Non perturbative phenomena in Quantum Field Theory, lattice QCD, high energy physics, models of new physics, large scale simulation


Vincent is a theoretical physicist focusing on various aspects of strongly interacting particles.  He is using the so-called lattice approach which resorts to large scale simulation and High Performance Computing  to make non perturbative predictions. On one hand his predictions are used to test the validity of  the Standard Model of particle physics.  On the other hand he is exploring new theories that could solve the most challenging issues of contemporary particle physics. He is in close relationship with experiments such that the ones performed at Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, Geneva . His interest currently lies in developing new methods to address fundamental issues in this context.

Vincent obtained is PhD in Grenoble, France, before moving to Germany (DESY-Zeuthen), to Denmark (CP3-Origins) and was then awarded by a research fellowship at CERN.


Theoretical Physics. Particle Physics and the Theories of Electromagnetic and Strong Interactions. Strong-Field Quantum Electrodynamics employing High-Power Lasers.

Tom is an internationally leading expert in laser particle physics. During its preparatory stage he was the particle physics coordinator of the Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) project, a European initiative involving research and academic institutions from 13 EU member countries. In this role, he co-authored the White Paper for the Bucharest-Magurele laser nuclear physics facility. Tom is a member of the User Group of the Central Laser Facility (CLF) at the Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory. In this role he co-authored the White Paper for the Vulcan 10 PW upgrade project and regularly contributes to the CLF Annual Report, which is by invitation only. Tom also worked as a theory consultant on laser particle physics for the High Energy Accelerator Research Organisation (KEK) in Tsukuba, Japan. He is a member of the Helmholtz Beamline User Consortium planning the combination of the X-ray free electron laser (XFEL) at DESY, Hamburg, with a high-power optical laser. This worldwide unique project was formally approved by the European XFELCouncil in 2012. Tom regularly acts as a referee for top international journals in particle physics. In 2010 he was selected as an Outstanding Referee by the American Physical Society and as a most valued reviewer by Physics Letters B. .

Quantum field theory in external fields, nonperturbative pair production, high energy physics, lightfront quantisation, intense laser physics

Anton works on particle physics and quantum field theory under the influence of external conditions. He is interested in how strong fields, as may be produced by intense laser systems, can be used to probe fundamental physics both within the standard model and beyond. He is especially interested in nonperturbative phenomena, such as Schwinger pair creation, and in the use of Schrödinger picture and lightfront methods.

Anton is a co-author of the Technical Design Report for the intense laser facility ELI-NP in Romania, and a co-author of the White Paper of the International LightCone Advisory Committee.

After completing his PhD in Durham, Anton held postdoc positions at Plymouth University, Trinity College Dublin, Umeå University and Chalmers. Anton has won research grants, as P.I., from the Irish Research Council, the Swedish Research Council and the Olle Engkvist Foundation. He rejoined Plymouth University in 2016, having won a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship.

Theoretical Physics, Quantum Electrodynamics in intense electromagnetic fields and finite temperature.

Ben’s research focus is the physics of photons and charged particles in intense electromagnetic fields, which is described by the theory of “strong-field QED”. In particular, Ben works on vacuum polarisation, non-linear Compton scattering, pair-creation and electron-positron-photon cascades probed by intense laser fields and by a finite-temperature background. After completing his dissertation at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, for which he was awarded the Otto Hahn medal, Ben moved to the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich where, along with colleagues from the National Research Nuclear University MePhi in Moscow, Ben won a grant from the Russian Fund for Basic Research (RFBR) for his work on cascades. Ben joined Plymouth University in January 2014 and maintains collaborations with researchers from Germany and Russia.

Theoretical physics, Quantum field theories in external fields, Construction of physical charges in gauge theories.

Martin’s research is on quantum field theory. In particular he works on gauge theories and the construction of physical charges in QED and QCD. He also works on infra-red divergences in scattering processes and also in the presence of background fields such as high power lasers. He came to Plymouth in 1998 after postdoctoral research in Dublin, Regensburg, Mainz and Barcelona. More recently he has held a visiting professorship at the University of Montpellier and is a referee for various international journals. In 2012 he was an invited speaker at the JLAB Workshop on Confinement Physics. Martin is the admissions tutor for our mathematics degrees and plays a leading role in our mathematics outreach programme often working with the Further Mathematics Support Programme.

Quantum Field Theory, Construction of physical charges in gauge theories, Quantum Field Theories in external fields, Constrained systems.

