Samuel S. Watson

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I am a Tamarkin Assistant Professor in the pure mathematics department and the Director of Graduate Studies in the Data Science Initiative at Brown University.

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. I'm a co-organizer of the discrete math seminar

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).