Interview with Volker Strehl
Enumerative Combinatorics and Applications
Volker Strehl studied mathematics and physics at Friedrich-Alexander Uni versität (FAU) in Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, and at ETH Zürich in Switzerland. In 1971 he obtained a Diploma in Mathematics (M.Sc. degree) at FAU under the supervision of Konrad Jacobs, and in 1973 he obtained a Ph.D. in Mathematics under the joint supervision of Konrad Jacobs and Dominique Foata. He then joined the Computer Science Department (CSD) of FAU as (an equivalent of) an assistant professor in Theoretical
... r Science. In 1990, he obtained the degree of a Dr.-Ing. habil., required for becoming a 'Privatdozent' (1991) and a Professor of Theoretical Computer Science (1996). In that same year, he joined the Chair of Artificial Intelligence at CSD, which in 2010 became the new Chair of Theoretical Computer Science. His research interests include Enumerative Combinatorics, Mathematical Methods in Computer Science (Complexity Analysis of Algorithms, Automata, Grammars, and Formal Languages, Information and Coding Theory), and Computer Algebra. Together with Dominique Foata and Adalbert Kerber, Professor Strehl was co-founder of the Seminaire Lotharingien de Combinatoire in 1980 and is still active in this ongoing enterprise. He acted as an organizer and as a member of the permanent program committee of the series of conferences Formal Power Series and Algebraic Combinatorics (FPSAC) from 1990 to 2005, and also as a member of the editorial board of the Electronic Journal of Combinatorics for many years.