Prof David Saad
My background is in Physics and Electrical Engineering, with a PhD in Electrical Engineering (neural networks). In 1992 I joined the neural networks group at Edinburgh University, working mainly on theoretical issues. I have worked at Aston University since 1995 and I am currently the Convenor for the Mathematics Subject Group. I teach mathematical methods and partial and differential equations on the mathematics courses. My research interest are: Statistical mechanics of disordered systems, advanced inference in complex systems, Error Correcting Codes and Cryptography, Multiuser communication and Distributing resources in networks.
Dr Bill Cox
My first degree was in Technological Mathematics and my PhD in Mathematical Physics, both from Aston University. After a brief period at Liverpool Polytechnic (Now John Moores University) I returned to Aston as a lecturer in 1975. Originally my main research area was in Quantum Field Theory, and then Electron Transport Theory in semiconductors. After a secondment as Academic Staff Development Advisor in 1990 my main interest has been in teaching and learning, both in Mathematical Education and the training of academic staff. I am currently Staff Development Consultant for the Maths, Stats and OR Network of the Higher Education Academy. I teach first year Transition Mathematics courses, Abstract Algebra and Complex Analysis. I became Senior Lecturer in 2008.
Dr Jort van Mourik
I have undergraduate and PhD Degrees in Physics, from KUL (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) in Belgium. Prior to my lectureship I was a Post-Doctoral Researcher in Trieste; King's College London and Aston University. I teach probability and statistics in both the first and second years and statistical pattern analysis to second and final years students. My research interests include Graph Coloring and Optimization, Mathematical Analysis of Neural Networks, Glasses and spin glasses, Theory of protein folding.
Dr Alexander Stepanenko
I gained my PhD in theoretical and mathematical physics at the St. Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute, Russia in 1995. My current research interests include the mathematical modelling of large-scale networks, more specifically studying the congestion phase transition in packet-switched networks and developing novel graph-theoretic abstractions for networks, as well as interdisciplinary research in financial mathematics, such as the modelling of quasi-efficient market in gauge-theoretic framework and the pricing of exotic options in framework of stochastic volatility model. I teach Classical Mechanics and Introduction to Numerical Methods on the mathematics courses.