Personal profile

Areas of expertise

External responsabilities

Awards

Diplomas

Areas of expertise

  • Noncommutative geometry

  • Applications of noncommutative geometry in physics

  • Lorentzian spectral triples

  • Mathematical models of unification theories

  • Quantum gravity

  • Cosmology

External responsabilities

  • Mathematical activities:
  • Member of the Belgian team at the 42nd International Mathematical Olympiad (2001, USA)
  • Member of the national jury of the Belgian Mathematical Olympiad (2005-...)
  • Organizer of the final of the Belgian Mathematical Olympiad (2007-2011, 2016)
  • Organizer and coordinator at the Benelux Mathematical Olympiad (2012)
  • Member of the bureau of the Graduate School in Physics and Astrophysics PANDA (2007-2011)
  • Reviewer for Physical Review Letters, Physical Review D, Journal of Geometry and Physics, Physics Letters B, Universe, and SIGMA
  • Several reviews (12) for MathSciNet
  • Numerous popular science lectures at secondary school

  • International pianist career:
  • Numerous concerts in Belgium
  • Several concerts as participation to academic events
  • Interpretation of Sergei Rachmaninov's 2nd concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders (de Filharmonie) under the direction of Georges Octors.
  • Member of the Belgian Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers (SABAM)
  • CD recording

  • Miscellaneous:
  • Webmaster of the French literature community website http://www.oniris.be
  • Webmaster of the Belgian Mathematical Olympiad website http://omb.sbpm.be 

 

 

Awards

Multiple prize winner at the Belgian Mathematical Olympiad:

- 2nd prize in 1999

- 3rd prize in 2001 and 1996

- 4th prize in 1997

- finalist in 2000 and 1998

Multiple prize winner at the international final of the "Championnat des Jeux Mathématiques et Logiques" in Paris (FFJM):

- 1st prize in 2007 (in the highest category)

- 2nd prize in 2003

- 7th prize in 2002

- 8th prize in 2008 and 2005

International pianist career:

- 1st prize at the Belfius Classics competition, Brussels

- 1st prize at the André Dumortier national piano competition, Leuze-en-Hainaut

- 1st prize at the Andrée Charlier piano competition, Charleroi

- 1st prize at the Excellentia piano competition, Linkebeek

- 1st prize at the EPTA international piano competition, Namur

- 3rd prize at the Jonge Virtuozen piano competition, Antwerpen

- 5th prize and special prize at the Emmanuel Durlet piano competition, Antwerpen

 - Selected for the Queen Elisabeth competition in 2010, Brussels

 

 

Diplomas

•2006 – 2011: University of Namur - Ph.D. in Sciences¿Title: Lorentzian approach to noncommutative geometry
Supervisors: Prof. Dominique Lambert, Prof. Anne Lemaître
Defended on 31st August 2011

•2004 – 2006: University of Namur - M.Sc in Mathematics (first class honors, LPGD)

•2002 – 2004: University of Namur - B.Sc in Mathematics (first class honors, LPGD)

•2002 – 2003: Royal Conservatory of Mons - Chamber music diploma (first prize, 90%) (simultaneously with B.Sc studies)

•2001 – 2002: Royal Conservatory of Mons - Piano diploma (first prize, 88%) 

•1999 – 2000: Royal Conservatory of Liège - Solfège diploma (first prize, 88%) (simultaneously with secondary school studies)

Introduction

Researcher in mathematical physics and professional pianist.

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Work experience:

  • 2015 – 2017: University of Namur, Belgium - postdoctoral researcher and invited lecturer

  • 2016 – 2017: Conservatory of Ciney, Belgium - piano teacher

  • 2015: University of Namur, Belgium - invited lecturer

  • 2014 – 2015: Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland - postdoctoral researcher

  • 2012 – 2014: Copernicus Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Krakow, Poland - postdoctoral researcher

  • 2011 – 2012: University of Namur, Belgium - teaching assistant

  • 2010 – 2011: University of Namur, Belgium - FUNDP research scholarship

  • 2006 – 2010: University of Namur, Belgium - F.R.S.-FNRS research fellow

  • 2005 – 2006: Conservatory of Ciney, Belgium - piano teacher

Education / Academic qualification

Doctor of Science, UNamur institution

External positions

Piano teacher, conservatoire de musique de Ciney

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Projects 2006 2010

Research Output 2009 2017

  • 34 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
  • 8 Article
  • 3 Conference contribution
  • 1 Chapter (peer-reviewed)

The noncommutative geometry of Zitterbewegung

Eckstein, M., Franco, N. & Miller, T. 23 Mar 2017 In : Physical Review D. 061701(R)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Fermions
Model
fermions
Noncommutative geometry
geometry

Metrics and causality on Moyal planes

Franco, N. & Wallet, J-C. Oct 2016 In : Contemporary Mathematics. 676, p. 147-173

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Causality
Metric
Lorentzian geometry
Locally compact space
Noncommutative geometry
3 Citations

Causality in noncommutative two-sheeted space-times

Franco, N. & Eckstein, M. 1 Oct 2015 In : Journal of Geometry and Physics. 96, p. 42-58 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Space-time
Spectral triples
Noncommutative geometry
Dirac operator
Causality

Causal structure for noncommutative geometry

Eckstein, M. & Franco, N. 2015 Frontiers of Fundamental Physics. Proceedings of Science ed. SISSA, Vol. 14, 138

Research output: Contribution in Book/Catalog/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

8 Citations

Exploring the Causal Structures of Almost Commutative Geometries

Franco, N. & Eckstein, M. 28 Jan 2014 In : Symmetry, Integrability and Geometry: Methods and Applications (SIGMA). 10, 010, 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Activities 2006 2017

6th International Conference on New Frontiers in Physics

Franco, N. (Contributor)
19 Aug 201725 Aug 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Universe (Journal)

Franco, N. (Peer reviewer)
6 Feb 2017 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Non-Regular Spacetime Geometry

Franco, N. (Keynote Speaker)
20 Jun 201722 Jun 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Laboratoire de Physique Théorique d'Orsay

Franco, N. (Visiting researcher)
1 Dec 201731 Dec 2017

Activity: Visiting an external academic institution

42e Olympiade Mathématique Belge

Franco, N. (Organiser)
26 Apr 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventInvolvement in school activities

Thesis

Etude des variétés Hilbertiennes et application à la mécanique quantique:

Author: Staelens, F., 27 Jun 2016

Supervisor: Fuzfa, A., Franco, N., Lambert, D. & Henry, V.

Student thesis: Master typesMaster of Mathematical sciences

Lorentzian approach to noncommutative geometry:

Author: Franco, N., 31 Aug 2011

Supervisor: Lambert, D., Lemaitre, A., Fuzfa, A., Carletti, T., MARTINETTI, P. & LACHIEZE-REY, M.

Student thesis: Doc typesDoctor of Sciences

Loop Quantum Gravity:

Author: Franco, N., 2006

Supervisor: Lemaitre, A., Lambert, D., Carletti, T. & Fuzfa, A.

Student thesis: Master typesMaster of Mathematical sciences

Etude des variétés hilbertiennes et application à la mécanique quantique:

Author: Staelens, F., 27 Jun 2016

Supervisor: Fuzfa, A., Franco, N., Lambert, D. & Henry, V.

Student thesis: Master typesMaster of Mathematical sciences

Press / Media

De la corde de piano à la théorie des cordes

Nicolas Franco

22/07/16

1 media contribution

Press / Media: Expert Comment