On July 2, UCLA Mathematics Professor Ciprian Manolescu and 2007 UCLA math PhD Adrian Ioana (PhD supervisor: Sorin Popa) were awarded European Mathematical Society prizes at the 6th European Congress of Mathematics in Krakow, Poland. The prize is awarded every four years at the congress to 10 outstanding young researchers who are 35 years old or younger. Manolescu was recognized for his deep and highly influential work on Floer theory, successfully combining techniques from gauge theory, symplectic geometry, algebraic topology, dynamical systems and algebraic geometry to study low-dimensional manifolds, and in particular for his key role in the development of combinatorial Floer theory. Ioana was cited for his impressive and deep work in the field of operator algebras and their connections to ergodic theory and group theory, and in particular for solving several important open problems in deformation and rigidity theory, among them a long standing conjecture of Connes concerning existence of von Neumann algebras with no outer automorphisms. Ioana is currently an assistant professor of mathematics at the University of California, San Diego.

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