I am a 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 a 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 category theory, group theory, differential and algebraic geometry in theoretical physics. More specifically, I have worked on projects in the following areas:
- Quantum Field Theory
- BV Formalism
- QFT from Strong Homotopy Lie Algebras
- Higher/Categorified Structures in String and M-Theory
- M-Brane Models
- Double Field Theory
- Twistor String Theory
- Hanany-Witten Configurations
- Matrix Models
- Gauge Theory
- Categorified Principal Fibre Bundles
- Solitons: Instantons, Monopoles, Magnetic Bags, Self-Dual Strings, ...
- Twistor Geometry and Penrose-Ward transform
- ADHM Constructions and Nahm Transforms
- Generalized Notions of Geometry
- Generalized Geometry
- Symplectic L∞-Algebroids
- Categorified Spaces
- Noncommutative Geometry
- Geometric/Berezin/Berezin-Toeplitz Quantization
- Higher/Categorified Quantization
- Fuzzy Geometry and Fuzzy Field Theories
- Hopf-Algebra Techniques in Noncommutative Geometry
- Non-Anticommutative Deformations
Besides math and physics, I'm also very interested in computer science, in particular in the areas of neuroscience, artificial life and artificial intelligence. As a hobby, I also like to write helpful computer programs and some results are found in the software section.
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. The latter can be found under Music.
I've also included a few thoughts on philosophical and religious questions in the section on Spiritualia.
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.