Full Time Faculty

Alex Buchel

Alex Buchel

Position: Professor
Email: abuchel@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 88794

Office: Physics & Astronomy Bldg, Room 259
Personal Website

Education:
  • PhD Cornell U. Theoretical Physics Aug 1999
  • MSc Cornell U. Physics May 1997
  • MSr The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology June 1994
  • BSr The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology June 1992
Research Interests:
  • Superstring Theory
  • Quantum Gravity
  • Black Hole Thermodynamics
  • Gauge Theory
  • Cosmology
Representative Publications:

Matt Davison

Matt Davison

Position: Professor
Dean, Faculty of Science
Canada Research Chair
Email: mdavison@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 83041

Office: NCB 240
Personal Website
Education:
  • Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, UWO, 1995
  • M.Sc., Applied Mathematics, UWO, 1993
  • B.A.Sc., Engineering Science, Univ. of Toronto, 1991
Research Interests:
  • Energy Finance (Electricity Spot price modelling; Weather Derivatives, Optimal control of generating assets)
  • Real Options (Application of Financial Math Ideas to Operations Research Problems)
  • Applied Probability Theory
  • Partial Differential Equations
Representative Publications:
  • Lehmberg, D and Davison, M. (2018) “The impact of power distance and uncertainty avoidance on real options exercise: Potential for suboptimal time delays and value destruction” Journal of Behavioral Finance 19 (1), 62-72 
  • Ghafouri, B. & M. Davison, M. (2017),   “A Forward Dynamic Optimization Strategy under Contago Storage Arbitrage with Frictions”,  J. Energy Markets 10(3), Sept 2017.
  • Davison, M,  Leadbetter, D, Lu, B & Voll, J (2016) “Are Counterparty Arrangements in Reinsurance a Threat to Financial Stability”, Bank of Canada Working Paper series, Aug 18 2016
  • Chong, M.,  Bravo, C. & Davison, M. (2015) "How much effort should be used to detect fraudulent applications when engaged in classifier-based lending?" Intelligent Data Analysis 19 (s1), s87-s101
  • Maxwell C. & M. Davison, M.  (2014). " Using real options analysis to quantify ethanol policy impact on the firms entry into and optimal operation of corn ethanol facilities”. Energy Economics 42, 140-151
  • Guangzhi Zhao and Matt Davison (2009), "Valuing Hydrological Forecasts for a Pump Storage Facility", Journal of Hydrology 373, 453-462.
  • Matt Thompson, Matt Davison and Henning Rasmussen (2009), "Natural Gas Storage Valuation and Optimization: A Real Options Application", Naval Research Logistics 56(3), 226-238.
  • Guangzhi Zhao and Matt Davison (2009). "When does variable power pricing alter the behavior of hydroelectric facility operators?" Renewable Energy 34, 1064-1077.
  • Lindsay Anderson & Matt Davison (2008), "A Hybrid System-Econometric Model for Electricity Spot Prices: Considering Spike Sensitivity to Forced Outage Distributions", IEEE Transactions on Power Systems 23(3) 927-937.

Colin Denniston

Colin Denniston

Position: Professor & Associate Chair
Email: cdennist@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 88791

Office: Middlesex College, Room 266
Personal Website

Education:
  • PhD Princeton, Physics, Condensed Matter Theory 1997
  • MA Princeton, Physics 1993
  • BSc Simon Fraser, Physics, Math minor 1991
Research Interests:
  • Soft Condensed Matter Physics
  • Complex Fluids
  • Granular matter
  • Theory and simulation of micro and nano-fluidic devices
  • Developing numerical methods and analytical techniques to study the above
Representative Publications:
  • One- and two-particle dynamics in microfluidic T-junctions S.T.T. Ollila, C. Denniston, and T. Ala-Nissila Physical Review E, Rapid Communications 87, 050302(R) (2013).
  • Deformable vesicles interacting in a nematic liquid crystal F.E. Mackay and C. Denniston, Soft Matter 9, 5285 (2013).
  • Hydrodynamic effects on confined polymers S.T.T. Ollila, C. Denniston, M. Karttunen, and T. Ala-Nissila, Soft Matter 9, 3478 (2013).
  • Coupling MD particles to a Lattice-Boltzmann fluid through the use of conservative forces F. E. Mackay and C. Denniston, Journal of Computational Physics 237, 289 (2013).
  • Modelling defect-bonded chains produced by colloidal particles in a cholesteric liquid crystal F. E. MacKay and C. Denniston, Europhysics Letters 94, 66003 (2011).

