04 May 2016


Good news boys and girls, last month I was in Köln!

Technically, this event wasn't a conference. But I was asked to give a talk nevertheless. And yes, this is again one of those anachronistic posts, but whatever. I write my posts in advance, and it happens that given how many articles are in the pipeline, when this goes live, my talk will have happened already.

Anyway, I was invited to give a talk at the University of Cologne, as someone there used to be a fellow graduate student back when I was in Buffalo. Now he is a faculty member there, and he invited me to give a talk. I have 60 minutes, and therefore this is a major talk, as opposed to a conference talk, which is typically just about 15 to 20 minutes long.

What this means is that I can have quite the freedom I want with what I want to say. I was sketching my talk the other day, and it is quite ambitious. After all, I have the opportunity to tie together my overall research program, so to speak. I will be presenting results spanning a few years, back from when I was still in graduate school, to my time here in Berlin. It's a relatively long period, but somehow, I have a big picture. We'll see how this goes.


  1. It took me a minute to realize that "Köln" was "Cologne". Duh.

    1. Zhu,

      You know, I wondered about that, I wonder how come there are places where the English name is not exactly the same as the native name, and there are other places where they are (yet the pronunciation might be different). It's interesting to see when English decides to use a different name and when it uses the original.