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Successful autumn (02.12.2020)

During the last weeks, our IMPRS students Tim Seynnaeve, Paul Görlach, Konstantinos Zemas and Orlando Marigliano successfully defended their dissertations at the University of Leipzig. We are very proud and happy that all of them already left us for attractive academic Postdoc positions. Congratulations!

Dr. Tim Seynnaeve
Defense on October 28, 2020
Tim is now working at the Mathematical Institute of the University of Bern, Switzerland.
Thesis “Algebraic geometry for tensor networks, matrix multiplication, and flag matroids”
Advisors: Dr. Mateusz Michałek


The first part of Tim’s thesis is focused on tensors from an algebro-geometric point of view. He studies the geometry matrix product states, certain tensor arising in quantum information theory. Furthermore, by using methods from representation theory he contributes towards determining the complexity of matrix multiplication. In the second part of his thesis Tim investigates matroids, which are central to modern combinatorics. He reviews a beautiful connection between matroids (combinatorial objects) and Grassmannians (geometric objects), and generalizes it to flag matroids and flag varieties.

Dr. Paul Görlach
Defense on November 10, 2020
Paul is now working at the Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany.
Thesis “Projective geometry, toric algebra and tropical computations”
Advisors: Prof. Bernd Sturmfels and Dr. Mateusz Michałek


The thesis is centered around the interplay of projective geometry with combinatorial structures from toric and tropical algebra. It studies low-dimensional injections of projective varieties, corresponding to a dimensionality reduction technique in polynomial system solving. Moreover, it advances computational methods in tropical geometry and uses them to study degenerations of algebraic families to toric settings.

Dr. Konstantinos Zemas
Defense on November 11, 2020
Konstantinos is now working at the Department of Mathematics of Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany.
Thesis “Geometric rigidity estimates for isometric and conformal maps from \(\mathbb{S}^{n-1}\) to \(\mathbb{R}^n\)”
Advisor: Prof. Stephan Luckhaus


The goal of this thesis is the study of qualitative as well as quantitative stability aspects of isometric and conformal maps from \(\mathbb{S}^{n-1}\) to \(\mathbb{R}^n\). Motivated by the classical rigidity theorem of Liouville on the one hand, and the abundance of such maps in this “codimension-one” setting on the other, stability of rigid motions (respectively Möbius transformations) among maps from \(\mathbb{S}^{n-1}\) to \(\mathbb{R}^n\) is obtained in terms of appropriately defined deficits. Unlike results similar in flavor for maps defined on domains of \(\mathbb{R}^n\) and mapping into \(\mathbb{R}^n\), not only an isometric (respectively conformal) deficit is necessary in this more flexible setting, but also a deficit measuring how much the maps distort \(\mathbb{S}^{n-1}\). The latter is phrased in terms of an isoperimetric type of deficit associated to the maps in consideration.

Dr. Orlando Marigliano
Defense on November 25, 2020
Orlando is now working at the Math Data Lab at KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm, Sweden.
Thesis “The Algebraic Statistics of Sampling, Likelihood, and Regression”
Advisors: Prof. Bernd Sturmfels and Dr. Christiane Görgen


Orlando's thesis is about statistical models and algebraic varieties. Algebraic Statistics unites these two concepts, turning algebraic structure into statistical insight. The thesis features three types of models that have such an algebraic structure: Linear Gaussian covariance models, Discrete models with rational maximum likelihood estimator, and algebraic manifolds. Orlando closes his thesis with a chapter on mathematics in the sciences featuring case studies from soil ecology and nonparametric statistics.

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