Edoardo Provenzi

Université de Bordeaux


I'm a professor of mathematics and applications at the Université de Bordeaux, Institute of Mathematics. My research topic could be called "mathematical psychophysics" and consists in modeling visual perception through several mathematical techniques: functional and harmonic analysis, differential and hyperbolic geometry, and, more generally, tools borrowed from quantum information, relativity and mathematical physics. I feel lucky to share this research interest with Michel Berthier (University of La Rochelle, France) and our PhD students and collaborators.


  • 2017-Today: Full professor at the Institute of Mathematics of the Université de Bordeaux, France
  • 2014-2017: Associate professor (Maître de conférences) at Université Paris Descartes, Paris, France
  • 2013-2014: Postdoctoral researcher at Télécom ParisTech, Paris, France
  • 2008-2013: Ramón y Cajal researcher at Pompeu Fabra University, Spain
  • 2004-2008: Postdoctoral researcher at University of Milan - Department of Technology of Information, Italy
  • 2001-2004: PhD in Mathematics and applications at University of Genoa, Italy, with the academic year 2002-2003 spent at the University of California Riverside UCR, USA. Here's my PhD thesis on canonical and covariant loop quantum gravity.
  • 1994-2000: Bachelor and Master (Laurea) in Theoretical Physics, at University of Milan - Department of Physics, Italy.

You can take a look at my CV for more details.


These are the courses that I've taught in several universities in France, Italy, Spain and Cuba (more details can be found in my CV).

The certificate of teaching efficiency of the UPF is here (Evaluation)


I update my publications in my CV. Even if in the digital era it's not that popular to write or read books, I still love doing both things :) You can take a look at my research book about variational principles in color science here: Color Book, or you can check out my book about functional analysis for beginners here: Functional analysis Book, or again, if you can read Italian, you can find my book about the fantastic Noether's theorem here: Noether's Theorem Book.

Verità per Giulio Regeni.

Giulio Regeni was an Italian PhD student at the university of Cambridge, his research was about independent syndicates in Egypt. He was kidnapped in Egypt on January 25th 2016 due to his research. His body, with evident signs of torture, has been found on February 3rd, 2016. Egypt hasn't clarified yet the circumstances of his death. Many associations support his family and friend in search of the truth about his death, e.g. Amnesty International.

Publish...and perish.

First thing first: if you're a researcher with the "3 T's": Talent, Time, Team, then there's a big chance that you'll produce a lot of very good papers, but...apart from Talent...do we still have the Time to do good research nowadays? We live in a hypertechnological society, that will likely become even more so in the future, however, instead of giving to scientists the best possible conditions to produce and communicate their discoveries, we are buried under a huge amount of crazy bureaucratic papers to fill and we must spend much more time writing projects *claiming* results rather than working to finding them! ...and, what about teaching? Students are more and more demanding and, in general, high schools are preparing them less and less well, so we must dedicate much more time and attention to them. So, within this system, how is it possible to have a hypertrophic CV filled with temporally dense publications? One answer can lie in the third T of the beginning: a good research Team. For the sake of the survival of the team, it is common to share publications with people who didn't do that much...or nothing at all. The bigger the team, the stronger this chain reaction effect, this is why, for example, in Europe many universities which occupied historical building in the city center were pushed in ugly no-man's land in the middle of nowhere to create a bigger Team... Is this really worth? Why have we become slaves of the H-index when everybody knows that there are hundreds of ways to bias it? Why do we even ACCEPT the concept of a university ranking, when all these rankings are based on crazy criteria, such as having a Nobel prize in your university! Doesn't it seems to you that this is much more show-biz than science or education? I met so many fellow researchers who think exactly the same as me, but if we remain separate we can't achieve anything. I'd like to create a group of resistant scientists "Publish AND perish" to think about concrete actions to propose in order to stop this nonsense and to make governments change the keyword "scientific competition" to "scientific cooperation". If you agree with what you've just read, feel more than welcome to drop me a line. You may say I'm a dreamer...but I'm not the only one...


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