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Mathematics professor travels to China for international conference
Kimberly Gerdes
Antelope Staff

Katherine Kime, Associate professor of mathematics and statistics, started her summer off with an experience of a lifetime.  On the seventh floor of a building in Beijing, China, she spoke to other math and science professionals and students, one of 50 other speakers who were a part of the International Conference on Mathematical Control Theory.

The conference honored David L. Russell on the occasion of his 70th birthday in recognition of his achievements and dedication to mathematical control theory. The objective of the conference was to review and discuss the latest progress in the field of control theory for partial differential equations/stochastic differential equations and related topics.

Speakers from France, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Chile, Spain, China, the United States and elsewhere were asked to speak about topics relating to math and science.  The conference, held at the Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Science included prominent mathematicians from around the world who shared information with other mathematicians.

“It was an experience of a lifetime.  I got to visit Beijing, meet and talk with Chinese scientists in their home institution and speak with a lot of mathematicians from Europe that I wouldn’t usually get to speak with,” Kime said.

Kime’s speech, “Control of the Schrödinger Equation Through the Potential,” deals with studying equations that model physical systems.  There is a term in the equation that can be chosen, and different choices will lead to different solutions to the equation.

“I was invited to speak at the conference by the conference organizers, some of whom were students of David Russell.  He was my Ph. D thesis advisor at the University of Wisconsin when I was in graduate school,” Kime said.

At the conference May 15-17, Kime spoke to the other speakers, professionals and students from the area.  She gave her speech in a classroom-like setting to about 40 people.

“It was truly an honor to be included.  It was a great experience that gave me some perspective that I couldn’t have gotten otherwise.  I was thrilled to be included in the conference.  The trip opened my mind to what is happening in math and science in China,” Kime said.

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