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*IMU-Net 90b: August 1, 2018
Special issue on IMU Prizes and Medals at the ICM 2018 in Rio*
Editor: Martin Raussen, Aalborg University, Denmark

The highest point of the International Congress of Mathematicians is  
the announcement of prize winners at the opening ceremony. This just  
occurred on August 1, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where the  
Brazilian Minister of Education, Rossieli Soares da Silva, presented  
the IMU awards (a medal and a cheque for each of the prize winners):  
the Fields Medals, the Rolf Nevanlinna Prize, the Carl Friedrich Gauss  
Prize, the Chern Medal, and the Leelavati Prize. The 2018 prize  
winners are:

*FIELDS MEDALS* (recognizing outstanding mathematical achievement;  
recipients are listed in alphabetical order of last names):

  * Caucher Birkar (University of Cambridge, UK) for the proof of the
    boundedness of Fano varieties and for contributions to the minimal
    model program
  * Alessio Figalli (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) for contributions to the
    theory of optimal transport and its applications in partial
    differential equations, metric geometry and probability
  * Peter Scholze (Bonn University, Germany) for transforming arithmetic
    algebraic geometry over
    /p/adic fields through his introduction of perfectoid spaces, with
    application to Galois representations, and for the development of
    new cohomology theories
  * Akshay Venkatesh (IAS Princeton, US) for his synthesis of analytic
    number theory, homogeneous dynamics, topology, and representation
    theory, which has resolved longstanding problems in areas such as
    the equidistribution of arithmetic objects

*ROLF NEVANLINNA PRIZE* (honoring distinguished achievements in  
mathematical aspects of information science):

  * Constantinos Daskalakis (MIT, US) for transforming our understanding
    of the computational complexity of fundamental problems in markets,
    auctions, equilibria, and other economic structures. His work
    provides both efficient algorithms and limits on what can be
    performed efficiently in these domains.

*CARL FRIEDRICH GAUSS PRIZE* (for outstanding mathematical  
contributions with significant impact outside of mathematics):

  * David L. Donoho (Stanford University, US) for his fundamental
    contributions to the mathematical, statistical and computational
    analysis of important problems in signal processing.

*CHERN MEDAL* (awarded to an individual whose accomplishments warrant  
the highest level of recognition for outstanding achievements in the  
field of mathematics):

  * Masaki Kashiwara (Kyoto University, Japan) for his outstanding and
    foundational contributions to algebraic analysis and representation
    theory sustained over a period of almost 50 years.

*LEELAVATI PRIZE*, sponsored by Infosys (for outstanding contributions  
to public outreach in mathematics by an individual):

  * Ali Nesin (Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey) for his outstanding
    contributions towards increasing public awareness of mathematics in
    Turkey, in particular for his tireless work in creating the
    "Mathematical Village" as an exceptional, peaceful place for
    education, research and the exploration of mathematics for anyone.

The ICM hosts the *ICM EMMY NOETHER LECTURE*. The 2018 lecturer is  
Sun-Yung Alice Chang (Princeton University, US). She will speak on  
Conformal Geometry on 4-manifolds.

More details on the prizes including the citations and work profiles  
of the prize winners can be found at  
https://www.mathunion.org/imu-awards/fields-medal/fields-medals-2018 .
Details about the IMU awards and also the physical medals and the cash  
awards can be found here  

The award ceremony was livestreamed and is available at  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Webvi7vxUCk .
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