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Einstein Visiting Fellows and Professorships

Einstein Visiting Fellows

Five internationally renowned scientists have been awarded Einstein Visiting Fellowships upon initiative of ECMath. We are happy to welcome:

Yannis G. Kevrekidis, Princeton University

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Prof. Rahul Pandharipande

Rahul Pandharipande's cutting-edge research in algebraic geometry has led to a paradigm shift in the consideration of moduli spaces. After his studies in Havard and Princeton Pandharipande has worked among other place at the California Institute of Technology and Princeton before joining the ETH Zurich. His works have been awarded numerous distinctions. As Einstein Visiting Fellow he will continue his research also at the Berlin Mathematical School.

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Francisco Santos, Universidad de Cantabria, Santander

A former Alexander-von-Humboldt-Professor, Francisco Santos addresses the investigation of geometric shapes such as lattice polytopes and triangulations. These play a fundamental role in many mathematical fields ranging from optimization to statistics, topology and algebra. Santos is a professor of mathematics at the Universidad de Cantabria, Santander, and one of the leading experts in discrete geometry.

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Vasudevan Srinivas, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai

Vasudevan Srinivas is an outstanding mathematician in the field of algebra, K-theory and arithmetic geometry. The top-level scientist will research and teach at the Berlin Mathematical School. Srinivas is professor at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Chicago and has later researched at Berkeley, Princeton and Paris among others.

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Prof. Bernd Sturmfels

Bernd Sturmfels is an internationally renowned expert for non-linear algebra. His results are not only theoretical but also highly relevant for applications.

The former vice president of the American Mathematical Society and Berkeley professor analyzes how scientific software can be improved. As Einstein Visiting Fellow he will also conduct research at the Technische Universität Berlin.

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The Einstein Foundation Berlin funds Einstein Professorships to appoint internationally renowned scientists. In Mathematics these are:

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Hélène Esnault

Hélène Esnault is professor of number theory at the Freie Universität Berlin. Her expert colleagues commend her extraordinary research spectrum ranging from analysis to geometry and number theory. In recent years mathematics have deliberately crossed borders of traditional scientific disciplines to come to sensational insights. Hélène Esnault promotes this recent development with her work in the Diophantine mathematics.

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Prof. Dr. Michael Joswig

Michael Joswig is a leading expert in the field of polyhedral and geometrical combinatorics. In June 2013, he became Einstein-Professor for discrete mathematics/geometry at the Technische Universität Berlin. After his studies of mathematics and computer science he was appointed as professor in Darmstadt in 2004. Many scientists benefit from his double expertise: today the software “polymake” co-developed by Michael Joswig sets an international standard in discrete geometry.

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Prof. Dr. Gitta Kutyniok

Gitta Kutyniok is professor of applied functional analysis at the Technische Universität Berlin. Her work ranges from basic research to areas with specific applications such as signal and image processing. Gitta Kutyniok has worked at top US institutions like Princeton and Stanford. In Berlin, she joins the excellent research environment of the Berlin Mathematical School and the research center Matheon.

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Martin Skutella, Technische Universität Berlin

Martin Skutella’s research focus is on combinatorial optimization and efficient algorithms. His work has diverse applications, e. g. the efficient design of escape routes at large events. Skutella has studied mathematics and physics at the RWTH Aachen. For his doctoral thesis at the TU Berlin he has received numerous awards. He has spent several research stays abroad among them the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, USA. Since 2007 Skutella teaches at the Institute of Mathematics at the TU Berlin.

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Former Einstein Visiting Fellows (2010-2014)

Prof. James Sethian

One rarely finds mathematics this everyday-like: at the University of California Berkeley James Sethian is searching for answers to the question on how an object reaches the fastest way between A and B. For this he has developed the fast marching method. Other disciplines such as material or life sciences as well as graduates from the Berlin Mathematical School benefit from his work.

Prof. Dr. Wendelin Werner

Wendelin Werner was the first probabilist to receive a Fields medal, which is often considered to be the "Nobel Prize of Mathematics". This french professor, who now works at ETH Zurich, works on questions that lie at the interface between mathematics and statistical physics. He in particular studied the mathematical descriptions of phase transitions and the geometry of random paths such as random walks or Brownian motion. He has been an Einstein Visiting Fellow at the Berlin Mathematical School from 2011 till 2014.