Applied Mathematics

Kavita Ramanan

Roland George Dwight Richardson University Professor of Applied Mathematics
Room 317, 182 George Street
Office Hours: 2:20--3 p.m. on Tuesdays and 4:15--5:15 p.m. on Thursdays


Professor Ramanan works on probability theory, stochastic processes and their applications. She is an interdisciplinary researcher who has developed novel mathematical frameworks for the analysis of stochastic networks, Markov random fields, and interacting particle systems, which arise as models in a variety of fields ranging from operations research and engineering to statistical physics and neuroscience. Her work combines tools from several fields including discrete probability, convex analysis, stochastic analysis and partial differential equations. She has also made fundamental contributions to the study of reflected processes, large deviations theory,  high-dimensional probability and applications to asymptotic convex geometry. She has four patents to her name. She was awarded the Erlang prize in 2006 for "outstanding contributions to applied probability" by the Applied Probability Society. She was a recipient of a Medallion from the Institute for Mathematical Statistics in 2015, a Simons Fellowship in 2018, the Newton Award in 2020, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2020, and was an invited sectional speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2022.    She is also the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from IIT Bombay, and the Distinguished Research Achievement Award from Brown University, and is an elected Fellow of several societies including the American Mathematical Society, SIAM and the IMS, and is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

She cares deeply about math communication and inclusivity in the mathematical sciences. She is the faculty founder of the Association for Women in Mathematics Student Chapter at Brown University, she founded a math outreach group called the Math CoOp in 2014, which has participated in the Boston Museum of Science Travelling Science Programs, she organizes Mathematics-Sin-Fronteras, a bilingual math outreach lecture series, and runs the SEAM (Social Equity and Applied Mathematics) seminar series.