Alessio Figalli

Alessio Figalli

2018 Fields Medal

Alessio Figalli is an Italian mathematician working primarily on calculus of variations and partial differential equations. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 2018 "for his contributions to the theory of optimal transport, and its application to partial differential equations, metric geometry, and probability

Education and Work Experience
  • 2004, Bachelor degree in Mathematics at the University of Pisa 
  • 2006, Master degree in Mathematicsat the University of Pisa
  • 2007, PhD in Mathematics at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa
  • 2007-2008, University of Nice, Researcher
  • 2008-2009, Ecole Polytechnique, Professor
  • 2009-2016, The University of Texas at Austin, Associate Professor to Full Professor
  • 2016-Present, ETH Zürich, Full Professor and Chair

Honors and Awards
    • 2012, European Mathematical Society (EMS) Prize
    • 2017, Fellow and Honorary Member of the European Academy of Sciences
    • 2018, the Fields Medal

Major Academic Achievements

Prof. Alessio Figalli works in the broad areas of Calculus of Variations and Partial Differential Equations, with particular emphasis on optimal transportation, Monge-Ampère equations, functional and geometric inequalities, elliptic PDEs of local and non-local type, free boundary problems, Hamilton-Jacobi equations, transport equations with rough vector-fields, and random matrix theory.