Curriculum Vitae - Catherine Meusburger

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Prof. Dr. Catherine Meusburger

Department Mathematik
FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
Cauerstr. 11

91058 Erlangen
Germany
Room: 01.336

Email: catherine.meusburger@math.uni-erlangen.de
Phone: +49 9131 85-67034
Fax: +49 9131 85-67036
Office hours: Mittwoch: 16.30 - 17.30 Uhr

Academic positions

Since April 2011 Professor (W2), Department of Mathematics, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany
April 2009-April 2011 Emmy Noether Junior Research Group leader, Department of Mathematics, Hamburg University, Hamburg, Germany
Oct. 2008-March 2009 Marie Curie Intra European Research Fellow, Quantum Gravity Group, School of Mathematical Sciences, The University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
Oct. 2004-Sept. 2008 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Education

Jan. 2002-Aug. 2004 PhD, Department of Mathematics, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
  • Thesis: Phase space and quantisation of (2+1)-dimensional gravity in the Chern-Simons formulation
  • Supervisor: Dr B J Schroers
Oct. 1996-Nov. 2001 Physics diploma course Physik Diplom, Department of Physics, Freiburg University, Freiburg, Germany
  • Grade: Excellent with Distinction (1.0, Sehr gut mit Auszeichnung)
  • Diploma Thesis: The Quantisation of the algebra of invariants of the closed bosonic Nambu-Goto-String using a concrete realization
  • Supervisor: Prof. Dr. K. Pohlmeyer
Sept. 1999-May 2000 Physics and Mathematics courses at the Université Paris Sud (Paris XI), Orsay, France, as an ERASMUS student
Sept. 1989-June 1996 Secondary School (Gymnasium), Kurfürst-Friedrich Gymnasium, Heidelberg, Germany

Projects, Prizes and Scholarships

since Jan. 2015 Member and German vice representative of the COST network MP1405 Quantum structure of spacetime (QSPACE)
Jan. 2014-Dec. 2016 Investigator, project MTM2013-43820-P Quantum groups, Poisson-Lie symmetries and integrable systems, Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (Spain), with Ballesteros, Herranz, Campoamor, Ragnisco
Jan. 2012-Dec 2015 Emerging Fields Project Quantum Geometry, with Profs Giesel, Mecke, Neeb, Sahlmann, Thiemann
Oct. 2011 Funding for the Workshop on Representation Theoretical and Categorical Structures in Quantum Geometry and Conformal Field Theory,
from the European Science Foundation and the DFG priority programme 1388 in Representation theory
Jan. 2011 - Sept. 2014 Investigator, project MTM2010-18556 New classical and quantum integrable models: symmetries and nonlinear dynamics, Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovacio ́n (Spain), with Profs Ballesteros, Herranz, Campoamor, Ragnisco
July 2009 - April 2011 Principal investigator in the Research Training Group GRK 1670: Mathematics Inspired by String Theory and Quantum Field Theory, Hamburg University
April 2009 Emmy Noether Fellowship, German Research Foundation
Oct. 2008-March 2009 Marie Curie Intra-European Research Fellowship
Jan. 2002-June 2004 PhD-grant of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes)
Oct. 2002 Gustav Mie-Preis 2002, prize for the best physics diploma thesis of the academic year 2001/2002 at Freiburg University
April 1997-Oct. 2001 Undergraduate scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes)
June 1996 Prize of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Education for the best high school diploma (Abitur) of the German state Baden Württemberg

Supervision


PhD theses

July 2010 - Sept. 2013 Gregor Schaumann, Summa cum Laude
Duals in tricategories and in the tricategory of bimodule categories
May 2009 - Nov. 2012 Torsten Schönfeld, Magna cum Laude
Gauge fixing and classical dynamical r-matrices in (2+1)-gravity

Master theses

April 2014 Eva-Maria Huth: Fuchsian groups from Fenchel-Nielsen coordinates
Roland Schnellhammer: Fundamental domains of arithmetic Fuchsian groups
March 2016Alexander Spies: Poisson Structures on Fat Graphs and Poisson-Lie Group Actions

