Research Group

Mathematics

Mathematics is an essential part of research in many other disciplines.

Our academics have links with research groups in other departments around the university, and work collaboratively on interdisciplinary projects with colleagues across the Faculty of Science and Health such as the Department of Psychology and the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering.

Mathematics research in our department covers three main areas: applied mathematics, pure mathematics, and mathematics education. Academics may have interests in more than one area, and some also carry out research within data science.

Applied mathematics

Applied Mathematics covers a wide range of mathematical topics and application, such as engineering, natural sciences, or industry, that may involve appropriate formulation of equations describing the behaviour of the physical systems and analysis of the equations that may require various mathematical (analytical as well as numerical) techniques.

Pure mathematics

Pure mathematics studies abstract concepts that may be inspired by real life phenomena and that yield tools that can be applicable in other subject areas. Our academics contribute to well-established areas of mathematics such as algebra, including graph theory and group theory, and geometry.

Mathematics education

Research in mathematics education is primarily concerned with the tools, methods and approaches that facilitate practice or the study of practice. As demand for students with good mathematics skills increases, we must also improve the way that mathematics is taught.

Our research tries to underpin our own practice. What do we do well with educating our students and what can be done better, feeds through in to our research.

 

You can find out more about our academics areas of research interest using the staff list below.

MESS (Mathematics Essex Seminar Series)

Throughout the academic year we run the Mathematics Essex Seminar Series. This series gives our staff and research students an opportunity to present and discuss their work with a diverse audience from around the University. We also invite mathematicians from other institutions across the world to present their research, helping raise awareness of research outside the university, and promoting inter-institutional collaboration.

Upcoming events

19th November 2020 - Dr Murat Akman, University of Essex - A Minkowski problem for nonlinear capacity.

26th November 2020 - Dr Alastair Litterick, University of Essex - Variations on a theme of J.-P. Serre: Complete reducibility in groups, representations, buildings and geometric invariant theory.

3rd December 2020 - Nicola Walker, CEFAS - Cod on the menu? Using mathematical modelling to provide fisheries management advice.

10th December 2020 - Professor Simon Blackburn, Royal Holloway - How many finite rings are there?

17th December 2020 - Dr Melissa Lee, University of Auckland - The hunt for regular orbits of almost quasisimple groups.

Highlights of previous events

12th November 2020 - Dr Anne-Sophie Kaloghiros, Brunel University - K-stability of Fano 3-folds.

5th November 2020 - Dr Georgios Amanatidis, University of Essex - Rapid mixing of the switch Markov chain for strongly stable degree sequences.

15th October - Dr Chris Antonopoulos, University of Essex - An extended SIR model for the spread of COVID-19 in different communities

Our academics

Dr Murat Akman

Lecturer in Mathematics

Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Essex

Research areas: Pure mathematics.

Dr Georgios Amanatidis

Lecturer in Mathematics

Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Essex

Research area: Pure mathematics.

Dr Chris Antonopoulos

Lecturer in Applied Mathematics

Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Essex

Research area: Applied mathematics.

Dr Jessica Claridge

Lecturer in Mathematics

Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Essex

Research areas: Pure mathematics, mathematics education.

Professor Edward Codling

Professor of Mathematical Biology

Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Essex

Research area: Applied mathematics.

Dr Georgi Grahovski

Senior Lecturer in Applied Mathematics

Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Essex

Research areas: Applied mathematics, pure mathematics.

Professor Peter Higgins

Professor of Pure Mathematics

Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Essex

Research area: Pure mathematics.

Dr Alastair Litterick

Lecturer in Mathematics

Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Essex

Research area: Pure mathematics.

Dr Jesus Martinez-Garcia

Lecturer in Pure Mathematics

Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Essex

Research area: Pure mathematics.

Dr Georgios Papamikos

Lecturer in Mathematics

Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Essex

Research area: Applied mathematics.

Dr David Penman

Senior Lecturer in Pure Mathematics

Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Essex

Research area: Pure mathematics.

Professor Christopher Saker

Professor of Mathematics Education

School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Essex

Research area: Mathematics education.

Dr Dmitry Savostyanov

Lecturer in Mathematics

Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Essex

Research area: Applied mathematics.

Professor Hadi Susanto

Professor of Applied Mathematics

Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Essex

Research area: Applied mathematics.

Dr Alexei Vernitski

Senior Lecturer in Mathematics

Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Essex

Research area: Pure mathematics, mathematics education.

Professor Gerald Williams

Professor of Algebra

Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Essex

Research area: Pure mathematics.