


Short Biographies
Martin Andler teaches mathematics at the University of Versailles
SaintQuentin; he has held visiting positions at MIT and Rutgers
University. His research focuses on two main areas: representation
theory of Lie groups, and the history of 20th century mathematics.
He is the chairman of Animath,
a French organisation promoting mathematics for kids. 





KaiUwe Bux is a professor of mathematics at University of
Bielefeld, Germany. He obtained his PhD from Goethe University
Frankfurt in 1998. KaiUwe is engaged in topology, geometry, and
algebra, with a focus on geometric group theory. Among others, he
studies arithmetic groups, groups of (outer) automorphisms of free
groups or mapping class groups of surfaces, Thompson's groups, and
many others. 

John H. Conway is one of the most prolific mathematicians,
currently a professor at Princeton University, John von Neumann
Distinguished Professor emeritus, and Gorenstein Distinguished
Professor at Queens College, New York. He is probably best known
for the "Game of Life" that he invented, but there are many areas
of his work that he likes much better, for instance "combinatorial
game theory" (that was developed in partial collaboration with
Elwyn Berlekam and Richard Guy): a very natural and simple
definition that leads to a class of games with incredibly rich
structure, including the nowfamous "surreal numbers." He has made
substantial contributions to many other areas of mathematics, such
as Group Theory, Knot Theory, Number Theory, and Combinatorial Game
Theory; his Erdőos number equals one. John Conway greatly
enjoys spending time with students. In 2015, on graduation day, he
received an Honorary Doctorate from Jacobs University. 





Gábor Domokos is a professor at Budapest University of
Technology and Economics and an adjunct professor at Cornell
University. He obtained his PhD in 1989, and habilitation in 1997,
both from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Later in 2004 he
became the youngest member of the Academy. His main field of
research lies in the intersection of applied mathematics and
engineering. Domokos is famous for solving Vladimir Arnold's
conjecture, namely, by finding a convex body, which is now called
gömböc (from hungarian "gömb"—sphere), that
has exactly two equilibrium points, one is stable and the other is
unstable. Existance of such a body was conjectured by Arnold in
1995. 

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Theodore (Ted) P. Hill is a Professor Emeritus at Georgia Institute
of Technology. He got his PhD from the University of California at
Berkeley in 1977. Ted is known for his research on mathematical
probability theory, in particular for his work on Benford's law and
the theories of optimal stopping and fair division. For example, in
his recognized work on Benford's law Hill gave a mathematical
explanation of the striking empirical fact (which was first
observed by physicist Frank Benford in 1938) that the first
significant digit in many naturally occurring collections of
numbers is likely to be small. 

MarcThorsten Hütt is Professor of Computational Systems
Biology at Jacobs University Bremen. He does a cuttingedge
research on correlations in biological systems on very different
scales, ranging from genomes to interacting cells. Why do
biological systems tend to selforganization, as, for example, in
dense human crows, swamps of fish, and even during DNA formation?
Hütt and his research group at Jacobs make successful attacks
on these challenging reallife questions using tools provided by
the methods from nonlinear dynamics and information theory. 





Ivan Izmestiev obtained his docatorate in 2001 from Lomonosov
Moscow State University with the thesis about toric actions on
manifolds. Now he is an assistant professor at the University of
Fribourg, Switzerland. By his own confession, he is "interested in
beautiful mathematical ideas and problems in any domain, with a
focus on geometry, topology, and combinatorics". Apart from
theoretical results on various questions in geometry, Izmestiev
worked on some problems in discrete differential geometry and
rigidity. 

Victor Kleptsyn is a researcher at CNRS, in the Institute of
Mathematical Research of Rennes. His working themes are mainly
Dynamical Systems and Geometry. His belief is that most arguments,
theorems, and proofs in the mathematics should be visual, and
easily explicable, at least on the "why should it be true" level of
explanation. 





Anke Pohl received her PhD from the University of Paderborn in
2009, and obtained a habilitation in 2016 in Göttingen. In
2016 she was appointed as a Professor of Mathematics at the
University of Jena, Germany. Her wide research interests include,
among others, such topics as quantum chaos, dynamical systems,
ergodic theory, analytic number theory, and analysis. With her
thesis she made a substantial contribution to understanding of the
interplay between dynamics (symbolic dynamics and geodesic flows)
and geometry (the theory of orbifolds)—something that can be
easily comprehended, for example, by observing how billiard balls
move around the table. 

