The Mathematical Sciences Research Visitor Program (MSRVP)

Each year, the Mathematical Sciences Institute selects a number of prestigious academics to spend from two to six weeks at MSI to develop and collaborate on research projects with our academic staff.

This program provides visiting academics with the opportunity to take part on our regular colloquium seminars, to present their research and receive feedback from colleagues in their field.

Funding for travel and accommodation will be provided depending on their length of stay.

This program is part of a competitive internal process in which recipients are nominated by our academic staff and notified of the outcome after being approved by a committee.

The first call for proposals takes place in September and nominees are approved and confirmed in November for next year’s round.

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MSRVP 2019

Prof Christopher Voll, University of Bielefeld – proposed by Uri Onn
Professor Voll is a leading expert in asymptotic group theory, in particular in zeta functions associated to groups and rings.

Dr Clare Dunning, University of Kent – proposed by Murray Batchelor
Dr Dunning is a Reader in Applied Mathematics at The University of Kent, working in the areas of classical and quantum integrable systems, spectral theory of ordinary differential equations in the complex domain, and applications of exact methods in condensed matter physics.

Dr Daniel Tubbenhauer, University of Zurich – proposed by Paul Wedrich
Dr Tubbenhauer is a lecturer at Universtity of Zurich working on categorification in algebra, representation theory, and topology.

Mr Franco Alladio, Frascati Research Centre – proposed by Lilia Ferrario and Matthew Hole
Prof Alladio is Director of Research, responsible for the PROTO-SPHERA experiment at the ENEA Frascati Research Centre.

Honorary Professor Frank Jenko, Technical University of Munich – proposed by Matthew Hole
Prof Jenko is an expert in theoretical and computational plasma physics, with an emphasis on high performance computing.

John D. Jakeman, Computer Science Research Institute – proposed by Stephen Roberts (SY 2019)
Dr Jakeman is a leading expert in the area of Uncertainty Quantification and generally High Dimensional Approximaton. He is presently a Senior Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Labs. 

Professor Sylvie Paycha, University of Potsdam – proposed by Pierre Portal
Sylvie Paycha is a professor at the University of Postdam. She works in mathematical physics, and specialises in operator theoretic and geometric analytic methods.

Professor Ulrich Rude, University Erlangen-Nuremberg – proposed by Linda Stalls (SY 2019)
Prof Rude is a leading expert in the area of scientic computing. His main area of focus is the numerical solution of PDEs. He has developed tailored simulation algorithms for use on state of the art supercomputers.

Associate Professor Vidit Nanda, University of Oxford – proposed by Katharine Turner (SY 2019)
Prof Nanda is an algebraic topologist who specializes in using discrete avatars of gradient flow to simplify the matrix algebra which underlies large homological computations. The resulting software, Perseus, has been used by several research groups in diverse contexts --- these include breast cancer tumour analysis, the evolution of forces in granular media under shear stress, and prediction of protein compressibility from crystallography data.

Professor Yu Yuan, University of Washington – proposed by Xu-Jia Wang
Prof Yuan is a specialist and leading expert in fully nonlinear partial differential equations. In particular he conducted deep research on the special Lagrange equation, which is one of the most important fully nonlinear equations arising in geometry and mathematical physics.

MSRVP 2018

Previous MSRVP recipients

MSRVP 2017

Robert Griffiths, Emeritus Professor, University of Oxford, UK

From 2000 to 2011 Professor Griffiths held the title of Professor of Mathematical Genetics. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2010 and a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, USA in 1993. These awards were in recognition of his fundamental contributions to mathematical population genetics, especially in the study of the probability distributions of gene frequencies and of genealogical trees, and for developing computational algorithms for full likelihood inference of population genetics parameters from DNA sequences.

Gilles Lancien, Professor, Université de Franche-Comté, France

Currently a professor at the Universite de Franche-Comte (Besancon, France), and the leader of the French network GDR AFHP (Harmonic Analysis, Functional Analysis, and Probability). He is a functional analyst with expertise in Banach space geometry, operator theory, and their interactions with metric geometry. His most noted results include the solution of the maximal regularity problem (an operator theoretic problem that has bearings on a range of practical questions in PDE and SPDE), key contributions to the non-linear classifications of Banach spaces (e.g. the fact that any Banach space Lipschitz isomorphic to c0 has to be linearly isomorphic to c0), and, more recently, the development of strong links between the geometry of metric spaces, and the geometry of (preduals of) spaces of Lipschitz functions on these metric spaces.

