Michael Farber is a Professor of Mathematics at Queen Mary University of London; he is a Turing Fellow and Turing University Lead for Queen Mary. He obtained his PhD and DSc degrees in the former USSR. Prior to joining Queen Mary in 2014, Michael Farber had professorial appointments at the universities of Warwick, Durham and Tel Aviv. He is an editor of several mathematical journals, among them “Applied and Computational Topology”. In 2004 he received a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. He is currently the Director of the Institute of Applied Data Science at Queen Mary.
Michael Farber has broad research interests and experience in various areas of applied and pure mathematics. He worked in the Institute of Cybernetics in the former USSR leading a department for optimisation and control of large radio telescopes. His results in pure mathematics include the solution of two problems of R. H. Fox about 2-dimensional knotted spheres in 4-dimensional space and a problem of S. P. Novikov about critical points of multi-valued functions on manifolds. Another achievement is the solution of the “zero-in-the-spectrum” conjecture of M. Gromov. Since 2003 Professor Farber has worked in applied algebraic topology, stochastic topology and topological robotics.