Insuk Seo

Assitant Professor

Department of Mathematical Science, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea 

  • Office: 27-212

  • E-mail: insuk [dot] seo [at] snu [dot] ac [dot] kr

Notice on personal policies

I write letter of recommendation to at most 3 students/year for the application to the graduate program, advise at most 2 students/semester for the undergraduate thesis, and accept at most 2 students/semester for undergraduate internship. Hence, please check the status below before contacting me regarding these issues.

Current status: Recommendation letters (0/3), Undergraduate thesis (0/2), Undergraduate internship (2/2)


My recent researches focus on:

  • Large-scale analysis of the non-equilibrium interacting particle systems.
  • Metastablility of the non-reversible Markov Processes.
  • Mixing of random processes.
List of papers:
  1. I. Seo (2017): Large deviation principle for interacting Brownian motions.
    Communications on Pure and Applied Mathematics. arXiv link, Journal link

  2. I. Seo (2018). Scaling limit of two-component interacting Brownian motions.
    Annals of Probability. arXiv link, Journal link

  3. I. Seo and C. Landim (2018). Metastability of non-reversible random walks in a potential field, the Eyring-Kramers transition rate formula.
    Communications on Pure and Applied Mathematics. arXiv link, Journal link

  4. I. Seo and C. Landim (2016). Metastability of non-reversible mean-field Potts model with three spins.
    Journal of Statistical Physics. arXiv link, Journal link

  5. I. Seo, M. Mariani and C. Landim (2017). Dirichlet's and Thomson's principles for non-selfadjoint elliptic operators with application to non-reversible metastable diffusion processes.
    Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis. arXiv link, Journal link

  6. I. Seo and C. Landim (2017). Metastability of one-dimensional, non-reversible diffusions with periodic boundary conditions.
    Annales de l'Institut Henri Poincare (B) Probabilites et Statistiques. arXiv link Journal link

  7. I. Seo (2017). Condensation of non-reversible zero-range processes.
    Communications in Mathematical Physics. arXiv link, Journal link

  8. I. Seo and P. Tabrizian (2018). Asymptotics for scaled Kramers-Smoluchowski equations in several dimensions with general potentials.
    Calculus of Variations and Partial Differential Equations. arXiv link Journal link

  9. I. Seo and F. Rezakhanlou (2018). Scaling limit of small random perturbation of dynamical systems.
    Submitted. arXiv link

  10. I. Seo and S. Ganguly (2018). Information percolation and cutoff for the random cluster model.
    Submitted. arXiv link

  11. I. Seo (2019). Analysis of metastable behavior via solutions of Poisson equations.
    Proceeding to the 17th International Symposium Stochastic Analysis on Large Scale Interacting Systems arXiv link

  12. I. Seo and S. Kim (2019). Condensation and metastable behavior of non-reversible inclusion processes.
    Submitted. (Full manuscript is available upon request)

Educations and Employments

Assistant Professor, Seoul Natonal University, 2017.9-

Morrey Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley, 2016.7-2017.6

Ph.D. in Mathematics, New York University, 2007.9-2016.5
  • Academic Advisor: S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan

  • (Mandatory) Military service in South Korea, 2009.2-2012.5

B.S. in Mathematics and Economics, Seoul National University, 2003.3-2007.3
  • Summa Cum Laude

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • Samsung Science&Technology Foundation Grant (No. BA190113592), 2019.6-2024.6

  • NRF(National Research Foundation of Korea) Grant (No. 2018R1C1B6006896), 2018.3-2022.2

  • Exellent Teaching Award, College of Natural Science, Seoul National University, 2018

  • The TJ Park Science Fellowship, 2018.1-2019.12

  • Wilhelm T. Magnus Memorial Prize, Courant Institute, 2016

  • Harold Grad Prize, Courant Institute, 2015

  • Samsung Scholarship, 2007~2015

  • The Presidential Science Scholarship, 2003~2007

  • 1st Place, Korean Contest of Mathematics for University Students, 2005 (2nd places in 2003, 2004)

  • Silver Medal, 43rd International Mathematical Olympiad, 2002

Ph. D. students

Jungkyoung Lee, Seonwoo Kim