Samuel S. Watson

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I am a Tamarkin Assistant Professor in the mathematics department at Brown University. In January of 2015, I finished my PhD in the mathematics department at MIT under the supervision of Scott Sheffield.

This semester (Fall 2016) I'm co-organizing the discrete math seminar and the Horizons seminar.

My research area is theoretical probability. I study conformally invariant two-dimensional statistical physics models and their continuum scaling limits. I work on problems related to percolation, conformal loop ensembles, and the Gaussian free field.

If you're interested in learning about my field of research and you aren't a mathematician, please read this non-technical overview of the key idea which drives much of the current research in conformally invariant probability. It discusses why this idea is so compelling and how it has been mathematically fruitful (accounting for two recent Fields medals).