Professor (Hoogleraar)

Department of Computer Science (NUMA)

Department of Mathematics (Algebra)

KU Leuven

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


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.


  • 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 Mathematics

  • Several 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:

Upcoming and Recent Talks:

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:

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:

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)