I am a Professor (Hoogleraar) at the Departments of Mathematics and Computer Science 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. 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) and KU Leuven iBOF grant. Previously, it was partially supported by U. Ghent's BOF professorship, 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.
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
2023.08: Mathematical Methods in System Reliability, co-organised with Eduardo Sáenz-de-Cabezón and Henry Wynn at ICIAM 2023, Japan
2023.07: Nonlinear Algebra in Particle Physics Minisymposium, co-organised with Simon Telen at SIAM AG23, TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands
2023.06: Groups, Rings, and the Yang Baxter Equation, co-organiser, Blankenberge, Belgium
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, Norway
Past Tenured Employments:
2021.09 - 2022.07: BOFZAP Full Professor (Hoogleraar), tenured at Ghent University, Belgium
2020.03 - 2021.08: BOFZAP Associate Professor (Hoofddocent), tenured at Ghent University, Belgium
2019.08 - 2020.02: Reader (Associate Professor) in Pure Mathematics, tenured at University of Bristol, UK
2017.01 - 2019.08: Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Pure Mathematics, University of Bristol, UK
Since 2022: Member of Scientific Advisory Board of the MEGA Conference on Effective Methods in Algebraic Geometry
2022.02: Program committee member, The 17th MEGA Conference on Effective Methods in Algebraic Geometry: MEGA 2022
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
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), ISTA postdoc program (Austria)