Hélène Barcelo is the Deputy Director of MSRI, a position she has held since July 1, 2008. As Deputy Director, she is in charge of overseeing all scientific activities at the Institute.
A native of Québec, Canada, Hélène Barcelo received her PhD in mathematics in 1988 at the University of California, San Diego. After a three-year postdoctoral position at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, she moved to Arizona State University -Tempe campus (ASU). She is a Professor Emerita of Mathematics at ASU and a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.
She received the Wexler Award (ASU) for distinguished teaching, and 4 doctoral and 8 master students completed their degree under her direction. She has held visiting positions at numerous universities and research institutes around the world.
Professor Barcelo's research interests lie in algebraic combinatorics; more specifically, combinatorial representation theory and homotopy theories in relation to subspace arrangements. Prior to becoming Deputy Director, she spent the spring 2008 semester at MSRI as a Research Professor in the Combinatorial Representation Theory program; she was in residence at MSRI for the year-long program in Combinatorics in 1996-97; and, she visited again in Fall 2004 during the Hyperplane Arrangements and Applications program.
For many years (2001-09), Professor Barcelo was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series A, and she is currently a member of its advisory board. She has served on the executive committee of the International Conference in Formal Power Series and Algebraic Combinatorics (FPSAC) for several years (2001-08). She is also serving a four-year term on the Executive Committee of the American Mathematical Society and serves on its Committee on Publications.
Email: hbarcelo at msri.org