Professor of Integrable Systems

University of Edinburgh

Harry was born in Edinburgh and grew up in Australia. He was an
undergraduate at Sydney University and obtained his PhD at the
University of Cambridge. He subsequently had a Fellowship at Corpus
Christi College (Cambridge) and postdoctoral positions at the
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Durham University
before coming to Edinburgh in 1990. He has worked in many areas of
mathematical physics over the years with complete integrability
(both in the classical and quantum regimes) a recurring theme. He
has applied his research techniques to a wide range of problems
beyond the horizons of mathematical physics (to problems such as
network design and card shuffling).

Reader in Mathematical Physics

Heriot-Watt University

Anastasia was born and grew up in Greece. She studied Physics as an undergraduate in University of Athens. She got her PhD in Theoretical Physics from University of Miami. She then spent three years as a postdoc in UK (Durham and York), three years in LAPTH, France and two years in University of Bologna, Italy. She then returned to Greece in U. Patras as an assistant Professor. She is now a reader in Heriot-Watt University since 2013. Her research interests are: mathematical physics, statistical physics; in particular quantum and classical integrable models, and quantum groups.

Professor of Mathematics

Heriot-Watt University

Chris has been at Heriot-Watt for over 30 years. He is interested in
solitons and nonlinear wave equations. His work covers pulses in
continuum systems, and on lattices, which approximate soliton behaviour,
both in classical and quantum systems; also systems with exact solutions
that can be studied using techniques from algebraic geometry and
computer algebra.

Professor of Geometric Physics

University of Edinburgh

José was born in Havana, Cuba and raised in
Madrid, Spain. He obtained a BS in Physics from MIT in 1984, with a thesis supervised
by Alan Guth. He obtained a PhD in Theoretical Physics from SUNY
Stony Brook in 1989 under the supervision of Martin Roček. He held
postdoctoral positions in Universiteit Leuven (1989-1991),
Universität Bonn (1991-1993) and Queen Mary and Westfield College
(1993-1998). After one year as a lecturer in Queen Mary, he came to
Edinburgh in 1999. His research interests lie in the mathematical
aspects of supersymmetry, gauge theories, (super)gravity and string
theory. He has also worked on conformal field theory and integrable
systems and has even dabbled in knot theory to pass the time.

Assistant Professor and Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow

Heriot-Watt University

Lotte was born in the Netherlands. She
studied mathematics and physics at the University of Utrecht and
obtained her PhD in string theory in 2009 at the University of
Amsterdam. She subsequently moved to Caltech as a postdoctoral
fellow, and to Oxford as a research fellow. Lotte's research is on
the interface of quantum physics and mathematics. On the physics
side it involves questions from gauge theory and string theory. On
the mathematics side there are often deep relations to geometry,
topology and algebra.

Professor of Mathematical Physics

Heriot-Watt University

Des Johnston grew up in Belfast and studied physics as an
undergraduate at Trinity College, Cambridge before getting a PhD in
Theoretical physics from Imperial College, London in 1986. He then
spent three and a half years as a postdoc in LPTHE (now LPT) Orsay,
France (1986-7), Caltech (1987-9) and the Free University of Berlin
(1989-90)- just in time to see the wall come down. Deciding it was
a good idea to get a proper job, but reluctant to get a haircut and
put on a suit, he came back to Britain to work as a temporary
lecturer at Lancaster University in the school of physics, before
arriving at Heriot-Watt in 1990, where he has languished ever since
apart from a year away in 1993-4 at Orsay again. His research
interests are in statistical mechanics and disordered systems, with
dabblings in simulating discretized models of gravity.

Anatoly Konechny

Lecturer in Mathematical Physics

Heriot-Watt University

Anatoly did his undergraduate studies in Moscow. He received
diplomas from the Independent University of Moscow and
Moscow Oil and Gas Institute in 1995. He did his PhD studies in
mathematics at the University of California at Davis under the
supervision of Albert Schwarz. Subsequently he held
postdoctoral positions at Berkeley (1999-2002), Hebrew University
in Jerusalem (2002-2004) and Rutgers University (2004-2006). He
joined the faculty at the Heriot-Watt University in September
2006. His research interests are in string theory,
noncommutative geometry, two-dimensional conformal field theory,
renormalization group flows in low-dimensional systems and
their applications to string theory and condensed matter physics.

