Students Staff

Our research groups

Research in our department is organised into two main groups:

  1. Data science
  2. Mathematics

Both groups reflect the major fields of mathematical research undertaken by our staff and contain subgroups representing specific subject areas. All members of staff are associated with at least one group.

Data science

Lead: Professor Berthold Lausen

Data science, also known as data-driven science, is an interdisciplinary field about scientific methods, processes and systems to extract knowledge or insights from data in various forms.

As a concept that unifies statistics, data analysis and their related methods in order to understand and analyse actual phenomena, Data science employs techniques and theories drawn from many fields within the broad areas of mathematics, statistics, information science and computer science.

Subgroups

  • Operational Research

    Operational research deals with the application of advanced analytical methods to help make better decisions and employs techniques from mathematical modelling, statistical analysis and mathematical optimization in order to arrive at optimal or near-optimal solutions to complex decision-making problems.

    At Essex, the group has an emphasis on human-technology interaction and focuses on practical applications that overlap with other disciplines, notably industrial engineering and operations management.

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  • Statistics and Actuarial Science

    Statistics is concerned with modeling and analysing data, designing experiments, and making inferences, predictions and decisions in the presence of uncertainty. The main research interests in the department are:

    • applied statistics that motivate the development of new methods
    • new applications of advanced statistical methodology
    • actuarial science that assesses risk in insurance, finance and other industries and professions

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Mathematics

Lead: Dr Hadi Susanto

Research in mathematics is undertaken in the context of an interdisciplinary structure that recognises mathematics (including what can be abstract mathematics) is an essential part of research in many other disciplines. Our staff are also linked with research groups in other departments at Essex.

Subgroups

  • Applied Mathematics

    Applied Mathematics covers a wide range of mathematical topics and application, such as engineering, natural sciences, or industry, that may involve appropriate formulation of equations describing the behaviour of the physical systems and analysis of the equations that may require various mathematical (analytical as well as numerical) techniques.

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  • Mathematics Education

    Research in mathematics education are primarily concerned with the tools, methods and approaches that facilitate practice or the study of practice. Mathematics education has developed into an extensive field of study, with its own concepts, theories, methods, national and international organisations, conferences and literature.

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  • Pure Mathematics

    Pure mathematics studies abstract concepts that may be inspired by real life phenomena and that yield tools that can be applicable in other subject areas. The subgroup study:

    • discrete mathematics, including combinatorial and computational aspects of the subject
    • algebra that deals with structures
    • analysis that underpin and interrelate different areas, for example in geometry, mathematical physics and computer science

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