BCAM researchers attend the Mathematics Awards Ceremony by the Spanish Royal Mathematical Society (RSME) and the BBVA Foundation 2023

  • Postdoctoral researcher Paula Gordaliza received the Vicent Caselles Award and group leader and UPV/EHU professor Luis Vega received the RSME 2023 Medal

The Spanish Royal Mathematical Society (RSME) and the BBVA Foundation presented the Mathematics Awards on 4 October in Madrid. These awards celebrate the power of mathematics to continue building and working on the development of the necessary technologies and to promote basic knowledge for the advancement of science. Supporting that mathematics also has an impact on society's everyday challenges. 

In the 2023 edition, Paula Gordaliza, postdoctoral researcher at the Basque Center for Applied Mathematics - BCAM in Data Science, received the Vicent Caselles Award along with six other young people in recognition of the excellence of their research work in their field. The jury of the awards highlighted the objective of the BCAM researcher's thesis, which focuses on correcting the biases that exist in artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms.

Another of the winners from the BCAM team is the leader of the Linear and Non-Linear Waves group and UPV/EHU professor Luis Vega. The researcher has been awarded the RSME Medal 2023, a distinction with which the scientific society expresses the public recognition of the Spanish mathematical community to people who have stood out for "their relevant and continuous contributions in mathematical fields over the years, such as education, research, transfer and dissemination, among others".

About Paula Gordaliza

Paula Gordaliza Pastor graduated in Mathematics in 2016 and obtained a Research master’s in mathematics in 2017, both from the University of Valladolid. She completed her PhD thesis under an international co-supervision agreement between the Université de Toulouse III-Paul Sabatier (France) and the University of Valladolid, which she defended in September 2020 at the Université de Toulouse III-Paul Sabatier, joining BCAM as a postdoctoral researcher.

She is currently part of the Machine Learning (ML) research line at the centre, whose main research objective is to develop novel and efficient machine learning algorithms capable of tackling new practical data-related problems.

His scientific contributions in Probability and Mathematical Statistics contribute to try to solidly establish the mathematical theory needed to understand and the world of artificial intelligence and Data Science, being relevant to have been able to publish in both fields.

About Prof. Luis Vega

Luis Vega González (Madrid, 1960) graduated in Mathematics from the Complutense University of Madrid in 1982. He received his PhD in 1988 from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) and after a two-year stay at the University of Chicago he joined the UAM. In 1993 he joined the University of the Basque Country, where he has been Professor of Mathematical Analysis since 1995.

Professor Vega is currently the principal investigator of the Severo Ochoa accreditation at BCAM (Basque Center for Applied Mathematics) and a world-renowned expert in partial differential equations and Fourier analysis. He has been vice-president of the Spanish Royal Mathematical Society (RSME) and member of the Spanish Society of Applied Mathematics (SEMA) and is currently an officer of the International Council of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM). He is also a member of the Royal Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences, the European Academy of Sciences and the Academia Europaea.

In his extensive career, Prof. Vega has been awarded for his research work on several occasions: in 2012 he received the Euskadi Research Award and Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (Inagural Class), and in 2015 he received the Blaise Pascal Medal in Mathematics.

He has also led the HADE project (Harmonic Analysis and Differential Equations: new challenges) funded by the European Research Council.

On behalf of the BCAM team, our most sincere congratulations to Paula and Luis!