Dr Geertrui Van de Voorde

School of Mathematics and Statistics
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140, NEW ZEALAND

Room 724, Erskine Building
Email: geertrui.vandevoorde@canterbury.ac.nz



Research Background

I am a lecturer for the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. In 2010, I received my PhD from the University of Ghent, Belgium, where I worked under the supervision of Leo Storme and Michel Lavrauw. I was a post-doc at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Brussels, Belgium, with Philippe Cara as host from 2010 until 2012. In 2012, I received a postdoctoral fellowship of FWO (Research Foundation- Flanders), to work jointly at VUB and Ghent University.



Research Interests

My main research interest is finite projective geometry. In particular, I study the interplay between the combinatorial properties of particular sets and their algebraic description. Moreover, I am interested in the links between finite geometry and other areas. Many open problems in coding theory can be translated into a purely geometrical problem. Similarly, examples of (extremal) graphs often arise from finite geometry.