Robert McCann awarded Tier 1 Canada Research Chair

June 15, 2021 by Sean McNeely and Chris Sasaki

New Arts & Science Canada Research Chair is Robert McCann  — professor, Department of Mathematics, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Mathematics, Economics and Physics

Robert McCann’s research aims to develop new mathematical tools from optimal transportation and variational calculus, to analyze key models from physics, geometry and economics. It’s goals include: understanding the structure or absence of singularities in optimal maps between given pairs of mass distributions, including those on spaces of unequal dimension; the analysis of pattern formation in non-linear, non-local models for various physical, biological and economic processes; and recasting Einstein’s theory of gravity into a non-smooth framework, which facilitates studying the limiting geometry of sequences of spacetimes and provides a new setting for exploring possible singularities among other phenomena. 

The Canada Research Chairs program is an initiative of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). It is the centrepiece of the federal government's national strategy to make the country a global leader in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences.

Five researchers from the Faculty of Arts & Science are among the 27 University of Toronto scholars being awarded 2021 Canada Research Chairs (CRCs).

Read more in the Arts and Science News.