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The Executive Committee is composed of the Director and the Deputy Directors.

The Director

Luc Vinet (Université de Montréal)

Luc Vinet is Aisenstadt Professor of Physics at the Université de Montréal and the Director of the CRM, a position he held previously from 1993 to 1999. Born in Montréal, he holds a doctorate (3rd cycle) from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris) and a PhD from the Université de Montréal, both in theoretical physics. After two years as a research associate at MIT, he was appointed as assistant professor in the Physics Department at the Université de Montréal in the early 1980s and promoted to full professorship in 1992. His research interests in theoretical and mathematical physics include: exactly solvable problems, symmetries, algebraic structures, special functions and quantum information.

In 1999, Luc Vinet joined the ranks of McGill University where he held the position of Vice-Principal (Academic) and Provost. From 2005 to 2010, he was the Rector of the Université de Montréal. He presently chairs the Board of the Fulbright Canada and sits on the Board of Directors of National Institute for Nanotechnology in Edmonton. Among numerous honours, he was awarded the Armand-Frappier Prize of the Government of Québec in 2009 and the 2012 CAP-CRM Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics. He holds an honorary doctorate from the Université Claude-Bernard (Lyon).


Deputy Directors

Octav Cornea (Université de Montréal, topology) is in charge of CRM prizes and schools.

Octav Cornea has been a faculty member at the University of Montreal since 2003. Before moving to Montreal he was a professor at the University of Lille 1 (France) from 1994 until 2003.

Cornea received a Bachelor degree from the University of Bucharest in 1990 and a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 1993.

Cornea's work is in topology, mainly algebraic topology in the '90's and in symplectic topology starting from 2001. His current focus is on the topology of Lagrangian submanifolds. He publishes mainly in topology and geometry journals (Topology, Geometry and Topology, Ergodic Theory & Dynamical Systems etc.) and sometimes in more general mathematical journals (Annals of Mathematics, Duke Mathematical Journal and others).


Galia Dafni (Concordia University) takes over responsibilities for the Bulletin du CRM, and the publications with the AMS and Springer,

Galia Dafni is a member of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of Concordia University since 1998, where she served as Graduate Program Director, as well as Undergraduate Program Director. In 2000-2005 she was the recipient of a University Faculty Award from NSERC. Before coming to Montreal, she held postdoctoral positions at the University of California at Berkeley and at Northwestern University. She holds an MA and Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton University (1993), and a Bachelors degree in mathematics and computer science from the Pennsylvania State University (1988). Her research focuses on harmonic analysis and the study of function spaces, more particularly Hardy spaces.

Galia Dafni served on the board of directors of the Canadian Mathematical Society, and is now a member of the Committee on Women in Mathematics of the CMS. At the CRM, she was part of the scientific committee of the Thematic Semester in Geometric Analysis and Spectral Theory, and co-organized the 2011
Séminaire de mathématiques supérieures summer school on metric measure spaces. In 2003-4 she co-organized a conference on classical analysis in honor of Paul Koosis, and an AARMS-CRM Workshop on singular integrals and analysis on CR manifolds. Since 2005, she has served on the editorial board of the CRM-AMS publication series.


Odile Marcotte, (UQAM and GERAD, combinatorial optimization) takes over responsabilities for the annual reports, and relations with related fields.

Odile Marcotte is a member of GERAD (Groupe d'études et de recherche en analyse des décisions) and an adjunct professor at the Departement of Computer Science of the Université du Québec à Montréal. She holds an M.Sc. in mathematics from the Université de Montréal (1983), an M.Sc.A. in operations research from the École Polytechnique de Montréal (1979), and a Ph.D. in operations resarch from Cornell University (1983). Her research interests include combinatorial optimization, integer programming, and graph theory. She was a member of the organizing committee of the Optimization Days in 1987, 1995, and 2003, and of the organizing committee of the Thematic Semester on Combinatorial Optimization that took place at the CRM from June to December 2006. In her capacity as deputy director of the CRM, she is responsible for the contacts between the CRM and MITACS and was the main organizer of two Industrial Problem Solving Workshops. Odile Marcotte is a member of the Executive Committee and the Local Arrangements Committee of CanaDAM 2009, the Second Canadian Discrete and Algorithmic Mathematics Conference, which will take place at the CRM in May 2009.


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