Name 
Aldous, David 
Location

University of California, Berkeley 
Primary Field

Applied Mathematical Sciences 

Research Interests

My career research field is mathematical probability. Early work studied mixing times for Markov chains, now a large subject because of connections with the theory of algorithms; structure theory for exchangeable arrays, a topic recently rejuvenated by unexpected uses in pure mathematics; and the Poisson Clumping Heuristic, a method for writing down firstorder approximations in a wide range of "generalized extrema" problems within applied probability. Subsequently a central theme has been the study of large finite random structures, obtaining asymptotic behavior as the size tends to infinity via consideration of some suitable infinite random structure. This methodology was used to study continuum random trees, models of coalescence. and the structure of solutions to hard combinatorial optimization problems over random data. More recently I have studied random spatial networks. Separately, I have recently become interested in articulating critically what mathematical probability says about the real world. 


