# Ivan Corwin - Clay Mathematics Institute, MIT Department of Mathematics and Microsoft Research

**Starts:**4:00 pm on Thursday, October 11, 2012

**Ends:**5:00 pm on Thursday, October 11, 2012

**Location:**MCS 148

Title: Beyond the Gaussian Universality Class.
Absract: The Gaussian central limit theorem says that for a wide class
of stochastic systems, the bell curve (Gaussian distribution)
describes the statistics for random fluctuations of important
observables. In this talk I will look beyond this class of systems to
a collection of probabilistic models which include random growth
models, polymers,particle systems, matrices and stochastic PDEs, as
well as certain asymptotic problems in combinatorics and
representation theory. I will explain in what ways these different
examples all fall into a single new universality class with a much
richer mathematical structure than that of the Gaussian.