Greta Panova, an associate professor at the University of Southern California, is the recipient of the 2020 Award of the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics.
Greta Panova was born in Sofia. She graduated from the Sofia National High School of Science and Mathematics “Academician Lyubomir Chakalov”. As a student she participated in three International Mathematical Olympiads (in Romania in 1999, in South Korea in 2000 and in the United States in 2001) and won two silver and one gold medal.
In 2005, she received a bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in 2006 she earned a master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and in 2011 got her PhD degree at Harvard under Richard Stanley.
Greta Panova won the Simons Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California in Los Angeles for the period 2011-2014 and in the meantime was a postdoctoral fellow at the Research Institute of Mathematical Sciences in Berkeley (MSRI), and in 2014-2018 she was a senior assistant and associate professor at University of Pennsylvania. He is currently an associate professor at the University of Southern California. She was a visiting professor at the Henri Poincaré Institute in Paris in 2017, a von Neumann Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, a visiting scientist at the Simon’s Institute for Computational Theory in Berkeley in 2018 and the Mittag-Lefler Institute in Stockholm in 2020=
Greta Panova works in the field of algebraic combination and its applications in the geometric theory of computability, the theory of probabilities and statistical mechanics. She is the author of about 40 scientific articles, including publications in the Journal of the American Mathematical Society, Advances in Mathematics, Annals of Probability. Much of her work is implemented with the theory of representation of the symmetric group and in particular with the Kronecker coefficient. Among these results is the disproof of the only current approach to reducing the algebraic variant of P against NP, a major problem in theoretical information. Greta Panova also applies the theory of symmetric functions as a new method in studying the probabilistic introduction of 2D models in statistical mechanics.
She is a winner of prestigious awards and scholarships for scientific exchange at international institutes. She has been a keynote speaker at a number of international conferences, including the Formal Power Series and Algebraic Combinatorics (FPSAC) Conference and other major events in Japan, Germany and the United States.
Members of the International Committee for the award:
Acad. Vesselin Drensky (Sofia, Bulgaria) – Chairman, who replaced the late Acad. Blagovest Sendov after his death;
Prof. Efim Zelmanov (San Diego, USA, Fields Medalist);
Prof. Armen Sergeev (Moscow, Russia);
Prof. Veselin Petkov (Bordeaux, France);
Prof. Lachezar Avramov (Lincoln, Nebraska, USA).
The award will be presented during the International Conference “Mathematics Days in Sofia” in 2021.