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    Giovanni Prodi Visiting Professorship Winter Semester 2019/2020

    Professor Irina Markina (Matematisk Institutt, Universitetet i Bergen, Norge) is working in the area of Differential Geometry and Mathematical Analysis. Her main interest belongs to the nice combination of geometric analysis on the manifolds with non-holonomic constraints, that is received the name sub-Riemannian geometry in the last decade. Sub-Riemannian geometry is an abstract geometric model for mechanical problems such as rolling bodies without slipping and/or twisting, swimming microorganisms in a viscous flow, as well as Yang-Mills theory, quantum chromo-dynamics from physics, geometry of Lie groups, and many others sources. Irina Markina also has scientific results in the theory of quasiconformal maps, sub-elliptic PDEs, Lie algebras and Lie groups, and mathematical physics.

    I. Markina received her PhD (1995) in the Sobolev Institute of Mathematics in Novosibirsk, Russia, where she started to work at the Novosibirsk State University. She spent 6 years (2000-2006) in Valparaiso, Chile, as a visiting professor at the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María and since 2006 she is working at the University of Bergen, Norway.

    During the winter semester of 2019/2020 Professor I. Markina will give the course of lectures on Non-holonomic geometry, as well a master seminar with emphasis on the sub-Riemannian geometry related to mechanical problems (please see www.mathinfo.uni-wuerzburg.de/vv1920.html).