We're an interdisciplinary department with impact on a diverse range of areas from social policy to insurance risks, and human-technology interaction to mathematical physics.
Research in our department is organised into mathematics, and data science. Both groups reflect the major fields of mathematical research undertaken by our staff and contain subgroups representing specific subject areas. All members of staff are associated with at least one group.
Data science, also known as data-driven science, is an interdisciplinary field about scientific methods, processes and systems to extract knowledge or insights from data in various forms.
As a concept that unifies statistics, data analysis and their related methods in order to understand and analyse actual phenomena. Data science employs techniques and theories drawn from many fields within the broad areas of mathematics, statistics, information science and computer science.
Research in mathematics is undertaken in the context of an interdisciplinary structure that recognises mathematics (including what can be abstract mathematics) is an essential part of research in many other disciplines. Our staff are also linked with research groups in other departments at Essex.