Dr. Robin Forman was appointed Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost in September 2016. He previously served as dean of the Emory College of Arts and Sciences and the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics at Emory University. He has held faculty and administrative appointments at Rice University, and has served as an instructor at MIT and as a visiting professor at the University of Burgundy, Harvard University and the Mathematical Research Institute.
Forman's research, which has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Security Agency and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, focuses on combinatorial methods in topology and geometry.
Modeling the precision and robustness of Hunchback border during Drosophila embryonic development, with Heather Hardway, Bibhash Mukhopashyay, Tim Burke, and Theron Hitchman, Journal of Theoretical Biology 254 (2008), 390-399.
Topics in combinatorial differential topology and geometry, in Geometric Combinatorics, Ezra Miller, Victor Reiner, and Bernd Sturmfels eds., 135-204, IAS/Park City Mathematics Series 14, American Mathematical Society and Institute for Advanced Studies, Providence, 2007.
Finite-type invariants for graphs and graph reconstructions, Advances in Mathematics 186 (2004), 181-228.
Some applications of combinatorial differential topology, in Graphs and patterns in mathematics and theoretical physics, M. Lyubich and L. Takhajan eds., 281-313, Proceedings of Symposia in Pure Mathematics 73, American Mathematical Society, Providence, 2005.
Lessons from graduate school, in The Founders of Index Theory: Reminiscences of Atiyah, Bott, Hirzebruch and Singer, Shing-TungYau ed., International Press, Somerville, 2003.