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Andrew F. Swann appointed Professor of Mathematics

On 1 May 2020, Andrew Francis Swann has been appointed Professor at the Department of Mathematics, Aarhus University. Previously, he has been an Associate Professor at the same Department since 2011.

Andrew F. Swann (private photo)

Andrew Swann has mainly worked in the field of differential geometry. He obtained his PhD from Oxford University in 1992 after working on hyperkähler geometries under the supervision of Simon Salamon. Following postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Southern Denmark and at the Max Planck Institute in Bonn, he became a Lecturer at the University of Bath (UK) in 1995. Four years later, he moved to an Associate Professor position at the University of Southern Denmark, where he remained until he joined Aarhus University in 2011.

Andrew is an internationally highly respected researcher. His research focuses mostly on special geometries and their relation to symmetries. Just to cite a couple of Andrew's celebrated achievements, we should mention his discovery of what is today universally known as the "Swann bundle", and the recent introduction, together with his previous PhD student Thomas Bruun Madsen, of the concept of "multi-moment map". This is a tool that has attracted a lot of attention for applications to special holonomy metrics such as in G2 and Spin(7) geometries. Apart from being of pure mathematical interest, some of Andrew's research has been deeply associated with areas of theoretical physics. Moreover, he has recently become interested in geometric aspects of Data Science, and joined the interdisciplinary AU centre DIGIT in 2017.

Over the course of his career, Andrew has authored around 90 research publications that feature results that have been presented at numerous international conferences. He has been the Editor of important mathematical journals, such as those of the London Mathematical Society, and is currently the Coordinating Editor of Mathematica Scandinavica. In addition, Andrew has been the Principal Investigator of several research grants. Andrew is also an excellent teacher who is consistently appreciated by his students. He is currently teaching a new course, "Numerical linear algebra", that he developed for the new Data Science study programme. In addition to students in Data Science, the course is also followed by students from the new bachelor programmes in Computer and Electrical Engineering, and in 2021, students from the Computer Science programme will join in as well. In addition to the many courses he has taught at all levels, Andrew has supervised 6 PhD students and many bachelor's and master's projects.