I'm an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My research lies at the boundaries of algebraic geometry, geometric representation theory, noncommutative algebra, and mathematical physics (especially integrable systems).
I'm part of an NSF-funded Focused Research Group (FRG)---studying the mathematics of the N=(2,0) superconformal field theories in 6D that arise as limits of the M5-brane theory---with David Ben-Zvi, Dan Freed, Edward Frenkel, Mike Hopkins, Greg Moore, David Nadler, Andy Neitzke, and Constantin Teleman.
Pending Board of Trustees approval, I will be an Associate in UIUC's Center for Advanced Study in Fall, 2014.
In May, 2014 I will be a Simons Visiting Professor at Oberwolfach and Oxford.
In Trinity Term, 2013 I was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford.
In Winter, 2013 I was a Research Professor at MSRI.
In 2013, I received the UIUC Math Department's Distinguished Teaching Award for Tenured Faculty.
In 2009-2010, I was a Helen Corley Petit Scholar in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Illinois.
In December, 2008 I was an NAS-Cinvestav Lecturer in Mexico City.
In 2007-2008 I was a Beckman Fellow in UIUC's Center for Advanced Study.
Click here for the Workshop on D-Bundles and Integrable Hierarchies in Ann Arbor (May, 2007, devoted to my paper with Ben-Zvi with the same title).
I received my PhD from the University of Chicago in June 2000, under the direction of Kevin Corlette. In 2000--2004 I was an assistant professor and NSF postdoctoral fellow at Michigan with Bill Fulton as my NSF supervisor. In spring 2002 I visited MSRI as a postdoctoral fellow.
We hosted a Wall-crossing in Mathematics and Physics workshop in Urbana, May 24-28, 2010.
In March, 2009, David Ben-Zvi and I organized a session of the AMS sectional meeting on Algebraic Geometry, Representation Theory, and Topological Field Theories. Notes are here.
``The motivation for a physicist to study 1-dimensional problems is best illustrated by the story of the man who, returning home late at night after an alcoholic evening, was scanning the ground for his key under a lamppost; he knew, to be sure, that he had dropped it somewhere else, but only under the lamppost was there enough light to conduct a proper search.'' --F. Calogero
Click here for the on-line repository of mathematics, i.e. BZ's notes page.
Click here to access my mathematical genealogy. Students: start clicking on "advisor" and trace it back to Leibniz!
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