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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)

Award Date: 19 Jun 2013

Doctor of Science, University of Namur

Award Date: 31 Oct 2011

Master of Computational Mathematics, University of Namur

Award Date: 29 Jun 2006

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

Award Date: 3 Jun 2003

External positions

Piano teacher, conservatoire de musique de Ciney

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Research Output

  • 94 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
  • 8 Article
  • 5 Conference contribution
  • 1 Chapter (peer-reviewed)

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).

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    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

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    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

    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

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    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

  • Activities

    45e Olympiade Mathématique Belge

    Nicolas Franco (Contributor)

    29 Apr 2020

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

    Télévie 2020

    Nicolas Franco (Contributor)

    4 Mar 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesFestival/Exhibition

    4e rencontre belge de la FIRST LEGO League

    Nicolas Franco (Jury Member)

    11 Jan 2020

    Activity: Examination typesJury

    61e Olympiade Mathématique Internationale

    Nicolas Franco (Contributor)

    1 Sep 201930 Jun 2020

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

    44e Olympiade Mathématique Belge

    Nicolas Franco (Organiser)

    24 Apr 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

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    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

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    Press / Media

    De la corde de piano à la théorie des cordes

    Nicolas Franco

    22/07/16

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment