Math Conference Honors Stevens Professor Robert Gilman


A two-day conference, designated Group Theory on the Hudson, was held Sept. 19 and 20 to honor Stevens Professor Robert Gilman of the Department of Mathematical Sciences on the occasion of his 70th birthday. The first conference day was at Stevens and the second at Hunter College in New York City. The conference dinner, held in Stevens' Babbio Atrium, was attended by about 70 people including several of Gilman's Stevens colleagues.

The conference covered topics related to Gilman's research, including aspects of discrete group theory and group based cryptography. Gilman is one of the finest and most influential  group theoristsin  USA. He has made fundamental contributions to  the  classification  of finite simple groups, automatic group theory, applications of formal language theory to group theory, and algorithmic group theory.

The 11 speakers hailed from Cornell, Ohio State, Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, the University of Illinois, the University of Nebraska, and Newcastle University in the United Kingdom, as well as from nearby universities. The conference was sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Schaefer School of Engineering and Science, the Department of Mathematical Sciences, and the Algebraic Cryptography Center at Stevens.

Gilman joined Stevens as Assistant Professor in 1969 after receiving a PhD from Columbia University. Since that time he has held visiting positions at the Courant Institute of NYU, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques in  Bures-sur-Yvette France, Imperial College, London, and other institutions. In addition he has served two terms as Director of the Department of Mathematical Sciences and one term as Associate Dean of the School of Sciences and Arts.