I am Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Vienna, on leave from the University of Sussex (UK).
I am the Principal Investigator of a Vienna Research Groups grant.
I work in kinetic theory applied to the study of emergent phenomena in biology, medicine and social sciences using partial differential equations, probability, numerical simulations and modelling.
The goal of my research is to derive observable (macroscopic) dynamics and patterns for systems formed by many “particles” (where “particles” can be birds, ants, pedestrians, voters, cells, bits of capillaries,…). In other words, the goal is to understand the emergence of observable/large-scale dynamics from the discrete/microscopic underlying dynamics. This theory is applied to a variety of settings: cancer formation, pedestrian dynamics, lane formation by ants, collective dynamics, angiogenesis, development of epithelial tissue, opinion dynamics,…
My research for a broader audience in this video co-produced with Sameer Patel: ‘DESCRIBING PATTERNS’.
- Congratulations to Marina Ferreira who completed her PhD thesis (July 2018). She is currently a post-doc at the University of Helsinki.
- Former Master student Thomas Tardiveau (jointly mentored with Pierre Degond) wins a prize from the French Academy of Science for our joint work on social dynamics.