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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 (20072011, 2016)
 Organizer and coordinator at the Benelux Mathematical Olympiad (2012)
 Member of the bureau of the Graduate School in Physics and Astrophysics PANDA (20072011)
 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, LeuzeenHainaut
 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.
arXiv: https://arxiv.org/a/franco_n_1.html
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com
Orcid: https://orcid.org/0000000316888342
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Nicolas_Franco4
MathSciNet (Mathematical Reviews): http://www.ams.org/mathscinet
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
LIFE: Looking for life : Extrasolar systems & Protolife models
Carletti, T., Franco, N., Fuzfa, A., Lemaitre, A., Libert, A. & Noyelles, B.
1/01/07 → …
Project: Research
EDYM: LargeScale Structures Formations: EinsteinDiracYangMills Fields
Lambert, D., Lemaitre, A., Franco, N. & Fuzfa, A.
13/09/06 → 30/09/10
Project: PHD
Research Output 2009 2017
The noncommutative geometry of Zitterbewegung
Eckstein, M., Franco, N. & Miller, T. 23 Mar 2017 In : Physical Review D. 061701(R)Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Metrics and causality on Moyal planes
Franco, N. & Wallet, JC. Oct 2016 In : Contemporary Mathematics. 676, p. 147173Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Causality in noncommutative twosheeted spacetimes
Franco, N. & Eckstein, M. 1 Oct 2015 In : Journal of Geometry and Physics. 96, p. 4258 17 p.Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Causal structure for noncommutative geometry
Eckstein, M. & Franco, N. 2015 Frontiers of Fundamental Physics. Proceedings of Science ed. SISSA, Vol. 14, 138Research output: Contribution in Book/Catalog/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution
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 journal › Article
Activities 2006 2017
6th International Conference on New Frontiers in Physics
Franco, N. (Contributor)Activity: Participating in or organising an event › Participation in conference
Universe (Journal)
Franco, N. (Peer reviewer)Activity: Publication peerreview and editorial work › Publication peerreview
NonRegular Spacetime Geometry
Franco, N. (Keynote Speaker)Activity: Participating in or organising an event › Participation in conference
Laboratoire de Physique Théorique d'Orsay
Franco, N. (Visiting researcher)Activity: Visiting an external academic institution
42e Olympiade Mathématique Belge
Franco, N. (Organiser)Activity: Participating in or organising an event › Involvement in school activities
Thesis
Etude des variétés Hilbertiennes et application à la mécanique quantique:
Author: Staelens, F., 27 Jun 2016Supervisor: Fuzfa, A., Franco, N., Lambert, D. & Henry, V.
Student thesis: Master types › Master of Mathematical sciences
Lorentzian approach to noncommutative geometry:
Author: Franco, N., 31 Aug 2011Supervisor: Lambert, D., Lemaitre, A., Fuzfa, A., Carletti, T., MARTINETTI, P. & LACHIEZEREY, M.
Student thesis: Doc types › Doctor of Sciences
Loop Quantum Gravity:
Author: Franco, N., 2006Supervisor: Lemaitre, A., Lambert, D., Carletti, T. & Fuzfa, A.
Student thesis: Master types › Master of Mathematical sciences
Etude des variétés hilbertiennes et application à la mécanique quantique:
Author: Staelens, F., 27 Jun 2016Supervisor: Fuzfa, A., Franco, N., Lambert, D. & Henry, V.
Student thesis: Master types › Master of Mathematical sciences
Press / Media
De la corde de piano à la théorie des cordes
22/07/16
1 media contribution
Press / Media: Expert Comment