Entrance hall of the ICMSHarmonic analysis and its interactions: in honour of Tony Carbery

In July 2017, ICMS hosted a workshop on Harmonic analysis and its interactions: in honour of Tony Carbery  

Over the last decade the international research landscape in harmonic analysis has seen a dramatic and unexpected broadening of its connectivity within mathematics. The emergence of surprising new approaches to longstanding problems at the heart of the subject has led to many high-profile breakthroughs across mathematics. Many of these new developments can be traced back to the foundational contributions of Tony Carbery. The purpose of the conference was to honour Tony Carbery by bringing together many of the key drivers of research in harmonic analysis at these important interfaces, at a time when international interest is at a peak.

Delegates from the Harmonic analysis and its interactions, Edinburgh, July 2017

With over 100 delegates, this conference was too large for our lecture theatre, so was held at nearby Appleton Tower.    On the Wednesday evening we welcomed some of the delegates to ICMS premises to enjoy the conference public lecture.  Keith Ball, our former scientific director, gave a talk entitled Pools of Blood.  Keith reassured the audience that whilst the title was gory, that talk content was not!


 (left) Keith Ball giving the public lecture,  (right) Post public lecture reception at ICMS


Whilst the workshop was on, we took the opportunity to speak to some of the delegates.


Hong Wang, University of University of Bern

Hong is from China.  She is a graduate student in the USA, based at MIT.  This trip to ICMS is her first visit to Scotland.

Tell me about today's event and your role in it

I gave a talk, Bilinear decoupling in R3, earlier this week.  The topic of the workshop is an exact fit to my area of research.

What brought you to this area of research?

I attended a talk, which was given my supervisor.  The talk covered connections to harmonic analysis.  I was really impressed with the topic and reckoned the speaker would be a great supervisor.

Other than exploring maths, what are the benefits of taking part?     

The highlight has been the talks and talking to the other delegates.  This workshop has brought almost all the key people from this area together.  It is a great opportunity!

What will you take back to your [day job/research/studies]?

I have gained some ideas from the talks.  Other people’s ideas inspire me.

Have you met interesting people, and if so, what connections have you made?

Yes, a lot.

Do you have any advice for first-time ICMS attendees? 

I haven’t been to ICMS before.  I’ve really enjoyed Edinburgh, I think visiting Arthur Seat has been my favourite place.  Also, meeting people over the lunch breaks has been good.

Have you been to many other conferences? How does ICMS differ?

I attend a few conferences/meeting.  I think each workshop has its own character.  This workshop has had many people that I know. It feels very welcoming, friendly and relaxed.

If you could solve one maths problem, what would it be?

 I'm not sure but I would like to see restriction problem being solved someday.

Do you have any thoughts regarding how we can raise the profile of maths?

I think mathematicians are cool and I like the lifestyle of a mathematician.  I guess the challenge is to make this visible to more other people. 

Do you have any thought on how diversity in mathematics can be improved?

Personally, I haven't had any problems. I'm afraid I don't know what the answer is.

Who is your favourite mathematician and why?

Jean Bourgain, he has approached lots of difference problems in unexpected and very creative ways.  Also I admire how prolific he has been throughout his career.

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