Valentin Baillard

Valentin Baillard
PhD student in probability

During his studies at École Centrale Paris (now called CentraleSupélec), Valentin pursued a 3-year research project in plasma physics applied to future low-carbon technologies and joined the LIGO collaboration for 6 months. Now a graduate, he is moving towards more abstract research in fundamental mathematics and is currently in his first year of a PhD in Probability at the University of Paris-Sud and the CEA of Paris-Saclay. His subject is the study of the spectral properties of a certain type of random matrices, which are of interest both to mathematicians and theoretical physicists, but also ultimately to the machine learning or telecommunications industry. Passionate about science, in 2018 he coordinated the organization of a large-scale student scientific symposium (the first edition of the CentraleSupélec Scientific Symposium), and during his doctorate he leads scientific workshops for primary and secondary school students at the Maison d'Initiation et de Sensibilisation aux Sciences (MISS) in Paris-Saclay. Today his interest lies in the democratizing critical thinking and a philosophical approach to our relationship to knowledge.

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