Visiting Lecturers at AIMS-SENEGAL 2018-2019

Visiting lecturers are an indispensable component of the AIMS training model. The engagement of renowned Professors from all over the world is an invaluable contribution to the grooming of AIMS Scholars. Each year, visiting Professors volunteer at various AIMS centers to share their knowledge with the students and be part of AIMS’ transformation of the African continent. The contribution of the visiting lecturers permits our students to acquiesce knowledge through an interdisciplinary approach from instructors with rich backgrounds in academia, as well as industry. Meet some of our visiting lecturers for the 2018/2019 academic year.


Dr Saralees Nadarajah

Saralees Nadarajah is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Mathematics, University of Manchester, UK. His research interests include climate modeling, extreme value theory, distribution theory, information theory, sampling and experimental designs, and reliability.  He is an author/co-author of four books, and has over 800 refereed journal papers published or accepted.  He has held positions in Florida, California, and Nebraska


Prof Gerhard Pfister

Gerhard Pfister is a professor emeritus at the University of Kaiserslautern. He finished his PhD in 1971. His research interests include singularity theory, computer algebra and algebraic geometry. He is an author of 15 books and has published more than 100 articles. He is one of the authors of the computer algebra system SINGULAR which won the Jens Prize for Excellence in Software Engineering. He has held positions in Berlin and Kaiserslautern, Warsaw and Lahore. Gerhard Pfister is a Distinguished Research Fellow at AIMS South Africa.


Prof Jean – Michel Coron

Jean-Michel Coron is a French mathematician. He studied at the École Polytechnique, and then did his PhD thesis, supervised by Haïm Brezis. He first worked in the field of non-linear functional analysis. Since the beginning of the nineties, he studied the control theory of finite dimensional control systems and of partial differential equations, which includes both controllability and stabilization issues. His results put strong emphasis on nonlinear phenomena, and part of them found real life applications to control channels.

Jean-Michel Coron was awarded numerous prizes, like the Fermat prize in 1993, the Dargelos prize in 2002, the ICIAM Maxwell Prize in 2015 and the W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize (SIAM) in 2017.

He was invited to the 1990 International Congress of Mathematicians (Kyoto) in the section Partial Differential Equations, and he was also invited as a plenary speaker at the 2010 International Congress of Mathematicians and as a speaker at the 2015 International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics. He is now a Professor at Sorbonne Université (Paris 6) and a member of the French Academy of Sciences.


Prof Tabea Rebafka

Tabea Rebafka is an assistant Professor at the Sorbonne (formerly Université Pierre et Marie Curie) Paris, in the Department of Mathematics. She received M.Sc. degrees from both Ulm University, Germany, and Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France. She did her PhD at Télécom ParisTech and the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique, France, on a statistical inverse problem raising in some application in physics. Her research interests concern computational statistics and random graph models


Dr Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor has a background in physics, with a doctorate in astrophysics.  Since then he has switched fields to neuroimaging, specifically MRI. He is currently a staff scientist at the National Institute of Health in the USA, in a group that maintains and develops an open source software package for brain imaging analysis. Since 2008, he has been a tutor and visiting researcher at AIMS-SA, as well as a lecturer across the AIMS network in signal processing and introductory programming courses (both using Python).


Dr Laure Gouba

Laure Gouba is currently at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP)-Trieste-Italy where she has been a long-term visiting scientist since October 2010. She is member of the research group in Mathematical Physics of the Material Universe of the International Chair in Mathematical Physics and Applications (ICMPA)-Cotonou-Benin and a full member of the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD).

Laure completed her PhD in Theoretical/Mathematical Physics at IMSP/Porto-Novo University of Abomey Calavi (UAC) in Republic of Benin in 2005. She completed her Master in Mathematics and her undergraduate studies in pure Mathematics at University of Ouagadougou (Ouaga I) in Burkina-Faso. Her research interests lie in the area of low-dimensional gauge theories, noncommutative quantum mechanics, quantization techniques, some aspects of coherent states and PT- symmetric quantum theory.

Laure is currently a reviewer for zbMATH/Germany and served as referee for Journal of Mathematical Physics (JMP), American Institute of Physics; Journal of Physics A: Mathematical Theoretical (IOP); Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications ” JMAA (ELS); Springer Volume [2018]: Coherent States and their applications: A contemporary Panorama; Chinese Journal of Physics; Malaysian Journal for Physics; Research evaluation for South Africa’s National Research Foundation [NRF]. She is interested in history and the promotion of science and education.


Camille KRAMER

Camille co-founded YUX, the first UX agency in West Africa, where she specializes in user research. She runs and manages the research team and oversees transitioning research projects to UX/UI designers. She has led several field studies and usability test sessions around street vendors, the informal economy, rating systems and communications tools for African companies, telecom operators and Fintech solutions. Before YUX, Camille co-founded Concree and LezGo, companies with activities based in Senegal. At Concree she supported early-stage start-ups to define their business model and bootstrap their launch, while at LezGo she designed an entire SaaS platform for incubators. She holds a double Master’s degree as Product Designer and Manager from Strate School of Design and Grenoble School of Management. Her area of specialization includes HCD Research, UX Design, Focus group animation, semi-directive and non-directive interviews, questionnaire design, immersions, intercepts, ideation workshops, user and usability testing.