David came to Plymouth after post-doctoral research at Salt Lake City, Warwick, Glasgow and the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies. He regularly acts as referee for the top international journals in particle physics. He has been invited to act as an External PhD examiner at the Universities of Durham and Liverpool. As Associate Head of School, David actively represents the Mathematical Sciences at Plymouth University.

Quantum Field Theory, Lattice Gauge Theories, Computational Physics, Numerical Simulations, High Performance Computing.

Craig is an expert in precision lattice QCD calculations of the matrix elements required for particle physics experiments at the intensity frontier, such as LHCb or the Belle II experiment at the super B factory. As one example of his research, he has computed the mass of the charm and bottom quarks and the strong coupling of QCD with errors at the state of the art percent level. In 2013 he was invited to review lattice QCD calculations of the quark masses and the strong coupling at an international workshop in Singapore. He is a member of the HPQCD collaboration with members in the US, UK and Canada. Craig is also an expert in hadron spectroscopy. In particular he has performed many important lattice QCD calculations of novel bound states, such as glueballs and hybrid mesons. He has reviewed the field many times at international meetings. For example, in 2012 he presented two lectures on hadron spectroscopy at the Helmholtz Graduate School for Hadron and Ion Research in Germany.

High Energy Physics, Strong Interactions, Quantum Field Theory, Lattice Gauge Theories, Numerical Simulations, High Performance Computing.

Agostino is a theoretical physicist who is very active in the field of Particle Physics and Fundamental Interactions. Before coming to Plymouth, he spent two years at CERN (European Organitazion for Nuclear Research) in Geneva, Switzerland, on a prestigious CERN fellowship. Agostino has an excellent record of publications in peer-review journals and has presented his research at several high-profile international conferences and workshops.

Theoretical physics, computational physics, particle physics, Standard Model and its extensions, lattice gauge theories, statistical mechanics.

Antonio is a theoretical physicist who has a strong interest in computational physics. His area of research covers particle physics and the theory of strong interactions, and all his studies are performed in the context of the lattice approach. He has a focus on the lattice study of possible extensions of the Standard Model in the framework of Technicolor. He is member of the UKQCD consortium and is one of the principal investigators of the European BSM (Beyond the Standard Model) research group. Antonio is passionately interested in computer optimisation and in all the tools and methods to maximise the performances of his simulation codes.


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Supervisor: Dr Tom Heinzl


Supervisor: Dr Ben King


Nonlinear optimisation. Cryptography. Discrete mathematics. Financial mathematics. Computational algebra.

Matthew joined the University of Plymouth as a Lecturer of Applied Mathematics in September 2013, having been a Lecturer of Mathematics at the University of Abertay Dundee. His research covers several different topics, from graph theory and nonlinear optimisation to financial mathematics, cryptography and cybersecurity. He has been involved with collaborative projects in the UK and Japan and several grant applications in the applications of mathematics to cybersecurity, and regularly contributes to top conferences such as GECCO and EVOSTAR. He is the PI for the Plymouth University NVIDIA GPU Research Center (a poster produced is available here.

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Theoretical Oceanography, Coastal Sea Modeling, Idealized Models of Natural Ventilation.

Phil has been an academic all his life spanning over 40 years and four different UK Universities. The last half has been dominated by administration with 22 years as Head of School, but now he is pleased to concentrate on research and teaching. He has developed analytical tidal models as well as models of coastal currents and wave trapping around islands; and he administered a big international research group for thirty years (1981 – 2011) organizing biennial conferences and research output in international leading journals. He has written many textbooks: in mechanics; marine dynamics; and various areas of mathematics. He has been an external examiner for over 10 different University undergraduate mathematics degrees, and over 20 PhDs, supervising a similar number. Recently he has become interested in natural ventilation problems using classical fluid dynamics.

Fluid Dynamics for industry and the environment. Numerical methods for PDE’s. Turbulence. Dispersion and diffusion. Particle methods. Mathematical finance.

David’s main research interests are in both analytical and computational fluid dynamics. On the computational side, most recent research has been related to relatively novel methods such as smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) and lattice Boltzmann methods but past work includes traditional methods such as finite differences, finite elements and boundary elements. He has a long-standing interest in applying numerical and analytical methods to solve real problems related to turbulence, free surfaces, multiphase flows or non-Newtonian flows, often with engineering applications. He is also interested in research related to teaching and assessing university-level Mathematics. David regularly acts as referee for a number of international journals in fluids and numerical methods and has acted as external examiner or research degrees at Strasbourg, Manchester and Cranfield Universities.

Fluid dynamics. Particle methods. Numerical methods.

