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Lefschetz Center for Dynamical Systems

About LCDS


The Lefschetz Center for Dynamical Systems supports research in dynamical systems interpreted in its broadest sense as the study of evolving systems, including partial differential and functional equations, stochastic processes and finite-dimensional systems. It promotes research in this area at Brown University through the organizaton of activities that facilitate interactions between its members and other scientists, engineers and mathematicians. New initiatives for making connections to other areas of science are developed and students are trained with a broad perspective on the mathematics and applications of dynamical systems.

History

Solomon Lefschetz
3 September 1884 –
5 October 1972

The Lefschetz Center for Dynamical Systems is one of the leading groups in dynamical systems and control theory. It originated in 1964, when a large group of mathematicians and control theorists came to Brown from RIAS (the Research Institute for Advanced Studies) in Baltimore. The center was named in honor of Solomon Lefschetz, one of the outstanding mathematicians of this century. He was a very innovative and influential contributor to the theory of dynamical systems, the director of the mathematics group at RIAS before it moved to Brown and a continual source of support and inspiration. At Brown, the group was led for many years by Joseph P. LaSalle. Current members of the center serve on the faculties of the Division of Applied Mathematics, and the Department of Mathematics. Research topics of current interest are largely in dynamical systems, partial differential equations and stochastic control theory and applications.

Last change: Jan. 16, 2014
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