Key-note Speaker: Rodrigo Bañuelos (Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana)

Bañuelos received his Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1984 from UCLA under the supervision of Prof. Rick Durrett. His research is at the interface of probability, harmonic analysis, partial differential

equations and spectral theory.

He has received numerous honors and awards including NSF Presidential Young Investigator (1989-1994), and the 2004 Blackwell-Tapia Prize in Mathematics. He was elected Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, 2000.

He has published more than 70 research papers in the best journals.

He was an Associate Editor, Annals of Probability, and Probability and Statistics Editor, Transactions of the AMS. He has supervised seven PhD students. Rodrigo Bañuelos is the current head of the Department of Mathematics at Purdue University, where he has been a professor since 1989.

Rodrigo Bañuelos believes in the responsibilities of the scientist/academician beyond the boundary of pure scientific/academic research. He has been very active in many efforts, local and national, designed to increase the number of minority students in sciences and engineering.

**Rodrigo Banuelos Web Site: **http://www.math.purdue.edu/~banuelos

Invited Speaker: Oliver Dragičević (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Key-note Speaker: Andrea Nahmod (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Nahmod obtained her PhD in Mathematics in 1991 from Yale University under supervision of Prof. R. Coifman. She obtained her bachelor's degree form the Universidad de Buenos

Aires, Argentina, in 1985.

Nahmod has been a professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst since 1998. Her current reseach lies at the overlap of harmonic and nonlinear Fourier analysis, and geometric nonlinear PDEs. She is also interested in computational harmonic analysis and modern methods for compression and recovery of signals. Since 1999 her research has been uninterruptedly funded by NSF.

She has been twice a Member of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton, she has been a Member of the Mathematical Science Research Institute at Berkeley in several occasions, a Visiting Scholar at the Courant Institute at NYU, and a Research Fellow at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

She has lectured all over the world, and published numerous articles in some of finest journals. She has supervised three PhD students.

Andrea Nahmod Web Site: http://www.math.umass.edu/~nahmod/

Invited Speaker: Rodolfo Torres (University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS)

His website: http://www.math.ku.edu/~torres/