Dr. Olivier Bernardi will be joining the mathematics department in Fall, 2012 as a tenure-track assistant professor. Bernardi’s research interests lie in combinatorics and probability. He has worked on problems arising from mathematical physics (statistical mechanics and quantum gravity), computer science (algorithms and graph theory), and algebra (representation theory of the symmetric group). His Ph.D. thesis was on bijective approaches to the numeration of planar maps.

Bernardi received his Ph. D. in computer science in 2006 at the University of Bordeaux, under the direction of Mireille Bousquet-Mélou, and has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Center of Mathematical Research, Barcelona, Spain, and as a CNRS researcher in the Mathematics Department at Université Paris-Sud, in Orsay, France. He is currently an instructor in applied mathematics at MIT.