Personal Information:
Born: March 28, 1962, Kassel, Germany
Education:
Diplom TU Darmstadt, Germany, Mathematics and
Computer Science, 1985
Dr.rer.nat. TU Darmstadt, Germany, Mathematics,
1987
Ph.D. University of Washington, Seattle, Mathematics,
1987
Positions Held:
19871988: Postdoctoral Fellow, IMA, University
of Minnesota, Minneapolis
19881989: Assistant Professor, Research Institute
for Symbolic Computation, Linz, Austria
19891991: Assistant Professor, Department of
Mathematics, Cornell University
19921996: Associate Professor, Department of
Mathematics, Cornell University
19941995: Visiting Scholar, Courant Institute,
New York University
19952001: Professor, Department of Mathematics,
University of California, Berkeley
19971998: Visiting Professor, RIMS, Kyoto University,
Japan
20012008: Professor of Mathematics
and Computer Science, UC Berkeley
2008: Professor of Mathematics, Statistics
and Computer Science, UC Berkeley
2017: Director, MaxPlanck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences,
Leipzig, Germany
2018: Honorary Professor, Technical University Berlin
2018: Honorary Professor, University of Leipzig
Academic Honors:
19831985: German National Scholarship Foundation
Fellow [Studienstiftung]
19851986: German Academic Exchange Service Fellowship
[DAAD]
19861987: Alfred P. Sloan Doctoral Dissertation
Fellowship
19911993: Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow
19921997: National Young Investigator (NSF)
19921997: David and Lucile Packard Fellowship
1999: Lester R. Ford Prize for Expository Writing
(MAA)
20002001: Miller Research Professorship, UC Berkeley
Summer 2003: John von Neumann Professor, Technical
University Munich
20032004: HewlettPackard Research Professor
at MSRI Berkeley
July 2004: Clay Mathematics Institute Senior Scholar
20052007: MAA Polya Lecturer
20072008: Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize, TU Berlin.
20082010: Vice President of the American Mathematical Society (AMS)
2010: John von Neumann Lecture (SIAM)
2010: Carl B. Allendorfer Award (MAA)
2012: Sarlo Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award (UC Berkeley)
2012: Earle Raymond Hedrick Lectures (MAA)
2012: Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS)
2014: Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
2015: Honorary Doctoral Degree, GoetheUniversität Frankfurt
20152020: Einstein Visiting Fellow, TU Berlin
2018: George David Birkhoff Prize in Applied Mathematics
2018: Member of the BerlinBrandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
Research Funding:
19902014: National Science Foundation, Program
in Algebra, Number Theory and Combinatorics
20052009: DARPA, "Fundamental Laws in Biology" program
20112012: DARPA, "Deep Learning" program
20142020: National Science Foundation, Program
in Computational Mathematics
Editorial Board Membership:
Former: ACM SIGSAM Bulletin,
Advances in Applied Mathematics,
Algebra and Number Theory, Annals of Combinatorics, Annals of Mathematics,
Journal of the
American Mathematical Society, Journal of Symbolic
Computation, Applicable Algebra in Engineering
Communication and Computing,
Applied Mathematics Research EXpress, Beitrage zur Geometrie und Algebra,
Duke Mathematical Journal,
Experimental Mathematics, Foundations of Computational Mathematics,
Journal of the Korean Mathematical Society, Order.
Current:
SIAM Journal on Applied Algebra and Geometry (editorinchief),
Collecteana Mathematica, Discrete and Computational Geometry, Journal of Combinatorial Theory Series A,
Portugaliae Mathematica,
Research in the Mathematical Sciences,
Algorithms and Computation in Mathematics (Springer Book Series).
Conferences and Special Programs Organized
(selected):
May 1990: Algebraic Issues in Geometric Computation,
DIMACS, Rutgers
July 1992: Computational Algebraic Geometry (Regional
Geometry Institute), Amherst
October 1993: USItalian workshop on Hilbert functions,
Cornell
June 1996: Effective Methods in Algebraic Geometry
(MEGA 96), Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Fall 1998: Symbolic Computation in Geometry and
Analysis, MSRI Berkeley
20022003: Commutative Algebra, MSRI Berkeley
October 2003: Amoebas and Tropical Geometry, AIM
Palo Alto
December 2003: Computational Algebraic Statistics,
AIM Palo Alto
July 2004: Geometric Combinatorics, Park City
IAS Summer Program
November 2005: Algebraic Statistics and Computational Biology,
Clay Mathematics Institute, Cambridge
20062007: Applications of Algebraic Geometry,
IMA Minneapolis
Fall 2009: Tropical Geometry, MSRI, Berkeley.
