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Daubechies wins John von Neumann Lecture Prize

Mathematician Ingrid Daubechies has received the 2011 John von Neumann Lecture Prize, awarded July 18 at the 7th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM 2011) held in Vancouver, British Columbia. This is the highest honor awarded by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and was established in 1959 to reward outstanding contributions to the field of applied mathematical sciences and their effective communication to the community.

Daubechies received the $5000 prize in recognition of her fundamental work in the development of the foundations and applications of wavelets, and her multifaceted and lasting contributions to the mathematical sciences and engineering fields. In her John von Neumann lecture, she gave an overview of the uses of wavelets and other bases to construct mathematical representations of large sets of data. She also reviewed other mathematical tools and analytics to make these representations.