Olivier Bernardi

Brandeis University, Department of Mathematics, Goldsmith 301 -- MS 050
415 South Street, Waltham, MA 02453, USA

Phone: 781 736 3061
email: bernardi at brandeis.edu

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I am an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Brandeis University.

I did my undergraduate studies at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, and my Ph.D. in Bordeaux under the supervision of Mireille Bousquet-Mélou. I then spent one year at the CRM-Barcelona for the thematic program Enumerative Combinatorics and Random Structures organized by Marc Noy and Dominic Welsh. In 2007 I got hired by the CNRS, and spent two years at Université Paris-Sud in Orsay. I then took a leave from the CNRS to become Instructor of Applied Mathematics at MIT before joining Brandeis University in 2012.

My main research interests are in combinatorics and probability. I study (and solve!) problems coming from mathematical physics, computer science and algebra. One of my favorite topics is the combinatorics of maps (graphs embedded in surfaces). Maps are important mathematical structures which appear in a wide variety of contexts: statistical mechanics, random surface theory (2D quantum gravity), representation theory, graph theory, and computer science (see here for references about maps). In my research hours, I often try to find convenient encodings of maps by simpler mathematical structures (lattice paths, trees) in order to answer important open questions about maps.

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