**Professor (****Hoogleraar****)**

Department of Computer Science (NUMA)

Department of Mathematics (Algebra)

**Address:** Celestijnenlaan 200A - bus 2402 B-3001, Leuven, Belgium

**Email:** first_name.last_name@kuleuven.be

**Profiles**: ORCID, arXiv, Google Scholar, MathSciNet, LinkedIn

I am a Professor (Hoogleraar) at the Departments of Computer Science and Mathematics at KU Leuven. Prior to joining KU Leuven, I was a tenured BOFZAP Professor (Hoogleraar) at Ghent University, and before that, a Reader at the University of Bristol and an EPSRC Early Career Fellow. I also have an affiliation with the University of Tromsø, as a Professor II. Since 2018, I have been an EPSRC Full College Member and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

My research is currently supported by the FWO (Flanders Research Foundation). Previously, it was partially supported by Ghent University's BOF, the UK EPSRC, and the London Mathematical Society (LMS).

My research lies in Applied Algebraic Geometry. In particular, I am interested in developing computational tools to study problems in statistics and probability theory, theoretical computer science, mathematical optimization, and quantum physics. On the theoretical side, I work on toric degenerations, combinatorial divisor theory, matroid and determinantal varieties, tensors, conditional probabilities, graphical models, and system reliability theory.

**News****:**

**PhD positions available****(for outstanding students)****in my research group at KU Leuven**.A UiT Aurora Center for Mathematical Structures in Computations (MASCOT)

**Lie-Størmer Center**for Fundamental Structures in Computational and Pure MathematicsSeveral

**PhD**and**postdoctoral research****positions**available in my group. See**here**.I will be teaching a course on "Foundations of Combinatorial Algebraic Geometry" starting February 2023.

I will be giving 2 online lectures on "Geometry of Permutahedra and Graph Associahedra" on November 4th, and 11th, 2022 at Tromsø University. Please write to me if you like to join the lectures.

**Upcoming and ****Recent ****Organised Conferences and Workshops:**

2023.09: Invitation to Algebraic Statistics and Applications, Workshop, part of the Algebraic Statistics and Our Changing World, the IMSI, USA

2022.12: Toric Degenerations, Workshop, co-organised with Lara Bossinger, Alessio Corti and Megumi Harada at Banff Research Station, Canada

2022.11: Tensors in statistics, optimization and machine learning, Workshop, co-organised with Francesco Galuppi, Luca Sodomaco at IMPAN, Poland

2021.06: MEGA Conference: Effective Methods in Algebraic Geometry at University of Tromsø

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**Upcoming and Recent Talks:**

2023.10: Geometry of Polynomial System Solving, Optimization and Topology Worksop, Recent Trends in Computer Algebra 2023, IHP, Paris, France

2023.06: Groups, Rings, and the Yang Baxter Equation, Blankenberge, Belgium

2023.06: Computational Algebraic Geometry Workshop at the Foundations of Computational Mathematics (FoCM 2023), Paris, France

2022.11: Geometry of Permutahedra and Graph Associahedra (2 online lectures), Tromsø University, Norway

2022.08: Lie-Størmer Days, Tromsø University, Norway

2022.08: Guest Lecture, Enrichment Programme for Young Mathematics Talent, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

2022.05: Bridges between representation theory and algebraic geometry: Singularities, friezes and cluster categories, U. Leeds, UK

2022.05: CMSA Interdisciplinary Science Seminar, Harvard's Center for Mathematical Sciences and Applications, Cambridge, USA

2022.04: Nonlinear Algebra and Combinatorics from Physics, Harvard's Center for Mathematical Sciences and Applications, Cambridge, USA

2022.03: Combinatorial Coworkspace, Austria

2022.03: Brown Combinatorics Seminar, Brown University, USA

2022.03: Selected Topics in Mathematics, Liverpool, UK

2022.02: Representation and Number Theory Seminars, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

2022.02: Seminar on Pure Mathematics, HKUST, Hong Kong

2022.01: Virtual Commutative Algebra Seminars, IIT Bombay, India

2021.12: Canadian Mathematical Society Winter Meeting (virtual), Canada

2021.11: Algebra and Geometry Seminar, Queen's University, Canada

2021.11: Facets of CACAAG: Seminar on Combinatorial Aspects of Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry, IIT Bombay, India

2021.11: Online Algebraic Geometry Seminar, Nottingham, UK

2021.10: Combinatorics Study Group at QMUL, London, UK

2021.10: Conference on Newton-Okounkov bodies and Fanosearch, Levico Terme, Trento, Italy

