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Pablo Neruda - Odas elementales
I am an Instructor in Applied Mathematics at
MIT, on leave from
the
CNRS (France).
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 Special
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, before taking a leave at MIT.
My main research interests are in combinatorics and probability. One of my favorite topics is the combinatorics of
maps (graphs embedded in surfaces). Maps actually appear in a wide variety of contexts: statistical mechanics on random lattices, random matrices, random surfaces, representation theory of the symmetric group, graph theory, algorithms for drawing graphs, encoding of meshes. Bijections between maps and certain decorated plane trees are at the core of recent advances in these domains.