BOFZAP Research full Professor (Hoogleraar)

Department of Mathematics at Ghent University

Address: Krijgslaan 281, S25, Ghent 9000, Belgium

Phone: +32 09 264 45 34


Profiles: ORCID, arXiv, Google Scholar, MathSciNet, linkedIn

I am a tenured BOFZAP Research full Professor (Hoogleraar) at the Department of Mathematics in the Algebra and Geometry Group at Ghent University. Before joining the Ghent faculty, I was a Reader at the University of Bristol and an EPSRC Early Career Fellow. I also have an affiliation with the University of Tromsø, as an Adjunct 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) and Ghent University's BOF Special Research Fund. Previously, it was supported by the EPSRC.

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, industrial engineering 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.

MEGA Conference:

Upcoming Organised Conferences:

Upcoming and Recent Talks:

  • 2022.04: Talk at the Nonlinear Algebra and Combinatorics from Physics, Harvard's Center for Mathematical Sciences and Applications, Cambridge, US

  • 2022.01: Talk at the Virtual Commutative Algebra Seminars, IIT Bombay, India

  • 2021.11: Talk at the Virtual Online Algebraic Geometry Seminar, Nottingham, UK

  • 2021.10: Talk at the Conference on Newton-Okounkov bodies and Fanosearch, Levico Terme, Trento, Italy

  • 2021.06: Talk at the Virtual Workshop Positive geometries for scattering amplitudes and beyond, MITP, Mainz, Germany

  • 2021.05: Talk at the 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

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

  • 2021.01: Seminar talk on 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, Canada

  • 2020.11: Talk on Tropical Geometry and Data Science, Tropical Geometry Reading Seminar, UK

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

Upcoming Research Meetings:

Current Weekly Seminars:

Upcoming Online Course:

  • 2021.09 - 2021.12: Combinatorial Algebraic Geometry over Zoom for MSc/PhD students and motivated undergraduate students. Stay tuned!

Past Employments:

Academic Service:

  • Since 2021: FWO project panel member in Mathematical Sciences

  • Since 2021: Program committee of JSC-MEGA2021 (Special Issue of the Journal of Symbolic Computation on the occasion of MEGA 2021)

  • Since 2018: Reviewer for proposals submitted to EPSRC (UK), ICMS (UK) and DFG (Germany)

  • Since 2020: Editorial board, Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics

  • 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