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Mathematical Modelling

Textures in a mesoscopic system made of a nematic liquid crystal doped with nanoparticles.

The modelling group focuses on mathematical modelling across science and engineering, including physics (from the physics of quanta and strings to that of liquid crystals), chemistry (modelling lithium-ion batteries and solar cells), engineering (controlling sound direction), biology, medicine and healthcare (from stem cell population dynamics to medical imaging and healthcare models).


The underlying theme of the group is the application of rigorous mathematical models to quantitatively analyse and understand in depth problems in science and engineering. We have a wide range of mathematical expertise and techniques in modelling, from partial differential equations, to agent modelling, dynamical systems, or topological methods. Often, the research take place in close interdisciplinary collaborations. As an example, we have developed a very successful model of lithium-ion batteries by combining classical differential equation modelling with asymptotic analysis and state of the art coding to produce a software package that is both fast and comprehensive.  Other examples are the application of asymptotic analysis in controlling aircraft sounds, stochastic methods in modelling gene expression and agent-based techniques in healthcare.  We apply topological data analysis to model phase transitions of mesoscopic physical systems, and to enhance and up-scale optical imaging in medical applications, as precursors to efficient machine learning and data analysis.

People, projects, publications and PhDs


Dr Ruben Sanchez-Garcia


Research interests

  • Network modelling and analysis
  • Applied Topology

Accepting applications from PhD students


Address: B54, West Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ (View in Google Maps)

Mathematical modelling allows you to see the world as an interconnected whole, with causes and effects, so that we can fulfil knowledgeably our responsibility to sustain it.

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