The Gauss Prize is for mathematics applied to modern technologies and was given for the first at the IMU conference in 2006. This years prize has been awarded to Yves Meyer for his work on wavelets.

Wavelets are sometimes called brief oscillations because they consist of a short wavelike curve that is zero outside its finite bounds. Wavelet analysis is like a cross between Fourier analysis and B-splines which combines the advantages of both. It can be applied to efficiently encoding sound, images and other signals and its impact on digital technologies of recent years has been enormous.

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