Jason’s research is on modern methods in fluid dynamics. He is part of the steering committee for SPHERIC, which is an international consortium of research groups working in Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics. He was invited to join to the Scientific Committee and chaired the 5th International SPHERIC Workshop in Manchester, UK, June 2010.


Working on EPSRC project: Virtual Wave Structure Interaction Simulation Environment

Working on EPSRC project: Virtual Wave Structure Interaction Simulation Environment


Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics Modelling of Multiphase Flow Problems

Director of Studies: Dr David Graham

Lattice Boltzmann Methods for Free Surface Problems

Director of Studies: Dr David Graham

Boundary Integral Equation Methods for Wave/Structure Interactions

Director of Studies: Dr David Graham

Moment-based boundary conditions for incorporating slip-effects into the Lattice Boltzmann method.

Director of Studies: Dr David Graham

Multiphase lattice Boltzmann models

Director of Studies: Dr David Graham

Modelling of Fluid-Structure Interactions using Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics

Director of Studies: Dr Jason Hughes

Large eddy simulation using Lattice Boltzmann methods

Director of studies: Dr Tim Reis

Flow simulations of nanofibres at low Knudsen number using Lattice Boltzmann methods

Large scale portfolio optimisation using heuristic algorithms built on copula models

Director of Studies: Dr Matthew Craven


Algebraic geometry, representation theory and derived categories.

Nathan obtained his PhD from the University of Bath in 2009. He then worked as a post-doc at the Institute of Algebraic Geometry in Hannover until February 2015. Following shorter periods at universities in Bielefeld, Cologne and Muenster he moved to Plymouth in September 2016. His work is primarily in the area of algebraic geometry where it intersects homological algebra, representation theory and theoretical physics. In particular, the study of derived categories of both geometric and algebraic origin are central to his research.

Algebraic geometry, moduli space problems in geometry and physics.

Marina received her Ph.D. from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 2006. After completing her Ph.D., she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics (Bonn) and right after, at the Centro de Matemática da Universidade do Porto. She returned to Madrid in 2010 as i-Math Future postdoctoral fellow at Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas. She joined the Instituto de Ciencias Matemáticas (ICMAT) in 2011 as JAE-doc postdoctoral researcher, and as a Severo Ochoa postdoctoral researcher since 2014 until moving to Oxford. From 2010 to 2014, she taught at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, as Honorary Lecturer. She supervised three final degree projects and two Master theses, and got her habilitation as “Profesor contratado doctor” in 2014.  In 2015, she won a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship and spent the year 2016 researching at the Mathematical Institute at University of Oxford under the guidance of Prof. Nigel Hitchin. She is actually co-supervising a Ph.D. student, Mr. Angel González Prieto, together with Prof. Vicente Muñoz at Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Algebra. Differential Equations including applications in Mechanical Enegineering.

Colin has been a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the London Mathematical Society Journals until end of 2008. He has been invited to present his research at prestigious workshops such as the Oberwolfach meeting in Dec 2010, the conference on “Advances in Qualitative Theory of Differential Equations” in Castro Urdiales in Sept 2011 or the conference on “New Trends in Dynamical Systems” Salou, Tarragona in Oct 2012. Since Oct 2011, Colin is on the Editorial Board of International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences.

Graph theory. Twistor theory. The history of geometry.

Stephen is the General Secretary of the London Mathematical Society, and hence a Trustee of the Society. The LMS helps to inform UK research and education policy in mathematics. For the ten years to November 2011 he chaired the LMS committees responsible for awarding research grants at a scale of a third of a million pounds per year, and for formulating the UK policy input to the International Mathematical Union such as for its meeting in India in August 2010. From 2007 to 2014 Stephen was also the Secretary of the European Mathematical Society, which coordinates the work of the mathematical community in Europe, and influences European research policy.

Algorithmic algebra, differential algebra, applications to systems and control theory.

Daniel received his PhD in Mathematics from RWTH Aachen University in 2006. After postdoctoral research at the Department of Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley, he returned to RWTH Aachen University and attained the habilitation in Mathematics in 2012. His research interests primarily focus on algorithmic algebra and its applications. Most aspects of his research are related to commutative algebra and applications to differential equations. Implementations in computer algebra systems often support and result from his research. He maintains research collaborations with colleagues in France, Germany, and Russia and he regularly participates in international conferences on symbolic computation, functional equations and systems theory.


Bayesian dependence modelling. Social Media information extraction. Statistical Education. The Use of R.

