Kavita Ramanan Professor of Applied Mathematics

Kavita Ramanan received her Ph.D. from the Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown University in 1998. After a post-doctoral position at the Technion in Haifa, Israel, she joined the Mathematical Sciences Center of Bell Laboratories, Lucent, as a Member of Technical Staff. In 2003, she returned to academia and was an Associate Professor and Professor at the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh from 2003-2009. In 2010, she moved to the Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown University.

Brown Affiliations

Research Areas

research overview

Kavita Ramanan works on probability theory, stochastic processes and their applications, with a particular focus on the following topics:

- reflected or constrained processes
- large deviations
- phase transitions and Gibbs measures
- measure-valued processes
- applications to stochastic networks

research statement

Professor Ramanan works on probability theory, stochastic processes and their applications. Her focus has been to develop basic mathematical tools for the study of stochastic processes that arise in applications, especially those modeling stochastic networks. In recognition of her fundamental work on reflected processes and large deviations, she was awarded the Erlang prize in 2006 for "outstanding contributions to applied probability" by the INFORMS Applied Probability Society. In addition, she has contributed to a number of other areas such as Gibbs measures, phase transitions and measure valued processes. She was also granted several patents for applied work that she carried out while at Bell Laboratories.

funded research

Her research has been funded by several grants from the National Science Foundation (2003--present), the Army Research Office (2012--present), the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (2012--present), the US-Israeli Binational Science Foundation (2007--2011), the New Zealand Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (2003).