Bachelor theses

  • Peter Guthmann: The Jones-Kauffman Polynomial
  • Sebastain Halbig: The Burau representation of the braid group
  • Philipp Karg: Invariants of Knots and Links
  • Stefan Nekovar: Measurements of Lightrays in the (2+1)-dimensional Torus Universe
  • Andreas Räthe: Field Constructions with Origami
  • Theresa Schmid: Basic Representation theory of bialgebras and Hopf algebras
  • Alexander Spies: Braided tensor categories
  • Florian Unger: Artin's Braid group
  • Thomas Voss: The Alexander-Conway Polynomial
  • Clemens Weiske: Knots and links as closures of braids

Teaching

see my Teaching page

Organisation of Workshops and Conferences

Aug. 21-28 2016 Scientific Organising Committee, Training School Quantum Structure of Spacetime and Gravity, University of Belgrade, Serbia, COST network QSPACE.
July 25-29 2016 Parallel Session Symmetries in classical and quantum gravity, workshop Classical and quantum symmetries in mathematics and physics, University of Jena, Germany.
Sept. 15-18 2014 Third Erlangen Fall School on Quantum Geometry , University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, together with K.-H.Neeb and C. Scarinci.
March 4-6, 2014 Workshop Structures on Tensor Categories and Topological Field Theories , University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, together with C. Schweigert.
Oct. 7-11, 2013 Second Erlangen Fall School on Quantum Geometry , University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, together with K. Giesel, K. Mecke, K.-H. Neeb, H. Sahlmann and T. Thiemann.
Oct. 8-12, 2012 First Erlangen Fall School on Quantum Geometry , University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, together with K. Giesel, K. Mecke, K.-H. Neeb,H. Sahlmann T. Thiemann and S. Waldmann.
Sept. 11-14, 2012 Workshop From Poisson to String Geometry, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, together with T. Nikolaus, U. Penning C. Schweigert and C. Wockel.
Aug. 27-31 2012 Workshop New perspectives in topological field theories, Hamburg, together with I. Runkel, C. Schweigert, J. Teschner, C. Wockel.
July 10-14 2012 Parallel Session Geometry and Topology in (Quantum) Gravity, Conference QQQ: 3 Quantum: Algebra, Geometry and Information, in Tallinn, Estonia.
Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2011 Workshop on Representation Theoretical and Categorical Structures in Quantum Geometry and Conformal Field Theory, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, together with C. Schweigert.

Public Outreach

Oct 19 2013 Talks and workshop at the local science festival Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften
March 2 2013 Talk on knot theory for high-school teachers and pupils, Tag der Mathematik 2013, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
Sept. 2011 - June 2012 Schülerzirkel Mathematik, Department of Mathematics, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, together with Together with A. Knauf and H. Schulz-Baldes
Aug. 2008 Participation in the organisation of the ISSYP Summer School for high school students, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Service for the community

since May 2016 Mentor (Vertrauensdozentin), German Academic Scholarship Foundation
(Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes)
since May 2015 German vice representative of the COST network MP1405 Quantum structure of spacetime (QSPACE), Member of the STSM panel, Webadmin
since April 2014 Member of the selection committee, German Academic Scholarship Foundation
(Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, Auswahlausschuss Hochschulauswahl)

