about it here.
Georgia Scientific Computing Symposium
The Georgia Scientific Computing Symposium (GSCS) is a forum for professors, postdocs, graduate students and other researchers in Georgia to meet in an informal setting, to exchange ideas, and to highlight local scientific computing research. The symposium has been held every year since 2009 and is open to the entire research community. This year, the symposium will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2016, at Emory University. The format of the day-long symposium is a set of invited presentations, poster sessions and a poster blitz, and plenty of time to network with other attendees. Read more about it here.
Vigfusson receives NSF CAREER Award
Ymir Vigfusson, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, has received the department's first ever NSF CAREER grant for his project "SentientCache: Rethinking the Cache Abstraction". The CAREER program offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research. Vigfusson's work focuses on improving the performance and cost-effectiveness of large-scale distributed systems by automatically learning what data should be memorized; a description is at http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1553579&HistoricalAwards=false.
Emory Math-Physics Theorem Named 50th Top Story of 2015 in Science by Discover Magazine
Emory Professors John Duncan and Ken Ono, together with Ono’s former Emory Ph.D. student Michael Griffin (now faculty at Princeton), have been recognized for their work on Mathematical Physics. John, Ken and Michael proved the so-called “Umbral Moonshine Conjecture”, a generalization of Monstrous Moonshine which won Richard Borcherds the Fields medal in 1998. Their work was named the 50th top story of 2015 in science by Discover magazine. Here is the link to the story (behind paywall): http://discovermagazine.com/2016/janfeb/50-drinking-up-maths-moonshine. Here is the text of the story. In the late 1970s, two mathematicians, John Conway and Simon Norton, saw a deep connection between two mathematical objects that should have nothing to do with each other. On one side of the link was a fundamental object in number theory called the j-function. On the other was a mysterious entity that described a new kind of symmetry, but might not even exist. If it did, though, it would be enormous (8x1053 components), so they dubbed it the "monster group." The connection sounded so crazy, Conway and Norton called their theory "monstrous moonshine." In 1992, Richard Borcherds proved monstrous moonshine. He found the link between the monster group (which does exist) and the j-function through string theory, the idea that the universe is made of tiny strings vibrating in high dimensions. But monstrous moonshine, it turns out, was just the beginning. In March, John Duncan, Michael Griffin and Ken Ono proved 23 other moonshine-like correspondences between groups like the monster group and functions like the j-function, a conjecture dubbed "umbral moonshine." It's most likely all of these connections are also made through string theory, which may lead to even bigger game. "The ultimate goad," Duncan says, "is to unify quantum mechanics and Einstein's theory of gravity. That's a very, very big goal for physics, one of the biggest goals for science."