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Panagiotis Kaklamanos


My research focuses on the theory and applications of dynamical systems that feature multiple timescales, such as the Koper model from chemical kinetics and the Hodgkin-Huxley equations from mathematical neuroscience. In parallel, I also look into the existence and stability of travelling waves in reaction-diffusion equations with cut-off functions.

Atish Dixit


My research is related to efficient statistical forecasting using Deep-Learning Reduced Order Models. In particular, I employ reinforcement learning algorithms to solve optimal well control problem in reservoir engineering.

Jonna Roden

Committee Member

I am modelling (industrial) processes, which can be described by particles that are submerged in a fluid, such as in nano-filtration, brewing or printing. Moreover, I am looking at the optimization of these models using optimal control techniques and implement these computationally.

David Torkington

Committee Member

My mathematical research is motivated by the need to handle energetic materials (materials with large stores of chemical energy) with care. I develop models to describe a sample's thermo-mechanical response to a given low-energy mechanical insult, focusing on the physics underlying the material's behaviour, so as to inform safety principles. When analysing the models, I tend to opt for pen-and-paper techniques, such as matched asymptotics and PDE methods.

Matthew Holden

Committee Member

I am working on new data-driven computational methods for Bayesian inverse problems, motivated by problems in image processing. These allow us to exploit the performance of machine learning while retaining the flexibility and interpretability of rigorous statistical models.

General Members

Cassandra Khan
Andrés Miniguano Trujillo

Faculty Advisors

Kostas Zygalakis
Ahmed ElSheikh

Former Members

Lukas Eigentler (President 2019-20)
Tiffany Vlaar (Vice-President 2019-20)
Daniella Ayala Garcia (President 2018-19)
Mark Ashworth (Vice President 2018-19)
Gissell Estrada-Rodriguez (Secretary 2018-19)