Research Highlights

Mathematicians prove forced Navier-Stokes solutions are not unique in the Leray-Hopf class

IAS - March 2022

For almost 200 years, scientists and engineers have used the so-called Navier-Stokes equations to describe how fluids behave. These partial differential equations arose from Newton’s second law—that an object’s acceleration depends on its mass and the net force acting upon it—and incorporate internal forces, such as pressure, and external forces, such as gravity, on the movement of fluids. Among their applications, the Navier-Stokes equations, and their variations, are the main models used today for determining currents in the oceans, airflow around airplanes and cars, smoke dispersion from chimneys, and water flow in pipes.

Dispersive shock waves

ICERM - March 2022

Shock waves can be observed both experimentally and theoretically, and manifest as a train of localized, highly oscillating waves. They are observed in water waves, plasma, optics, or Bose-Einstein condensates. Dispersive shock waves can appear when one of the relevant quantities of the model changes abruptly compared to the others. Mathematically, it is possible to grasp the formation of a dispersive shock wave by letting a particular parameter of the modeling equation tend to zero: this is called the zero-dispersion limit.

Universality and Integrability in Random Matrix Theory and Interacting Particle Systems

SLMath - March 2022

This semester, participants in the Universality and Integrability in Random Matrix Theory and Interacting Particle Systems semester program studied the broad connections between random matrix theory and interacting particle systems, which can be used to model atoms or molecules, but also to find applications in areas as dissimilar as traffic flow, epidemiology, and financial markets.

Connecting Configurations

ICERM - March 2022

Consider a straight line in a plane with a point on it. Imagine moving the point on the line and moving the line in the plane. A parameter space can be constructed so that each point in the space represents a possible point-line configuration. Moreover, if one configuration can be turned into another by moving the point and the line just a little bit, then the corresponding points of the two configurations in the space are close. This space has a very nice and symmetric geometric shape.

African Diaspora Joint Mathematics Workshop

SLMath - January 2022

The African Diaspora Joint Mathematics Workshop (ADJOINT) is a yearlong program that provides opportunities for U.S. mathematicians, especially those from the African diaspora, to form collaborations with distinguished African American research leaders on topics at the forefront of mathematical and statistical research.

Fluid Dynamics

SLMath - January 2022

Fluid dynamics is a broad area of research that has been the subject of mathematical investigation for hundreds of years, inspired by but not limited to practical applications in biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering.

Institute for Advanced Study researcher mines polynomial patterns in dense sets

IAS - November 2021

Sarah Peluse has spent the past few years looking for patterns in numbers. Specifically, she’s been looking for polynomial progressions, which involve sequences of numbers with a fixed common ratio plus a fixed value (x, x + y, x + y2), such as 3, 3 + 3, 3 + 32. Prior work had proved that once a set of numbers gets big enough, it reliably contains these polynomial progressions. But nobody knew just how big exactly.

Reduced basis approaches to speed up kinetic transport simulations

ICERM - November 2021

Linear kinetic transport equations play a critical role in optical tomography, radiative transfer and neutron transport. The physical and velocity/angular variables that the solution depends on are 6-dimensional, and the problem is inherently multiscale in nature. These features hamper the efficient and accurate numerical simulation of such problems. As part of ICERM’s Spring 2020 program on Model and dimension reduction in uncertain and dynamic systems, Yanlai Chen, Yingda Cheng, Fengyan Li, and Zhichao Peng joined together to work on a reduced order model approach that would allow efficient and robust simulations of linear kinetic transport equations.

Decision Making in Health and Medical Care

IMSI - October 2021

New models are challenging old norms for how regulatory bodies oversee the drug discovery process and approve much needed new therapies. Importantly, I-SPY 2 and now GBM AGILE, are prototypes for drug platform trials for COVID-19, Alzheimer’s Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, and other diseases. Modern statistical methods, and new computational learning and decision-making tools are contributing to a hopeful future for those stricken with deadly and debilitating diseases.

Math & Racial Justice

SLMath - September 2021

In response to the groundswell of support for racial justice initiatives following the killing of George Floyd, a Black man, by a White police officer in Minnesota, this workshop addressed algorithmic bias; fair division, allocation, and representation; public health disparities; and racial inequities in mathematics education.