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  • Prof Alan Champneys

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  • Prof Richard Craster

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  • Prof David Abrahams

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  • Prof Alan Champneys

    Prof Alan Champneys is Professor of Applied Non-linear Mathematics and Head of Queens School of Engineering at the University of Bristol.

    Alan's research interests include understanding complicated dynamics (e.g. chaos) in physical systems and their application across engineering to aircraft and structural dynamics, power electronics, fluid-structure interaction, numerical bifurcation algorithms for periodic orbits of large systems and localised phenomena.  In 2014 he gave the Alan Tayler Lecture at St Catherine's College, Oxford.

  • Prof Richard Craster

    Scientific Board member

    Richard Craster is Professor of Applied Mathematics at Imperial College.  His research interests span across Fluid Mechanics and Elasticity/ Electromagnetism, primarily motivated by Engineering and Physics applications, and is often performed in close collaboration with scientists from those disciplines.

    In Fluid mechanics, Richard's interests are in fluid flows on the microscale concentrating on thin film theories, the effects of surfactants , electrokinetics and coupling between elastic substrates and fluid flow.

    In Solid Mechanics and Electromagnetism Richard's current interests are in wrinkling and buckling of thin elastic plates, fracture mechanics, trapped modes, slow waves in optics and high frequency homogenization theory for microstructured media.

  • Prof David Abrahams

    Prof I. David Abrahams is the Beyer Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Manchester, and past President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

    David has devoted research effort to the broad area of applied mathematics, and specifically to the theoretical understanding of wave processes, since graduating in 1982 with a PhD in theoretical acoustics.  He has published extensively in the areas of fluid/structural interactions, nondestructive evaluation, fracture mechanics, electromagnetism, water waves and seismology.  He has been particularly concerned over the years with the development of existing or new mathematical techniques, and has had a number of successes in this direction, for example with matrix Wiener-Hopf systems.  He is also interested in the application of such methods, for example to problems in physics and engineering, including acoustics, Stokes’ flows in ducts, electromagnetic and geophysical wave propagation and scattering, and recently to mathematical finance.  Abrahams is enthusiastic about public engagement activities within the applied mathematics community and gives occasional talks to non-specialists.

  • Prof Richard Weber

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  • Dr David Allwright

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  • Prof John Ockendon

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  • Prof Richard Weber

    Scientific Board Member

    Richard is the Churchill Professor of Mathematics for Operations Research at the University of Cambridge's Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics. He is the Anthony L. Lyster Fellow in Mathematics at Queens' College and has research interests in Mathematics for operational research and complex systems, models in communications and operations management, control of queues, stochastic networks, on-line bin packing, queueing theory, ergodicity and stability of Markov processes, optimal search, stochastic scheduling, Gittins index, dynamic resource allocation, rendezvous search, algorithmic mechanism design.

  • Dr David Allwright

    Technical staff BA PhD

    Dr David Allwright joined the Smith Institute in 2000.

    He holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge and worked as a Research Fellow on control theory at the Universities of Cambridge and Toronto.

    David's technical interests then expanded at Topexpress Ltd to include signal processing, acoustics, vibration and other areas of fluid and solid mechanics, and then further, to other wave phenomena and probabilistic and Markov models at the University of Oxford and the Smith Institute.  David joined the Smith Institute's Scientific Board when it was established in 2014.

  • Prof John Ockendon

    Chief Mathematician / Technical Director

    Prof John Ockendon was founding Director of the Oxford Centre for Collaborative and Applied Mathematics (OCCAM), and Research Director of the Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

    His academic career has been built around mathematics-in-industry, beginning with the first-ever Maths-in-Industry Study Group in 1968.

    He has been deeply involved in setting up Study Groups in many countries including Australia, Canada, USA, India, China, where he is an Advisory Professor at Fudan University, Shanghai, and elsewhere. John is an Emeritus Fellow of St Catherine's College, Oxford and a Fellow of the Royal Society.  He was appointed as the Smith Institute's Chief Mathematician and Technical Director in 2014, and chairs the Scientific Board.

  • Prof Mark Girolami

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  • Prof Mark Girolami

    Scientific Board member

     

    Mark Girolami is Professor of Statistics at the University of Warwick. He holds an honorary professorship in Computer Science at Warwick, is an EPSRC Established Career Fellow (2012 - 2017) and previously an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow (2007 - 2012). He is also honorary Professor of Statistics at University College London, is the Director of the EPSRC funded Research Network on Computational Statistics and Machine Learning and in 2011 was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh when he was also awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.

    His research and that of his group covers the investigation and development of advanced novel statistical methodology driven by applications in the life, clinical, physical, chemical, engineering and ecological sciences. He also works closely with industry where he has several patents leading from his work on e.g. activity profiling in telecommunications networks and developing statistical techniques for the machine based identification of counterfeit currency which is now an established technology used in current Automated Teller Machines.

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