Successful applicants for the International Visitor Program – January 2020

Visit information up to date as of 04 March 2020. For current information, see the visitor list.

Sydney Mathematical Research Institute acknowledges the valuable contributions (financial and otherwise) to the International Visitor Program made by the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sydney and by the hosts and universities listed below.

Nancy Scherich (Wake Forest University)

Research interests: Knot theory, finite type invariant theory, representation theory of braid groups


  • 25 May – 25 July 2020 (University of Sydney, Host: Zsuzsanna Dancso)

Patrice Koehl (University of California, Davis)

Research interests: Geometry and topology of shapes, optimal transport, statistical physics, large eigenvalue problems arising in biological sciences


  • 22 June – 1 August 2020 (University of Sydney, Host: Stephan Tillmann)
  • 2 – 23 August 2020 (Australian National University, Hosts: Katharine Turner and Vanessa Robins)

Alexandru Suciu (Northeastern University)

Research interests: Algebraic and geometric topology

Dates TBC:

  • 13 July – 12 September 2020 (University of Sydney, Host: Laurentiu Paunescu)

Jérémie Guilhot (University of Tours)

Research interests: Kazhdan-Lusztig theory in Coxeter groups with unequal parameters


  • 1 September 2020 – 6 January 2021 (University of Sydney, Host: James Parkinson)

Peng Lu (University of Oregon)

Research interests: Geometric analysis, Ricci flow, complex geometry


  • 1 October – 30 November 2020 (University of Sydney, Host: Haotian Wu)

Alexei Davydov (Ohio University)

Research interests: Algebra, category theory, theoretical physics


  • 1 October – 30 November 2020 (University of Sydney, Host: Alexander Molev)
  • 1 – 31 December 2020 (Macquarie University, Host: Ross Street)
  • 1 – 30 January 2021 (University of New South Wales, Host: Pinhas Grossman)

Anne Moreau (University of Lille)

Research interests: Representation theory, Lie algebras, vertex algebras, nilpotent orbits, arc schemes

Dates TBC:

  • 2 – 30 November 2020 (University of Sydney, Host: Anthony Henderson)

Michael Griebel (University of Bonn)

Research interests: Numerical analysis, scientific computing, fast numerical methods for high dimensional problems in approximation and quadrature

Dates TBC:

  • 1 January – 28 February 2021 (The University of New South Wales, Hosts: Frances Kuo and Ian Sloan)
  • 1 – 7 March 2021 (Australian National University, Host: Markus Hegland)
  • 8 – 31 March 2021 (University of Sydney, Host: Georg Gottwald)

Tamás Kovács (Eötvös Loránd University)

Research interests: Hamiltonian systems, transient chaos, transport, time series analysis, synchronization, recurrence networks


  • 5 January – 5 February 2021 (University of Sydney, Host: Eduardo Altmann)

Bianca Viray (University of Washington)

Research interests: Rational points on varieties, cohomological obstructions, arithmetic of rational varieties, isolated points on curves


  • 8 January – 14 March 2021 (University of New South Wales, Host: David Harvey)
  • 15 – 26 March 2021 (University of Sydney, Host: Dzmitry Badziahin)
  • 27 March – 15 June 2021 (University of New South Wales, Host: David Harvey)

James Bagrow (University of Vermont)

Research interests: Network science and complex systems, data science, machine learning, computational social science, optimization, statistical physics


  • 10 January – 7 February 2021 (University of Adelaide, Host: Lewis Mitchell)
  • 8 – 22 February 2021 (University of Sydney, Host: Eduardo Altmann)

Jared Bronski (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

Research interests: Applied partial differential equations, stability of travelling waves and coherent structures, eigenvalue and index problems related to stability


  • 15 January – 15 February 2021 (University of Sydney, Host: Robert Marangell)

Xingbin Pan (East China Normal University)

Research interests: Nonlinear PDEs and systems, calculus of variations, mathematical theory of superconductivity, liquid crystals, electromagnetism


  • 15 January – 31 January 2021 (University of New England, Host: Yihong Du)
  • 1 – 16 February 2021 (University of Sydney, Host: Zhou Zhang)

Suojin Wang (Texas A&M University)

Research interests: Statistical theory and methodology, measurement error models, missing data analysis, nonparametric and semiparametric statistics, resampling methods, small sample asymptotics, survey sampling


  • 25 January – 6 February 2021 (University of Sydney, Host: Samuel Muller)
  • 7 – 23 February 2021 (Australian National University, Host: Alan Welsh)
  • 24 February – 8 April 2021 (University of Sydney, Host: Samuel Muller)

Susan Sierra (University of Edinburgh)

Research interests: Noncommutative ring theory, noncommutative algebraic geometry, enveloping algebras of infinite-dimensional Lie algebras


  • 1 February – 21 March 2021 (University of New South Wales, Host: Daniel Chan)
  • 22 March – 2 April 2021 (University of Sydney, Host: Alexander Molev)

Vladimir Matveev (University of Jena)

Research interests: Finite dimensional integrable systems, classical differential geometry, projective geometry, Cartan parabolic geometry, mathematical physics, mathematical relativity


  • 15 February – 6 March 2021 (University of Sydney, Host: Holger Dullin)
  • 7 March – 14 May 2021 (La Trobe University, Host: Yuri Nikolayevsky)
  • 15 – 29 May 2021 (University of New South Wales, Host: Jonathan Kress)
  • 30 May – 14 June 2021 (University of Adelaide, Host: Thomas Leistner and Michael Eastwood)

Wenjing Zhang (Texas Tech University)

Research interests: Nonlinear dynamical systems, mathematical biology, stochastic processes, scientific computation


  • 3 May – 13 June 2021 (University of Sydney, Hosts: Peter Kim and Martin Wechselberger)
  • 14 – 30 June 2021 (Swinburne University of Technology, Host: Tonghua Zhang)

Vera Serganova (University of California, Berkeley)

Research interests: Representation theory, Lie algebras and superalgebras, algebraic geometry, Kac-Moody Lie algebras


  • 1 – 30 June 2021 (University of Sydney, Host: Kevin Coulembier)
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