Miniworkshop for Women in Mathematics

RIMS Kyoto University, Mathematical Society of Japan

Place: Lecture Hall at RIMS, Kyoto University

Date: March 29th, 2016

Organized by RIMS(Kyoto University), Department of Mathematics (Kyoto University)
and the Mathematical Society of Japan



13:00- Opening

Kayo Inaba, Executive Vice President (Gender Equality, International Affairs, and Public Relations) 

Shigefumi Mori, President of the International Mathematical Union

Motoko Kotani, President of the Mathematical Society of Japan

13:20-14:10 Ingrid Daubechies (Duke University, IMU)

Taking Stock

14:20-14:50 Shihoko Ishii (The University of Tokyo)


Is Mathematics “study” of “numbers”?

15:10-15:40 Senjo Shimizu (Kyoto University)


What differential equations tell us

16:00-16:30 Makiko Sasada (The University of Tokyo)


Wonders of probability and my happy life as a mathematician

16:30-17:00 Asuka Takatsu (Tokyo Metropolitan University)


Feeling and Mathematics

17:10-18:00 Panel Discussion

Moderator John Toland (University of Cambridge, IMU)

Ingrid Daubechies, Jill Mesirov(UCSD), Shihoko Ishii, Senjo Shimizu, Makiko Sasada, Asuka Takatsu, Shigefumi Mori



Brief CV of Speakers

Ingrid Daubechies

1980年 ブリュッセル大学で学位取得

1994年 プリンストン大学教授

2011年 デューク大学教授

2012年 ベルギー国王よりBaronessの爵位を授与される

2011年〜14年 国際数学連合総裁


Shihoko Ishii

1984年 東京都立大学で博士号取得

1988年 九州大学助手

1989年 東京工業大学助手,1990年同助教授,1998年同教授

2011年 東京大学教授

1995年 猿橋賞受賞

2011年 日本数学会代数学賞受賞


1984 Ph.D. at Tokyo Metropolitan University,

1988 assinstant profesoor in Kyushu University,

1989 assistant professor in Tokyo Institute of Technology,

1990 associate professor there,

1998 professor there,

2011 professor in University of Tokyo

1995 awarded Saruhashi Prize,

2011 awarded Algebra Prize of Japan Math. Society


Senjo Shimizu


筑波大学大学院数学研究科 博士課程修了(博士)(理学))

静岡大学工学部, 理学部を経て2015年より現職.

専門は解析学, 特に偏微分方程式論.

2012年函数方程式論福原賞, および2014年Bessel賞受賞.

1994 Doctor degree of science (by the University of Tsukuba)
1995-1996 Lecturer, Shizuoka University, Faculty of Engineering
1996-2008 Associate Professor, Shizuoka University, Faculty of Engineering
2008-2015 Full Professor, Shizuoka University, Department of Mathematics
2014.9-2015.3 Humboldt Researcher in University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany (Host Professor: Prof. Dr. Jan Pruess)
Since 2015 Full Professor, Kyoto University, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies


Analysis (Partial Differential Equations)


2012 Fukuhara Prize (from Division of Functional Equations,
the Mathematical Society of Japan)
2014 Bessel Prize (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation)


Makiko Sasada

東京大学大学院数理科学研究科准教授。2011年東京大学大学院数理科学研究科にて博士号取得。2011年4月より慶應義塾大学理工学部数理科学科助教、 2014年4月より同専任講師を経て、2015年より現職。 2010年に日本数学会賞建部賢弘賞奨励賞、2011年に第1回日本学術振興会育志賞、東京大学総長大賞を受賞。専門は統計物理に関連する確率論の諸問題。女子学生向けに数学の魅力を紹介するホームページ「数理女子」を運営。

Dr. Sasada is an Associate Professor at Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences, the University of Tokyo. She received her Ph.D. in Mathematical Science from the University of Tokyo in 2011. She worked at Keio University as an Assistant Professor from 2011 and as a Lecturer from 2014 to 2015. In 2010 she received the MSJ Takebe Katahiro Prize for Encouragement of Young Researchers, and in 2011 the first JSPS Ikushi Prize by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the University of Tokyo President's Award for Students. Her main area of interest is Probability Theory, specifically, Stochastic Analysis and its Applications to Statistical Physics. She administrates a Japanese web site to motivate young female students to get interested in mathematics.


Asuka Takatsu

2010年 東北大学にて学位取得
2010--2012年 JSPS-IHES fellow と して仏独に一年ずつ滞在
2010--2015年 名古屋大学にて特任助教・助教として勤務
2015年-- 首都大学東京にて准教授として勤務

2010年 Ph.D. at Tohoku University
2010--2012年 stay in France and Germany by one year as a JSPS-IHES fellow
2010--2015年 work at Nagoya University as a designated assistant professor/assistant professor
2015年-- work at Tokyo Metropolitan University as an associate professor


Jill Mesirov

Jill Mesirov is associate vice chancellor for computational health sciences and professor of medicine UC San Diego School of Medicine.  As associate vice chancellor, Mesirov is responsible for the overarching strategy for computational health sciences and research computing at UC San Diego School of Medicine.  She is a member of the UCSD Moores Cancer Center, where she serves as co-lead for the cancer genomes and networks research program.

Mesirov is a computational scientist who has spent many years working in the area of high-performance computing on problems that arise in science, engineering, and business applications. Her current research interest is computational biology with a focus on algorithms and analytic methodologies for pattern recognition and discovery with applications to cancer genomics and infectious disease. In addition, Mesirov is committed to the development of practical, accessible software tools to bring these methods to the general biomedical research community.

Before moving to UCSD, Mesirov most recently served as associate director and chief informatics officer at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, formerly the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research, where she directed the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Program. She previously served as manager of computational biology and bioinformatics in the Healthcare/Pharmaceutical Solutions Organization, director of research at Thinking Machines Corporation and has also held positions in the mathematics department at the University of California at Berkeley and served as associate executive director of the American Mathematical Society.

Mesirov, a former president of the Association for Women in Mathematics, is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Mathematical Society (AMS), and the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB).

Mesirov received her B.A. in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in mathematics from Brandeis University.


Shigefumi Mori

Shigefumi Mori received his Ph.D. in 1978 from Kyoto University under Professor Masayoshi Nagata. He became an assistant at Kyoto University in 1975, an assistant professor at Harvard University (1977 - 1980), a lecturer at Nagoya University in 1980. Then he visited Harvard University, I.A.S. Princeton, Columbia University and several others until he became a professor at Nagoya University in 1988. In 1990 he moved to RIMS, Kyoto University, where he served as Director during 2011 - 2014. He has also been Member of Japan Academy since 1999. He received Frank Nelson Cole Prize, Japan Academy Prize, Fields Prize, Person of Cultural Merits of Japanese Government, and Fujiwara Award, and University Professor of Nagoya University among others. He was Member of Executive Committee of IMU (1995 - 1998), Member of General Committee of ICSU (1996 - 1998), Vice President of IMU (1999 - 2002), and has been President of IMU since 2015.

His field of research is algebraic geometry, especially higher dimensional birational geometry. His achievements include the affirmative solutions of Hartshorne and Frankel Conjectures, and establishment of the minimal model program for threefolds.


John Toland

John Toland, who is Director of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge (UK), works on theoretical aspects of specific nonlinear partial differential equations using global topological and variational methods and (elementary) real-analytic-variety techniques. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Mathematical Union.