Irene Fonseca is the Kavčić-Moura University Professor of Mathematics and is the Director of the Center for Nonlinear Analysis of the Mathematical Sciences Department at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA.
Irene Fonseca is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), and a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). She was SIAM President in 2013 and 2014. She is a Grand Officer of the Military Order of Saint James of the Sword (Grande Oficial da Ordem Militar de Sant’Iago da Espada, Portuguese Decoration). She serves in 20 Editorial Boards, including Advances in Calculus of Variations, Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis, Communications of the American Mathematical Society (CAMS), ESAIM:COCV (SMAI), Journal of Nonlinear Science, M3AS, and SIAM Journal on Mathematical Analysis.
Irene Fonseca’s main contributions have been on the variational study of ferroelectric and magnetic materials, composites, thin structures, phase transitions, and on the mathematical analysis of image segmentation, denoising, detexturing, registration and recolorization in computer vision. Her research program continues to explore modern methods in the calculus of variations motivated by problems emerging from materials science and imaging science.