School of of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

There has been a rearrangement of some of the schools in the faculty. The school of engineering has now joined mathematics and computing to form the new School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics.

It is the home of our engineering disciplines, computing and mathematical sciences which together provide a vibrant inter-disciplinary and collaborative environment dedicated towards producing graduates with the necessary applied knowledge and skills to meet the demands of employers today and for tomorrow.

One of the many exciting developments resulting from the new school is the construction of a new Engineering and Design Facility on campus.
We envisage the new building will open in the summer of 2022.

Talk at ISSAC 2019

Next week, Daniel Robertz is presenting his research at the ISSAC 2019 conference in China.

The International Symposium on Symbolic and Algebraic Computation (ISSAC) is the premier conference for research in symbolic computation and computer algebra. ISSAC 2019 will be the 44th meeting in the series, which started in 1966 and has been held annually since 1981. The conference presents a range of invited speakers, tutorials, poster sessions, software demonstrations and vendor exhibits with a center-piece of contributed research papers.

The authors are Vladimir Gerdt and Daniel Robertz and the title is:
Algorithmic approach to strong consistency analysis of finite difference approximations to PDE systems.

Mathematics taster days for year 12 students.

The taster day was a day when visiting school students (year 12) can visit the University of Plymouth to work on a variety of projects. The students worked on a different projects for 1 hour with different teams of lecturers. The day was organized by Jenny Sharp.

The three activities delivered were:

Activity 1: Proofs in Mathematics – Matthew Craven
Learning mathematics is much easier when it is understood where the results come from. In this workshop, we will look at techniques of proving mathematical formulae and results. We will also look at how NOT to prove these results. Expect to be challenged.

Activity 2: Wave power and wave scour – Dave Simmonds, Pete Arber, Long-yuan Li
Students will be shown around the internationally known COAST wave energy research laboratory, to discover how engineers are working to tackle climate change through the realisation of clean energy production. They will also get their (wet) hands on an experiment in the Coastal basin that seeks to explain and tackle an important engineering problem.

Activity 3: How not to add fractions – Colin Christopher
In this workshop you will investigate sequences of fractions in order of size – Farey Sequences.

Leverhulme grant

Dr Anton Ilderton and Dr Tom Heinzl in Mathematical Science have been awarded by the Leverhulme Trust a two-year research grant, worth GBP 123,000. The grant will finance a postdoctoral researcher to work with them on the topic of “Uncharted regimes of light-matter interactions”. This further cements Plymouth’s place as international leaders in the field of high-intensity laser physics.

Visiting MSc Students from China – Mathematics and Statistics

The following post was circulated on the faculty newsletter.

Three Statistics MSc students from Zhejiang Gongshang University have visited the Centre for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Plymouth. Zhejiang Gongshang University was scored A (top 5% to 10%) for Statistics in the latest China University Subject Rankings ( All three students were funded by their home institution for their research visits to Plymouth for three or four months. One student is working on the statistical analysis for the impact of Brexit on Chinese stock markets, and the other two students are working on different aspects of multi-factor quantitative stock selection models. While this exchange was coordinated by Dr Yinghui Wei , the students are undertaking research projects in statistics in collaboration with various supervisors, including Drs Rana Moyeed, Matthew Craven, Alessandro Cardinali and Yinghui Wei. As a result of the visit, one of the students has submitted his draft paper to the Journal of Systems Science and Complexity (Springer) for publication.

Dr Yinghui Wei