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Researcher in mathematical physics and professional pianist.

arXiv: franco_n_1

Google Scholar:

Orcid: 0000-0003-1688-8342

ResearcherID: P-8756-2016

Inspire-hep: N.Franco.1

MathSciNet (Mathematical Reviews):

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


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
  • Webmaster of the Belgian Mathematical Olympiad website 


•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)

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

Doctor of Science, University of Namur

Master of Computational Mathematics, University of Namur

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

  • 43 Citations
  • 4 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". IOP Publishing Ltd., 11 p. 012005. (Journal of Physics: Conference Series; vol. 968)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Distance formula
Noncommutative Geometry

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

Open Access
Noncommutative Geometry

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. 14 Nov 2017 (Submitted) proceedings of the 6th International Conference on New Frontiers in Physics (ICNFP 2017). 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


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

Activities 2006 2018

43e Olympiade Mathématique Belge

Franco, N. (Organiser)
18 Apr 2018

Activity: Involvement in school activities

Journal of Mathematical Physics (Journal)

Franco, N. (Referee)
Jan 2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review

2e rencontre belge de la FIRST LEGO League

Franco, N. (Jury Member)
13 Jan 2018

Activity: Jury

Laboratoire de Physique Théorique d'Orsay

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

Activity: Research/Teaching in a external institution

Journal of Physics : Conference Series (Journal)

Franco, N. (Referee)
Nov 2017 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review


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 of Mathematical sciences


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 of Mathematical sciences


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. (Jury) & LACHIEZE-REY, M. (Jury)

Student thesis: Doc typesDoctor of Sciences


Press / Media

De la corde de piano à la théorie des cordes

Nicolas Franco


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment