Alexander Furman (PhD, Hebrew University in Jerusalem) is a mathematician working in the fields of Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems, Lie groups, and Geometric Group Theory. Professor Furman is one of the leaders in Measured Group Theory, an area of research that is also connected to the study of von Neumann algebras and to Descriptive Set Theory. He has made important contributions in orbit-equivalence, homogeneous dynamics, and to the study of rigidity of lattices and group actions. Professor Furman joined the UIC Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science in 1999 after postdoctoral positions at the University of Chicago and Penn State University. He held visiting positions at University of Paris VII, ETH Zurich, University of Bielefeld, UCLA, MSRI, and the Weizmann Institute.
Professor Furman has published in the Annals of Mathematics, Journal of the AMS, Inventiones Mathematicae, Acta Mathematicae, Duke Mathematical Journal, GAFA, and other prestigious mathematical journals. Professor Furman’s work has been recognized by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award, Simons Fellowship, and the University of Illinois Scholar Award, and his research has been supported by the NSF since 1998. In 2014, Professor Furman was an invited lecturer at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Seoul. He is also a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, Class of 2016. A former participant in the International Math Olympiad (1983 Paris, bronze medal), Professor Furman is now leading a Math Outreach Program, called UIC Math Olympiad Project, for gifted Chicago school students.