Fall 2010: Modern Trends in Optimization, IPAM, UCLA.
Spring 2011: Algebraic Geometry with a View Towards Applications,
MittagLeffler Institute, Sweden.
Summer 2014: Applied Algebraic Geometry, National Institute
for Mathematical Sciences, Daejeon, Korea
Fall 2014: Algorithms and Complexity in Algebraic Geometry,
Simons Institute for Theory of Computing
Plenary Lectures and Lecture Series
(selected):
December 1999: Hypergeometric Functions, Ritt
Lectures, Columbia University
February 2000: Computational Algebraic Geometry,
AAAS Science Exposition, Washington DC
July 2001: Multigraded Hilbert Schemes, LatinAmerican
Algebra Congress, Cordoba, Argentina
May 2002: Ten Lectures on Solving Polynomial Equations,
CBMS Conference, Texas A&M
June 2003: From Phylogenetic Trees to Tropical
Algebraic Geometry, MEGA 2003, Kaiserslautern,
Germany
September 2003: Tropical Algebraic Geometry, Western
Algebraic Geometry Conference, UBC, Vancouver
March 2004: Algebraic Geometry of Statistical
Models, Gergen Memorial Lectures,
Duke University
May 2004: Tropical Geometry, 2004 Erdos Memorial
Lecture, AMSSMM Joint Meeting, Houston, Texas
June 2004:
SIAM Discrete Mathematics Conference, Nashville,
Tennessee
October 2004: Tropical Geometry of Statistical
Models, 42nd Annual Allerton Conference on Communication,
Control and Computing, Allerton, Illinois
January 2005: Algebraic Statistics, MAAAMS Lecture
at Joint Meetings, Atlanta
January 2005: Algebraic Statistics,
BrandeisHarvardMITNortheastern Colloquium
February 2005: Divisional Speaker at Reed College, Portland
February 2005: Algebraic Statistics for Computational
Biology, Five lectures at the Latin American School on Polynomial Systems,
Angra dos Reis, Brazil
March 2005: Magnus Lectures at Colorado State University,
Fort Collins
May 2005: Tropical Geometry, Zurich Mathematical Colloquium,
Zurich, Switzerland
June 2005: Foundations of Computational Mathematics
Conference, Santander, Spain
May 2006:
Kuwait Fund Lecture, Cambridge University, England
May 2007:
MAA Distinguished Lecture, Carriage House Conference Center, Washington DC
November 2007:
Lindhard Lecture, Aarhus University, Denmark
November 2008: Clifford Lectures,
Tulane University, New Orleans
May 2009: Di Prima Memorial Lecture, Caltech, Pasadena
July 2009: Plenary Lecture at the
Brazilian Mathematical Colloquium, IMPA, Rio De Janeiro
March 2010: Bullit Lecture, University of Louisville, Kentucky
February 2011: Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences Lecturer
June 2011: INdAM Lecturer, L'Aquila, Italy
October 2011: Kempf Memorial Lectures, Johns Hopkins University
October 2011: Michelson Lecture, Naval Academy, Annapolis
November 2011: Distinguished Lecture Series, U of Wisconsin
May 2012: Kemeny Lectures, Dartmouth College
August 2012: Hedrick Lectures, MAA MathFest,
Madison, Wisconsin
January 2013: Rothschild Distinguished Lectures in Mathematics
and Computer Science, Haifa, Israel
May 2014: Distinguished Lecturer,
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing
March 2015: Distinguished Lecture Series, Texas Tech, Lubbock
April 2015: Wing Lectures, U of Rochester, New York
December 2015: Plancherel Lecture, U Fribourg, Switzerland
June 2016: Plenary AMS Lecture, SIAM Annual Meeting, Boston