Christopher Essex

Christopher Essex

Position: Professor
Email: essex@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 88782

Office: Middlesex College, Room 270
Personal Website

Education:
  • Ph.D. York 1982
  • M.Sc. Rice 1978
  • B.Sc. U.W.O. 1976
Research Interests:
  • Radiation Thermodynamics
  • Anomalous Diffusion
  • Chaos, Dynamical Systems and Predictability
Representative Publications:
  • J. Prehl, F. Boldt, C. Essex, and K.H. Hoffmann, "Time Evolution of Relative Entropies for Anomalous Diffusion," Entropy 15 (2013) 2989-3006: doi:10.3390/e15082989
  • C. Essex “Climate theory versus a theory for climate,” Int.J.Bifur.Chaos, 21 (2011) 3477-3487.
  • C. Essex "Does laboratory-scale physics obstruct the development of a theory for climate?" J. Geophys. Res. 118 (2013) 1218–1225, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50195.
  • K. H. Hoffmann, C. Essex J. Prehl, “A unified approach to resolving the entropy production paradox,” J. of Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics 37 (2012) 393-412 DOI: 10.1515/jnetdy-2012-0008.
  • J. Prehl, C. Essex, K.H. Hoffmann “The Superdiffusion Entropy Production Paradox In The Space-Fractional Case For Extended Entropies”, Physica A, 389 (2010) 215224.

David Jeffrey

David Jeffrey

Position: Professor
Director, School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
Email: djeffrey@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 88776

Office: Middlesex College, Room 269
Personal Website
Education:
  • Ph.D. Cambridge 1974
  • B.Sc. Monash University 1970
Research Interests:
  • Microhydrodynamics
  • Low Reynolds Number Flow
  • Lubrication
  • Suspensions of particles
  • Flows in Industrial Machinery
  • Computer Algebra Systems
Representative Publications:
  • with S. Liang, M. Moreno Maza: The complete root classification of a parametric polynomial on an interval. In: Proceedings of ISSAC 2008, pp 189-196, ACM Press 2008
  • with R.M. Corless, H. Ding, N.J. Higham: The solution of S*exp(S)=A is not always the Lambert W function of A. In: "ISSAC 2007", Editor C.W.Brown, pp 116--121, ACM Press, 2007

Mikko Karttunen

Mikko Karttunen

Position: Professor
Email: mkarttu@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 86335

Office: Middlesex College, Room 268
Personal Website

Education:
  • Ph.D: McGill University, Theoretical Materials Physics, 1999
  • MSc.: Tampere University of Technology, Physics, 1993
Research Interests:
  • theory and the methods of computational chemistry and physics
  • Properties of biological & soft matter
  • Magnetic materials, pattern formation and non-equilibrium dynamics
Representative Publications:
  • Getting excited: Challenges in quantum-classical studies of excitons in polymeric systems , Behnaz Bagheri, Bjoern Baumeier, and Mikko Karttunen, PCCP 28, 30297-30304 (2016). 
  • Binding of disordered peptides to Kelch: Insights from enhanced sampling simulations, Trang Nhu Do, Wing-Yiu Choy and Mikko Karttunen, J. Chem. Theory Comput. 12, 395-404 (2016).
  • Stable Porphyrin-Phospholipid Doped Liposomes Permeabilized by Near Infrared Light, K. Carter, S. Shao, Matthew I. Hoopes, W. Song, H. Huang, G. Zhang, B. Asan, R.K. Pandey, B.A Pfeifer, J. Ortega, Mikko Karttunen, J.F Lovell, Nature Communications 5, 3546 (2014).
  • Classical Electrostatics for Biomolecular Simulations, Celeste Sagui, Andres G. Cisneros, Mikko Karttunen, Penguy Ren, Chemical Reviews 114, 779-814 (2014).
  • Long-time correlations and hydrophobe modified hydrogen bonding dynamics in hydrophobic hydration, John T. Titantah and Mikko Karttunen, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 134, 9362-9368 (2012).

