Colloquia & Seminars
Edward L. Reiss Memorial Lectures

Edward ReissEdward L. Reiss was a distinguished applied mathematician at Northwestern who passed away in 2000. To honor his memory, the Edward L. Reiss Memorial Fund was established to support the Edward L. Reiss Memorial Lectures in Applied Mathematics as an annual event.

Reiss Lecturers give two seminars, usually on consecutive days:

  • The first lecture is a general talk, open to the public and accessible to the wider scientific community, covering broad topics in applied mathematics. 
  • The second lecture is a more technical lecture discussing recent research results.

View the 2016 Reiss Lecture Series Flyer

May 9-10, 2016
"Predicting Shape: geometry, physics and biology"
"Programming Shape: geometry, physics and engineering"
Prof. L. Mahadevan  - Harvard University

Previous Speakers

May 11-12, 2015
"Surface Nanobubbles and Nanodroplets: The Big Picture"
"The Phase Space of Turbulent Taylor-Couette Flow"
Prof. Detlef LohseUniversity of Twente, Netherlands

May 19-20, 2014
"Spatially Localized Structures: Basic Theory"
"The Phase Space of Turbulent Taylor-Couette Flow"
Prof. Edgar Knobloch - University of California, Berkeley

April 29-30, 2013
"Beyond All Orders: The Future of Asymptotics?"
"Localised Pattern Formation and Snaking Bifurcation Diagrams"
Prof. S. Jon Chapman - University of Oxford

April 30, 2012 & May 1, 2012
"Confined Colloid Suspensions: Some Equilibrium Properties"
"Confined Colloid Suspensions: Some Out-of-Equilibrium Properties"
Prof. Stuart Rice - University of Chicago

April 11-12, 2011
"How The Leopard Got Its Spots"
"Mathematical Modeling of Tumor Dynamics"
Prof. Philip Maini - University of Oxford

April 15-16, 2010
"The Challenges of Sustainability"
"Collective Motion in Animal Populations"
Prof. S. Levin - Princeton University

April 6-7, 2009
"Frontiers in Complex Systems Research"
"Kinetics of Transitions Across a Barrier in the Presence of Time Dependent Forcing"
Prof. G. Nicolis - Universite Libre de Bruxelles

May 5-6, 2008
"Emergence of Spatial Patterns in Physical, Chemical and Biological Systems"
"Dymical Systems Invariant Curves as Barriers to Transport in Oceanic Flows"
Prof. Harry Swinney - University of Texas

June 7-8, 2007
"Polarization fingerprints in the clear blue sky"
"Physics of non-Hermitian degeneracies"
Prof. Sir Michael Berry - University of Bristol

May 22-23, 2006
"Flapping Flight as a Bifurcation in Reynolds Number"
"Paired Vortices, Vorticity Growth, and Hovering Flight"
Prof. Stephen Childress - Courant Institute, NYU
This lecture was co-sponsored by the IGERT program.

May 23-24, 2005
"Bifurcations and Geometry"
"Continuum Equations for Rarefied Gases"
Prof. Edward A. Spiegel - Columbia University

May 17-18, 2004
"Passive and Active Array Imaging in Clutter"
"High Capacity Communication Systems in Complex Environments"
Prof. George C. Papanicolaou - Stanford University

May 12-13, 2003
Adaptive and Parallel Discontinuous Galerkin Methods for Conservation Laws:
"Fundamental Computational and Theoretical Properties"
"A-Posteriori Error Estimation and Superconvergence"
Prof. Joseph E. Flaherty - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

May 13-14, 2002
The Mathematics of Visual Perception:
"Binocular Vision"
"Color Vision"
Prof. Joseph B. Keller - Stanford University

May 14-15, 2001
"Continuation, Bifurcation and Homotopy in Scientific Computation"
"The Recursive Projection Method: Stabilization and Acceleration of Iterative Processes"
Prof. Herbert B. Keller - California Institute of Technology & University of California, San Diego