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Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Oliver Labs
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I am running my own small business by designing mathematical 3d-models and related mathematical objects (see

I received my Ph.D. (computational algebraic geometry) from the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz (Germany) in 2005 (October).

After 6 months as a PostDoc at the RICAM research insitute (Linz, Austria), I moved to Saarbrücken (Germany) where I was Frank-Olaf Schreyer's assistant until April 2013. Since then I am running my own business, selling mathematical objects, producing related software, and teaching related mathematics.

I spent the summer term 2008 as a visiting professor (,,Vertretungs-Professor'') at Erlangen, and summer term 2011 as a visiting professor at Cologne.


  • April 2013 - now: Math and Managing Head of my own business called MO-Labs.
  • Oct. 2015 - Sept. 2016: PostDoc at Mainz University, history of mathematics group
  • March 2014 - Sept. 2016: Researcher in the MC-Squared Project at the university of Potsdam.
    Since Oct. 2015: also research and teaching in the history of mathematics working group at the university of Mainz.
  • April 2006 - March 2013: Assistant of Frank-Olaf Schreyer at the university of Saarbrücken (Germany).
  • March 2011-July 2011: Visiting Professor for mathematics and didactics at the University of Köln (in German: Vertretungsprofessur)
  • April 2008 - July 2008: Visiting Professor (,,Vertretungs-Professor'') at the math department of the University of Erlangen.
  • Oct. 2005 - March 2006: PostDoc at the RICAM (Linz, Austria), in Josef Schicho's working group. Financed by the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
  • July 2001 - October 2005: Ph.D. student of Duco van Straten at the university of Mainz (Germany).


Scholarships and Grants

  • 2006: Research Prize of the University of Mainz for my Ph.D. thesis.
  • 2005: Grant (together with Duco van Straten) of the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz for E-Learning: Accepted for continuing the previous project (6 months).
  • 2004: Grant (together with Duco van Straten) of the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz for E-Learning: Supported a programming assistant for 4 months (in order to extend my tool surfex).
  • 2000-2001: Scholarship (six months) of the Johannes Gutenberg University for finishing my Diploma thesis.
  • 1996/97: ERASMUS scholarship (10 months) for my stay in Amiens (France).

Teaching Experiences

  • Independent teaching:
    2008: Dynamic Geometry Lecture (at Erlangen as a visiting professor)
    2008: Algebraic Curves Seminar (at Erlangen as a visiting professor)
    2007/08: Dynamic Geometry Lecture
    2007: Algebraic Topology Lecture
  • Since 2006:
    Teaching and Research Assistant of Frank-Olaf Schreyer at the Saarland University (Germany).
    Organized and supervised several tutorial classes for courses taught by Frank-Olaf.
    From 2007 on, I also did some independant teaching starting with a lecture on algebraic topology and followed by one on dynamic geometry.
    See the teaching section for more details.
  • 2001-2005:
    Teaching and Research Assistant of Duco van Straten at the University of Mainz (Germany).
    Organized exercise classes and held tutorial lectures in: Linear Algebra I-II, Analysis I, Mathematics for Computer Scientists I-III.
    Organized and held practical sessions in: Computer Algebra for Mathematicians, Computer Algebra for Computer Scientists.
    Co-organized several seminars (with Duco van Straten).
    Co-advised several Diploma and Staatsexamen Theses (with Duco van Straten).
  • 2001-2004: Organizer (with D. v. Straten, M. Lehn) of the project ''Mathematik am Mittwoch Mittag'' (MMM): pupils (13-18 years old) came to the university for 3 hours on wednesdays to experience some mathematics.

Jobs and other Activities

  • 2013 - now: I am running my own business, called MO-Labs, selling mathematical objects, related software, and teaching related mathematics.
  • 2001-2006: MONOID: web-editor of the maths journal for pupils.
  • 1998-2000: IC-Haus: programming, mainly c and database programming in VisualBasic for MSAccess
  • 1999, 2000: mainly CeBIT 1999 and CeBIT 2000
  • 1998: One year in the executive board of the local comitee Mainz/Wiesbaden of the student organization AIESEC; responsible for organizing internships for foreigners in the Mainz area.


  • Sports: Badminton, Running, Squash, Tennis, ...
  • Meeting people.
  • Practicing languages.
  • Internet & Maths programming.

