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###### May

Last Friday, during DTU’s annual party, Maria obtained the prestigious teacher-of-the-year award. Each year, it is awarded to two teachers who have obtained exceptionally good teaching evaluations. It was her teaching in the course Discrete mathematics 2: algebra, which motivated and impressed the students so much that several of them suggested that the award should go to Maria this year.

Congratulations to Maria with this excellent result!

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###### Apr

You can now find a new preprint on the preprint server arXiv. In the article, written by Peter and associate professor Vincent Neiger from Sorbonne University, you can find how to decode AG codes even faster than previously known. This work on this article was started when Vincent visited the algebra group in August 2022 and is a part of the outcome of the DFF-FNU project Correcting on a Curve.

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###### Feb

Maria and Lara will participate in the conference Conference On alGebraic varieties over fiNite fields and Algebraic geometry Codes (COGNAC), which will take place February 13-17 at CIRM, Luminy in France.

Maria is in fact an invited speaker and will give the first talk of the conference. The title of her talk is “Algebraic curves with many rational points over finite fields”. Lara’s talk, titled “Weierstrass semigroups at the F_{q^2}-rational points of a maximal curve with the third largest genus”, will be about her latest research with Peter and Maria.

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###### Jan

We are delighted to announce that Maria obtained one of the prestigious Villum Young Investigator Grants. The title of her project is “Algebraic curves in information theory: a treasure yet to discover”. This fantastic news means that the algebra group will be able to grow with two postdocs and one PhD student in the coming years. The first postdoc is planned to start after summer this year at the start of Maria’s project. The scheduled end of the project is summer 2028. A description of the project as well as that of the other new Villum Young Investigators’ can be found here.

Congratulations Maria!!

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###### Jan

We are happy to announce that Jonathan Tilling Niemann will start as a PhD student in the algebra group. The planned starting date is the 15th of March this year. Jonathan studied mathematics at KU and defended his master’s thesis today with great success obtaining the maximal grade. His PhD project will be supervised by Peter and Maria.

Jonathan will work within the area of maximal curves defined over a finite field. These are algebraic curves that attain the famous Hasse-Weil bound. Such curves are particularly interesting from the point of error-correcting codes as well. In recent years several new families of maximal curves have been found (among others a family discovered by Peter and Maria that is now called the Beelen-Montanucci family of maximal curves). Jonathan’s project is about finding common properties of these families and, if possible, to use the gained insights to find new families of maximal curves. The resulting impact in the area of error-correcting codes will be investigated as well.

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###### Dec

Today, Maria gave a talk for the department in connection to the seminar “Meet DTU Compute”. She talked about her work algebraic curves and their uses in coding theory. Title and abstract are given below.

**Title**: Algebraic curves in coding theory

**Abstract**: Whether colors in the rainbow or notes in a musical scale, there is a natural human desire to categorize objects, and classifying shapes by their geometric properties has always been a fundamental mathematical research area. Here shapes are grouped into basic geometric objects such as points, lines, ﬁgures. However, most geometrical objects occurring in science are so complex that they defy this traditional mathematical description making it hard to classify them. One solution is to use algebra to see what geometric objects have in common, which entails describing them as a set of equations. In this light, algebraic curves are the simplest objects one can study, as in the plane they are given by one single equation.

For a long time, the study of algebraic curves was the province of pure mathematicians. But then, in a series of three papers in the period 1977-1982, Goppa found important applications of algebraic curves over finite fields, and especially of those having many rational points, to coding theory (reliable communication). Since then, many other applications followed naturally.

In this presentation, after a general introduction to coding theory and algebraic curves, the main ideas behind Goppa’s construction will be described together with some more recent applications of algebraic curves in Information Theory.

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###### Nov

Today Ph.D. student Lara Vicino has given an online talk as part of the series of on-line seminars: Galois Geometries and their applications – Young seminars (organized by Department of Mathematics and Physics – Università degli Studi della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”). She talked about recent results on Weierstrass semigroups at points of a maximal curve with the third largest genus. Such curves are of particular interest in coding theory since they give rise to excellent AG codes and fast decoders are known for such codes. The work is joint with Peter Beelen and Maria Montanucci.

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###### Aug

This and next week, the algebra group will host Vincent Neiger as a visitor. He previously was a postdoc in the algebra group, but now is an Associate Professor (*Maître de Conférences*) at Sorbonne University, Faculty of Science and Engineering. Vincent is an expert in computer algebra and has put his name to various very fast algorithms. We look forward to working with him!

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###### Jul

Each year the Ph.D. school of DTU Compute organizes a Ph.D. bazar, where among other things Ph.D. students can present their work. Ph.D. student Lara Vicino presented her work with her supervisors on the Weierstrass semigroups of maximal curves and illustrated the use of numerical semigroups in general. Here you can see a picture of her in action today.

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###### Jun

In the period 13th June till 3rd July, the algebra group will be visited by Prof. Sudhir Ghorpade (IIT Bombay) and Assistant Prof. Mrinmoy Datta (IIT Hyderabad). The goal is to continue the study of a famous class of algebraic geometry codes, the projective Reed-Muller codes.