John von Neumann Lecture

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John von Neumann Symposium

  • Friday, June 2, 2023, 3-6 p.m.
  • ETH Audimax

John von Neumann (Johnny) was one of the great minds of the past century whose work has continued to shape research and entire disciplines. He studied chemical engineering at ETH Zurich from 1923 to 1926. See The Unparalleled Genius of John von Neumann for an article about his life.

Celebrating John von Neumann (1903-1957) who matriculated for a degree in chemical engineering at ETH Zurich 100 years ago in 1923, we invite you to an afternoon of exciting talks in some of those domains where John von Neumann’s pioneering work continues to be of great importance.

In 2023, on June 2, 100 years after John von Neumann matriculated at ETH Zurich, we will hold the John von Neumann Symposium in the core field of his contributions featuring the following speakers:

  • Serge Haroche from ENS Paris, awardee of the Nobel Prize in physics in 2012 (shared with David Wineland), will speak about quantum mechanics and quantum information.
  • Yurii Nesterov from UC Louvain, awardee of the John von Neumann Theory Prize in 2009 (shared with and Yinyu Ye), will speak about higher-order methods of finding equilibrium.
  • Larry Samuelson from the Cowles Foundation at Yale University will speak about economics, utility and game theory.
  • Benny Sudakov, ETH Zurich’s own, who came to Zurich via the Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University, will speak about some of von Neumann’s mathematical contributions.

The event is organized and supported jointly by various professors from multiple departments at ETH Zurich and UZH, by the NCCR Automation, by the Zurich Center for Market Design, by the ETH President Joël Mesot and by the ETH Rector Günther Dissertori who will introduce the event.

We are extremely pleased to have such an outstanding lineup of speakers, and welcome anyone interested, space permitting, to attend. In order to better match space and catering to participants, we would appreciate your registration: