Wöden Kusner
Assistant Professor (NTT) [AY '17-20]

About Me

Starting in the fall semester of 2017, I am at Vanderbilt University.

I was previously an FWF Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Analysis and Number Theory at Graz University of Technology. In the fall of 2014, I was a visitor at the ESI at the University of Vienna. In the spring of 2015, I was a visitor at ICERM at Brown University. In the summer of 2016, I was a summer researcher at MSRI. - In the summer of 2017, I was at the Aspen Center for Physics.

I studied at Haverford College and the University of Pittsburgh.

Over the years, my research has been partially supported by these institutions, the FWF, and the NSF in a variety of forms.

I am interested in problems of discrete geometry and geometric optimization that are approachable by synthetic or analytic means and those where brute force computation is becoming tractable.

Right now I am thinking about:

  • Critical density in packings of anisotropic objects
  • The quality of point sets on the sphere
  • Configuration spaces of hard disks
  • Hyperuniform structures in the compact setting
  • Topologically sweeping rope

I am also interested in building physical models of some of these things.

News for 2017:

More information can be found in my CV (~2017) or Research Statement (~2017).

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My research papers by type: journal papers; preprints.

Journal Papers

The twelve spheres problem
Bolyai Society Mathematical Studies
, 2018.
  • Rob Kusner
  • Wöden Kusner
  • Jeffrey Lagarias
  • Senya Shlosman
Hyperuniform point sets on the sphere: deterministic constructions
Constructive Approximation
, 2018.
  • Johann Brauchart
  • Peter Grabner
  • Wöden Kusner
The local optimality of the double lattice packing
Discrete & Computational Geometry
, 2016.
  • Yoav Kallus
  • Wöden Kusner
On the densest packing of polycylinders in any dimension
Discrete & Computational Geometry
, 2016.
  • Wöden Kusner
Upper bounds on packing density for circular cylinders with high aspect ratio
Discrete & Computational Geometry
, 2014.
  • Wöden Kusner


Packings of regular pentagons in the plane
, 2016.
  • Thomas Hales
  • Wöden Kusner