Curriculum Vitae

SHORT BIO

Frank Vallentin is a professor of applied mathematics and computer science at Universität zu Köln. In 2003 he received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Technische Universität München. Past appointments include assistant and associate professor at Technische Universiteit Delft, postdoc at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica in Amsterdam and postdoc at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research interests include optimization, geometry, discrete and experimental mathematics.

CV

1972 born in Eslohe (Sauerland)
1992 Abitur Rivius Gymnasium Attendorn
1993-2000 Student in mathematics and computer science at University of Dortmund, Germany (with Rudolf Scharlau, Ingo Wegener)
2000-2001 Ph.D. student at ETH Zurich, Switzerland
2001-2003 Ph.D. student at Technical University Munich, Germany (with Jürgen Richter-Gebert)
2003-2005 Postdoc at The Edmund Landau Center for Research in Mathematical Analysis and Related Areas, Hebrew University Jerusalem, Israel
(with Gil Kalai)
2005-2009 Postdoc at the research group Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization, CWI, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (with Monique Laurent, Lex Schrijver)
2009-2011 Assistant professor at the research group of Optimization and System Theory, Delft Institute of Applied Mathematics, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
2012-2013 Associate professor at the research group of Optimization and System Theory, Delft Institute of Applied Mathematics, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
2009-2013 Researcher at the research group Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization, CWI, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (one-day per week appointment)
2013-2015 One-day per week appointment at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
2013-present Full professor (W3) for applied mathematics and computer science, Mathematical Institute, University of Cologne, Germany

FELLOWSHIPS, VISITS

April 2007-May 2007 Combinatorics of Polytopes and Complexes: Relations with Topology and Algebra, Institute of Advanced Studies, Jerusalem, Israel
September 2007 Visiting professor at the University of Bordeaux, France
February 2008-April 2008 Computational Mathematics, Hausdorff Research Institute for Mathematics, Bonn, Germany
May 2009 Research in Pairs, Oberwolfach, Germany
October 2009-November 2009 core member of special semester Combinatorics: Methods and Applications in Mathematics and Computer Science IPAM, University of California, Los Angeles
September-October 2010 core member of special semester Modern Trends in Optimization and Its Application, IPAM, University of California, Los Angeles
October 2011 Guest lecturer thematic year “Optimization and computer science” at Algorithms & Randomness center, Georgia Tech

GRANTS & AWARDS

2005-2010 project Geometry of Lattices and Algorithms (together with Achill Schürmann) supported by Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft (DFG) with 30,000 EUR.
2010-2015 project Semidefinite programming and harmonic analysis – Foundations and applications supported by the Nederlands Wetenschap Organisatie (NWO) with 800,000 EUR in the framework of NWO Vernieuwingsimpulse, VIDI.
2011 SIAG/Optimization prize (together with Christine Bachoc)

PRIMARY MATHEMATICAL INTERESTS

semidefinite programming, combinatorial optimization, harmonic analysis, discrete geometry, combinatorics, geometry of numbers, special functions, computational complexity, coding and information theory