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Karoly Bezdek, M.Sc., Ph.D., C.Sc., Dr.habil., D.Sc.Karoly Bezdek is a professor as well as a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) of mathematics and the director of the Centre for Computational and Discrete Geometry at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Also he is a honorary professor of mathematics at the University of Pannonia in Veszprém, Hungary. His main research interests are in geometry in particular, in combinatorial, computational, convex, and discrete geometry. He has authored 3 books and more than 130 research papers. He is a founding Editor-in-Chief of the e-journal Contributions to Discrete Mathematics (CDM). He has received the following academic degrees:
1978: M.Sc. (Diploma) in Mathematics, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary
1980: Ph.D. (Dr.rer.nat.) in Mathematics, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary
1985: C.Sc. (Candidate of Science) in Mathematics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
1995: D.Sc. (Doctor of Science) in Mathematics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
1997: Dr.habil. (Habilitation) in Mathematics, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary
Areas of Research
Karoly Bezdek's main field of research is combinatorial, computational, convex, and discrete geometry, which is a rapidly developing discipline on the boundary of mathematics and computer science. It enables researchers to tackle important problems in areas like robotics, computer graphics, pattern recognition, crystals and quasicrystals, and manufacturing processes. Karoly Bezdek's publications have contributed to the following research areas of combinatorial, computational, convex, and discrete geometry: Packings; Coverings; Tilings; Hyperplane, Line, and Point Arrangements; Sphere Arrangements; Geometric Lattices; Rigidity and Flexibility; Geometric Graphs; Isoperimetric Inequalities; Convexity Structures; Convex Polytopes; Convex Bodies; Billiards in Convex Bodies; Illumination of Convex Bodies. "zbMATH" (https://zbmath.org) lists more than 40 co-authors of Karoly Bezdek and "Google Scholar" (https://scholar.google.ca) posts more than 2300 citations to his publications.
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Finishing undergraduates (resp., M.Sc. students) with an interest in the broad area of combinatorial, computational, convex, and discrete geometry and its applications are welcome to apply for admission to the M.Sc. (resp., Ph.D.) graduate program of U of C under the supervision of Karoly Bezdek.
Supervision of undergraduate research students: Under a joint support of NSF and the Mathematics Department at Cornell University gifted undergraduates participated in 8-week long summer research programs. In the summers of 1995, 1996, 1999 and 2001 Karoly Bezdek has supervised the research work of groups of 4-5 undergraduates. These research projects resulted in four research papers published in Geometriae Dedicata and Periodica Mathematica Hungarica. Moreover, Jade Vinson a member of Karoly Bezdek's REU group in the summer of 1996 has received the Frank and Bennie Morgan Prize of AMS-MAA-SIAM for his research results on fractals, sphere packing and convexity.
Supervision of M.Sc. students: The following two are the most notable formal M.Sc. students of Karoly Bezdek from the years between 1987-88 and 1994-95 at ELTE University in Budapest, Hungary: Karoly Boroczky Jr. (Renyi Institute of Mathematics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary) and Tamas Hausel (Institute of Science and Technology, Vienna, Austria) who are both leading scientists and research professors.
Supervision of Ph.D. students: Among the doctoral students of Karoly Bezdek, Muhammad A. Khan has obtained the most prestigious recognitions for his doctoral work with Karoly Bezdek between 2013-17: his list of awards include Vanier Scholarship (2014-17), Killam Scholarship (2014-16), and Alberta Innovates Doctoral Award (2015-17).
Supervision of Postdoctoral Fellows: Zsolt Langi (2015-2017: University of Technology, Budapest, Hungary) and Marton Naszodi (2013-2016: ELTE, Budapest, Hungary) have been the most productive postdoctoral fellows under the supervision of Karoly Bezdek with each of them having published 8 joint research papers.
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