MATH+ Distinguished Visiting Scholar Grigorios A. Pavliotis (Imperial College London) at ZIB

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MATH+ is pleased to welcome Grigorios A. Pavliotis of Imperial College London (UK) as MATH+ Distinguished Visiting Scholar in June and July, hosted by Christof Schütte (FU Berlin), MATH+ Co-Chair and President of the Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB). The title “MATH+ Distinguished Visiting Scholar” is awarded to outstanding scientists and scholars from around the world who have high international visibility.


Grigorios A. Pavliotis has been a Professor of Applied Mathematics at Imperial College London (UK) since 2014 and a faculty member since 2004. For the academic year 2024-2025, he will be on a “Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship”. Pavliotis received his PhD in Mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (US) in 2002, following an MSc in Applied Mathematics from the same institution in 2000 and a BSc in Physics from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) in 1997. Throughout his career, Pavliotis has held several notable appointments, including the “John Von Neumann Visiting Chair” at Technische Universität München (TUM) in 2019 and as an Invited Professor at the Biocomputing Group at Freie Universität Berlin in 2012.


Regarding the MATH+ award, he remarked: “The MATH+ Distinguished Visiting Scholar Fellowship is a great opportunity for me to visit ZIB and FU Berlin and to collaborate with an excellent group of applied mathematicians and stochastic analysts. I am looking forward to engaging with the very exciting Berlin mathematical community.”


Grigorios A. Pavliotis research interests focus on interacting multiagent systems, McKean-Vlasov-Fokker-Planck equations, inference for diffusion processes, Markov Chain Monte Carlo, data-driven approaches to coarse-graining and statistical dynamics. Among his significant achievements, Pavliotis has an excellent record of PhD supervision and of mentoring of young mathematicians. His former PhD students are currently permanent faculty members of universities in France, Germany, and the UK.


During his stay at ZIB, he has many plans, which he described as follows: “My plans are to teach a course on interacting particle systems, offered to MSc and PhD students in mathematics, to collaborate on a research project on clustering in stochastic models for opinion dynamics with Christof Schütte and other ZIB members, and to work on a research project on inference and neural parameter calibration for agent-based models with the group at ZIB.”


Along with his collaborative research work at ZIB, Paviliotis will hold a Lecture Series on “Interacting particle systems, mean-field limits, phase transitions and fluctuations” from 26 June to 09 July 2024, targeted at MSc and PhD students. More details on the dates and topics of the lecture series can be found on the website of the BMS (Berlin Mathematical School), the MATH+ Graduate School.