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Laboratoire d'Informatique de Paris-Nord
Institut Galilée - Université Paris-Nord
99, avenue Jean-Baptiste Clément
93430 Villetaneuse

Office: A209
Phone: +33 1 49 40 36 91
Fax:     +33 1 48 26 07 12
E-mail: adrian.tanasa at


Junior member of "Institut Universitaire de France" (IUF), 2015-2020.

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I have been an Associate Professor in the Combinatorics group of Paris North University since September 2010.

I have passed my Habilitation, "Combinatorics in Quantum Field Theory and Random Tensor Models" in November 2012. The referees were : Pierre Bieliavsky (univ. Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgique), Frédéric Héléin (Univ. Paris 7), Matilde Marcolli (Caltech) and Jean-Yves Thibon (Univ. Marne-la-Valée). The President of the jury was Gilles Schaeffer (Ecole Polytechnique). The other jury members were : Frédérique Bassino, Olivier Bodini, Gérard Duchamp (Univ. Paris 13, Sorbonne Paris Cité), Christian Krattenthaler (Univ. Vienne, Autriche) and Vincent Rivasseau (Univ. Paris 11).

I began my studies at the University of Bucharest (1997-2000) and then attended École Normale Supérieure Lyon (2000-2002). My PhD (2002-2005), in co-direction at the University of Haute Alsace and the University of Strasbourg, examined the rôle played by algebraic structures (Lie algebras and some graduated generalizations) in quantum mechanics (the Weyl algebra) and in field theory. After spending one more year at the University of Haute Alsace, I was granted a CNRS post-doc (2007-2008) at Orsay, in Vincent Rivasseau's fantastic group. During my time there, I began working intensively on different topics related to renormalizability in commutative and non-commutative quantum field theories. The following year (2007-2008) I took on a position as a CNRS-associated researcher in Orsay and then continued as a visiting scientist at the Institut Max Planck of Bonn and at IHES. Between 2008 and 2010, I was a post-doc at École Polytechnique.

Création journal international - "Annales de l'Institut Henri Poincaré D: Combinatorics, Physics and their Interactions"

After my recruitment in Paris 13, I had the idea of ​​creating an interdisciplinary journal dedicated to the growing interface between Combinatorics and Physics. The contract represents the birth of this new journal, "Annals of the Institut Henri Poincaré D, Combinatorics, Physics and their Interactions" was signed in July 2013 by Cédric Villani, director of the Institut Henri Poincaré (IHP) and Thomas Hintermann, Director of the Publishing House of the Europeean Mathematical Society" (EMS). This journal thus became the 4th annals of IHP and, at the same time, the 17th journal published by the EMS Publishing House

I am currently the Managing Editor of this journal and, at the same time, one of the founding editors.

Research interests

I am currently working on Combinatorial Physics, or more precisesly, on the investigation of the rôle played by different combinatorial structures (topological graph polynomials, combinatorial Hopf algebras, maps and their generalizations, matroids etc.) in various quantum field theoretical models (including random tensor models, generalization of random matrix models).


All of my articles are available on arXiv.


In the spring of 2011, I won (as a Principal Investigator) a French CNRS PEPS grant. I am joined on my research team by: G. H. E. Duchamp (Univ. Paris XIII), T. Krajewski (Univ. Marseille), N. Hoang (Univ. Paris XIII), V. Rivasseau (Univ. Paris XI), M. Valencia-Pabon (Univ. Paris XIII) and F. Vignes-Tourneret (CNRS Lyon).

In 2008, I won three Short Visit Grants from the European Science Foundation Research Networking Programme "Quantum Geometry and Quantum Gravity". I used these grants to travel from the Max Plack Institute in Bonn (Germany) to Ecole Polytechnique and Orsay in Paris for my research projects.

Organization of seminars, conferences and workshops

I will be organizing a workshop on November 22, 2011 at the Institut Henri Poincaré- "Renormalizability in quantum gravity models - combinatorial, analytical and geometrical aspects". The workshop will be part of the GDR "Renormalisation : aspects algébriques, analytiques et géométriques"

I will also be organizing, in March of 2012, in collaboration with G. Duchamp, C. Krattenthaler, V. Strehl, JY Thibon, and C. Tollu, the 68th edition of the Séminaire Lotharingien de Combinatoire. The seminar will be held over the course of 2.5 days; a special afternoon on combinatorial physics being organized by G. Duchamp, C. Tollu and myself. The conference will take place at Domaine Saint Jacques (France). The invited speakers will be: Abdelmalek Abdesselam (University of Virginia, USA) and Gilles Schaeffer (CNRS at Ecole Polytechnique, France).

Between 2008 and 2010, I organized the recurring mathematical physics seminar of Ecole Polytechnique. In 2008, I was co-organizer (at Ecole Polytechnique) of the joint mathematical physics seminar of Ecole Polytechnique and Orsay.

Masters internships and PhD advising

I was (spring 2012), with Vincent Rivasseau, the Masters 2 internship advisor of S. Dartois. Beginning in the fall of 2012, S. Dartois started a PhD, under the supervision of Vincent Rivasseau and myself.

I was (spring 2011), with G. Duchamp, the Masters 2 internship advisor of Nguyen Hoang. Beginning in the fall of 2011, Nguyen Hoang started a PhD, under the supervision of G. Duchamp and myself. Nguyen defended in September 2014.

Fall 2011 I was the scientifical tutor of the visit of Olivier Pfante (PhD student of Raimar Wulkenhaar, in Munster, Germany, EU), within the Noncommutative Geometry European network.

Post-doc advising

I was, Jan. 2013 - Dec. 2014, the advisor of Matti Raasakka, E. Aaltonen Foundation (Finland) post-doc.

Invited talks (selection)

- 2015: Journées Combinatoire de Bordeaux, Bordeaux (France)

- 2014: Rencontre "Combinatorics and Statistical Mechanics", Warwick (Royaume Uni)

- 2014: Rencontre "Combinatorics and Arithmetics for Physics", IHES Bures-sur-Yvette (France)

- 2014: Rencontre "Quantum Gravity in Paris", Orsay and IHES (France)

- 2013: Journée lancement Pôle Math-STIC de l'univ. Paris 13, Villetaneuse (France)

- 2012: Workshop “Mathematical Aspects of hadron Physics”, Trento (Italie)

- 2011: "Dyson-Schwinger Equations and Faà di Bruno Hopf Algebras in Physics and Combinatorics" (part of GdR ``Renormalisation : aspects algébriques, analytiques et géeométriques''), Institut de Recherche Mathématique Avancée, Strasbourg, France, EU

- 2010: ``Renormalisation, Géométrie et Combinatoire'' (part of GdR ``Renormalisation : aspects algébriques, analytiques et géeométriques''), Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu, France, EU

Journal referee

"European Journal of Combinatorics", "Annales Henri Poincaré", "Journal of High Energy Physics", "Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical", "Journal of Mathematical Physics", "Classical and Quantum Gravity", "Central European Journal of Physics", "Romanian Reports in Physics", "Proceeding of the 4th European Non Commutative Geometry Network".

Founding agencies expert

Agence Nationale pour la Recherche, France; Austrian Science Fund, Austria and Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, Netherlands (2011).


My main hobby is football, in general, and Steaua Bucharest in particular. Another important hobby is travelling.

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