Ronald Coifman wins 2018 Schock Prize in Mathematics

Ronald Coifman posing with a computer.

Yale mathematician and computer scientist Ronald Coifman has won the 2018 Rolf Schock Prize in Mathematics, one of the highest honors in the field of mathematics. He will receive the award at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts on Oct. 15.

Coifman is being recognized for “his fundamental contributions to pure and applied harmonic analysis.” The Royal Swedish Academy of the Sciences, the awarding body for this prize, writes of his scholarship:

Ronald Coifman has made outstanding contributions to harmonic analysis. He has proven several important classical results and has recently dedicated his research to applied harmonic analysis and related areas. Along with Yves Meyer, he has played a crucial role in the development of the theory of wavelets, which has important applications in image compression, signal processing, and computer vision. He and his collaborators have recently initiated diffusion geometry, bringing the opportunity to create methods for finding structures in large data sets.”