Ingrid Dubicz received the prestigious Princess Asturias Award last year. She is one of our most acclaimed scientists. The advanced jpeg format is attributed to her research on the boundaries between mathematics and physics.
Ingrid Dubicz, 66, is from Huthalin, but lives and works in the United States. She made a name for herself as a mathematician while studying physics. “The type of physics that I’m working on uses a lot of mathematics,” she says. “In Europe, people working in this field of mathematical physics are usually considered part of physics departments. In the United States a place is reserved for them in mathematics departments. The use of mathematical techniques for issues of physics fascinates me. There are applications in other disciplines, such as. Engineering sciences. This is about building things using the laws of physics. ”
Ingrid Dubicz, 66, is from Huthalin, but lives and works in the United States. She made a name for herself as a mathematician while studying physics. “The type of physics that I’m working on uses a lot of mathematics,” she says. “In Europe, people working in this field of mathematical physics are usually considered part of physics departments. In the United States a place is reserved for them in mathematics departments. The use of mathematical techniques for issues of physics fascinates me. There are applications in other disciplines, such as. Engineering sciences. … And this is about building things using the laws of physics “Do you like solving practical problems with insights from physics? Ingrid Dubichez. “I want to understand why things are the way they are and I want to solve problems. I use mathematical techniques. When I started talking to engineers, I was immediately a scientist of applied mathematics, when nothing really changed for me. I’m open to making connections and creating mathematical tools that might be helpful.” Beyond their classic “scope of application.” For example, without your math, jpeg format wouldn’t exist. Dubicious. “You have to distinguish between jpeg and jpeg 2000. My math is in the latest version of jpeg 2000. This is a format that serves more advanced applications, such as digital cinema compression.” How does a Houthalen woman end up with a PhD from a VUB in the US? Dubicious. After my PhD, I was able to go to Princeton University to get my PhD. After my return to Belgium, I got a permanent position as a researcher through the Scientific Research Fund (FWO). My plan was to advance my academic career in Brussels, but then I met my husband. He was in Belgium for a few months on a research assignment at Philips. And when our relationship got serious, we agreed that I would look for a job in the United States, and if I didn’t get used to life there, we would look together for work in Europe. ” Can you settle there? Dubicious. “Yes, but I miss Belgium. I still keep in touch with friends and maintain ties with VUB. On the other hand, there are also things about the American approach that I miss when I come to Belgium. Some friends say I’m American. But maybe I’ve always been that way, otherwise I would not have settled here (laughs). “I think such a step is very helpful. You learn to see the world and yourself in a different way. This turbulence is the engine for exploring new paths. “You’re studying at Duke University, but to track your husband back to the United States you gave up your research career. You chose a job at AT&T. You never regret DAUBECHIES.” It was just a permanent job that allowed me to go to the United States. In Belgium, I was awarded a permanent research grant from the FWO. My husband worked at AT&T Bell Labs when I was looking for a job in the United States. We both applied to college, but eventually Bell Labs offered me a job because the kind of things I was doing were also compatible with the company. I accepted it, partly because it was a good place for me, but also because I didn’t want my husband to be left among the best vital environments of his career. Bell Labs was also a great place to work for me. I stayed there for seven years. “What brought you back to academic life? DAUBECHIES.” I missed contact with other academic disciplines. Although Bell was a very stimulating research place, you only found engineers and computer scientists. I wanted to communicate more with historians, writers, and philosophers again, as I did at university. The irony is that when I got back into academic research, it took me ten years to build such connections again. “What do the awards you have received mean to you?” I am always very happy there. It is a sign of recognition for what you do. But this recognition is also beneficial to my colleagues’ work. It’s actually a reason to celebrate with our math community. If I should have been in the service of the birthday girl, I would love to take on the role. “On the other hand, I also try to correlate these prices. I don’t see myself as Donna Prima. Prices are not a driver in themselves. My own problems. I’m definitely not looking for glory.” Is it harder for women to gain academic recognition for their mathematical research? Dubicious. “Yes. This is partly due to the low profile of women in our field. In nominations for awards, the mechanism is that members of this evaluation committee tend to appreciate people they can identify. There are fewer women activists, so their names are unlikely to appear. Vicious circle, because since the female presence in our field is less, this field also attracts fewer young girls. I often think of an anecdote from a time when Margaret Thatcher was the dominant politician in the UK. In an interview, a reporter asked a young boy what If he wanted to become prime minister later, he replied in the negative, because this is a female job, he said, “(laughs). You are committed, in both Belgium and the United States, to getting girls to study math. Dubicious. “I want to make it clear to them that if their talents are in this direction, mathematics is a good choice that will enable them to have a great career. I don’t necessarily want to entice people with mathematics if they are happier in something else, but I do want it. Realize that it is possible. ”
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