Phase transitions in discrete mathematics and computer science, structural and dynamical properties of self-engineered networks, graph algorithms, algorithmic game theory, and computational biology. Jennifer Chayes’ research career has spanned many areas. In recognition for her leadership in the research community, as well as her contributions to mathematical physics and the theory of computing, today, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) announced Jennifer as the 2015 John von Neumann Lecturer. The Lecture is the highest honor awarded by SIAM, and was established in 1959 in honor of the Hungarian-American mathematician after whom the prize is named.
Jennifer is co-founder, Managing Director and Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Research New England and Microsoft Research New York City. Jennifer co-founded Microsoft Research New England in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2008, and Microsoft Research New York City in 2012. Before joining Microsoft in 1997, she was for many years a professor of mathematics at University of California, Los Angeles.
Additional details about the award and Jennifer’s research background can be found in SIAM’s press release.