Dr. Aurélien Lucchi has been appointed Assistant Professor (with tenure track) of Data Analytics Systems at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science by the President’s Board of the University of Basel. Dr. Lucchi is French and he received his PhD in Computer Science from EPF Lausanne in 2014 with the thesis "Learning discriminative features and Structured Models for Segmentation in Microscopy and Natural Images" in collaboration with neuroscientists to develop algorithms for the analysis of large-scale electron microscopy data. His research focuses on machine learning, stochastic optimization and deep learning.

Dr. Lucchi has been a senior researcher at the Institute for Machine Learning at ETH Zurich since 2018, where he led several projects in the area of optimization for machine learning and generative models, as well as various applied projects in cosmology, quantum computing and environmental engineering. He created and led a consulting service to help research groups at ETH Zurich apply machine learning. He has previously worked as a research intern at Microsoft and Google. He will join the University of Basel on 1 January 2022.

You can find the full announcement from the University of Basel «New professorships in data analysis, musicology and pharmacy» here.

]]>The main part of the ceremony will be the honoring of the graduates from the master programs Mathematics, Computer Science and Actuarial Science. There will also be a talk and the ceremony will hopefully be rounded off with an aperitif in the beautiful garden of the ZLF.

The invitations were sent out by post in June.

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Anyone, who devours Ulysses in his or her spare time, raves about the "magic" of mathematical equations, and spends years solving problems that 99.9% of the population is not even aware exist – yes, such a person must face the question: "Are you a nerd?" Gabriel Dill takes his time to respond, searching for words to respond seriously and adequately. "I can get very excited about abstract questions, get into topics that are far removed from reality," he says finally. However, the term "nerd" is somewhat clichéd.

On the contrary, "Mathematics is something very social," Dill points out. "You are constantly exchanging ideas with other people." For example, in the "Bernoulli's Round Table", which he co-organised: a platform for doctoral students to give talks to each other about their areas of expertise. "It makes you think outside the box," Dill says. Even though this round table naturally constitutes like-minded people, who, like Dill, like to puzzle, "brainstorm", pose and solve problems that do not tend to arise in real life.

Gabriel Dill also addressed such a problem in his dissertation at the Number Theory Research Group of Prof. Philipp Habegger at the University of Basel. It is about a subfield of number theory called "Diophantine geometry". Diophantus of Alexandria was a mathematician of ancient times and is considered one of the founders of algebra and number theory. The "Diophantine equations", for which one searches for special (for example, integer) solutions, are named after him. One question might be: which integers are areas of right triangles with rational side lengths? In turn, "Diophantine geometry" uses the geometry of objects defined by Diophantine equations to solve the equations. A famous supposition that has so far been only partially proved establishes a connection between geometry and arithmetic. Dill proved this supposition in certain special cases in his dissertation.

For the uninitiated, it is hard to understand the world. For the initiated, on the other hand, it is clear: Dill's dissertation is "ambitious, technically versatile and contains original ideas," writes the jury. "The award is a great joy for me," says the 27-year-old. "I am proud of my dissertation and felt I did a good job." To others, this might sound arrogant and smug. Not so with Gabriel Dill: In conversation, it becomes clear that he is not driven by a desire for recognition or competition. He is, so to speak, the prototype of an intrinsically motivated person.

Growing up in Basel with a brother 6 years younger, he discovered his penchant for intellectual challenges at an early age. In grammar school, he took Latin and Greek, following the footsteps of his parents. His matriculation project thesis was based on the model of Seneca's lampoon on Emperor Claudius. It was the time when Berlusconi made headlines with his "bunga bunga" excesses. A good opportunity for the high school graduate, who wrote his satire on the would-be Roman emperor bilingually in German and Latin. When he recalls it today, something flashes in Dill's eyes, and one senses what thieving pleasure this work must have given him.

Although it may seem today that Gabriel Dill lives only for the mathematical universe, there is also a world outside for him. He played the violin intensively until moving to Oxford, where he is doing postdoctoral research until next spring. He is a member of the Juso Basel, enjoys hiking and loves creative writing.

One may think of Gabriel Dill as a happy person. A kind of philosopher who has not forgotten childlike wonder. "Actually, mathematics is a language that understands and explains many natural phenomena," he explains, echoing the definition of mathematics as an "auxiliary science." But he goes on: "You can also just explore this language as a universe unto itself."

**This text originally appeared on the website of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT).**

Since 2018, the Day of Women in Mathematics has been celebrated on May 12th. The date goes back to the birthday of the Iranian mathematician and Fields Medalist Maryam Mirzakhani. In 2014 Mirzakhani was the first woman and first Iranian to receive a Fields Medal for “outstanding contributions to the geometry and dynamics of Riemann surfaces and their modular spaces”. The Fields Medal is considered the highest honor in Mathematics. Mirzakhani passed away in 2017.

At the University of Basel, all students - regardless of their gender and origin - have equal rights since 1937. In many degree programs, women and men are represented equally and in some fields, women are now in the majority. However, women are still underrepresented in Science and higher academic positions in comparison to their male colleagues.

At the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, there are currently two female professors in the section of Mathematics: Prof. Moffa and Prof. Saffirio in the fields of Statistical Science and Mathematical Physics. In addition, there are university lecturers Dr. Annette A'Campo and Dr. Christine Zehren, as well as currently five doctoral students.

Students and doctoral students in the field of Mathematics at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science are committed to doing their part in getting children of school age interested in Mathematics and Science and encouraging them to follow their curiosity. As part of the Wissensbox project, they regularly visit schools under the motto “Mathematics to touch”.

**Further information**

As part of the International Day of Women in Mathematics, events are held annually in various countries around the world. Further information can be found on the May 12 website.

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