Allan B. MacIsaac

Allan B. MacIsaac

Position: Assistant Professor
Email: allanb@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 88772

Office: Middlesex College, Room 285
Personal Website
Education:
  • PhD
Research Interests:
  • Nanomagnetism
  • Ultra-thin magnetic films
  • Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena
  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Computer Simulation
  • Monte Carlo Simulation
  • Cellular Automata
Representative Publications:
  • J.P. Whitehead, A.B. MacIsaac and K. De'Bell, "Canted stripe phasenear the spin reorientation transition in ultrathin magnetic films", Phys. Rev. B. 77 174415 (2008)
  • A.B. MacIsaac and Mark Whitmore, "HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING IN CANADA: THE EARLY CHAPTERS", Invited contribution to Physics in Canada, April/June (2008)
  • Tingxi Tan and A.B. MacIsaac, "Monte Carlo Simulations of a model ultra-thin magnetic bilayer", J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 19 (2007) 456223

Francesca Vidotto

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Position: Assistant Professor

Email: fvidotto@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 81423

Office: Middlesex College, Room 280

Personal Website (loopy.space/vidotto)

Education:

  • PhD: Pavia, Theoretical Physics, 2012
  • MSc: Padova, Theoretical Physics, 2008

Affiliations:

  • Member of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy
  • Affiliated to the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Research Interests:

  • Canonical and Covariant Loop Quantum Gravity
  • Quantum aspects of Cosmology and Black Holes
  • Foundations of Physics

Representative Publications:

  • Primordial fluctuations from quantum gravity. Francesco Gozzini and Francesca Vidotto. [arXiv:1906.02211]
  • Covariant Loop Quantum GravityAn elementary introduction to Quantum Gravity and Spinfoam TheoryCarlo Rovelli and Francesca Vidotto.
Cambridge University Press, 2014.
  • Planck starsCarlo Rovelli, Francesca Vidotto. 
 J. Mod. Phys. D 23, 1442026, 2014 [arXiv:1401.6562]

  • Evidences of Maximal Acceleration and Singularity Resolution in Covariant Loop Quantum Gravity
. Carlo Rovelli, Francesca Vidotto. 
 Rev. Lett. 111, 091303 (2013) [arXiv:1307.3228]
Towards Spinfoam Cosmology
. Eugenio Bianchi, Carlo Rovelli, Francesca Vidotto. 
 Phys.Rev.D82:084035,2010 [arXiv:1003.3483]

Lyle Muller

Xingfu Zou

Position:Assistant Professor
Email: lmuller2@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85765

Office: MC 275 and WIRB 4140 
Group Website

Education:
  • Ph.D. Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), 2014
  • M.Sc. Université René Descartes (Paris 5), 2010
  • B.Sc. Brown University, 2009
Research Interests:
  • Spectral methods
  • Signal/image processing
  • Computational neuroscience
  • Random-graph theory
Representative Publications:
  • Muller L, Chavane F, Reynolds J, Sejnowski TJ (2018) Cortical traveling waves: mechanisms and computational principles. Nature Reviews Neuroscience 19: 255 – 268.

  • Muller L, Piantoni G, Koller D, Cash SS, Halgren E, Sejnowski TJ (2016) Rotating waves during human sleep spindles organize global patterns of activity that repeat precisely through the night. eLife 5: e17267.

  • Muller L, Reynaud A, Chavane F, and Destexhe A (2014) The stimulus-evoked population response in visual cortex of awake monkey is a propagating wave. Nature Communications 5: 3675.

  • Rudolph-Lilith M and Muller L (2014) Algebraic approach to small-world network models. Physical Review E 89: 012812.

  • Muller L, Brette R, Gutkin B (2011) Spike-timing dependent plasticity and feed-forward input oscillations produce precise and invariant spike phase-locking. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience 5:45

Khoa Nguyen

Khoa Nguyen

Position: Assistant Professor
Email: knguyen@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 88799

Office: Middlesex College, Room 282
Personal Website

Education:
  • PhD

Greg Reid

Greg Reid

Position: Professor
Email: reid@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 88793

Office: Middlesex College, Room 281
Personal Website
Education:
  • PhD University of Waikato, 1980-84
  • BSc (Hons) University of Otago, 1975-77
Research Interests:
  • Nonlinear differential equations (especially PDE)
  • Algorithms (especially for Computer Algebra)
  • Geometric & Algebraic Algorithms
Representative Publications:
  • Nonclassical Reductions of a 3+1-Cubic Nonlinear Schrodinger System (with E. Mansfield and P. Clarkson), Computer Physics Communications 115 (1998) 460-488.
  • Reduction of systems of nonlinear partial differential equations to simplified involutive forms (with A. Boulton and A. Wittkopf), European J. of Applied Math. 7 (1996) 604-635.

