COSAM News Articles 2019 March Auburn University Hosts American Mathematical Society Conference

Auburn University Hosts American Mathematical Society Conference

Published: 03/26/2019

By: Maria Gebhardt

The most prominent mathematics departments in the Southeast region of the United States were recently represented during the 1,146th Meeting of the American Mathematical Society, held at Auburn University March 15-17, 2019, inside the Mell Classroom Building @ RBD Library.

“I’m not exaggerating too much to say that essentially every serious mathematics department in the Southeast was represented at the meeting,” said Luke Oeding, associate professor and main local organizer of the event. “And while the about 550 participants came primarily from the Southeast, we also had many from all over the United States and several international locations. It was a real honor for the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and COSAM to host such a major event!”

Special sessions took place on 27 different topics including algebra, analysis, geometry, graph theory, probability, applied mathematics, and other interesting areas. Plenary lecture topics spanned probability, algebraic geometry and optimization, as well as graph theory and neuroscience.

“This conference was motivation for me to continue research in my programs,” said Seonguk Kim from DePauw University in Indiana. “I had a great time at the sessions on recent advances in numerical methods and random discrete structures.”

Garth T. Isaak from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, enjoyed his experience at this year’s conference. “I really liked the convenient location of the hotel across the street and I listened to great speakers throughout the entire conference,” he said.

Tyler Moss traveled to the conference from the West Virginia University Institute of Technology.

“I liked catching up with people that I have not seen in a long time at this conference,” Moss said. “Auburn University has a great campus for the conference and it was great to walk around such a nice area.”

Timothy Huber from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley said he viewed the event as a great opportunity to connect with new researchers in his field of study.

 “I met lots of young faculty that I will continue to discuss ideas with after I return home,” he said.

“The Mell Classrooms are nice and the layout has been really beneficial,” said Chad Mangum from Niagara University in New York said he thought the classrooms inside Mell were nice and the layout was beneficial.

“I could easily attend closely related session in both the same area of mathematics and the same area in the building,” he said.

Lauren Grimley from Spring Hill College in Alabama shared, “I liked the chance to listen to a broad set of speakers during this conference, especially the sessions on Lie theory.”

 Auburn University’s Ming Liao spoke at an invited plenary address on a similar topic, Invariant Markov processes under actions of Lie groups.

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