Talks at Workshops and Conferences

Aug. 21-28, 2016 Training School Quantum Structure of Spacetime and Gravity, COST network QSPACE, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Lecture Series on 3d gravity
July 26, 2016 Workshop Classical and quantum symmetries in mathematics and physics , University of Jena, Germany
Hopf algebra symmetries in 3d gravity
July 8, 2016 Workshop Modelling Topological Phases of Matter: TQFT, HQFT, premodular and higher categories, Yetter-Drinfeld and crossed modules in disguise , University of Leeds, UK
Kitaev lattice models as a Hopf algebra gauge theory
April 27-28, 2016 Workshop QG^2: Quantum Groups in Quantum Gravity, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada:
Lecture Series: Mathematical approaches to 3d gravity
Feb. 10 2016 Conference Quantum Spacetime ’16, COST network QSPACE, Zakopane, Poland:
Hopf algebra gauge theories and Kitaev models
Jan. 15 2016 Workshop Colored Graphs and Random Tensors, LPT, Université Paris Sud, Orsay, France
Hopf algebras and ribbon graphs
Oct. 22 2015 Higher topological quantum field theory and categorical quantum mechanics, ESI, Vienna:
Gray categories with duals and their diagrammatical description
Sept. 26 2015 Workshop on Noncommutative Field Theory and Gravity, Corfu, Greece:
Hopf algebra gauge theory and Kitaev lattice models
June 26 2015 4th Seminar on Conformal Field theory , Fachbereich Mathematik, Darmstadt, Germany:
Hopf algebra gauge theory from Kitaev lattice models
June 11 2015 2015 AMS-EMS-SPM International Meeting, Universidade de Porto, Porto, Portugal:
Topological lattice models as quantum gauge theories
June 12-14 2014 Workshop 93e rencontre entre mathématiciens et physiciens théoriciens : Riemann, la topologie et la physique , IRMA, Strasbourg, France:
Generalised shear coordinates on moduli spaces of (2+1)-spacetimes
Feb 17-21 2014 Workshop Modern trends in topological quantum field theory, ESI, Vienna, Austria:
Diagrams for Gray categories with duals
Aug. 19-23 2013 Workshop on 3d gravity, Department of Physics, University of Wroclaw, Poland:
Dynamical classical r-matrices in 3d gravity
Sept. 20-22 2012 90è rencontre entre physiciens théoriciens et mathématiciens: Lie et Klein; le programme d’Erlangen et son impact en physique et en mathématique, IRMA, Strasbourg, France:
Dirac gauge fixing and dynamical classical r-matrix symmetries in (2+1)-gravity
Aug. 30 - Sept. 1 2012 XXI International Fall Workshop on Geometry and Physics, Burgos, Spain:
Gauge fixing and dynamical r-matrices in Chern-Simons theory
Sept. 7-11 2011 Workshop on Noncommutative Field Theory and Gravity, Corfu, Greece :
Gauge fixing and dynamical r-matrices in (2+1)-gravity
June 16-18 2011 Conference 87e rencontre entre physiciens théoriciens et mathématiciens : Géométrie de Lorentz en mathématiques et en physique, IRMA, Strasbourg, France:
Causality in 3d-spacetimes with particles
March 30 2011 Main lecture (Hauptvortrag) at the DPG spring meeting 2011, KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany:
Geometry and Observables in 3- dimensional (Quantum-) Gravity
Sept. 22- 25 2010 Conference Geometry and Physics in Cracow, Jagiellonian University of Cracow, Cracow, Poland:
Observables for 3d gravity from higher categories
Sept. 21 2010 Workshop CLP 7 - Categories, Logics and Physics, School of Computer Science, The University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK:
Higher categories and observables for generalised Turaev-Viro models
