I am an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics of the School of Mathematical & Computer Sciences at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. My scientific research interests lie mostly in the areas of Mathematical Physics and String Theory.
Extremely Short Bio
I grew up in Fulda, Germany and Thessaloniki, Greece. I obtained a degree in church music ("C-Examen"), before I went to the University of Würzburg, where I studied for three years and received undergraduate degrees in both Mathematics and Physics. I continued my studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where I worked on a thesis on supermathematics resulting in my MA. After completing my PhD on twistor string theory at the Institute for Theoretical Physics of the University of Hannover, I held two postdoctoral positions at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies and at the School of Mathematics at Trinity College, Dublin. In 2009, I came to the Department of Mathematics of Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, where I'm currently an associate professor. The curriculum vitae I wrote for the professional applications is here.
My major interests lie in classical and quantum field theories, supersymmetry, string theory as well as the applications of methods and concepts from group theory, differential and algebraic geometry in theoretical physics. In more detail, I have worked on projects in the following areas:
- Noncommutative Geometry
- Geometric/Berezin/Berezin-Toeplitz Quantization
- Fuzzy Geometry and Fuzzy Field Theories
- Non-Anticommutative Deformations
- Hopf-Algebra Techniques in Noncommutative Geometry
- Higher/Categorified Quantization
- Classical Integrability of Field Theories
- Twistor Geometry
- ADHM Constructions and Nahm Transforms
- Solitons: Instantons, Monopoles, Magnetic Bags, Self-Dual Strings, ...
- Matrix Models
- Twistor String Theory
- Hanany-Witten Configurations
- M-Brane Models
- Higher/Categorified Structures in String and M-Theory
I used to have a blog of my own on this page, but I decided to discontinue it, as I'm on a couple of social networking sites anyway. You can find me on Facebook and on Xing, although I'm not too active there - I found these sites to be mostly an excellent possibility to waste lots of time.
Besides math and physics, I'm also very interested in computer science, in particular in the areas of neurosciences, artificial life and artificial intelligence.
I'm an amateur musician, love to play the organ and the piano (as well as bagpipes and sometimes the tin whistle), sing in choirs (and sometimes conduct them) and wrote some small pieces for organ and piano.
Moreover, I - as probably many people - cannot help to think sometimes about philosophical and religious questions. You can have a look at some modest results in the Spiritualia section.
Somehow, I managed to change my hometowns quite often. I was born in Fulda which I left in 1988 for Thessaloniki in Greece and return back to Fulda in 1992. For studying I moved to Würzburg in 1997, where I stayed for three years. To receive my first degree, I went to Austin/Texas after which I spent a year in Paris for completing a project and preparing for my PhD, which I then did in Hannover. After living for three and a half years in Dublin, I'm now discovering Edinburgh. You can browse my favorite places in these cities here.
My favorite page for cartoons is Nicht lustig, which will certainly give you a pretty good idea of my sense of humor. The pages of Titanic have become rather unrecommendable as their jokes are now both politically incorrect and essentially non-funny.