Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Education: BA Saint-Joseph University (Lebanon), MA Paris 11 University (Orsay, France); PhD Paris 11 University (Orsay, France)
Research Areas: Random Matrix Products, Random Walks on Groups, Probability Theory
Richard Aoun is a mathematician that works in random walks on groups. During the academic year 2020-2021, he will be a Visiting Assistant Professor at NYU Abu Dhabi, on leave from the American University of Beirut (Lebanon). His PhD thesis entitled Application of random walks to the study of subgroups of linear groups was conducted under the supervision of Pr. Emmanuel Breuillard and defended in 2011 at University Paris 11 (Orsay, France). He received his MA in Mathematics at the same university in 2008 and a BA in Mathematics at Saint-Joseph University (Lebanon) in 2006.
Richard's research work and interset lies at the intersection of Probability Theory, Group Theory, and Ergodic Theory. More precisely, he is interested in Random Matrix Products with applications to homogeneous dynamics. He has currently 7 papers published in peer-reviewed journals. His paper Random subgroups of linear groups are free was published at Duke Mathematical Journal and his work Random matrix products when the top Lyapunov exponent is simple was published at the Journal of the European Mathematical Society.
In 2012, his thesis work was awarded the best PhD thesis from the Fondation Mathématique Jacques Hadamard. From 2012-2016, he was an Assistant Professor at Saint-Joseph University (Lebanon). Since 2016, he is an Assistant Professor at the American University of Beirut.