© Robert Cornea, Jan 2012
| Associate Professor, ISM Director
| Department of Mathematics & Statistics
| Concordia University
| 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West
| Montreal, QC, H3G 1M8, Canada
| Office: LB 921-27
| Tel: (514) 848-2424 ext 5345 |
| Fax: (514) 848-2831 |
| E-mail: alina.stancuATconcordia.ca |
Research Interests: Geometric analysis, in particular curvature flows, and convex geometry. I am also
interested in notions of generalized curvatures,
convexity in hyperbolic space, geometric inequalities and other extremal problems.
* The 2018 Nirenberg Lectures in Geometric Analysis
will be delivered at the CRM by Eugenia Malinnikova (NTNU, Trondheim) during the week of March 12-16, 2018.
The 2017 speaker was
Camillo De Lellis (ETH, Zurich) on March 24, 27, 28, 2017.
At the web site above, you can find links to the videos of his three talks as well as videos of the lectures given by the 2014 speaker (Alessio Figalli),
2015 speaker (André Neves) and, respectively, 2016 speaker (Gunther Uhlmann).
* Starting October 1st 2017, Concordia's Department of Mathematics and Statistics is hosting for a third consecutive year
a MATH CIRCLE for
students in grades 3-8 wishing to have
fun solving challenging math problems.
The circle meets almost all Sundays during the school year. More info is
For other outreach activities at Concordia University, please visit our page.
This year, 2017, the Montreal Math Circle benefits
from an NSERC Promoscience grant and an endowment grant of the Canadian Mathematical Society which, together with the invaluable
logistic support of the ISM,
allowed us to offer a week long
this past June 2017.
* American Women in Mathematics has a student chapter in Montreal!
The site offers numerous opportunities for male and female students alike. For more info, please click
Discrete centro-affine curvature for convex polygons, accepted June 2017 to appear in Analytic Aspects of Convexity.
On Holditch's theorem and Holditch curves (with H. Proppe and R. Stern),
Journal of Convex Analysis, 24 (2017), 239-259.
The logarithmic Minkowski inequality for non-symmetric convex bodies, Advances in Applied Mathematics, 73 (2016), 43–58.
For other publications see the MathSciNet list.
Recent and Upcoming Conferences:
I study the existence and/or the uniqueness of closed convex hypersurfaces of the Euclidean space with certain properties, usually by looking
at the geometric properties of solutions to appropriate partial differential equations. I am also interested in curvature flows and
isoperimetric-type inequalities. One of my current projects focuses on affine invariants of convex bodies and affine invariant inequalities.
Whether a Master's or a PhD, my students'
theses combine techniques from differential geometry, analysis and partial differential equations.
J. Bachrachas, Master (2011) (went on to McGill University to pursue a PhD in Mathematics)
Y. Raad, Master (2011) (went on to University of Ottawa to pursue a PhD in Mathematics)
R. Benty, Master (2012) (went on to University of Waterloo to pursue a PhD in Mathematics)
M. N. Ivaki, PhD (2013),
Recipient of the 2013 Carl Herz Prize,
(went on to a postdoctoral position at Technische Universität Wien, Austria.)
T. Nguyen, Master (2013), co-supervised with O. Cornea (went to Université de
Montréal's PhD program in Physics)
S. Vikram, Master (2016), (continued into Concordia's PhD program in Mathematics)
Z. Abbas, Master (2017), (went on to work in industry as an analyst for a Montreal based Environmental Engineering firm)
I currently supervise three MSc students, 1 PhD student and co-supervise two PhD students.
Teaching: "Within five years, there will be 2.4 million STEM jobs openings." (NYTimes, December 7, 2013,
"Who Says Math Has to Be Boring?") ARE YOU READY?
*A selection of my recent or up-coming courses:
MATH 480A (MAST 653, MATH 621)
Geometry and Topology This is a first course in the differential geometry of
curves and surfaces. We'll talk about curvature, standard non-Euclidean type geometries like the hyperbolic space, and some
elements of topology.
MATH 365 / MATH 627A
Analysis II The complete information is posted on moodle.
MATH 479 / MAST 680B / MAST 837B
Convex and Nonlinear Analysis Starting with classical inequalities for
convex sets and functions, the course’s aim is to present famous geometric inequalities like the Brunn-Minkowski inequality
and its related functional form, Prekopa-Leindler, the Blaschke-Santalo inequality, the Urysohn inequality, as well as more
modern results such as the reverse isoperimetric inequality, or the Brascamp-Lieb inequality and its reverse form. In the
we will touch upon log-convex functions, duality for sets and functions and, generally, extremum problems.
Women and Mathematics:
And from the local folklore:
A few years back, my suggestion to shorten a calculus exam was
answered by a male colleague with "you must have a lots of domestic duties and not enough time for grading".
A male faculty member is said to have a high research grant, if that is the case,
but a female's
high funding is called a "generous grant". Honi soit qui mal y pense!
Latest readings I enjoyed,
in reverse chronological order: Michel Houellebecq Soumission, Herman Koch The Dinner, Robert Littell The visiting professor,
Claire Holden Rothman My October, Bill Browder Red Notice,
Edward Frenkel Love and Math, Graeme Simsion The Rosie Project (light, but hilarious, much in the spirit of The curious incident of the
dog in the nighttime
set in academia!), Vasili Grosssman Panta Rhei, Cédric Villani
Théorème Vivant, Paul Cornea Ce a fost Cum a fost.
© 2006 Alina Stancu