© Octav Cornea, Sausalito, November 2017.
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Research Interests: Geometric analysis, in particular curvature flows, and convex geometry. I am also
interested in notions of generalized curvatures,
convexity in hyperbolic space, geometric inequalities and other extremal problems.
* The 2020 Nirenberg Lectures in Geometric Analysis took place on September 18-25, 2020 on line at the CRM, Montreal
with two exceptional
young mathematicians: Antoine Song (Clay Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley) and Yevgeny
Liokumovich (U. of Toronto).
More details, including links to videos of the talks, are posted at
Nirenberg Lectures in Geometric Analysis .
Videos of the lectures given by previous speakers of the series
Alessio Figalli (2014), André Neves (2015), Gunther Uhlmann (2016),
Camillo De Lellis (2017), Eugenia Malinnikova (2018), Vadim Kaloshin (2019) can be found on line at the link above. Organizers:
Pengfei Guan, Dima Jakobson (McGill U.), Iosif Polterovich (U. de Montreal)
and Alina Stancu (Concordia University).
* 2020 Canadian Mathematical Olympiad released the results.
You may find more information about it
Moreover, for outreach activities at Concordia University, please visit
Selected Recent Papers:
A new counterexample to Sangwine-Yager's conjecture (with J. Lalonde), Mathematical Inequalities & Applications, 22 (2019),
Discrete centro-affine curvature for convex polygons, Analytic Aspects of Convexity, Springer INdAM Series, Vol. 25 (2018),
On Holditch's theorem and Holditch curves (with H. Proppe and R. Stern),
Journal of Convex Analysis, 24 (2017), 239-259.
The logarithmic Minkowski inequality for non-symmetric convex bodies, Advances in Applied Mathematics, 73 (2016), 43-58.
For other publications see the MathSciNet list.
Selected Recent and Upcoming Conferences:
Co-organizer of Special Session in Probabilistic Methods in Geometric Functional Analysis and Convexity at Summer CMS Meeting,
June 7-10, 2019, University of Regina.
CMS special session "Geometric Capacity Analysis" Winter CMS Meeting,
December 6-9, 2019, Toronto, ON.
I study the existence and/or the uniqueness of closed convex hypersurfaces of the Euclidean space with certain properties, usually by looking
at the geometric properties of solutions to appropriate partial differential equations. I am also interested in curvature flows and
isoperimetric-type inequalities. One of my current projects focuses on affine invariants of convex bodies and affine invariant inequalities.
Whether a Master's or a PhD, my students'
theses combine techniques from differential geometry, analysis and partial differential equations.
J. Bachrachas, Master (2011) (went on to McGill University to pursue a PhD in Mathematics)
Y. Raad, Master (2011) (went on to University of Ottawa to pursue a PhD in Mathematics)
R. Benty, Master (2012) (went on to University of Waterloo to pursue a PhD in Mathematics)
M. N. Ivaki, PhD (2013),
Recipient of the 2013 Carl Herz Prize
(went on to a postdoctoral position at Technische Universität Wien, Austria.)
T. Nguyen, Master (2013), co-supervised with O. Cornea (went to Université de
Montréal's PhD program in Physics)
S. Vikram, Master (2016) (continued into Concordia's PhD program in Mathematics)
Z. Abbas, Master (2017) (went on to work in industry as an analyst for a Montreal based Environmental Engineering firm)
E. Cyrenne, Master (2018) (went on to pursue a career in teaching at pre-University level)
M. AlHilani, Master (2018) (went on to pursue a career in teaching at pre-University level)
X. Yang, Master (2018) (went on to the PhD program in Quantitative Life Sciences at McGill University)
A. Kratsios, PhD (2018), co-supervised with C. Hyndman (went on to a postdoctoral position at ETH Zürich)
S. Ky, Master (2020) (went on to pursue a career in teaching at pre-University level)
J.M. Fortier, Master (2020) (went on to pursue a career in teaching at pre-University level)
I currently supervise two MSc students and two PhD students.
Teaching: "Within five years, there will be 2.4 million STEM jobs openings." (NYTimes, December 7, 2013,
"Who Says Math Has to Be Boring?") ARE YOU READY?
*A selection of my recent or up-coming courses:
MATH 479A / MAST 661A / MAST 837A
Convex and Nonlinear Analysis Starting with classical inequalities for
convex sets and functions, the course's aim is to present famous geometric inequalities like the Brunn-Minkowski inequality
and its related functional form, Prekopa-Leindler, the Blaschke-Santalo inequality, the Urysohn inequality, as well as more
modern results such as the reverse isoperimetric inequality, or the Brascamp-Lieb inequality and its reverse form. In the
we will touch upon log-convex functions, duality for sets and functions and, generally, extremum problems.
MATH 264AA / MAST 218AA
Advanced Calculus I / Multivariable Calculus I
Women and Mathematics:
American Women in Mathematics has a student chapter in Montreal!
The site offers numerous opportunities for male and female students alike. For more info, please click
Readings I enjoyed,
in reverse chronological order:Catherine Chung The Tenth Muse, Svetlana Alexievich Voices from Chernobyl,
Jean Kwok Searching for Sylvie Lee, Marcy Dermansky Very Nice, Katherine Howe The Daughters of
Temeprance Hobbs, Cathleen Schine The Grammarians, Michelle Obama Becoming, Caroline Hulse The adults (perfect for the Winter holidays ha ha), Weike Wang Chemistry, Candace Fleming The Family Romanov:
Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia,
Michel Houellebecq Soumission, Herman Koch The Dinner, Robert Littell The visiting professor,
Claire Holden Rothman My October, Bill Browder Red Notice,
Edward Frenkel Love and Math, Graeme Simsion The Rosie Project (light, but hilarious, much in the spirit of The curious incident of the
dog in the nighttime
set in academia!), Vasili Grosssman Panta Rhei, Cédric Villani
Théorème Vivant, Paul Cornea Ce a fost Cum a fost.
© 2006 Alina Stancu