### Morten Skarsholm Risager

My name is Morten Skarsholm Risager. I was born in the northern part of
Jutland in the spring of 1973. Twenty years later I entered the
University of Aarhus where I studied philosophy, physics and
mathematics. In 1996 I married my wife Sigrid and around the same time I
decided that mathematics was going to be my major. In 1999 I was
accepted into the mathematics PhD program under the supervision of Erik
Balslev and eventually co-supervised by Alexei B. Venkov. In the first
semester of 2002 my family - my wife, our son Karl and myself - was in
Bonn where I studied at the Max Planck Institute of Mathematics. Most of
the main results of my thesis started to materialize during this stay
and in spring 2003 I defended my thesis entitled "Automorphic forms and
modular symbols". In June and July I had the pleasure of being a postdoc
at MaPhySto, and afterwards I became an assistant professor (Adjunkt) at
the mathematics department at the University of Aarhus. Besides
research I am involved in the development of a mathematical laboratory
intended for first year undergraduate students at the science faculty.

My main research interests are Riemann surfaces, analytic number theory
and the spectral theory of automorphic forms. In particular I have been
studying the value distribution of the Poincare pairing between homology
and cohomology in different settings. It turns out that for a fixed
cohomology class this pairing is often normally distributed if one makes
the correct normalization and ordering. I am also very interested in
understanding the arithmetical importance of various functions whose
spectral significance is evident.

Further information can be found at my personal webpage:
http://home.imf.au.dk/risager/

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