Research

Whether it’s exploring the numerical building blocks of the universe or understanding the behaviour of the digital world, Mathematics and Information Sciences is as diverse as it is pioneering. The department’s research encompasses Mathematics, with groups in Nonlinear Waves and Integrable Systems, Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), and Biomathematics, and Information Sciences, with groups in Digital consumers, behaviour and literacy, Scholarly communication and publishing, Digital libraries, archives and records, and Digital socio-technical design.

Nonlinear Waves and Integrable Systems, includes ground-breaking work on Automorphic Lie Algebras, mathematical analysis of nanowires, research into resonant interaction of waves, including rogue waves, and algebraic interpretations of discrete integrable equations. Magnetohydrodynamics is the mathematical modelling of solar and astrophysical processes and involves understanding the physics of the solar chromospheres using advanced computational models, large-scale simulations and solar observations, including detecting and tracking MHD waves. Biomathematics research explores the modelling of gene expression and regulation, biomarkers, and models for ageing and technological solutions for improving and enhancing quality of life. Research is supported by facilities such as a dedicated Mathematical Modelling Laboratory and funding from the EU, EPSRC, STFC, MRC, and the US Air Force Office for Scientific Research. Examples of impact include public engagement with schools at events such as the British Science Festival and improving operational effectiveness at a social care call centre through Targeted Pursuit Projection (TPP).

Research in Information Sciences directly addresses some of the challenges of the digital age, which is fundamentally changing the way information is harvested and used. The Digital consumers, behaviour and literacy group seeks to understand the behaviour and literary skills of consumers by employing digital footprint analysis (CIBER@Northumbria). Scholarly communication and publishing focuses on the interplay of authors, publishers, libraries and consumers. The digital libraries, archives and records group explores governance, assurance and risk, behaviour, processes and systems, particularly preservation, access and retrieval. Finally, digital socio-technical design looks to improve systems design, adoption, acceptance, security and sustainability, using complexity theory to facilitate positive transformation.

Information Sciences is supported by specialist facilities and has received funding from the AHRC, ESRC, and others. Research impact can be seen in the EU Tempus IMPRESS project, which is extending critical thinking in the digital era to Ukrainian universities and the adoption of Northumbria’s expert guidance on digital records management by the United Nations’ Secretariat Archives and Records Management Service (ARMS).

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Prospective PhD students: Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD or MSc by research exist in all the areas identified above.  Further information may be obtained from The Graduate School.  

Visiting scholars: We welcome visiting academics - please contact Dr James McLaughlin for Mathematics and Professor Julie McLeod for Information Gps Logo Col Sized For WebfwSciences.  

To access research outputs in this area and others, please visit Northumbria Research Link.

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