2021.09: MFO-RIMS Tandem Workshop: Symmetries on Polynomial Ideals and Varieties, Oberwolfach, Germany

2021.06: Virtual Workshop Positive geometries for scattering amplitudes and beyond, MITP, Mainz, Germany

2021.05: Virtual Special Session on Algebraic and Combinatorial Aspects of Polytopes, Western AMS Sectional Meeting, USA

2021.05: Colloquium Talk, Faculty of Mathematical Sciences and Computer, Kharazmi University, Iran

2021.04: Seminar Talk on Introduction to Tropical Algebra, Quantum Group at UGent, Belgium

2021.02: The Geometry of Conditional Independence Models, Algebraic Statistics Online Seminar, Germany

2021.01: The Amplituhedron and Positive Geometries, Algebraic and Combinatorial Perspectives in the Mathematical Sciences (ACPMS), Norway

2021.01:

**Mini-course**on Tropical Geometry: Theory and Applications, Winter School on Geometric Constraint Systems, The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, Canada2020.11: Tropical Geometry and Data Science, Tropical Geometry Reading Seminar, UK

2020.11: The Amplituhedron and Positive Geometries, Nonlinear Algebra Seminar Online (NASO), MPI Leipzig, Germany

**Selected one-week ****Research Meetings:**

2023.05: Computations and Data in Algebraic Statistics, Oaxaca, Mexico

2023.02: Workshop on Algebraic Geometry in Spectral Theory, ICERM, USA

2022.12: Research Fellows (OWRF) Program, 3-weeks, Oberwolfach, Germany

2022.03: Toric Geometry Workshop, Oberwolfach Research Institute for Mathematics, Germany

2021.09: MFO-RIMS Tandem Workshop: Symmetries on Polynomial Ideals and Varieties, Oberwolfach Research Institute for Mathematics, Germany

2021.06: Virtual Workshop for Women in Shape Analysis (WiSH3), Casa Matemática Oaxaca (CMO), Mexico

**Recent Weekly ****Seminars:**

**Recent Weekly**

**Seminars:**

Reading Seminars: Toric Geometry at Ghent University, 2021-2022

Ghent Junior Algebra and Geometry Seminars at Ghent University, 2021-2022

Weakly Research Seminars: Ghent Algebra and Geometry at Ghent University, 2020-2022

**Past ****Employments:**

**Past**

**Employments:**

2021.09 - 2022.07: BOFZAP Full Professor (Hoogleraar), tenured at Ghent University

2020.03 - 2021.08: BOFZAP Associate Professor (Hoofddocent), tenured at Ghent University

2019.08 - 2020.02: Reader (Associate Professor) in Pure Mathematics, University of Bristol

2017.01 - 2019.08: Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Pure Mathematics, University of Bristol

2015.10 - 2017.01: Postdoctoral Researcher within the Einstein project in Bernd Sturmfels group at Technical University Berlin

2014.11 - 2015.10: IST Fellow working with Caroline Uhler

2013.11 - 2014.08: Alexander von Humboldt research fellow at Osnabrück University with Winfried Bruns

2012.07 - 2013.10: Alexander von Humboldt research fellow at the Philipps University Marburg working with Volkmar Welker

2011.09 - 2012.06: Postdoctoral Researcher at MSRI, Berkeley, under the supervision of Hélène Barcelo

**Editorial Boards****:**

**Editorial Boards**

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Since 2022.05: Associate Editor, Journal of Symbolic Computation

Since 2022.01: Associate Editor, SIAM Journal on Applied Algebra and Geometry (SIAGA)

Since 2021: Guest Editor, Special Issue of the Journal of Symbolic Computation on the occasion of MEGA 2021

Since 2020.01: Associate Editor, Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics

**Scientific Committees:**

Since 2022.02: Program committee member, The 17th MEGA Conference on Effective Methods in Algebraic Geometry: MEGA 2022

Since 2022.01: Scientific committee member, Combinatorial Commutative Algebra Summer School, Gebze Technical University, Turkey

2021.06: Committee member, The 16th MEGA Conference on Effective Methods in Algebraic Geometry: MEGA 2021

2018.07: Committee member, The 30th International Conference on Formal Power Series and Algebraic Combinatorics: FPSAC 2018

**Academic**** ****Service****:**

2021 - 2022: FWO project panel member in Mathematical Sciences, Belgium

Since 2018: Reviewer for proposals submitted to EPSRC (UK), ICMS (UK), and DFG (Germany), GACR (Czechia), IST-Bridge postdoctoral program (ISTA, Austria)