Luca Castelli Aleardi
at Mont St-Michel (France)

Laboratoire d'Informatique (LIX)
École Polytechnique
91128 Palaiseau Cedex - France

Bâtiment Alan Turing
Bureau 2032 (2ème étage)

I am "Maître de Conférences" (assistant professor) at LIX (Ecole Polytechnique), since september 2008. I am working on different domains of theoretical computer science and discrete mathematics: computational geometry, combinatorics and planar graphs, graph drawing. My main research topics are succinct data structures, Schnyder woods, graph encoding and mesh compression, higher genus triangulations, ...

During 2007/08 I have been at ULB (Brussels) as post-doc researcher (Algorithms Research Group). Before, I was full time lecturer in CS ("Ater") during 2006/07 at Université Marne-la-Vallée.
I received my PhD in CS from Ecole Polytechnique (december 2006). I spent 3 years at LIX (Ecole Polytechnique) and at INRIA Sophia-Antipolis (Projet Geometrica), from october 2003 to december 2006. My PhD advisors were Olivier Devillers (INRIA) and Gilles Schaeffer (CNRS, LIX).

Before my PhD I obtained the "DEA Algorithmique" (now "MPRI"), during 2002/03 at Université Paris 6. Before leaving Italy, I obtained the "Laurea" in applied mathematics (M. Sc.) from the University of Milan (Dep. of Mathematics). I also spent 6 months at the Université de Versailles-St. Quentin as Erasmus student (during 1999).

Les mathématiciens (selon Musil)

Un mathématicien n’a l’air de rien du tout, c’est-à-dire qu’il a l’air si généralement intelligent que cela n’a plus aucun sens précis ! A l’exception des membres de l’Eglise catholique romaine, plus personne aujourd’hui n’a l’aspect qu’il devrait avoir, parce que nous faisons de notre être un usage aussi impersonnel que de nos mains; mais le mathématicien , c’est le comble de tout : un mathématicien sait presque aussi peu de choses sur lui-même que les gens n’en sauront sur les prairies, les poules, les jeunes veaux, quand les pilules vitaminées auront remplacé pain et viande.

R. Musil (L'homme sans qualités, Edition Points Seuil, p. 75)

(Orbetello, Toscana, 2013)

About businessmen and scientists

The businessman is brought up sharp by meeting the scientist who cares more about his science than about the tangible rewards of science. He feels that he has come into contact with a smooth, hard, impregnable fortress of the soul, in which he can find no obvious point of attack. To him the scientist or the man of letters represents a core of possible defiance. In this threat of defiance he sees something to be eradicated and stamped out. The less that the free-lance individual demands of him in property and the riches of the world, the less sure is the businessman of his own final dominance.
    Thus the powers that be are very glad to see that in the new generation there is a trend away from self-sacrifice, from the passion for learning, and from all these uncontrollable. They are delighted that the doctors are showing an increased interest in the arts of spreading their practice and collecting their bills. They derive a very real satisfaction from the fact that the young engineers and scientists are flocking to their laboratories and leaving the universities and that the institutions of pure research are understaffed and dangerously weak. Those scientists who cannot talk in sums of money less than a million dollars are his own men, and he encourages them, perhaps not to join his own country clubs, but to join country clubs of a slightly smaller prestige, and to buy, not Cadillacs, but the precise make of car that would show at the same time a proper deference for his own superiority and a proper worship of his own ideals.

by Norbert Wiener (Invention: The Care and Feeding of Ideas, MIT Press. 1993)

Collaborations: J. Barbay, O. Devillers, E. Fusy, M. He, T. Lewiner, A. Mebarki, I. Munro, J. Rossignac, G. Schaeffer.

Please visit my personal homepage (about mathematics, science, poetry and ... life)

Some words by (Mishima, Musil, Tolstoi, Turing, Wiener, ...)

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