UTK-PDE Distinguished Lecture Series is a series of lectures in partial differential equations (PDEs) delivered virtually by world renowned mathematicians. Each part in the series consists of three to five lectures covering core ideas, techniques, and state of the art in selected topics in the area of partial differential equations. Lectures will be thoughtfully designed and technically simplified so that they will be accessible to an audience with only basic background in Analysis and PDEs. All lectures will be recorded and posted together with lecture notes (Youtube Channel UTK-PDE Lecture Series). The series is founded and organized by Dr. Tuoc Phan with the support from the Department of Mathematics at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville.

Series IV (Spring 2022): Professor Robert J. McCann (Department of Mathematical Sciences of University of Toronto) will deliver 4 virtual lectures (through zoom) at 2:50PM (US Eastern time) on April 14th, 21st, 28th, and May 5th. Register at UTK-PDE google form to receive zoom link information and reminder messages.

Professor McCann
Brief Biography: Robert McCann received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the Princeton University in 1994. Dr. McCann was a Tamarkin Assistant Professor at Brown University and he joined the University of Toronto Department of Mathematics in the fall of 1998. Currently, professor McCann is Canada Research Chair in Mathematics, Economics and Physics. Professor Mccann research interests are in mathematical physics, mathematical economics, convex analysis, geometry and optimization, and partial differential equations. He has pioneered applications of optimal transport to economic problems such as hedonic matching, investment to match, and multidimensional screening. He invented the displacement interpolation between probability measures and studied the convexity of various entropies and energies linking these to Ricci curvature and eventually to the Einstein equations of general relativity. Professor McCann was elected a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2012, of the Royal Society of Canada in 2014, of the Fields Institute in 2015 and of the Canadian Mathematical Society in 2020. He was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Seoul in 2014. Professor McCann has served in many editorial boards, including Canadian Journal of Mathematic, SIAM Journal on Mathematical Analysis, Journal of Differential Equations. Additional information about Professor McCann can be found in this Wikipedia page and in his home page.

Title and Abstract: See the file [PDF].

Schedule: Register at UTK-PDE google form if you would like to receive reminding messages.

Date/Time Information Lecture Notes Lecture Videos
April 14, 2:50PM UTK-Calendar Lecture Notes 1 Lecture 1
April 21, 2:50PM UTK-Calendar Lecture Notes 2 Lecture 2
April 28, 2:50PM UTK-Calendar Lecture Notes 3 Lecture 3
May 5, 2:50PM UTK-Calendar Lecture Notes 4 Lecture 4

Some Pictures

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Youtube Channel: UTK-PDE Lecture Series. Feel free to subscribe.

Contact information: Write to Tuoc Phan at phan(at)math(dot)utk(dot)edu if you would like to receive the reminding messages on this event or if you have questions/requests.