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Faculty News

Last Fall we welcomed two new faculty members:

  • Giacomo Micheli received his Ph.D. from the University of Zurich in 2015 and undergraduate degrees from University of Rome. Then he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Research Fellow at University of Oxford, and a Scientist at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. He works in algebraic number theory and cryptography and coding theory.
  • Joel A. Rosenfeld received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 2013 in Functional Analysis and Operator Theory. Prior to coming to USF, he had had a number of positions in interdisciplinary fields: from 2013 to 2018, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher in engineering departments, including Mechanical Engineering at the University of Florida, studying numerical methods in optimal control theory and fractional calculus. Subsequently, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Vanderbilt University and held a position as a Senior Research Scientist Engineer in that same department.

In other news:

  • Jean-François Biasse received an NSF CAREER award of $450,000 over 5 years to work on the search for short vectors in ideal lattices. This mathematical problem is important to post-quantum cryptography because its hardness would guarantee the security of the most promising proposals for quantum resistant public-key schemes. This project investigates the potential weaknesses induced by the algebraic structure surrounding ideal lattices. This award also contains a strong outreach component, with the support for a Cybersecurity Summer camp for K-12 students in partnership with the USF Whitehatter Computer Security Club.

    He also received an FC\(^2\) Capacity Building award of $75,000 over 1 year to work in collaboration with Rainer Steinwandt (FAU) on the design of online modules for emerging topics in cryptography. The proposed modules consist of three online mini-courses (1-2 credits each) on Blockchain technology, Post-Quantum Cryptography, and Quantum Cryptography. The award will also support events to promote the participation of under-represented groups in the field of cryptography, with a particular emphasis on the engagement of female students.
  • Dima Khavinson won the 2019 Outstanding Associate Editor Award, Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications. He also published a book: “Linear Holomorphic Partial Differential Equations and Classical Potential Theory” (co-authored with USF alumnus Erik Lundberg of Florida Atlantic University), published by the American Mathematical Society. He also coedited a book, “Analysis of Operators on Function Spaces, The Serguei Shimorin Memorial Volume”, (with Alexandru Aleman of Lund University, Håken Hedenmalm of the Royal Institute of Technology at Stockholm, and Mihai Putinar of UC Santa Barbara), published by Birkhauser.
  • Dima Khavinson is the editor-in-chief and Razvan Teodorescu is the managing editor of the Springer journal Analysis and Mathematical Physics, which reached the top 7% of all mathematical journals ranked by Clarivate Analytics, with an impact factor of 1.792. The impact factor has more than tripled during their tenure, starting three years ago.
  • Razvan Teodorescu won the USF Jerome Krivanek Distinguished Teacher Award; the formal ceremony for this award was held on November 22. From right to left, USF President Steven Currall, Professor Teodorescu, and USF Provost Ralph Wilcox.
  • Wen-Xiu Ma was selected for the Clarivate Analytics list of Highly Cited Researchers for the 5th consecutive year (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019). Highly Cited Researchers identifies the world's most influential contemporary researchers across 21 scientific fields. Over three thousand researchers earned the distinction by writing the greatest numbers of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators (ESI) as Highly Cited Papers — ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication, earning them the mark of exceptional impact.