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Introduction

Researcher in mathematical physics and professional pianist.

arXiv: franco_n_1

Google Scholar: scholar.google.com

Orcid: 0000-0003-1688-8342

ResearcherID: P-8756-2016

Inspire-hep: N.Franco.1

MathSciNet (Mathematical Reviews): www.ams.org/mathscinet

ResearchGate: Nicolas_Franco4

LinkedIn: nicolas-franco-belgium

 

Work experience:

  • 2015 – 2018: University of Namur, Belgium - postdoctoral researcher and invited lecturer

  • 2016 – 2018: 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

Areas of expertise

  • Noncommutative geometry

  • Applications of noncommutative geometry in physics

  • Lorentzian spectral triples

  • Mathematical models of unification theories

  • Quantum gravity

  • Cosmology

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

 

 

External responsibilities

  • 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-...)
  • Reviewer for Physical Review Letters, Physical Review D, Journal of Geometry and Physics, Physics Letters B, Journal of Mathematical Physics, SIGMA, Universe and IOP Conference Series
  • Several reviews (10) for MathSciNet
  • Numerous popular science lectures at secondary school

  • International pianist career:
  • Numerous concerts in Belgium: Juillet Musical d’Aulne, Printemps Musical de Silly, Printemps Musical de Waha, Concerts de midi Bruxelles, deSingel Antwerpen, Middagconcerten Antwerpen, Salle des Roches Rochefort, Festival Musical du Condroz, EPTA, Journées du Patrimoine, Musica aeterna, Cavatine,...
  • Several concerts as participation to academic events:  FNRS quinquennal prizes (Bozar, Brussels), Mathematischer Salon at Hausdorff Research Institute for Mathematics (Bonn), Mixed event music and public science (Krakow Music Academy), Doctor honoris causa ceremony (Namur), Academic opening (Namur), Télévie (Namur),...
  • Interpretation of Sergei Rachmaninov's 2nd concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders (de Filharmonie) under the direction of Georges Octors.
  • CD recording

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

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)

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Music, ARTS2 (Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Mons)

Doctor of Science, University of Namur

Master of Computational Mathematics, University of Namur

Bachelor of Music, ARTS2 (Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Mons)

External positions

Piano teacher, conservatoire de musique de Ciney

1 Sep 2016 → …

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Noncommutative Geometry Mathematics
Spectral Triples Mathematics
Distance formula Mathematics
geometry Physics & Astronomy
Space-time Mathematics
gravitation Physics & Astronomy
metric space Physics & Astronomy
Minkowski space Physics & Astronomy

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Projects 2006 2010

Research Output 2009 2018

  • 84 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
  • 8 Article
  • 5 Conference contribution
  • 1 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
11 Downloads (Pure)

The Lorentzian distance formula in noncommutative geometry

Franco, N., 22 Feb 2018, Proceedings of the meeting "Non-Regular Spacetime Geometry". 1 ed. IOP Publishing Ltd., Vol. 968. 11 p. 012005. (Journal of Physics: Conference Series).

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

Open Access
File
Distance formula
Noncommutative Geometry
Valid
22 Downloads (Pure)

Noncommutative geometry of Zitterbewegung

Eckstein, M., Franco, N. & Miller, T., 23 Mar 2017, In : Physical Review D. 95, 6, 061701.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Noncommutative Geometry
Fermions
fermions
geometry
Tabletop

An algebraic formulation of causality for noncommutative geometry

Franco, N. & Eckstein, M., 7 Jun 2013, In : Classical and Quantum Gravity . 30, 135007, 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

6 Downloads (Pure)

Physical models from noncommutative causality

Franco, N., 3 Aug 2018, proceedings of the 6th International Conference on New Frontiers in Physics (ICNFP 2017). EPJ Web of Conferences ed. EDP Sciences, Vol. 182. 9 p. 02043

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

Open Access
File

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

metric space
Minkowski space
physics
geometry

Activities 2006 2019

44e Olympiade Mathématique Belge

Nicolas Franco (Organiser)
24 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvolvement in school activities

Classical and Quantum Gravity (Journal)

Nicolas Franco (Referee)
Jan 2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Laboratoire de Physique Théorique d'Orsay

Nicolas Franco (Visiting researcher)
1 Dec 201831 Dec 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesResearch/Teaching in a external institution

Séminaire de géométrie et physique mathématique - Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu - Paris 7

Nicolas Franco (Contributor)
30 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

60e Olympiade Mathématique Internationale

Nicolas Franco (Speaker)
1 Sep 201830 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvolvement in school activities

Thesis

Etude des variétés hilbertiennes et application à la mécanique quantique

Author: Staelens, F., 27 Jun 2016

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

Student thesis: Master typesMaster in Mathematics

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Loop Quantum Gravity

Author: Franco, N., 2006

Supervisor: Lemaitre, A. (Supervisor), Lambert, D. (Co-Supervisor), Carletti, T. (Jury) & Fuzfa, A. (Jury)

Student thesis: Master typesMaster in Mathematics

File

Lorentzian approach to noncommutative geometry

Author: Franco, N., 31 Aug 2011

Supervisor: Lambert, D. (Supervisor), Lemaitre, A. (Supervisor), Fuzfa, A. (Jury), Carletti, T. (President), MARTINETTI, P. (External person) (Jury) & LACHIEZE-REY, M. (External person) (Jury)

Student thesis: Doc typesDoctor of Sciences

File

Press / Media

De la corde de piano à la théorie des cordes

Nicolas Franco

22/07/16

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment