Case Western Reserve University

Mathematics Department

Stanislaw Szarek

Teaching and Such

Fall 2023

Spring 2023

Fall 2022

Other than that, and subject to COVID-19-related disruptions, I may be available to supervise research projects (as MATH 301 or otherwise) if desired. Another ongoing opportunity is the Analysis and Probability Seminar, which can be taken for credit as MATH 528.

Some other courses I taught at CWRU in the not-too-distant past
And here are some graduate courses taught at Sorbonne University in Paris Fall 2017 Spring 2020

Alice and Bob Meet Banach

Alice and Bob Meet Banach, a book I co-wrote with Guillaume Aubrun, which appeared in the fall of 2017.
Advertising the book in the home country of the third main character. Book review in Bulletin AMS (April 2021)

My Research Interests

My primary field is Functional Analysis, more specifically Geometry of Banach Spaces, Convexity and, particularly, their combinatorial and probabilistic aspects. This area is often subsumed as Asymptotic Geometric Analysis. I am also interested in those aspects of other fields such as Mathematical Physics, Computer Science, Operator Theory, Approximation Theory, or Operation Research that appeal to convexity and/or exhibit probabilistic or geometric flavor (including, but not limited to, Random Matrices and Quantum Information Theory).

Have a pet problem that could fit there? Drop me a line at szarek at

Here is my CV and selected publications with links to preprints, and my Google Scholar profile.

Links: Banach Space Bulletin Board, Functional Analysis archive at UC Davis (currently down), Functional Analysis Quantum Physics

What's Happening (2006-2007... 2020-2021-2022-)

In 2020-21 and through early August 2021 I served as Interim Chair of the Department of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics at CWRU.

I will be on a sabbatical leave during 2019-20, but I will be in residence on the CWRU campus for part of the year. At other times, I will be - among others - in Paris, France or Sopot and Gdansk Poland. (Obviously, these plans got affected by COVID-19.)

In the fall of 2017 I will be co-organizing a trimester on Analysis In Quantum Information Theory at the Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris. Here is a YouTube trailer of the program. I will be based at the Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu-Paris Rive Gauche from July 2017 through July 2018.

I will be on a sabbatical leave for 2013-14. In particular, in the fall of 2013 I will be in Cambridge, U.K., participating in the programme Mathematical Challenges in Quantum Information at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences. I will be traveling intermittently in the winter, spring and summer of 2014. I will be in residence at CWRU starting in the Fall of 2014.

In August 2010, I am on the CWRU campus, back from the Equipe d'Analyse Fonctionnelle at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, France. However, I will be traveling extensively in the fall, participating in the program on Asymptotic Geometric Analysis at the Fields Institute in Toronto and in the semester on Quantum Information Theory at the Institut Mittag-Leffler in Djursholm, Sweden.

Since January 2009 I am Kerr Professor of Mathematics.

Since June 2007 I have been involved in the NSF Focused Research Group project: Fourier analytic and probabilistic methods in geometric functional analysis and convexity. In addition to CWRU, the FRG project involves Kent State University, University of Michigan and University of Missouri. The project provides numerous research opportunities, particularly for graduate students and postdocs. A major FRG-related event was an international conference on "Perspectives in High Dimensions," which took place in Cleveland from August 1 to August 7, 2010. [The project ended on May 31, 2012.]

In August 2006 I took part in the International Congress of Mathematicians in Madrid, Spain. Here are the slides from my lecture on Convexity, Complexity, and High Dimensions and the related ICM-2006 Proceedings article.

Earlier in 2006, I was involved in the trimester on Phenomena in High Dimensions at the Institut Henri Poincare, where I taught this course. And here is another event at IHP in 2007.

Other Interests

Other than that, I like travel, sailing (Navigare Necesse Est, CNIF), diving, skiing, tennis, table tennis, bridge ...

And here are my daughters, Martina and Natalie (as seen by a Ukrainian artist in Kraków in 1997) and Emily (testing a certain body of water in 2005).

Last updated September 7, 2023

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