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Prof. Sylvia Serfaty

Sylvia Serfaty is Silver Professor at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University. Prior to this she has been Professor at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (currently Sorbonne Université) at the Laboratoire Jacques-Louis Lions, and has held various appointments at the Courant Institute of NYU.

She works in calculus of variations, nonlinear partial differential equations, and mathematical physics.  A large part of her work has focused on the Ginzburg-Landau model of superconductivity and on understanding why and when vortices form triangular lattices.
She has more recently turned her attention to questions of statistical mechanics of systems with Coulomb-type repulsion, also arising in approximation theory and  random matrices, and which turn out to be generalizations of the questions addressed for the behavior vortices in superconductors.

She will be a plenary speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2018, and is the recipient of the EMS and Henri Poincaré prizes.
She earned her BS and MS in Mathematics from the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, and her PhD from Université Paris Sud.

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