Hélène Barcelo is the 14th 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 happening at the Institute.
A native of Québec, Canada, Hélène Barcelo received her PhD in mathematics in 1988 at the University of California, San Diego working under the supervision of Adriano M. Garsia. After a 3-year postdoctoral position at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, she moved to Arizona State University, Tempe Campus, where she is a Professor in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences. She has been a visiting scholar 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 visited again in 2004 during the Hyperplane Arrangements and Applications Fall program.
For many years (2001-09) Professor Barcelo was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series A. She is currently a member of the advisory board. She has also served on the executive committee of the International Conference in Formal Power Series and Algebraic Combinatorics (FPSAC) for several years (2001-08).
Email: hbarcelo at msri.org