International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Bengaluru
Riddhipratim Basu is a Reader at the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (ICTS-TIFR). He obtained his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata and subsequently joined the University of California, Berkeley where he obtained his PhD in 2015. He spent two years at Stanford University as a Szegö Assistant Professor of Mathematics before joining ICTS in 2017. His research is in probability theory, often motivated by questions coming from statistical physics. He has recently been working on first and last passage percolation, interacting particle systems, models of self-organized criticality among other topics. He was selected as an Associate of the Indian Academy of Sciences in 2018.
SESSION 3A: Inaugural lectures by Fellows/Associates
S Ananthakrishnan, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune
Large scale geometry of randomly growing interfaces
A rich class of models for randomly growing interfaces, believed to be in the so-called Kardar-Parisi-Zhang (KPZ) universality class, is expected to exhibit the same universal asymptotics that are empirically observed in the large scale geometry of many naturally occurring growing interfaces. This has been one of the exciting frontiers of probability research over the past two decades, where tremendous progress has been made in rigorous understanding of some of these models, combining tools from different areas of mathematics. The speaker will discuss some of the recent progress, and many open questions that still remain.