Curriculum Vitae - Catherine Meusburger
Prof. Dr. Catherine Meusburger
Department Mathematik
Email: catherine.meusburger@math.uni-erlangen.de |
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 |
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Oct. 1996-Nov. 2001 | Physics diploma course Physik Diplom, Department of Physics, Freiburg University, Freiburg, Germany |
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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 |
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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 2016 | Alexander 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
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
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 | 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 |
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 |