Dr Yae Ulrich Gaba

Yaé Ulrich Gaba is currently an Assistant Professor at Institut de Mathématiques et de Sciences Physiques (IMSP) in Benin Rep. He earned an MSc in Pure and Applied Mathematics from the African University of Science and Technology (AUST) in Nigeria in the area of Calculus of Variations and completed his doctoral studies in the area of Topology at the University of Cape Town (UCT), in South Africa. His main research interests include asymmetric topology with applications in Functional Analysis and computability analysis. He is also interested in Fixed Point Theory in which he has made some contributions.  He also serves the scientific community as a reviewer.


Dr Mike Thompson

Mike Thompson is a Data Systems Engineer at Domain Tools. His work is focused on studying the Internet as an organism — the way it evolves and changes over time, and what that means for organizations and individuals. Sometimes that requires the perspective of a penetration tester, sometimes a sysadmin, other times a software engineer or just a curious student. At his last job as a Cybersecurity Analyst at Argonne National Laboratory, he led the research team that wrote the pioneering study on Internet Infrastructure for the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Infrastructure Protection. He has also co-authored studies on cloud vulnerabilities and remote access to industrial control systems that are currently in use by analysts at the Central Intelligence Agency and Defense Intelligence Agency. He holds multiple patents on server and network defense technologies.


Prof Rehana Patel

Rehana Patel is a mathematician working in the area of mathematical logic.  Her research involves applications of model theory, a branch of mathematical logic, to the study of combinatorics and random structures. Rehana grew up in Bombay and New York City, and did her undergraduate studies at the University of Cambridge.  She received her doctorate in mathematics from Wesleyan University in 2003, under the direction of Carol Wood, and since then, she has held faculty positions at Harvard University, Olin College of Engineering, and other institutions in the United States.  She has been involved in several initiatives aimed at increasing access to, and equity within, the mathematical community.  These have included co-organising the 2012 Infinite Possibilities Conference, a conference for under-represented minority women in the mathematical sciences, and co-developing student-focussed curricula with international teams of educators, from countries such as India and South Africa, through the Olin College Collaboratory.  She is delighted to have the opportunity to visit AIMS Senegal this year.


Dr Akim Adekpedjou

After successful completion of Master of Science degree in Statistics and a Master of Science in Financial Mathematics in 2001 and 2002 respectively from University of Michigan Ann-Arbor, Dr Adekpedjou attended University of South Carolina where he received a PhD in Statistics in 2007 under the supervision of Dr Edsel Pe ̃na. He then joined the faculty at University of Missouri-Science & Technology (Missouri S&T) in fall 2007 and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Statistics with Tenure in spring 2013. His research interests include survival analysis, parametric and nonparametric analysis of recurrent events, spatial statistics, targeted learning in data science, rank based estimation, actuarial science. He has numerous publications in high quality statistical journals. Dr Adekpedjou is in charge of the Actuarial Science program at Missouri S&T. His honors include two campus-wide outstanding teaching awards at Missouri S&T in 2011 and 2012 and he was also awarded the outstanding graduate student researcher award in 2006 from the Department of Statistics at University of South Carolina. He was Associate Editor for the South African Journal of Statistics from 2013 to 2016 and an Associate Editor for Statistical Methodology from 2015 to 2016. He has supervised many Master students, 3 PhD students and currently has 3 PhD advisees.


Dr Sylvain Carrozza

Sylvain received his PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Paris South in 2013, jointly with the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam (Germany). He then continued as a postdoctoral researcher in quantum gravity at Aix-Marseille University (France), and as a postdoctoral researcher in combinatorics and physics at Bordeaux University (France). Since 2016, he has been a postdoctoral fellow at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Ontario, Canada.


Prof KOFANE Timoleon

KOFANE Timoleon Crepin is a Professor of Physics at the University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon. He completed his PhD at the University of Burgundy (1988), and his HDR in research in Physics obtained in 1998 at the University of Burgundy in France. In October 1988, he returned to Cameroon and began to teach physics at the University of Yaoundé and has since then created a successful nonlinear dynamics and chaos group. His research touches on subjects ranging from nonlinear excitations and coherent structures such as soliton theory to dynamical systems and chaos. The main topics of research field concerns the following: Theoretical Physics, Computational Physics, and Mathematical Physics. Skills and expertise of Professor KOFANE Timoleon Crepin are: Nonlinear Physics, Bose-Einstein Condensates, Bifurcation Analysis, Plasma Physics, Nonlinear Dynamics, Optics, Numerical Simulation, Modeling and Simulation, Mathematical Modelling, Numerical Mathematics, Computational Simulation, Computational Simulation and Computational Mathematics.

Professor KOFANE Timoleon Crepin is a Member of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), Member of the African Academy of Sciences, and Member of the Cameroon Academy of Science. The Kwame Nkrumah Continental Scientific Awards 2014 were presented on behalf of the Assembly by H.E Robert Mugabe, the President of Republic of Zimbabwe and the Chairperson of the African Union, to Prof. Kofane Timoleon Crepin from Cameroon, recipient of the Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation Award.


Prof Stephane Ouvry

Stéphane Ouvry is Director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. He is working at LPTMS, Faculté des Sciences d’Orsay. He is a former student of Ecole Normale Supérieure de la rue  d’Ulm in Paris.  He defended his State Thesis (Thèse d’Etat) at Université Pierre et Marie Curie on problems related to the question of “naturality” in high energy physics.  His present research interests concern statistical physics and condensed matter, ranging from random lattice walks to fractional quantum statistics.

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