20 January 2010
Venue: Skeel Lecture Theatre, People’s Palace, Mile End
'Random matrix puzzles'
Boris Khoruzhenko, Professor of Mathematics
Eigenvalues of large random matrices display remarkable statistical patterns in their distribution. Inexplicably, the same patterns also appear in various mathematical and physical problems with no obvious connection to random matrices. In this non-technical lecture I will talk about some of these puzzles and random matrix signatures.
After obtaining his first degree in mathematics from Kharkov University and his PhD in theoretical and mathematical physics from the Institute for Low Temperature Physics of the Ukrainian Academy of Science, Boris Khoruzhenko held various research positions in Ukraine, France and Germany before joining Queen Mary in 1996 and becoming a Professor of Mathematics in 2007. His research interests evolve around disordered systems, with the current focus on random matrices.