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# AWM Lecture Series – Ingrid Daubechies, Duke University

## November 9, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Monday, November 9th, 5:00 – 6:00 pm

**Ingrid Daubechies**

James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering

Duke University

**Title: My Path Towards And In Mathematics.
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**Abstract:**

Although My B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees are in physics rather than mathematics, I have lived most of my professional career as a mathematician. The talk will describe how this transition happened, as well as several other stages in my mathematical life.

**Bio:
**Ingrid Daubechies earned her Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She currently holds the title of James B. Duke Professor of Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University.

Although her degree is in (theoretical) physics, she thought she would become an engineer while growing up. Her mother was heartbroken when she opted for pure science instead, and predicted Ingrid would end up in the gutter, jobless. Fortunately, matters turned out better. Her academic work focuses on mathematical methods for the analysis of signals, images and data, with applications in many directions. She enjoys working in collaboration with others, in her scientific work as well as otherwise. Her latest collaboration is a Simons Foundation/Duke University funded art project https://mathemalchemy.org/.