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Introduction
Researcher in mathematical physics and professional pianist.
arXiv: franco_n_1
Google Scholar: scholar.google.com
Orcid: 0000000316888342
ResearcherID: P87562016
Inspirehep: N.Franco.1
MathSciNet (Mathematical Reviews): www.ams.org/mathscinet
ResearchGate: Nicolas_Franco4
LinkedIn: nicolasfrancobelgium
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, 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
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)
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
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Projects 2006 2010
LIFE: Looking for life : Extrasolar systems & Protolife models
Carletti, T., Compere, A., D'Hoedt, S., Delsate, N., Dufey, J., 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 2018
The Lorentzian distance formula in noncommutative geometry
Franco, N. 22 Feb 2018 Proceedings of the meeting "NonRegular Spacetime Geometry". IOP Publishing Ltd., 11 p. 012005. (Journal of Physics: Conference Series; vol. 968)Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution
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
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 journal › Article
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 proceeding › Conference contribution
Metrics and causality on Moyal planes
Franco, N. & Wallet, JC. Oct 2016 In : Contemporary Mathematics. 676, p. 147173Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Activities 2006 2018
43e Olympiade Mathématique Belge
Franco, N. (Organiser)Activity: Involvement in school activities
Journal of Mathematical Physics (Journal)
Franco, N. (Referee)Activity: Publication peerreview
Laboratoire de Physique Théorique d'Orsay
Franco, N. (Visiting researcher)Activity: Research/Teaching in a external institution
Journal of Physics : Conference Series (Journal)
Franco, N. (Referee)Activity: Publication peerreview
Thesis
Etude des variétés hilbertiennes et application à la mécanique quantique
Author: Staelens, F., 27 Jun 2016Supervisor: Fuzfa, A. (Supervisor), Franco, N. (Jury), Lambert, D. (Jury) & Henry, V. (Jury)
Student thesis: Master types › Master of Mathematical sciences
Loop Quantum Gravity
Author: Franco, N., 2006Supervisor: Lemaitre, A. (Supervisor), Lambert, D. (CoSupervisor), Carletti, T. (Jury) & Fuzfa, A. (Jury)
Student thesis: Master types › Master of Mathematical sciences
Lorentzian approach to noncommutative geometry
Author: Franco, N., 31 Aug 2011Supervisor: Lambert, D. (Supervisor), Lemaitre, A. (Supervisor), Fuzfa, A. (Jury), Carletti, T. (President), MARTINETTI, P. (Jury) & LACHIEZEREY, M. (Jury)
Student thesis: Doc types › Doctor of Sciences