Dr. Grigoris Paouris, professor of mathematics at Texas A&M University, has been selected to receive a 2021 fellowship from the New York-based Simons Foundation in support of his research on the underlying geometry of high-dimensional probability measures.
Paouris is one of 39 mathematicians and five physicists across the United States and Canada recognized this year with the prestigious award intended to support distinguished scientists in their research. A member of the Texas A&M Department of Mathematics faculty since 2008, he is a leading expert in the areas of convex geometry and high-dimensional probability. He has spent the past two decades examining the properties of high-dimensional objects, such as polytopes and matrices, and their applications to computing and learning.
Simons Fellows program funds in both mathematics and theoretical physics enable recipients to take extended leave — anywhere from a semester to a full year — from their classroom teaching and administrative obligations to focus solely on research for the long periods often necessary for significant advances. Paouris plans to spend the upcoming academic year at Princeton University conducting collaborative research in high-dimensional probability, metric geometry and related applications to theoretical computer science and complexity.
“I plan to work on projects in convexity and high-dimensional probability and hopefully write a monograph on the geometry of high-dimensional measures,” Paouris said. “I also want to finish my project on Dvoretzky’s theorem in asymptotic convexity, which I have been working on with P. Valettas for the last five years, and complete a monograph on the new techniques and developments on that theory. There are several applications of those results to theoretical computer science, and I hope to further investigate these connections with collaborators at Princeton.”
Established in 2010, the Simons Foundation Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division supports research in mathematics, theoretical physics and theoretical computer science by providing funding for individuals, institutions and science. MPS is among the four areas supported by Simons Foundation grants along with Life Sciences, autism research (Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative) and Outreach & Education.
Paouris is one of three Texas A&M mathematicians honored thus far as Simons Fellows, joining Dr. Eric C. Rowell and Dr. Guoliang Yu, who were selected as members of the 2019 class.
“Dr. Paouris is well deserving of this great honor,” said Dr. Sarah J. Witherspoon, professor and head of Texas A&M Mathematics. “It will have a very positive impact, not only on his research, but also more widely through his ongoing work with many students and faculty here at Texas A&M as well as at Princeton.”
Paouris’s previous career honors include a 2011 Sloan Research Fellowship as well as a 2012 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award that enabled him to investigate the properties of high-dimensional probability measures to better understand the geometry serving as its underpinning — knowledge which has broad implications in a variety of mathematical fields, from classical analysis to probability theory. He earned his Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Crete in 2004 and completed postdoctoral research at the Université de Marne-la-Vallée in Paris, New York University and the University of Athens prior to coming to Texas A&M. In addition to holding past visiting appointments at the Université Paris VI, he most recently spent fall 2017 as an Eisenbud Professor at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley.
For additional information about the Simons Foundation or the Simons Fellows program, visit https://www.simonsfoundation.org/.
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