Lev Kantorovich, King's College London, UK
Title: Generalised Langevin Equation for treating open classical and quantum systems
Lev Kantorovich obtained his PhD in Riga, Latvia (former USSR) in 1985 in the area of theoretical condensed matter physics. In 1993-4 he spent one year in Oviedo (Spain), as an invited Professor. In 1994-6 he worked for 2.5 years with Mike Gillan at Keele University (U.K.) and then between 1996 and 2002 with Marshall Stoneham and Alex Shluger at UCL. Since 2002 he is at King's College, first as a lecturer, followed by a Reader in 2005 and, finally, promoted to a Professor in 2009. He published over 155 papers in peer-reviewed journals as well as contributed (around 10) chapters in books. He co-wrote one book in 1991 in Latvia and published one on his own in 2004, entitled "Quantum theory of the solid state: an introduction", which appeared in the series "Fundamental Theories of Physics", by Kluwer. Two of his PhD students won in 2007 and 2010 a prestigious Tadion Rideal Prize for the best PhD at KCL (and a runner up in 2006), and one was awarded Springer Thesis Prize in 2011 with a book based on her Thesis to be published by Springer. His research interests span various areas of computational and theoretical condensed matter physics, ranging from ab initio thermodynamics, modeling imaging, dissipation and manipulation with scanning probe techniques, self-assembly of organic molecules on crystal surfaces, including thermodynamic and kinetic aspects, quantum and classical statistical mechanics of equilibrium and non-equilibrium open systems, quantum transport, free energy calculations, electronic embedding techniques, etc. A large portion of his work has been done in collaboration with experimental groups.