Sept. 16-18 2010 Walkshop on Mathematical Physics, Fakultät für Mathematik und Informatik, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena, Germany:
Global geometry of Lorentzian 3-manifolds via lightlike geodesics
Sept. 6- 10 2010 Workshop on Quantum Groups, Université de Caen Basse-Normandie, Caen, France:
Quantum group symmetries and the torus universe
May 14 - 17 2010 Workshop Noncommutativity and Physics: Spacetime Quantum Geometry, Bayrischzell, Germany:
Observables for quantum gravity from higher categories
April 28 - 30 2010 Workshop Géodycauserie III: Analysis, Geometry and Dynamics on Lorentz manifolds, Geodycos Network, ENS Lyon, France:
Observers, time and measurements in 3d gravity
April 8 - 10 2010 Workshop QG10, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany:
Gauge fixing and dynamical quantum group symmetries in (2+1)-gravity
Dec. 11-12 2009 Workshop Géodycauserie II: Spacetimes with particles, Geodycos Network, Université d'Avignon, France:
Observables associated to constant curvature spacetimes
Dec. 5 - 6 2009 Transformation groups and Mathematical Physics, Universität Hamburg, Germany:
Global geometry of Lorentzian 3-manifolds via lightlike geodesics
Sept. 13-20 2009 2nd School and Workshop on Quantum Gravity and Quantum Geometry, Corfu, Greece:
Geometry and observables in (2+1)-gravity
Aug. 3 - 7 2009 Chern-Simons Gauge Theory: 20 years after, Hausdorff Center for Mathematics, Bonn, Germany
Getting Physics from (2+1)-gravity: What does an observer in 3d gravity see?
June 29-July 3 2009 XXV Max Born Symposium: The Planck Scale, The University of Wroclaw, Wroclaw, Poland:
Getting Physics from (2+1)-gravity: measurements via lightrays
April 14-24 2009 Workshop on Gravity in Three Dimensions, Erwin Schrödinger International Institute for Mathematical Physics (ESI), Vienna, Austria:
Cosmological measurements, time, and observables in (2+1)-gravity
July 7-11 2008 Workshop on Noncommutative Deformations of Special Relativity, ICMS, Edinburgh, UK:
Quantum double and kappa-Poincaré symmetries in (2+1)-gravity and Chern-Simons theory
June 30 - July 4 2008 Conference QG2 2008: Quantum Geometry and Quantum Gravity, The University of Nottingham, UK:
3d loop quantum gravity and combinatorial quantisation
June 4-7 2008 Conference Theory Canada 4, Centre de Recherches Mathématiques, Montreal, Canada:
Quantum double and kappa-Poincaré symmetries in 3d gravity and Chern-Simons theory
June 25-30 2007 Conference Loops 07, Morelia, Mexico:
The cosmological constant in 3d gravity: towards a unified approach
Sept. 3-15 2006 Workshop Noncommutative Geometry and Physics: Fundamental Structure of Space and Time, Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, UK:
(2+1)-dimensional gravity in the geometrical and in the Chern-Simons formulation
Oct. 10-14 2005 Conference Loops '05, Max Planck Institut für Gravitationsphysik, Golm, Germany:
Grafting and Poisson structure in (2+1)-gravity with Lambda=0
Sept. 2-11 2005 Workshop Classical and quantum gravity in 3 dimensions, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy:
Grafting and Poisson structure in (2+1)-gravity with Lambda=0
Oct. 28-31 2004 Workshop Quantum Gravity in the Americas, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Canada:
Phase space and Quantization of (2+1)-dimensional gravity in the Chern-Simons formulation
June 30-July 4 2003 Workshop Geometry and physics of three-dimensional quantum gravity, ICMS, Edinburgh, UK:
On the quantisation of (2+1)-dimensional gravity in the Chern- Simons formulation

