October  2014, 19(8): i-ii. doi: 10.3934/dcdsb.2014.19.8i



Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois, 62026-1653


Institute of Mathematics, Technical University of Lodz, Wolczanska 215, 90-924 Lodz


University of Lodz, Faculty of Math & Computer Sciences, Banacha 22, 90-238 Lodz


Department of Automatic Control, Silesian University of Technology, 44-101 Gliwice


Institute of Mathematics, Warsaw University, ul. Banacha 2, 02-097 W-wa


University of Bialystok, ul. Akademicka 2, 15-267 Białystok

Published  August 2014

Most mathematicians who in their professional career deal with differential equations, PDEs, dynamical systems, stochastic equations and a variety of their applications, particularly to biomedicine, have come across the research contributions of Avner Friedman to these fields. However, not many of them know that his family background is actually Polish. His father was born in the small town of Włodawa on the border with Belarus and lived in another Polish town, Łomza, before he emigrated to Israel in the early 1920's (when it was still the British Mandate, Palestine). His mother came from the even smaller Polish town Knyszyn near Białystok and left for Israel a few years earlier. In May 2013, Avner finally had the opportunity to visit his father's hometown for the first time accompanied by two Polish friends, co-editors of this volume. His visit in Poland became an occasion to interact with Polish mathematicians. Poland has a long tradition of research in various fields related to differential equations and more recently there is a growing interest in biomedical applications. Avner visited two research centers, the Schauder Center in Torun and the Department of Mathematics of the Technical University of Lodz where he gave a plenary talk at a one-day conference on Dynamical Systems and Applications which was held on this occasion. In spite of its short length, the conference attracted mathematicians from the most prominent research centers in Poland including the University of Warsaw, the Polish Academy of Sciences and others, and even some mathematicians from other countries in Europe. Avner had a chance to get familiar with the main results in dynamical systems and applications presented by the participants and give his input in the scientific discussions. This volume contains some of the papers related to this meeting and to the overall research interactions it generated. The papers were written by mathematicians, mostly Polish, who wanted to pay tribute to Avner Friedman on the occasion of his visit to Poland.

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