Dierk Schleicher is professor of mathematics at Jacobs University
Bremen. He obtained his PhD at Cornell University, NY, and held
visiting positions in Berkeley, Stony Brook, Paris, Toronto, and
MÃ¼nchen. His main research interests are in
Dynamical Systems and Chaos, especially in Holomorphic Dynamics and
the Mandelbrot set, and the dynamics of Newton's rootfinding
method. He was one of the main organizers of the 50th International
Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) 2009 in Bremen. 





Bernd Sturmfels received doctoral degrees in Mathematics in 1987
from the University of Washington, Seattle, USA, and the Technical
University Darmstadt, Germany. He joined University of California
at Berkeley in 1995, where he is Professor of Mathematics,
Statistics and Computer Science. Since 2017 he is a director at the
MaxPlanck Institute for Mathematics, Leipzig. Among his numerous
honors Sloan Fellowship and a Clay Senior Scholarship. He served as
a Vice President of the American Mathematical Society, and he was
awarded an honorary doctorate from Goethe University Frankfurt in
2015. A leading experimentalist among mathematicians, Sturmfels has
authored ten books and 240 research articles, in the areas of
combinatorics, algebraic geometry, symbolic computation and their
applications. He is also known for his works in computational
biology, where he studied mathematical models of genes'
evolution. 

Yuri B. Suris is a professor of mathematics at Technische
Universität Berlin. He works at the crossroad of discrete
differential geometry and integrable dynamical systems. His most
cited book "Discrete Differential Geometry" (written together with
Alexander Bobenko from TU Berlin) sums up recent developments on
two nicely related subjects: discrete differential geometry, where
classical notions like special surfaces in the Euclidean or
projective 3space are replaced by discrete versions, and discrete
integrable systems, where completely integrable PDEs, like those
coming from mechanics, are discretized in a way which preserves
their "integrable" character. 





Sergei Tabachnikov is a professor of mathematics at Penn State
University and is the Director of the MASS (Mathematics Advanced
Study Semesters) program at Penn State. His research interests
include Geometry, Topology, and Dynamical Systems; one of his
favorite topics is mathematical billiards. In 20132015, he is
serving as the Deputy Director of ICERM (Institute for
Computational and Experimental Mathematics) at Brown University. He
(co)authored several books, including Mathematical Omnibus,
a collection of 30 lectures on classical mathematics. In 19881990,
Sergei headed the mathematical section of Kvant (Quantum)
magazine, a Russian monthly on physics and mathematics for high
school and college students. 

Rebecca Waldecker is a professor at the Institute of Mathematics of
the MarthinLutherUniversitätHalleWittenberg, Germany. She
is a specialist of Group theory, more specifically, she is
interested in finite groups. In her research projects, she works
with methods from abstract group theory, but also with help from
the Classification of Finite Simple Groups. Rebecca Waldecker is a
referee for Archiv der Mathematik, for the Journal of
Algebra, the Journal of Group Theory, the
Münster Journal of Mathematics and the Journal of
Pure and Applied Algebra. In addition, she actively
participates in outreach activities like the "Girls' Day" to
attract new students (particularly female students), the "Long
Night of Science" for a public audience, and master classes for
school students. 





Don Zagier is an American mathematician whose main area of work is
Number Theory. In 1976, aged only 24, he became Germany's youngest
professor. Among other things, he is known for discovering a short
elementary proof of Fermat's theorem on sum of two squares: it
consists of a single sentence. He is currently one of the directors
of the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn, Germany, and
also holds a joint position with the ICTP Trieste, Italy. 

Günter M. Ziegler is a professor at the Freie
Universität, Berlin. His interests are in connection of
Discrete and Computational Geometry (especially polytopes),
algebraic and topological methods in Combinatorics, Discrete
Mathematics and the theory of Linear and Integer Programming. He
received numerous prizes, among them the 2001 Leibniz Prize for his
research and the Communicator Award in 2008, when he was a
coorganizer of the "Year of Mathematics" in Germany. His writing
includes Proofs from THE BOOK, which has been published in
14 different languages by now. 





Anton Zorich is a professor at the Institut de Mathématiques
de Jussieu  Paris Rive Gauche. He has been a guest professor at
IHES and the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn. Zorich
made a deep contribution to the theory of closed geodesics on flat
surfaces  the topic important for studing various dynamical
system, including celestial mechanics. In 2006, he was an invited
speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians, where he
presented his results about geodesics on flat surfaces. Anton
Zorich's range of interests include dynamical systems, geometric
and algebraic topology, combinatorics. 