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Invited Seminar Talks and Research Visits

Jan. 21 2016 RTG 1493: Mathematical Structures in Modern Quantum Physics, Department of Mathematics, University of Göttingen, Göttingen , Germany:
Hopf algebra gauge theory on ribbon graphs
June 25 2015 Mathematical Physics Group, University of Burgos, Burgos , Spain:
Hopf algebra gauge theory
June 25 2015 Department of Mathematics, Hamburg University, Hamburg, Germany:
Hopf algebra gauge theory on a ribbon graph
June 3 2015 Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, Bonn, Germany:
Hopf algebra gauge theory from lattice models
May 4 2015 Séminaire Quantique, IRMA, Université de Strabourg, France:
Hopf algebra gauge theory from lattice models
Sept. 24 2014 Mathematical Physics Group, University of Burgos, Burgos , Spain:
On moduli spaces of 3D spacetimes
Sept. 24 2013 Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, Stony Brook University, USA:
Diagrams for Gray categories with duals
July 30 2013 Mathematical Physics Group, University of Burgos, Spain:
Drinfeld doubles in 3d gravity
July 23 2013 Symposium Current Topics in Mathematical Physics, University of Heidelberg, Germany: Quantum geometry and Teichmüller theory
May 17 2013 Department of Mathematics, Hamburg University, Germany:
Gray categories with duals and their diagrams
February 19 2013 Séminaire "Groupes de Lie et espaces des modules" , Section des Mathématiques, University of Geneva, Switzerland:
Gauge fixing for the moduli space of flat ISO(2,1)-connections
January 14 2013 Born-Hilbert Seminar, Department of Mathematics, University of Göttingen, Germany:
Gray categories with duals and their diagrams
December 18 2012 Department of Mathematics, University of Marburg, Germany:
Dynamische r-Matrizen aus eichfixierten Chern-Simons Theorien
April 1 2011 Department of Mathematics, University of Bielefeld, Germany:
Erweiterte Invarianten von Drei-Mannigfaltigkeiten aus der Darstellungstheorie von Hopf Algebren
Nov. 24 2010 Department of Mathematics, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany:
Erweiterte Invarianten von Drei-Mannigfaltigkeiten aus der Darstellungstheorie von Hopf Algebren
Oct. 20 2010 Department of Physics, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany:
Quantengravitation in drei Raumzeitdimensionen
June 29 2010 Seminar on fundamental interactions, Fakultät für Physik, Universität Freiburg, Germany:
Gauge fixing and observables in (2+1)-dimensional gravity
June 15 2010 Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Burgos, Spain:
Dynamical quantum group symmetries in (2+1)-gravity
Jan. 18-24 2010 Faculty of Physics, The University of Warsaw, Poland:
1. Observables and geometry in (2+1)-gravity
2. Spacetime geometry and measurements in (2+1)-gravity
3. Quantum group and Hopf algebra symmetries in (2+1)-gravity
June 8-9 2009 Department of Mathematics, UC Davis, CA, USA:
Part I: Introduction to Observables in Three Dimensional Quantum Gravity
Part II: Observables in Three Dimensional Quantum Gravity
March 3 2009 Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Burgos, Spain:
Measurements and spacetime geometry in (2+1)-dimensional gravity
Jan. 23 2009 Centre de Physique Théorique, Luminy, Marseille, France:
Measurements via returning lightrays: Time, observables and geometry in vacuum (2+1)-gravity
Jan. 21 2009 Laboratoire de Mathématiques et de Physique Théorique, Université de Tours, France:
Time, measurements and observables in Lorentzian (2+1)-gravity
Dec. 22 2008 Spinoza Institute, Utrecht University, Netherlands:
Time, measurements and observables in Lorentzian (2+1)-gravity
July 25 2008 Dipartimento di Matematica, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy:
Flat Three-dimensional Lorentz spacetimes from the physics perspective
May 27 2008 Department of Mathematics, University of York, UK:
(2+1)-gravity as a toy model for quantum gravity
May 22 2008 Department of Mathematical Physics, NUI Maynooth, Maynooth Ireland:
Quantum Gravity in (2+1) dimensions
May 16 2008 Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada:
3d gravity as a toy model for quantum gravity
April 24 2008 Field Theory and gravitation group Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, UNAM, Mexico:
Geometry and Wilson loops in (2+1)-dimensional gravity
Jan. 23 2008 Laboratoire de Mathématiques et de Physique Théorique, Université de Tours, France:
Geometrical (2+1)-gravity and the Chern-Simons formulation: spacetime geometry, physical observables and the cosmological constant
Jan. 11-12 2008 Courant Colloquium, Courant Research Center, University of Göttingen, Germany:
Geometrical (2+1)-gravity and the Chern-Simons formulation: spacetime geometry, physical observables and the cosmological constant
Dec. 19 2007 String theory seminar, DESY string theory group, Hamburg, Germany:
Geometrical (2+1)-dimensional gravity and the Chern-Simons formulation: spacetime geometry and physical observables
Dec. 7 2007 Mathematical Physics Seminar, Centro de Matematica da Universidade do Porto, Portugal:
Observables and spactime geometry in (2+1)-dimensional gravity
May 14 2007 Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Astroparticules, Université Montpellier 2, France:
The cosmological constant in 3d gravity: towards a unified approach
May 4 2007 Centre de Physique Théorique, Luminy, Marseille, France:
The cosmological constant in 3d gravity: towards a unified approach
March 21 2007 Gravity and particles seminar, School of mathematical Sciences, The University of Nottingham, UK:
A unified approach to 3d gravity: the cosmological constant as a deformation parameter
Dec. 13 2006 Max Planck Institut für Gravitationsphysik, Golm, Germany:
Observables and spacetime geometry in (2+1)-dimensional gravity
Dec 2005-Feb 2006 Scientific visitor at the Max Planck Institut für Gravitationsphysik, Golm, Germany
Jan 19 2004 Spinoza Institute, Utrecht University, Netherlands:
Phase space and Quantization of (2+1)-dimensional gravity in the Chern-Simons formulation
Jan. 9 2004 Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Canada:
Phase space and Quantization of (2+1)-dimensional gravity in the Chern-Simons formulation
March 15 2003 North British Mathematical Physics Seminar, York, UK:
Poisson structure and symmetry in the Chern-Simons formulation of (2+1)-dimensional gravity
Dec. 20 2002 Seminar on Fundamental Interactions, Department of Physics, Freiburg University, Germany:
The phase space of (2+1)-dimensional gravity as a Chern-Simons gauge theory
Dec. 16 2001 Max Planck Institut für Gravitationsphysik, Golm, Germany:
Algebraic quantization of the closed, bosonic string
Sept. 24 2001 Edinburgh Mathematical Physics Group Seminar, Edinburgh, UK:
Algebraic quantization of the closed, bosonic string

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