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“Karma police, arrest this man – He talks in maths – He buzzes like a fridge – He's like a detuned radio”

– Radiohead, “Karma police”


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Personal Data

Full name David Kyed
Work address Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
University of Southern Denmark
Campusvej 55
DK-5230 Odense M
Denmark
Citizenship Danish
Date of birth June 17, 1980

Short academic bio

I received my PhD, supervised by Ryszard Nest, from the University of Copenhagen in 2008. I then spent 3 years as postdoc (partially funded by a DFF postdoctoral grant) at the University of Göttingen working in the group of Thomas Schick, and was in 2011 selected for a postdoc position at KU Leuven working with Stefaan Vaes. In 2013, I returned to Denmark as Assistant Professor at SDU (partially funded by a grant from the Lundbeck Foundation) where I was promoted to Associate Professor in 2015 and am currently working. My research is centered in the interplay between operator algebras and geometric group theory, with particular emphasis on quantum groups, von Neumann algebras, cohomology, L²-Betti numbers, amenability, property (T) and related notions. I am currently involved in the research project Local and Global Structures of Groups and their Algebras funded by the Villum foundation.

Education and Positions

October 2015 - present Associate Professor (Lektor) at University of Southern Denmark
September 2013 - September 2015 Assistant Professor (Adjunkt) at University of Southern Denmark
January 2012 - August 2013 Postdoc at the Katholieke Universitet Leuven (Belgium) working with Stefaan Vaes.
January 2010 - December 2011 Postdoc at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (Germany). Funded by a postdoctoral grant from
the Danish Research Council (FNU).
September 2009 - December 2009 Visiting researcher at the Hausdorff Research Institute for Mathematics, Bonn (Germany).
September 2008 - August 2009 Postdoc at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (Germany).
May 2008 PhD in Mathematics from the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) based on the dissertation
L²-invariants for quantum groups written under the supervision of Ryszard Nest.
February 2005 MSc (Cand.Scient) in Mathematics from the University of Copenhagen (Denmark).

Research Funding

Villum Foundation grant (2014-2018) Local and global properties of groups and their algebras (€ 617,493). Joint with W. Szymanski.
Lundbeck Foundation grant (2013-2015) Amenability and rigidity in non-commutative geometry (€ 168,446).
DFF Postdoc grant (2010-2011) L²-invariants in non-commutative geometry (€ 166,056).

Talks & conferences

Research talks (2006 - 2018) More than 40 invited talks at conferences and in seminars at other research institutions, including the following:
  • Operator algebras, Isaac Newton Institute, University of Cambridge, UK, 2017
  • Classification and set theory, Mittag-Leffler Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, 2016.
  • NCGOA 2016, Hausdorff Institute, Bonn, Germany, 2016.
  • Operator Spaces, Locally Compact Quantum Groups & Amenability, Fields Institute, Toronto, Canada, 2014.
  • Operator algebras and Quantum groups, IMPAN, Warsaw, Poland, 2011.
  • Operator algebraic aspects of quantum groups KU Leuven, Belgium, 2008.
General audience talks (2006 - 2018) 9 invited survey talks for broader mathematical audiences and outreach lectures for non-experts.
Longer research stays (2004 - 2018) 10 longer academic stays (3 weeks to 4 months) at other research institutions, including participation in the following long term thematic programmes:
  • Classification of operator algebras, Mittag-Leffler Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, Spring 2016
  • Operator Spaces, Locally Compact Quantum Groups & Amenability, Fields Institute, Toronto, Canada, May 2014.
  • Von Neumann algebras and ergodic theory of group actions, Institut Henri Poincaré, Paris, France, May 2011.
  • Operator Spaces, Locally Compact Quantum Groups & Amenability, Fields Institute, Toronto, Canada, May 2014.
  • Focused semester on Quantum Groups, University of Caen, France, Fall 2010,
  • Rigidity, Hausdorff Institute for Mathematics, Bonn, Germany Fall 2009.

Other academic work

2016 - present Outreach-coordinator for mathematics at SDU, with responsibility for recruitment of students to SDU's mathematical educations and strengthening of the relationship between the university and the local high schools.
2017 - 2021 Vice chairman of the departmental council for the Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science at SDU.
2014 - present Organizer of the mathematics seminar/colloquium.
2016 Co-organizer of the conference “Workshop on the Thompson Groups” held at SDU