Ingrid Daubechies

Keynote Speaker

James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University. 2023 Wolf Prize in Mathematics Awardee.

Ingrid Daubechies is a renowned mathematician known for her groundbreaking work in wavelets and image processing.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in physics in 1975 from the Free University Brussels, where she continued to pursue research for her doctorate. From 1975 to 1984, she was a Research Assistant in the Department for Theoretical Physics and received her Ph.D. in physics in 1980. In 1987, Daubechies joined Bell Laboratories in the United States as a Technical Staff Member at the Mathematics Research Center. She has taught at various colleges and universities across the country, including Rutgers, Princeton, and Duke, where she is currently the James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering. Daubechies was a MacArthur fellow from 1992 to 1997 and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1993.

Throughout her career, Daubechies has received numerous awards. In 1997, the American Mathematical Society honored her with the Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize in Mathematics. She was elected a Fellow of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 1998, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science in 1999, and is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.

In 2000, Daubechies became the first woman to receive the National Academy of Sciences Award in Mathematics, which is presented every four years for excellence in published mathematical research. In 2018, Daubechies won the William Benter Prize in Applied Mathematics from City University of Hong Kong (CityU). Also in 2018, Daubechies was awarded the Fudan-Zhongzhi Science Award for her work on wavelets. She is part of the 2019 class of fellows of the Association for Women in Mathematics. Daubechies was named the North American Laureate of 2019 L’Oréal-UNESCO International Award for Women in Science. She received the Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research in 2020 and is the current Wolf Prize in Mathematics Laurate. She was the first woman to receive this award.

For the 2023-2024 academic year, Daubechies will be the Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Museum of Math in New York City (MoMATH). In 2006, she was the Emmy Noether Lecturer at the San Antonio Joint Mathematics Meetings. Nemmers Prize in Mathematics awarded by Northwestern University and the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Basic Sciences category. She currently serves on the EDGE Board of Trustees.