James Lucietti

Lecturer in Mathematical Physics

University of Edinburgh

James was born in Leicestershire and was raised there and northern
Italy. He studied at the University of Cambridge, where he obtained a
Bachelor's degree in Natural Sciences (2000), followed by Part III
Mathematics (2001) and a PhD in string theory at the Department of
Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (2005). He was then a
college lecturer at Oxford University (2005-2006) and a postdoc at
Durham University (2006-2009). In 2009 he was awarded an EPSRC career
acceleration fellowship with Imperial College London, where he spent a
year, before moving to the University of Edinburgh as a lecturer in
2010. His current research interests concern higher dimensional
gravity/General Relativity, usually in the context of string theory
and the gauge/gravity correspondence. He has a particular interest in
black hole solutions.

Lecturer in Mathematics and EPSRC Fellow

Heriot-Watt University

Christian grew up in Fulda, Germany and Thessaloniki, Greece.
He obtained a degree in church music, before he went to the
University of Würzburg, where he studied for three years and
received undergraduate degrees in both Mathematics and
Physics. He then moved to Austin, Texas where he worked on a
thesis on supermathematics resulting in his MA. After
completing his PhD on twistor string theory at the University
of Hannover, he held two postdoctoral positions at the Dublin
Institute for Advanced Studies and Trinity College,
Dublin. His research interests include twistor geometry and
integrability, noncommutative geometry and geometric
quantization as well as string and M theory. He came to
Edinburgh in September 2009 as an EPSRC Career Acceleration
Fellow at Heriot-Watt University. He became a Lecturer in 2011.

Professor in Mathematics

Heriot-Watt University

Bernd was born in Germany. After attending the United World College of
the Atlantic he studied physics and mathematics at the University of Bonn
and obtained his PhD at the University of Cambridge (DAMTP). He
then worked as a post doc in Durham, and Amsterdam and as an EPSRC Advanced
Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh before joining
Heriot-Watt University in September 2000. Bernd's research
interests include topological solitons (particularly magnetic
monopoles, vortices and skyrmions), quantum groups and quantum
gravity in (2+1) dimensions.

Joan Simón

Reader in Mathematical Physics

University of Edinburgh

Joan was born and raised in Barcelona, Spain. He obtained a BS in
Physics from the University of Barcelona in 1996 and a PhD in
Theoretical Physics from the same university in 2000 under the
supervision of Joaquim Gomis. He has held postdoctoral positions in
The Weizmann Institute, the University of Pennsylvania and
the University of California in Berkeley. His research interests
lie in the understanding of the structure of space and time, using
the study of black holes and cosmological singularities in the
framework of string theory, and the possible observational
signatures that this theory may have in experiments.

Professor of Mathematical Physics

Heriot-Watt University

Richard was born in Montreal, Canada and completed a Joint Honours
Mathematics & Physics BSc degree at McGill University in 1990. He
did his MSc and PhD degrees in Theoretical Physics at the
University of British Columbia under the supervision of Gordon
Semenoff. He then did postdoc stints at Oxford University in 1995
and the Niels Bohr Institute in 1998, before settling permanently
at Heriot-Watt in 2000. His research centres around the
applications of geometrical and topological methods to problems
in quantum field theory and string theory, focusing in particular
on techniques drawn from K-theory, noncommutative geometry and
algebraic geometry.

Lecturer in Mathematical Physics

Heriot-Watt University

Robert Weston was born and grew up
here.
He was an undergraduate at Nottingham and a graduate student at
DAMTP in Cambridge. Following postdocs at Durham University and
at the Université de Montreal, he arrived at Heriot-Watt
University in 1998. His research interests are primarily in
integrable quantum systems, both statistical-mechanical models
and quantum field theories.