John Sheekey's Home Page



So this is my new website. Even more rubbish than the old one.
I'll get round to improving it at some point. But at least my thesis is here now.

I'm currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Mathematics at Universiteit Gent in Ghent, Belgium. I previously worked as a postdoc at Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Brussels, Belgium, working with Prof. Philippe Cara, and before that at Università degli Studi di Padova, in the Department of Management and Engineering, based in Vicenza, where I worked with Prof. Corrado Zanella and Prof. Michel Lavrauw..

I studied for my Ph.D. at the
Claude Shannon Institute in University College Dublin, Ireland, from 2007-2011, under the supervision of Prof. Rod Gow. I defended my thesis in November 2011.

Contact details:

Universiteit Gent
Building S22
Krijgslaan 281
9000 Gent
tel.: ...I hate the telephone...
email: {myfullname} at gmail


My research interests are wide and varied, which is a nice way of saying "I don't know what my research interests are". Linear algebra over finite fields, finite semifields, partial spreads in hermitian spaces... anything to do with rank properties of matrices over finite fields. Hence the title of my thesis. I'm slowly drifting towards Projective Geometry, despite my efforts to avoid it. It's not so bad once you get to know it. Just like myself.


Preprints will be available when I get around to it. So, probably, like, never. Till then, google it, or contact me.
PhD thesis
research articles
in preparation
  • Ah now I can't be giving away my secrets... ok then, since you asked nicely:
  • Counting symmetric nilpotent matrices, with A.E. Brouwer and Rod Gow, submitted. website
  • On BEL-configurations and finite semifields, with Michel Lavrauw, submitted. preprint
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    Forthcoming conferences

    Recent conferences

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    Here will be a selection of recent talks I have given... once I get around to uploading them... back to top


    This is a photo taken one of the only two times I've ever worn a suit.
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