Alina Stancu

  Associate Professor, ISM Director
  Department of Mathematics & Statistics
  Concordia University
  1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West
  Montreal, QC, H3G 1M8, Canada
  Office: LB 921-27
  Tel: (514) 848-2424 ext 5345
  Fax: (514) 848-2831          
  E-mail: alina.stancuATconcordia.ca
© Robert Cornea, Jan 2012



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.

NEWS:

* The 2018 Nirenberg Lectures in Geometric Analysis will be delivered at the CRM by Eugenia Malinnikova (NTNU, Trondheim) during the week of March 12-16, 2018.

The 2017 speaker was Camillo De Lellis (ETH, Zurich) on March 24, 27, 28, 2017. At the web site above, you can find links to the videos of his three talks as well as videos of the lectures given by the 2014 speaker (Alessio Figalli), 2015 speaker (André Neves) and, respectively, 2016 speaker (Gunther Uhlmann).

* Starting October 1st 2017, Concordia's Department of Mathematics and Statistics is hosting for a third consecutive year a MATH CIRCLE for students in grades 3-8 wishing to have fun solving challenging math problems.

The circle meets almost all Sundays during the school year. More info is here. For other outreach activities at Concordia University, please visit our page.

This year, 2017, the Montreal Math Circle benefits from an NSERC Promoscience grant and an endowment grant of the Canadian Mathematical Society which, together with the invaluable logistic support of the ISM, allowed us to offer a week long math camp this past June 2017.


* 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 here.

* Follow some more news at the Institut des sciences mathématiques!



Recent Papers:

For other publications see the MathSciNet list.


Recent and Upcoming Conferences:


Graduate Students:

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.

I currently supervise three MSc students, 1 PhD student and co-supervise 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:

Winter 2018:

MATH 480A (MAST 653, MATH 621) 

Geometry and Topology

This is a first course in the differential geometry of curves and surfaces. We'll talk about curvature, standard non-Euclidean type geometries like the hyperbolic space, and some elements of topology.

Winter 2017:

MATH 365 / MATH 627A  

Analysis II

The complete information is posted on moodle.

Fall 2016:

MATH 479 / MAST 680B / MAST 837B  

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 process, we will touch upon log-convex functions, duality for sets and functions and, generally, extremum problems.


Women and Mathematics:




Latest readings I enjoyed, in reverse chronological order:

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.

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