Florence Lancien, Université de Franche-Comté, France

She is an elected member of  the Commission for Formation and University Life of the University of Franche-Comté since 2012 and the Academic Council since 2014,

Director of the Department of Mathematics Education from 2010 to 2014.

Her latest publication is on functional calculus properties of the Ritt operators Spectral theory for operators is L 1 or C (K) spaces

Christopher Tout, Professor of Stellar Evolution, University of Cambridge, Institute of Astronomy, UK

Chris Tout models the evolution of stars, both similar to the Sun and very different, stars that manufacture the elements, stars that explode in supernovae, and stars that interact with other stars. Most stars have a companion and, when close enough, the tides these two massive bodies raise on one another cause material to overflow with spectacular consequences, particularly when one of the two is a compact neutron star or black hole. His contributions range from understanding the physics of these interactions to predicting the diversity of exotic objects formed when the millions of stars in densely populated globular clusters encounter one another.

Paulo Carrillo Rouse, Maitre de Conférences at Institut de Mathématiques de Toulouse , Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse III, France

Paulo Carrillo Rouse currently works at the Institut de Mathématiques de Toulouse - IMT, Paul Sabatier University - Toulouse III. Paulo does research in Geometry and Topology and Analysis. His most recent publication is 'Geometric obstructions for Fredholm boundary conditions for manifolds with corners.'

Ctirad Klimcik, Professor, Aix-Marseille Universite, Luminy, France

Ctirad Klimcik currently works at the Institut de mathématiques de Marseille, Aix-Marseille Université. Ctirad does research in Elementary Particle Physics, Theoretical Physics and Mathematical Physics. His most recent publication is 'Yang-Baxter σ -model with WZNW term as E -model.'

MSRVP 2016

Ana Maria Castravet, Associate Professor, Northeastern University, USA

Ana-Maria's area of research is in birational geometry of moduli. She is one of the leading experts on the geometry of M_{0,n}, the moduli space of pointed genus zero curves, and has recently resolved a long-standing conjecture of the field, showing that M_{0,n} is not a "Mori dream space."

She also has the strongest results to date on understanding the nef cone of M_{0,n}.

Emanuele Macri, Associate Professor, Northeastern University, USA

Emanuele’s research interests are algebraic geometry and homological algebra. In particular, derived categories of coherent sheaves on algebraic varieties. His current area of research is in moduli spaces of Bridgeland stable sheaves.

David Rydh, Associate Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden

David Rydh is a world expert in algebraic geometry and specifically in algebraic stacks.

Mark Veraar, Department of Applied Mathematics, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Mark Veraar currently works at the Department of Applied Mathematics, Delft University of Technology. Mark does research in Probability Theory, Applied Mathematics and Analysis. His most recent publication is 'Sharp growth rates for semigroups using resolvent bounds.'

Angelo Vistoli, Professor, Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy

A distinguished mathematician, his research interests are moduli theory, algebraic stacks, logarithmic geometry, essential dimension as well as actions of algebraic groups, equivariant K-Theory, equivariant cohomology, equivariant intersection theory.

MSRVP 2015

  • Vladimir Chernov, Professor, Dartmouth College, USA
  • Gang Tian, Professor Emeritus, Princeton University, USA
  • Kaoru Ono, Professor, Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Japan
  • Jürgen Fuchs, Professor, Karlstad University, Sweden
  • Matthias Gaberdiel, Professor, Institute for Theoretical Physics, ETH, Switzerland
  • Geoffrey Mason, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, University of California Santa Cruz, USA
  • Alexei Semikhatov, Professor, Lebedev Physical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
  • Ian Anderson, Professor, Utah State University, USA
  • Fereidoun Ghahramani, Senior Scholar, University of Manitoba, Canada
  • Matthias Hammerl, Professor, Faculty of Mathematics, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Andrey Marshakov, Professor, Faculty of Mathematics, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia
  • Filippo Santambrogio, Professor, Université Paris-Sud, France