Thorsten Altenkirch

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Thorsten Altenkirch
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
Scientific career
FieldsConstructive mathematics
Type theory
Homotopy type theory
InstitutionsUniversity of Nottingham
Institute for Advanced Study
Doctoral advisorRod Burstall

Thorsten Altenkirch (German pronunciation: [ˈtɔʁstn̩ ˈʔaltn̩kɪʁç]) is a German Professor of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham[1] known for his research on logic, type theory, and homotopy type theory. Altenkirch was part of the 2012/2013 special year on univalent foundations at the Institute for Advanced Study.[2] At Nottingham he co-chairs the Functional Programming Laboratory with Graham Hutton.


Altenkirch obtained his PhD from the University of Edinburgh under Rod Burstall.[3]


Altenkirch's work includes: Containers, Epigram programming language, and Homotopy Type Theory: Univalent Foundations of Mathematics (The HoTT Book).

Altenkirch has also been a guest on the YouTube channel Computerphile[4]


  1. ^ "Thorsten Altenkirch".
  2. ^ "Program Participants".
  3. ^ Thorsten Altenkirch at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. ^ "Computerphile". YouTube. Retrieved 11 January 2017.

External links[edit]

  • Altenkirch's personal page at Nottingham
  • Altenkirch's newer page at Nottignham [1]