Current and Upcoming Visitors
All current and upcoming visitors are listed below, while past visitors can be found here.
The visitors' profiles can be found further down. Profiles of Thematic Programs can be found on their respective websites linked below.
|Units of Interest
|Mathematics, Representation Theory
|Doya | Fukunaga | Kuhn | T. Takahashi | Yamada | Yoshida
|Il Memming Park
|Engineering and Applied Sciences | Neuroscience, Recurrent neural network, neural state space model, dynamical systems, statistical signal processing, machine learning, neuro AI
|Doya | Fukai | Hikami | Pao | Pigolotti | Uusisaari
|Computer Science, Multi-objective Games, Computational Intelligence
|Husnik | Yamada | Dieckmann | Sallan | Armitage
|Biology, Structural Biology, Virology
|Bandi | Chakraborty | Husnik | Kusumi | Wickens | Yamamoto | Wolf, Sitsel
|Ana Belen Sainz
|Physics, Quantum Foundations, Quantum Information Theory
|Nic Chormaic | Ekert | Elkouss | Höhn | Nemoto | Speyer | H. Takahashi
|Mathematics, Analysis of Partial Differential Equations, Kinetic Theory, Mathematical Biology
|Abdulla | Kiyomitsu | Liu | Meitinger | Zhou
|Mathematics, Mathematical Physics, Kinetic theory
|Abdulla | Liu | Zhou
|Chemistry, Theoretical Biochemistry, Evolution, Origins of Life, Structural Biology, Genomics
|Bourguignon | Kondrashov | Laudet | Laurino | N. Luscombe | Pääbo | Rokhsar
|Computational Cognitive Neuroscience
|Tripp | Doya
Computer Science | Neuroscience, Human-Computer Interaction
Froese | Qi | Shen | Tani
|Computer Science | Sociology, Computational Social Science, Human-Computer Interaction, Social Networks
|Dieckmann | Froese | Reiter | Tani | Yamada
|Chemistry | Material Science, polymer
|C. Luscombe | Yamada
|Mathematics | Quantum computing
|Busch | Ekert | Elkouss | Myers | Nemoto | Shannon
|Neuroscience, Cellular and systems neurophysiology, Computational Neuroscience
|Abdulla | Doya | Fukai | Pigolotti | Wickens
|Computer Science, Machine Learning
|Neuroscience, Data Science, Neural Networks Modeling, Big Data
|De Schutter, Doya, Kuhn, Reiter, Wickens, Yazaki-Sugiyama
|Computer Science, Physics, Broken Symmetry, Topology
|Bandi, Chakraborty, Gioia, Pigolotti,
Response Diversity and Ecosystem Stability
|Armitage, Pigolotti, Dieckmann, Ravasi, Economo, Husnik, Kondrashov, Sallan, Bandi, N. Luscombe, De Schutter, Doya, Froese, Fukai
|Theoretical High Energy Physics
|Hikami, Neiman, Toriumi
|Shannon, Busch, Munro, Nemoto, Okada
|Mathematics, Combinatorial Representation Theory
|Mathematics, Geometry and Analysis of Metric Spaces
|Material Science, Mathematics, Physics, Molecular dynamics simulation
|Bandi, Chakraborty, Hikami, Husnik, Liu
|Life Sciences, Evolutionary Biology, Microbiology
|Biology, Physics, Bacterial flagella
|Computational Cognitive Neuroscience
|Evolution, Marine Science
|N. Luscombe (Host)
All visitors give presentations during their stay at OIST. You can find details about upcoming seminars and lectures on the Events page. You can also subscribe to this iCal calendar containing all talks.
Here are the profiles of visitors currently on campus.
Office at OIST: Lab 5 EF03o
Bianca Dittrich is a senior research faculty at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada. Her research focusses on quantum gravity, here in particular on non-perturbative approaches. Her research intersects with a number of other topics in theoretical and mathematical physics, e.g. topological quantum field theories, tensor networks, real time path integrals.
Bianca Dittrich completed her PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in 2005 and postdocs at Perimeter Institute (2005-08) and Utrecht University (2008/09). She then became a Max Planck research group leader at the MPI for Gravitational Physics and joined Perimeter Institute as faculty researcher in 2012. Personal Website
Office at OIST: Lab 5 EF03l
Izaak is a Senior Lecturer in Disordered Systems within the Mathematics Department at King’s College London. Izaak engages in two research domains. Firstly, he develops mathematical techniques for analysing complex systems, such as, neural networks, ecosystems, and complex fluids, with a specific focus on understanding the role of network structure and heterogeneity in their dynamics. In this context, he extends methods used for studying systems with all-to-all interactions to those within networked systems. Secondly, Izaak uses stochastic processes to explore nonequilibrium fluctuations in small systems, such as molecular motors, or decision-making processes in noisy environments.
Office at OIST: Lab 5 EF03f
Robert Joynt received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 1982 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Cavendish Laboratory of the University of Cambridge and the Institute for Theoretical Physics at ETH-Zurich. He was Professor of Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1986 to 2023 and is now Emeritus Professor. He served as Department Chair and was the Founding Director of the MSc in Physics-Quantum Computing. He is Senior Fellow at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Sciences in Beijing. His research has ranged from the quantum Hall effect to high-Tc superconductivity to neutron stars to quantum computing.
Office at OIST: Lab 5 EF03e
Travis Scrimshaw is an assistant professor at Hokkaido University whose research focuses on combinatorial aspects of representation theory, integrable systems, and stochastic processes. He is an active developer of the open-source mathematical software SageMath. He received his PhD in 2015 at the University of California, Davis under the supervision of Anne Schilling. Afterwards, he did postdocs at the University of Minnesota, the University of Queensland, and Osaka Metropolitan University (JSPS postdoc). Personal Website
Office at OIST: Lab 5 EF03r
Anders Björn is a Professor of Mathematics at Linköping University, Sweden, where he also received his PhD in 1995. He was a postdoc at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and has later spent longer research periods at Charles University in Prague, University of Cincinnati and the Mittag-Leffler Institute in Stockholm. His research is in analysis on metric spaces, mainly in collaboration with Jana Björn. In particular, he is interested in p-harmonic functions, partial differential equations and various minimization problems. He studies various solving methods and properties of the solutions, such as their interior and boundary regularity and growth estimates. This is research in pure mathematics and its aim is to provide rigorous fundamentals for and a better understanding of some problems, which could come from natural sciences and other fields. Analysis on metric spaces makes it possible to study such questions simultaneously in many different settings, for example on very rough sets and for highly nonhomogeneous media. It also brings new insight into which properties and assumptions are really essential for the theory and which are the main obstructions. A popular-scientific description of Anders's research is at this website.
Office at OIST: Lab 5 EF03g
Jana Björn is a Professor of Mathematics at Linköping University, Sweden, where she also received her PhD in 1996. She was a postdoc at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and then at Lund University. She has also spent longer research periods at Charles University in Prague, University of Cincinnati and the Mittag-Leffler Institute in Stockholm. Her research is in analysis on metric spaces, mainly in collaboration with Anders Björn. In particular, she is interested in p-harmonic functions, partial differential equations and various minimization problems. She studies various solving methods and properties of the solutions, such as their interior and boundary regularity and growth estimates. This is research in pure mathematics and its aim is to provide rigorous fundamentals for and a better understanding of some problems, which could come from natural sciences and other fields. Analysis on metric spaces makes it possible to study such questions simultaneously in many different settings, for example on very rough sets and for highly nonhomogeneous media. It also brings new insight into which properties and assumptions are really essential for the theory and which are the main obstructions. A popular-scientific description of Jana's research is at this website.
Office at OIST: Lab 5 EF03n
I am primarily interested in geometric problems which arise in the context of "rough" spaces: embedding problems of metric spaces, the structure of boundaries of hyperbolic groups, the geometry of fractal spaces arising from dynamics, or fractal properties of sub-Riemannian geometries. Since many of these concepts are related to "quasisymmetric mappings", I would describe these questions as being part of the "quasiworld". Especially embedding questions are not only of theoretical interest. They arise naturally in data analysis and the analysis of certain relaxation methods to solve optimization problems. Further, these questions have profound connections to the analysis on such rough spaces and concepts that come from first order analysis of metric spaces. Indeed, these notions can obstruct embeddings, prevent certain geometries from existing, or reveal subtle geometric facts about dynamical systems. Their study also leads to natural invariants that can be used to classify and distinguish spaces from each other. Especially recently, I have come to see that the study of Analysis on Metric spaces can lead to answering some difficult open problems related to geometric group theory. However, an obstacle to making progress in this direction is that many fundamental notions in Analysis on metric spaces remain poorly understood. It is there, that I strive to develop new techniques, concepts and results, that help us answer these open problems. Personal Website
Office at OIST: Lab 5 EF03p
Keiko Aoki is an independent researcher based in Tokyo. Her main research field is condensed matter physics, and her main tool for research is molecular/particle dynamics simulation.
Since anisotropically fluctuating systems, such as liquid crystals and soft matter could not be properly treated by conventional molecular dynamics (MD) methods, we have developed a set of simulation methods which are called stress control methods. Stress control MD methods guarantee the system to be under hydrostatic pressure (or other condition) even in non-equilibrium processes. Time evolution under constant surface tension can be investigated by one of the stress control methods as well. This is in contrast to conventional MD methods, where only ensemble average can be controlled. The method is effective to investigate self-organization of soft matter, as well as glassy metastable states. ORCID ID
Office at OIST: Lab 5 EF03l
Rachel is an evolutionary microbiologist interested in antimicrobial resistance evolution, interactions in the microbiome, pathogen evolution during infections, and bacterial defence systems such as CRISPR-Cas. Rachel is a Fellow in Biology at the University of Oxford (Magdalen College), and taking up a tenure-track position at Queen's University Belfast in 2024. She is particularly interested in the interface between antibiotic resistance evolution and success in the microbiome. Prior to her current position, she spent time at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute for Advanced Study) and as a postdoc in the lab of Professor Craig MacLean. Outside of science, she enjoys judo, boxing, and running! Personal Website
Office at OIST: Lab 5 EF03q
Shinichi Aizawa is Professor Emeritus at the Prefectural University of Hiroshima currently visiting OIST through the Visiting Program (TSVP). He is considered one of the world’s foremost experts in the structure and function of bacterial flagella. His contributions to solving flagellar polymorphism are very highly regarded, and his book “The Flagellar World” has become a standard textbook in the field. After studying at Tohoku and Nagoya Universities in Japan, he spent several years as a Postdoc at Yale University. His long career in academia included positions at Research & Development Corporation of Japan (now JST) in Tsukuba, Teikyo University, University of Hawaii, Flinders University in Australia, and Martin-Luther University Halle in Germany.
Office at OIST: Lab 5 EF03m
Lucy Lai is a final-year neuroscience Ph.D. student at Harvard, advised by Sam Gershman. Her research applies information theory and reinforcement learning towards understanding how humans learn and make decisions under cognitive resource constraints. In particular, she has developed a resource-rational model of action selection to characterize decision-making in healthy and clinical populations. A restless researcher at heart, she has spent time at Baylor College of Medicine, MIT, Janelia Research Campus, and UCL. At OIST, she will be collaborating with the Tripp and Doya Units to develop computational models of reward learning in children with ADHD. In addition to research, Lucy is also passionate about education and mentoring: she has developed and taught many courses, including Math Tools for Neuroscience and How Music Plays the Brain, and served as a Resident Tutor at Quincy House, where she lived with and advised Harvard undergraduate students. Personal Website
Office at OIST: Lab 5 EF03t
Daniel Chourrout has established the Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology in 1997 and been its director until 2020. This institute is a Partner of EMBL, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory since 2023. His own research is focused on the evolution of chordate development, using tunicates as model systems. Before moving to Norway, Daniel Chourrout was heading the Laboratory of Fish Genetics at INRA (French Institute of Research for Agriculture). His training is in Genetics from the University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris.