Constructive Functions 2025
in conjunction with the
37th Shanks Lecture
Celebrating Ed Saff’s 80th birthday
May 19-22, 2025
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
The conference will focus on several aspects of constructive function theory, including orthogonal polynomials, potential theory, discrete and continuous energy problems, special functions, polynomial inequalities, as well as various problems relating to optimization and efficiency. The aim is to stimulate collaboration and the exchange of ideas. Early-career researchers (including students) as well as women and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to attend.
The conference will be held in conjunction with the 37th Annual Shanks Lecture, to be given by Professor Doron Lubinsky (Georgia Institute of Technology). The Lecture will be on Tuesday, May 20. The prestigious Shanks Lecture Series is organized annually by the Department of Mathematics of Vanderbilt University, honoring Baylis and Olivia Shanks. The late Professor Baylis Shanks was chairman of the Department from 1955 through 1969. Previous Shanks Lecturers can be seen here.
The conference will also provide an opportunity to celebrate Professor Ed Saff‘s recent 80th birthday. The conference will honor his many outstanding contributions to mathematics, his unselfish devotion to the promotion of approximation in the mathematical community, and his unceasing commitment to the education of the younger generation of mathematicians.