Julian Stander’s main research interests are now in Bayesian dependence modelling with applications to child health and forensic science, Social Media information extraction, and statistical education. He is passionate about the use of R for data visualization and reproducible data science.

Julian Stander was many years as the Secretary and the Chair of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) General Applications Section. He also served as an elected member of the RSS Council, on the RSS President Nominating Committee and as Associate Editor of The Statistician. He is Chair of the South West Group of the Royal Statistical Society, and has been Treasurer of the UK and Ireland Committee of Professors of Statistics since 2000. He has played a major part in the organization of international conferences and workshops, including an RSS international conference which was held at Plymouth University. He has also sat on scientific reviews of research.

Recently, Julian Stander has co-authored a number of public awareness articles in Significance and elsewhere about popular topics such as historical changes in longevity, the EU Referendum, Brexit, and the history of statistical methodology. He has contributed to the Radio 4 programme More or Less.

Bayesian statistics, Markov Chain Monte Carlo, Risk Management, Copula functions.

Luciana’s research activity is focused on Bayesian Inference using Markov Chain Monte Carlo, Copula functions to model complex multivariate dependencies, multilevel and longitudinal models. These methodologies have been applied to financial time series, risk management, business internationalisation, survey methodology and medical statistics. Luciana has much experience as a trainer and statistical consultant. She is the Secretary of the South West Local Group of the Royal Statistical Society.

Mathematical statistics, Flexible sample selection models, Copula functions, Density estimation, Model selection, Exponential families of models.

Malgorzata received her PhD in mathematical statistics from Warsaw
University of Technology in 2011. After a brief postdoc at Institute
of Computer Science, Polish Academy of Sciences, she became a reseach
associate at University College London where she worked with Dr
Giampiero Marra on development of flexible sample selection models
using splines and copulas. She took up a lectureship in Statistics at
Plymouth University in September 2013. Her research areas, apart from
sample selection models, include estimation of probability density and
its functionals using model selection methods, particularly with use
of exponential families of models. Malgorzata regularly presents her
research at high-profile international conferences and workshops such
as European Meeting of Statisticians, Nordic-Baltic Biometric
Conference and recently she has been invited to give a talk in the 6th
International Conference of the ERCIM WG on Computational and
Methodological Statistics.

Statistical Methodology. Applied Statistics. Clinical Trials. Observational Studies.

Yinghui joined Plymouth University as a Lecturer in Statistics in Sep 2013. Her primary research interest is in developing statistical methodology with focus on the application to clinical trials, observational studies and evidence synthesis. Her expertise is in Bayesian inference, modelling transmission of infectious diseases, survival analysis, meta-analysis of correlated outcomes and network meta-analysis. She is also interested in developing statistical packages in R and more recently in Stata. Alongside methodological research, Yinghui has provided statistical expertise to collaborative projects led by scientists from the Public Health Genomics Foundation, the Behaviour Research Unit and the Department of Oncology at Cambridge. She is a contributor to the Cochrane Collaboration and is currently a member of the Statistical Methods Group and an associate statistical editor for the Developmental, Psychosocial and Learning Problems review group at Belfast.

Non-parametric statistics, non-stationary time series, time series econometrics.

Alessandro joined Plymouth as Lecturer in Statistics from september
2013. His main research interests are nonstationary time series
analysis and time series econometrics. Previously, he has held
postodoctoral positions at University of Bristol and has been
quantitative analyst at MAN Group plc. He has been acting as referee
for several international journals and has been invited to present his
work at international conferences. His articles have been published in
international statistical and econometric and financial journals.

Spatial statistics, smoothing, Bayesian and computational statistics

Rana’s current research involves the application of geostatistical methods in spatial epidemiology and environmental monitoring. Along with researchers at Lancaster University, he developed an implementation of Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methodology to solve the inferential and prediction problems for model-based methods in geostatistics, leading to a Royal Statistical Society (RSS) read paper (1998). The continued extension of this seminal work resulted in joint publications with researchers from LSHTM, Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, Switzerland and Lancaster University. He has a record of publication in several other branches of statistics: non-parametric smoothing, longitudinal data analysis, functional data analysis, spatial point pattern analysis and application of Bayesian methods in quantile regression, the fitting of rating curves and progress test score estimation. He has vast experience of collaborating with non-statisticians, including medical researchers, astro-physicists and environmental scientists.
Rana is currently collaborating with the Peninsula Dental School on a joint project on Statistical Epidemiology in Oral Health. This involves analysis of dentistry data collected as part of the General Practice Patient Survey (GPPS).