Dynamics at Maryland

Dynamics at the University of Maryland is distinguished by its quality, breadth and activity. The Chaos Group spans several departments and units on campus. The nonlinear dynamics program in physics was rated first in the country in the U.S. News and World Report rankings. Dynamics is intrinsically wide ranging, and even within the mathematics department, dynamics activity goes beyond the core list below.


Following a generous gift of Michael Brin, the mathematics department at Maryland has funding for a steady population of five postdoctoral fellows, at least one of whom is likely to be in Dynamics. This is apart from the Brin Chair postdoctoral fellow.

The Dynamics Seminar

This is a weekly seminar in pure dynamics. It meets Thursdays 2:00 - 4:00 (in parts I and II with a break between, with part I more general and accessible).

The Student Dynamics Seminar

This meets Tuesdays 3:30 - 5:30.

The Applied Dynamics Seminar

The weekly applied dynamics seminar brings in a range of visitors from labs, agencies and other universities in the region, and typically features a "pizza dynamics" framework: two twenty minute talks along with lunch.

Maryland-Penn State Dynamics Conferences

Beginning in Fall 1991, the dynamics groups of the University of Maryland and Pennsylvania State University have jointly sponsored two annual three and half day meetings in dynamical systems and related topics: a spring meeting here in College Park, and a fall meeting in State College. These meetings, though primarily regional, also attract participants outside the region and the country. Along with talks of prominent mathematicians, the conferences include several short talks by graduate students.

Other Dynamics Conferences at UMD

"Stochastics and Dynamics: Asymptotic Problems" May 6-9, 2010.
Spring 2010 special semester on celestial mechanics and Hamiltonian systems.

Mathematics Faculty Members in Dynamics

Postdoctoral fellows and visitors

2012-2013 2010-2011 2009-2010 2008-2009 2007-2008

The Michael Brin Chair in Mathematics

Vadim Kaloshin occupies the Michael Brin Chair in Mathematics.
This position controls substantial discretionary funds, and is permanent so long as the appointed person remains a professor of mathematics at Maryland. There is also a Michael Brin Postdoctoral Fellow associated with the Chair.

The Michael Brin Prize in Dynamical Systems

This is an international prize awarded by an international panel of dynamics luminaries. It recognizes mathematicians who have made substantial impact at an early stage of their careers. .

The 2008 Michael Brin Prize in Dynamical Systems was awarded to Giovanni Forni.
The 2009 Michael Brin Prize in Dynamical Systems was awarded to Dmitry Dolgopyat.
The 2011 Michael Brin Prize in Dynamical Systems was awarded to Artur Avila.
The 2013 Michael Brin Prize in Dynamical Systems was awarded to Omri Sarig.

Some Dynamics Links