**Profile **

I obtained a BA in Physics and a BSc in Electrical Engineering at the Technion, Haifa, Israel and later on an MSc in Physics (relativistic field theory) and a PhD in Electrical Engineering (neural networks) at the Tel-Aviv University. In 1992 I joined the neural networks group in the physics department at Edinburgh University first as a postdoc and later on as a lecturer, working mainly on theoretical issues. In 1995 I joined the Neural Computing Research Group at Aston as a lecturer and was promoted later on to a reader (1997) and subsequently to a professor (1999). Between 2006-2012 I had been the Head of the Mathematics Group.

**Qualifications & Education **

- BA in Physics (Cum Laude), Technion, Haifa, Israel, 1982
- BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, (Cum Laude), Technion, Haifa, Israel, 1982
- MA in Physics, Tel-Aviv University, 1987
- PhD in Engineering, Tel-Aviv University, 1992

**Employment **

- 1999 – date: Professor of Information Mathematics in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University; Head of Mathematics 2006-2012.
- 1997 – 1999: Reader in the NCRG and Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, Aston University
- 1995 – 1997: Lecturer in the NCRG and Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, Aston University.
- 1993 – 1995: Lecturer in the Physics Department, University of Edinburgh.

**Teaching activity **

Teaching on the Mathematics programmes:

- Partial Differential Equations (currently delivered by Bill Cox)

- Mathematical Methods
- Probabilistic Modelling

**Research interests **

- Statistical mechanics of disordered systems
- Advanced Inference in complex systems
- Error Correcting Codes

- Multiuser communication (CDMA, broadcasting)

- Hard Computational Problems

- Computing with noise
- Distributed resources in networks (including routing and smart grids)

**Recent research funding**

I held 7 EPSRC grants as well as grants from the Leverhulme Trust (3), EU (4), Royal Society and British Council (3).

*Current grants:*

Inference Beyond the Limits via Insights from Physical Systems, Leverhulme Trust, £154,017 (with J. Neirotti - CI).

Statistical Mechanics Inspired Methods for Green Autonomous Networking - STAMINA, EU FP7 FET 265496, €388,614.

Statistical Mechanics of Communication Networks, Royal Society, Joint Project Grant UK-Hong Kong - £12,000

Distributive Inference Methods for Smart-Grids, HubNet EPSRC £76,392 ((with Ian Nabney -CI).

Probabilistic control and relay switching in Smart-Grids, Industrial CASE Studentship, EPSRC, with ALSTOM Grid UK £89,924.

**PhD Supervision**

I have supervised about 11 PhD students and 14 MSc students. Current students: Elizabeth Harrison, Li Wu.

**Membership of Professional Bodies**

Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications** **

## **Key publications **

See a full list of publications at the

AURA archive.

**Books:**

D. Saad (editor), On-Line Learning in Neural Networks, Publications of the Newton Institute, Cambridge University Press, (1998).

M. Opper and D. Saad (editors), Advanced Mean Field Methods - Theory and Practice, MIT press,

**Journal papers:**

Y. Kabashima, T. Murayama and D. Saad, ``Typical Performance of Gallager-type Error-Correcting Codes'', Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 1355-1358, (2000).

Y. Kabashima, T. Murayama and D. Saad, ``Cryptographical Properties of Ising Spin Systems'', Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 2030-2033, (2000).

R. Vicente, D. Saad and Y. Kabashima, ``Error-correcting Code on a Cactus: a Solvable Model'', Europhys. Lett. , 51, 698-704, (2000).

A.C.C. Coolen, D. Saad and Y. Xiong, ``On-line Learning from Restricted Training Sets in Multilayer Neural Networks'', Europhys. Lett. , 51, 691-697, (2000).

Y. Kabashima and D. Saad, ``Statistical Mechanics of Low-Density Parity Check Codes'', Jour. Phys. A (invited paper), 37, R1-R43, (2004).

J.P. Neirotti and D. Saad, ``Improved Message Passing for Inference in Densely Connected Systems'', Europhys. Lett. 71, 866-872, (2005).

K.Y.M. Wong and D. Saad, ``Inference and Optimization of Real Edges on Sparse Graphs - a Statistical Physics Perspective'', Phys. Rev. E, 76, 011115 (2007).

A. Mozeika, D. Saad and J. Raymond, ``Computing with Noise - Phase Transitions in Boolean Formulas'', Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 248701 (2009).

J. Reichardt, R. Alamino and D. Saad,“The Interplay Between Individual Properties and Group Structure in Complex Networks”, PLoS ONE,** 6**(8): e21282 (2011).

A. Mozeika and D. Saad, “Dynamics of Boolean Networks -an Exact Solution”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 214101 (2011).

C. H. Yeung and D. Saad, “The Competition for Shortest Paths on Sparse Graphs”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108 , 208701 (2012).