Department of Mathematical Sciences
New scientific staff: Jo Røislien
Jo Røislien has just started a four year appointment as an Adjunct Associate Professor. The position is funded by the Research Council of Norway.
He received a Master’s degree in industrial mathematics from the Department of Mathematical Sciences at NTNU, and a PhD degree in geostatistics from the Department of Petroleum Engineering and Applied Geophysics at NTNU in 2004.
Since then he has held a number of positions, including a position as a researcher and statistical advisor at Rikshospitalet, and a researcher at the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Oslo. He has also collaborated with a number of medical research centers in Norway, and currently has a 50% position as an Associate Professor at the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Stavanger.
Jo is perhaps best known in Norway for his work as a great science communicator. In 2011 he was the program director for the successful TV-series "Siffer" (Digits) shown on NRK. He was also the first Norwegian program director at Discovery Channel.
He has written a number of chronicles and texts about mathematics, and frequently appears on radio and TV, and has also given many talks on communication of complex topics and on science communication.
We believe the importance of mathematics in science and in the society at large remains under-communicated. Jo will be involved in various effort to popularize and promote mathematics to a broader public, with reach outside the academic and mathematical community. The purpose is to convey the usefulness of mathematics as the language of science and as an essential tool to society.
Jo lives in Oslo together with his wife and two children.
New guest researcher: Xiangyu Zhou
He is a Professor at the Chinese Academy of Science, Institute of Mathematics, in Beijing since 1998. He obtained his PhD there in 1990. He also is Doctor of Science from the Steklov Institute in Moscow, 1998. Zhou was vice president of the Chinese Mathematical Society 2008–2011. He was elected to the Chinese Academy of Science in 2013.
His research is in Several Complex Variables and Complex Geometry. His recent paper joint with Qi’an Guan was published online in Annals of Mathematics 2014.