Recent & Upcoming (Selected Events)

  • July 24-31 2016: ICME Hamburg. Invited Talk and exhibition (with S. Halverscheid) on Felix Klein and mathematical models during the thematic afternoon on Wednesday.
  • Jule 20-23, 2016: Organiser of a Workshop at the "Imaginary Conference" on an Imaginary Book.
  • June 28, 2016: Invited Talk/Workshop at ICERM (Providence, USA) on algebraic surfaces, their visualisations and 3D-models
  • Oct. 27, 2015: Talk "On Alfred Clebsch and Cubic Surfaces." at the history of mathematics meeting at MFO, Oberwolfach, Germany
  • March 13, 2014: Talk at Nancy (France) on cubic surface models. See for some of them.
  • April 1, 2013: My new website on which I present some of the mathematical objects I have been producing.
  • Sept. 29, 2012: Workshop on the question: How to use the new capabilities of 3d-printing for teaching purposes. AK MUI Meeting at Soest, Germany.
  • Sept 20, 2012: Two workshops at the DMV-Tagung on: Neue mathematische 3d-Modelle für die Lehre.
  • Sept. 14-15, 2012: A small exhibition on mathematical 3d-models for teaching during the conference on geometry teaching at Saarbrücken, Germany.
  • August 2012: My new website has been released. You may now purchase some of my mathematical 3d-models online.
  • June 23, 2012: Talk at the conference CADGME 2012, at Novi Sad, Serbia.
  • June 12, 2012: Talk at the Mini-Workshop on the history of mathematical instruments, mashines, and models. Mainz, Germany.
  • May 31, 2012: Opening of the exhibition Forms and Formulas at Lisboa, Portugal, on 300 square meters. I am one of the three curators. We show more than 60 of my 3d-printed mathematical models, together with other new and historical pieces!
  • April 26, 2012: Invited talk at the IMAGINARY-Conference at Barcelona, Spain.
  • April 24, 2012: Talk at the Didactics Colloquium at the Saarland University.
  • April 4, 2012: Talk at the annual MNU meeting at Freiburg, Germany.
  • March 2012: Talk at the annual meeting of the GDM at Weingarten, Germany.
  • Nov. 10, 2011: Invited Talk at the ETH, Zürich, Switzerland.
  • Oct. 11, 2011: Invited Talk at the Maths Institute at Lisbon, Portugal: Parabolas are Useful!
  • Sept. 25, 2011: Talk on Zeros and Discriminants of Polynomials during the AkMUI Conference at Soest, Germany.
  • Sept. 20, 2011: Workshop on Understanding Chaotic Behaviour using GeoGebra (in German) at the so-called Lehrertag of the annual DMV Meeting. Cologne, Germany. Material
  • Sept. 1-4, 2011: Invited Talk at the conference Geometry from an Advanced Point of View at Aveiro, Portugal.
  • March - July 2011: Visiting Professor at the university of Cologne (in German: Vertretung einer Professur).
  • Nov. 6, 2010: Workshop Algebra in Bildern at the CASIO meeting called Teach and Talk, Nürnberg, Germany. PDF-Download.
  • Sept. 27, 2010: Talk at the Oberseminar Südwest, Karlsruhe, Germany: Algebraische Geometrie in der Sekundarstufe I? (in German).
  • Sept. 25, 2010: Talk and Workshop at AkMUI 2010, Soest, Germany: Algebraische Geometrie versus Analytische Geometrie in der Schule (in German).
  • Sept. 12, 2010: Talk at AkGeo 2010, Marktbreit, Germany: Terme in Bildern in der Sekundarstufe I (in German).
  • March 2010: Invited talk at the Saga Workshop 2010, Auron, France: Visualization of Real Algebraic Curves and Surfaces with Singularities.
  • February 2010: Talk at the Convex Algebraic Geometry Workshop at Banff, Canada: Visualizing Convex Algebraic Geometry
  • July 2009: Talk at the university of Hannover, Germany: Real surfaces with real singularities and applications (in didactics and architecture)
  • May 2009: Talk at the architecture department of the technical university at Cottbus, Germany: Algebraic Geometry in Architecture?
  • Feb. 18, 2009: Talk at the Otto-Hahn-Gymnasium at Saarbrücken (Germany): Von Pythagoras zu aktueller algebraischer Geometrie (PDF)
  • Nov. 3 - Nov. 7, 2008: at the Maths Research Institute at Oberwolfach (Germany): Organizer of a teachers' training course on the use of algebraic curves and surfaces in school (in German).
  • Oct. 24. - Nov. 16, 2008: Ausstellung IMAGINARY 2008 in der K4-Galerie in Saarbrücken.
  • Sept. 2008 at Kassel (Germany): Talk at the AKMUI meeting.
  • Sept 2008 at Erlangen (Germany): Talk at the DMV Conference. I am also one of the organizers of a Mini-Symposium there.
  • Sept 2008 at Oslo (Norway): Talk at the CMA seminar.
  • August 2008 at Saarbrücken: Talk at the Kulturmeilen-Fest: Über die Schönheit der Geometrie(in German). PDF-Download. Mathematische Animationen zum Vortrag: Barth-Fläche, Enriques-Flächen, meine 99-nodale Fläche.
  • January 2008: Our paper on surfaces with many solitary points on
  • December 2007 at Paris (France): Invited Talk at MACIS 2007: Visualization Challenges in Real Algebraic Geometry
  • 2006, December 1: Together with Hans-Christian Graf von Bothmer, I present an advent calendar of geometrical animations: