teaching awards

Vincent Drach has been awarded the SSTAR award for the Best Project Supervisor at the University of Plymouth. David McMullan was nominated for the best project supervisor.

 Matthew Craven was nominated for the Best Programme Manager (which he won last year).

There is more information about the SSTAR awards here.

PhD positions advertised

The school is advertising a number of PhD positions.

Below are a list of projects with staff involved from mathematics
sciences

How can clustering techniques from pure mathematics or statistics
provide enhanced understanding of Long COVID and identify patients at
increased risk?
https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/how-can-clustering-techniques-from-pure-mathematics-or-statistics-provide-enhanced-understanding-of-long-covid-and-identify-patients-at-increased-risk/?p143354

Methodological challenges in dealing with missing data when carrying
out research using electronic health records at University of Plymouth
https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/methodological-challenges-in-dealing-with-missing-data-when-carrying-out-research-using-electronic-health-records/?p143339

Higher-order spectra and nonlinear dispersion from the Zakharov equation
https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-life/your-studies/research-degrees/postgraduate-research-studentships/higher-order-spectra-and-nonlinear-dispersion-from-the-zakharov-equation

Heat transfer in ocean environments
https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-life/your-studies/research-degrees/postgraduate-research-studentships/heat-transfer-in-ocean-environments

Real-time hybrid testing for physical modelling of new high capacity
floating offshore wind turbines
https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-life/your-studies/research-degrees/postgraduate-research-studentships/real-time-hybrid-testing-for-physical-modelling-of-new-high-capacity-floating-offshore-wind-turbines

Award of large grant of HPC time.

Dr Drach is the PI of this project  in collaboration with Swansea University that has just been awarded 43 Million core-hours by the DIRAC consortium (a consortium funded by the STFC). The computing time will allow them to run on two national supercomputing services from April 2022 to March 2023. The project, entitled “Composite Higgs Phenomenology at the LHC”, aims at investigating extensions of the Standard Model of particle physics that feature a Composite Higgs boson using HPC-based simulations.

Paper in significance

Emily Prestige, Julian Stander, and Yinghui Wei have recently published a paper in Significance.   The title of the paper is: Covid lockdowns in the UK: Estimating their effects on transmission.

Emily Prestige has just graduated from the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics. The paper is based on her final year project.

Grant of supercomputer time

The DIRAC consortium which provides distributed High Performance Computing (HPC) services to the STFC theory community( https://dirac.ac.uk/ ) granted a team lead by Dr. Vincent Drach 12.5 million core-hours on the Leicester supercomputer (DIaL3 – https://dial3-docs.dirac.ac.uk).

In 2012, the Higgs boson, the missing piece of The Standard Model of Particle Physics, that describes the interactions of all known fundamental particles, was discovered by the CERN experiments at the Large Hadrons Collider (LHC) in Switzerland.While the discovery is a milestone in our understanding of the fundamental laws of Nature, a number of experimental and theoretical issues prove that the model is not complete. Theoretical physicists develop models that solve these puzzles and are  then tested by experiments.One interesting possibility that would solve a number of these issues is that the Higgs boson is actually not a fundamental particle  but built out of some new particles bounded by a new interaction. The mechanism is borrowed from a well known composite particle : the proton, which turns out to be made of more fundamental particles called quarks bounded by one of the three interactions described by the Standard Model of Particle Physics: the strong interaction.
The project entitled : Composite Higgs Phenomenology at the LHC, aims at  calculating the properties of the Higgs boson in a composite Higgs scenario and exhibit experimental signatures  of these models at the LHC.