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Forschung / Research
My research is in
symplectic and contact topology, particularly the theory
of pseudoholomorphic curves, applications to contact manifolds,
and symplectic field theory.
Here is my publications page.
I am an editorial advisor for the Proceedings / Journal /
Bulletin / Transactions of the LMS, in the area of symplectic and contact topology.
Seminars of interest:
Upcoming conferences / workshops:
- Nederlands Mathematisch Congres (I will be speaking in
the GQT Session), Veldhoven, April 3 - 4, 2018
- Conference "New Methods in Finsler Geometry",
De Giorgi Center, Pisa, May 21 - 25, 2018
- Kylerec 2018: Cotangent bundles and the nearby Lagrangian conjecture,
Leavenworth, Washington, May 25 - 31, 2018
- Twenty-fifth Gökova Geometry/Topology Conference,
Gökova, May 28 - June 2, 2018
- Differential Topology and Mathematics of Today:
a conference in honor of Jean Cerf, Orsay, June 11 - 13, 2018
- "RIEMain in Contact", Cagliari, June 18 - 22, 2018
- British Isles Graduate Workshop II: Singularities and Symplectic Topology,
Jersey, July 14 - 20, 2018
- Summer school Higher Invariants: Interactions between Arithmetic Geometry and Global Analysis, Universität Regensburg, July 17 - 20, 2018
- European Talbot Workshop: Free Loop Spaces with
Nathalie Wahl and Alexandru Oancea, Fischbach bei Dahn, July 29 - August 4, 2018
- Workshop on Symplectic Field Theory IX,
Universität Augsburg, August 25 - 31, 2018
- Workshop Geometric
Analysis and Mathematical Physics, Universität Oldenburg, September 17 - 22, 2018
- XIII Workshop on Symplectic Geometry, Contact Geometry, and Interactions (CAST 2019) (website not yet available),
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, March 7 - 9, 2019
(Note: the above used to be a list of events that I was personally planning to attend, but
then I learned that some people are actually using it to find out what's
going on, so I've added more events that I won't necessarily be attending.
Thus if your main goal is to stalk me, this list will be only partially helpful.)
And some conferences in the recent past.
Past events that I organized:
PhD students:
- Alexandru Cioba (PhD 2018 at UCL)
Thesis title: Nicely embedded curves in symplectic cobordisms
- Agustín Moreno (began October 2014)
PhD students (co-supervised):
- Marcelo Alves (PhD 2014 from UL Brussels; co-supervised with Frédéric Bourgeois)
Thesis title: Growth rate of Legendrian contact homology and dynamics of Reeb flows
If you are interested in doing a PhD under my supervision, you should apply to
the Berlin Mathematical School.
Master's students:
My collaborators, present and past:
- Peter Albers, Universität Heidelberg
- Barney Bramham,
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
- Paolo Ghiggini,
Université de Nantes
- Michael Hutchings, UC Berkeley
- Janko Latschev, Universität Hamburg
- Sam Lisi, University of Mississippi
- Patrick Massot, Université Paris-Sud, Orsay
- Klaus Niederkrüger, Université de Lyon 1
- Richard Siefring, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
- Jeremy Van Horn-Morris, University of Arkansas
Some other people I've worked with in the past:
Lehre / Teaching
Sommersemester 2018
Wintersemester 2017-18
Lehre in vergangenen Semestern / teaching in past semesters
Past minicourses and such
Sonstiges / Other stuff
The
Mathematics Genealogy Project: I'm descended from Gauss. Really.
(Some unusual grafitti I found on a bathroom wall at the Diesel Cafe in Somerville,
Massachusetts. March 13, 2007.)
A Frequently Asked Question
Question: Aren't you German?
Answer: No. Don't let my name, or my appearance, or the fact that I teach at a
German university or that you've overheard me speaking German with
colleagues fool you. I am, in fact, not German.
An Occasionally Asked Question
Question: Where did you learn to speak English so well?
Answer: It is my native language.
A Question That Is Asked Far More Often Than It Should Be
Question: Where did you learn to speak German so well?
Answer: I don't speak German that well, it only sounds like it
if you don't listen carefully.
Some nonmathematical things
Trockne Blumen (the reason why I once spent a whole week learning
musixtex, and then promptly forgot it)
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