Bogdan Tudose

Bogdan Tudose

Position: Assistant Professor
Chief Academic Counsellor
Email: btudose@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 88777

Office: Middlesex College, Room 286
Personal Website

Education:
  • Ph.D. Indiana University 1997
  • M.Sc. Indiana University 1992
  • B.Sc. University of Bucharest 1987
Research Interests:
  • The Classical Limit of The Quantum Theory: Rydberg Wave Packet, Squeezed States
  • Geometrical and Topological Methods In Quantum Physics, Geometric Quantization
  • The Foundations of Quantum Mechanics
Representative Publications:
  • Revivals Of Quantum Wave Packets (with R. Bluhm, V.A. Kostelecky, and J.A. Porter) in Proceedings of the 5th International Wigner Symposium, edited by P. Kasperkovitz, World Scientific, New Jersey, 1998
  • Revival Structure of Stark Wave Packets (with R. Bluhm and V.A. Kostelecky) Physical Review A55 (1997) 819
  • Wave-Packet Revivals For Quantum Systems With Nondegenerate Energies (with R. Bluhm and V.A. Kostelecky) Phys. Letters A222 (1996) 220

Lindi Wahl

Lindi Wahl

Position: Professor
Email: lwahl@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 88795

Office: Middlesex College, Room 267
Personal Website
Education:
  • D.Phil. Oxford, 1996
  • M.Sc. McMaster, 1992
  • B.A.Sc. Waterloo, 1991
Research Interests:
  • Theoretical population genetics
  • Mathematical models of experimental evolution
  • Microbial evolution
Representative Publications:
  • van Passel, M.W.J., Nijveen, H. and Wahl, L.M. (2014) "Birth, death and diversification of mobile promoters in prokaryotes", Genetics, 197: 291-299.
  • Sousa, A., Bourgard, C., Wahl, L.M. and Gordo, I. (2013) "Rates of transposition in Escherichia coli", Biology Letters, 9 (6): 20130838, doi:10.1098/rsbl.2013.0838.
  • Zhang, W.J., Wahl, L.M. and Yu, P. (2013) "Conditions for transient viremia in deterministic in-host models: viral blips need no exogenous trigger", SIAM Journal of Applied Mathematics, 73 (2): 853–881.
  • Gifford, D.R, de Visser, J.A.G.M. and Wahl, L.M. (2012) "Model and test in a fungus of the probability that beneficial mutations survive drift", Biology Letters, doi:10.1098/rsbl.2012.0310.

Geoff Wild

Geoff Wild

Position: Associate Professor & Department Chair
Email: gwild@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 88784

Office: Middlesex College, Room 255C
Personal Website
Education:
  • Ph.D. Queen's University, 2004
  • M.Sc. Trent University, 2000
  • B.Sc. Trent University, 1998
Research Interests:
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Modelling Animal Behaviour
Representative Publications:

Pei Yu

Pei Yu

Position:Professor
Email: pyu@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 88783

Office: Middlesex College, Room 283
Personal Website
Education:
  • Ph.D. Waterloo, 1986
  • M.A.Sc. Waterloo, 1984
  • B.Sc. Shanghai Jiao Tong U., 1982
Research Interests:
  • Nonlinear dynamical systems
  • Stability, bifurcation, and chaos
  • Mathematical biology
  • Hilbert's 16th problem and limit cycles theory
  • Normal form computation
Representative Publications:

Xingfu Zou

Xingfu Zou

Position:Professor & Graduate Chair
Email: xzou@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 88781

Office: Middlesex College, Room 284
Personal Website
Education:
  • Ph.D. York University 1997
  • M.Sc. Hunan University 1989
  • B.Sc. Zhongshan University 1983
Research Interests:
  • differential equations (ODEs, PDEs, FDEs)
  • difference equations
  • applied dynamical systems
  • models in population biology, disease transmission
  • neural networks etc.
Representative Publications:
  • Y. Xiao and Zou, Can multiple Malaria species co-persist?, SIAM J Appl. Math., 73(2013), 351-371
  • Z. Guo, F.-B. Wang and Zou, Threshold dynamics of an infective disease model with a fixed latent period and non-local infections, J. Math. Biol., 65(2012), 1387-1410.
  • Global attractivity of non-autonomous Lotka-Volterra competition system without instantaneous negative feedbacks (with X. H. Tang), J. Diff. Eqns., 192 (2003), 502-535.