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Mathematics Distinguished Professor Michael Larsen has been invited to speak at the 2022 International Congress of Mathematicians, to be held in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Larsen is the author of over 102 research publications treating diverse foundational aspects of algebra. His recent work connects algebra with geometry, probability, and other disciplines. His investigations include deep generalizations of the classical Waring’s problem in number theory to other settings, including that of finite groups. Finite groups express the basic symmetries of everyday objects, like cubes. In a 2015 joint paper with Pham Huu Tiep, Larsen proves that in any finite group G, any element g can be written as g=ab for some other elements a, b, and the collection R of those other elements a and b can be taken to have size at most the square root of 8 times the size of G.

The International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) is the largest conference for the topic of mathematics. It meets once every four years, hosted by the International Mathematical Union (IMU). The Fields Medals, the IMU Abacus Medal, the Gauss Prize, and the Chern Medal are awarded during the congress's opening ceremony. Each congress is memorialized by a printed set of Proceedings recording academic papers based on invited talks intended to be relevant to current topics of general interest. Being invited to talk at the ICM has been called "the equivalent of an induction to a hall of fame." (source: Wikipedia)