ILAS Prizes and Special Lectures

The Hans Schneider Prize in Linear Algebra is awarded by ILAS for research, contributions, and achievements at the highest level of Linear Algebra. This prize may be awarded for an outstanding scientific achievement or for lifetime contribution.

Please visit the Hans Schneider Memorial Page to learn more about Hans Schneider’s life and contributions to linear algebra.

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ILAS Taussky-Todd Prize

Olga Taussky and John Todd have had a decisive impact on the development of theoretical and numerical linear algebra for over half a century. This prize honors them for their many and varied mathematical achievements and for their efforts in promoting linear algebra and matrix theory.

The ILAS Taussky-Todd Prize is awarded once every three to four years at an ILAS meeting designated by the ILAS executive committee.

The president shall appoint a committee consisting of at least four ILAS members to recommend a prize winner to the ILAS Executive Board.

The recipient should be a person who has received the Ph. D. degree within about fifteen years of receiving the prize, and who has made significant contributions to linear algebra and matrix theory. The recipient is expected to deliver a principal lecture at the ILAS meeting accepting the award.

The ILAS Taussky-Todd Prize was originally (before 2021) referred to as the Taussky-Todd Lecture.

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ILAS Richard A. Brualdi Early Career Prize

The ILAS Richard A. Brualdi Early Career Prize is given every three years at an ILAS Conference to an outstanding early career researcher in the field of linear algebra, for distinguished contributions to the field within seven years of receiving the PhD or equivalent degree.

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LAA Lecture series at ILAS conferences

There are many areas of pure and applied mathematics which have close connections to linear algebra. These may heavily use results from linear algebra. In turn, problems raised by such fields have led to important new developments in linear algebra. Examples of such fields are: probability and the theory of Markov chains, statistics, the theory of mixed volumes, approximation theory, operator theory or operator algebras, the theory of algebras, systems and control, and so forth.

The LAA lecturer will present some part of an area of close connection to linear algebra in a talk that focuses on the impact of linear algebra on that area. Or they might present an area of linear algebra where problems and their solutions were motivated by an area of close connection.

The lecture is to be given once every two or three years at an ILAS meeting designated by the ILAS executive committee.

For each lecture, the ILAS president shall appoint a committee consisting of at least three ILAS members to select a lecturer.

These lectures are funded by generous gifts from Elsevier, publisher of the journal Linear Algebra and its Applications (LAA). These gifts also support other programs, such as the LAA Early Career Speakers program.

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ILAS Support for non-ILAS Conferences

(see also Hans Schneider ILAS Lecture)

The ILAS Board reviews proposals and decides which, if any, will receive support, and how much that support will be.

Electronic requests are preferred and should be sent to the president of ILAS.

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Hans Schneider ILAS Lecture

The Hans Schneider ILAS Lecture Fund was established with a generous donation from ILAS’s founding President, Hans Schneider. Additional contributions to the Fund are welcome.

The fund supports one speaker per year to give a lecture on linear algebra (and possibly its applications to or connections with a related discipline) at a non-ILAS meeting. The Hans Schneider ILAS Lecture is one of ILAS’s signature programmes. Consequently, the Hans Schneider ILAS Lecture will be given by a researcher with strong expository skills whose work represents linear algebra at its highest level.

Each year, the ILAS Board of Directors will evaluate proposals for ILAS Lectures at non-ILAS meetings. The top ranked proposal will be identified as the Hans Schneider ILAS Lecture. In any given year, the Board may determine that no speaker be designated as the Hans Schneider ILAS Lecturer.

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Israel Gohberg ILAS-IWOTA Lecture

The Israel Gohberg ILAS-IWOTA Lecture honors the legacy of Israel Gohberg, whose research crossed borders between operator theory, linear algebra, and related fields. This lecture is in collaboration with the International Workshop on Operator Theory and its Applications (IWOTA), an institution that was founded by Gohberg. This series of lectures will be delivered at IWOTA and ILAS Conferences, in different years, in the approximate ratio two-thirds at IWOTA and one-third at ILAS. These lectures are funded by the Israel Gohberg ILAS-IWOTA Lecture Fund, which has received generous donations from individuals and from Springer International Publishing AG, publisher of the Springer/Birkhäuser Verlag book series Operator Theory: Advances and Applications, and the Birkhäuser Journal Integral Equations and Operator Theory.

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ILAS Lecture at the Joint Mathematics Meetings

The ILAS Lecture at the Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) was instituted in 2020 with the planned first occurrence at the JMM 2022 in Seattle, WA. This lecture occurs on an annual basis.

The president shall appoint, in consultation with the ILAS Executive Board, a committee consisting of at least four ILAS members to recommend a lecturer to the ILAS Executive Board. The ILAS President will also serve on this committee ex-officio. The committee shall serve for the duration of the president’s term.

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Invited Speakers at ILAS Meetings

LAMA Lecture Series at ILAS Conferences

Since 2005 each ILAS Conference has included a Linear and Multilinear Algebra (LAMA) Lecture as a special plenary lecture. These lectures have been funded by Taylor and Francis, publisher of LAMA. In 2022 Taylor and Francis has given ILAS a generous gift, establishing an endowment fund for this series of lectures. The lecturers of this series are selected by the organizing committee of the ILAS conference in conjunction with the Editors-in-Chief of LAMA.

ILAS Lecture Series at SIAM Applied Linear Algebra Conferences

As part of an agreement with Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), ILAS funds two plenary lectures in each SIAM Conference on Applied Linear Algebra (SIAM ALA), a triennial series of conferences organized by the SIAM Activity Group on Linear Algebra (SIAG/LA). The lecturers of this series are selected by the ILAS Board.

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SIAG/LA Lecture Series at ILAS Conferences

Each ILAS Conference includes a SIAM Activity Group on Linear Algebra (SIAG/LA) Lecture as a special plenary lecture. These lectures are funded under an agreement with SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics). The lecturers of this series are selected by the officers of SIAG/LA.

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