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 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.
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