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Ben Thompson

I'm a Mathematics PhD student at Boston University studying Algebraic Geometry.  I’m examining high-dimensional generalizations of a popular theorem in geometry which was first proven by Jean-Victor Poncelet, an engineer in Napoleon's army, while he was in a Russian prison camp.  The theorem involves the trajectory of billiards bouncing off an elliptical boundary, and can be proven using techniques from several disparate areas of math.  I am also interested in causal inference in time series analysis.