Instructores

Dr. Alejandro Maass
Dr. Alejandro Maass

Dr. Alejandro Maass

Centro de Modelamiento Matemático (CMM), Universidad de Chile, Chile

He studied Mathematical Engineering at the University of Chile, where he received the engineering degree in 1990. Immediately after, he moved to France where he obtained the PhD degree in 1994 at the Institut de Mathématiques de Luminy of Université Aix-Marseille in Marseille. His thesis was focused on the ergodic theory of cellular automata and local entropy theory in topological dynamics, supervised by François Blanchard. In September 1994 he joined the Department of Mathematical Engineering at the University of Chile as assistant professor. In 2000 he joined the newly created UMI-CNRS Center for Mathematical Modeling (CMM) of University of Chile (UChile), as associated researcher. That same year he obtained the habilitation à diriger la recherche in France and a bit later he was promoted to full professor at the University of Chile.

Since then, he has been conducting fundamental and applied research in both ergodic theory, focused on symbolic and topological dynamics, and new scientific adventures in mathematical biology and bioinformatics. In 2002 he created the Laboratory of Bioinformatics and Mathematics of the Genome (LBMG) at CMM-UChile whose aim is to provide computational and mathematical tools to solve real life biotechnological challenges from a mathematical perspective. This laboratory has being involved in the main genome programs in Chile and maintains international collaboration with several groups in France and USA. From 2004 to 2006 he was a junior member of the Chilean Academy of Sciences, in 2009 he entered as a member of the Chilean Academy of Engineering and in 2018 was elected as Corresponding Member of the Chilean Academy of Sciences. In 2009 he received the Latin American and Caribbean Mathematical Union Prize in recognition for “remarkable work and as a stimulus for further contributions to Mathematics”.

During his professional career he has assumed different scientific responsibilities in Chile: President of the National Council of Sciences from 2006 to 2008; responsible of the Chilean-French cooperation program ECOS-CONICYT since 2007, Chairman of the Department of Mathematical Engineering at the University of Chile from 2001 to 2004 and director of the Center for Mathematical Modeling (CMM) since 2017. His work in stimulating the scientific cooperation with France was recognized with the distinction “Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite” in May 2007.