Rivière-Fabes Symposium 2002

The Rivière-Fabes Symposium on Analysis and Partial Differential Equations is held annually at the School of Mathematics to honor the memory of two distinguished former colleagues, Nestor M. Rivière and Eugene B. Fabes. The fifth Rivière-Fabes Symposium will take place April 5-7, 2002, Friday afternoon - Sunday morning.

The principal speakers are Professors David Jerison (MIT) and Elias Stein (Princeton University), each of whom will give two lectures. The following invited speakers will give one lecture each: Professors Nets Katz (Washington University in St. Louis), Michael Lacey (Georgia Institute of Technology), Wilhelm Schlag (Caltech) and Tatiana Toro (University of Washington, Seattle). The organizing committee consists of Professor C. Kenig (University of Chicago), and Professors N. Jain, N. Krylov, W. Littman, F. Reitich aProfessor Daniel Stroocknd M. Safonov (Chair) of the School of Mathematics. 

The fourth Rivière-Fabes Symposium was held here on April 20-22, 2001.


Principal Speakers

Professors Daniel Stroock (MIT) and Robert Fefferman (Chicago) gave two lectures each: "A differentiable structure on the space of probability measures" and "Hodge theory on certain non-compact Riemannian manifolds" (Professor Stroock), and "Some issues in harmonic analysis related to the work of Fabes and Rivière on non-isotropic dilations: I) Maximal functions, and II) Singular integrals" (Professor Fefferman).

Invited Speakers

Professor P. Daskalopoulos (UC Irvine), "Gauss curvature flow with flat sides: geometry and regularity of the interface";

Professor S. Hoffman (University of Missouri, Columbia), "The solution of the square root problem of Kato"

Professor M. Mitrea (University of Missouri, Columbia), "Elliptic boundary value problems on Sobolev-Besov spaces"

Professor Terence Tao (UCLA), "Global regularity of wave maps." 


This Symposium was established in memory of our colleagues Nestor M. Rivière and Eugene B. Fabes. Both of them were analysts and did their graduate work together at the University of Chicago. After finishing his Ph.D. under Alberto Calderón in 1966, Nestor joined the School of Mathematics the same year. Gene finished his Ph.D. under Antoni Zygmund in 1965 and spent two years at Rice University before coming to Minnesota in 1967. The two started a new era in classical analysis at Minnesota. Unfortunately for us, cancer claimed Nestor's life at the young age of 38 in 1978, ending a brilliant career. The department established the Nestor M. Rivière Lecture in his memory. Every year a highly distinguished mathematician delivers a lecture in the broad area of analysis. Gene usually took care of the organizational work and the Rivière Lecture was supported by a fund established by donations from friends of Nestor. In 1997 another tragedy struck. Gene passed away just after he turned sixty and was still at the peak of his productive career. A list of his mathematical achievements can be found in his obituary in the Amer. Math. Soc. Notices, v. 45 (1998), pp. 706-708, and in the Journal of Fourier Analysis and Appl., v. 4, no. 4/5 (1998). Former colleagues, students and friends of Nestor and Gene from all over the world expressed the sentiment that we should establish an annual symposium in their memory. Families of Nestor and Gene fully endorsed the idea of turning the Nestor M. Rivière Lecture into the Rivière-Fabes Symposium. With financial support from interested people the symposium was formally established in 1998.

Nestor M. Rivière and Eugene B. Fabes photos