My research is in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing, and concentrates
mainly on the numerical solution of (systems of) partial differential
equations with highly varying (discontinuous) coefficients including
- Efficient and Robust Parallel Multilevel Solvers for Systems of PDEs
- Mixed Finite Elements and Preconditioning
- Analysis of Domain Decomposition and Multilevel Methods for Multiscale PDEs
- Numerical Homogenisation and Upscaling
- Multiscale Iterative Methods
- Stochastic PDEs and Uncertainty Quantification
- Modelling and Simulation of Flow in Porous Media
- Modelling and Simulation of Neutronics in Nuclear Reactors
- Bandgap Calculations in Photonic Crystal Fibres
- Multigrid Methods in Data Assimilation for Weather and Climate Modelling
Current Group Members:
- Gianluca Detommaso, PhD Student, since May 2016, "Towards Faster Bayesian Sampling in Uncertainty Quantification" (SAMBa CDT Studentship, with Dan Simpson and Karim Anaya-Izquierdo).
- Victor Bayona-Revilla, Postdoc, since Mar 2016, "Multiscale Modelling of Aerospace Composites" (with GKN Aerospace, EPSRC Project with Richard Butler).
- Sergey Dolgov, EPSRC Postdoctoral Fellow, since Jan 2016, "Tensor Product Numerical Methods for High-Dimensional Problems".
- Anne Reinarz, Postdoc, since Jan 2016, "Multiscale Modelling of Aerospace Composites" (with GKN Aerospace, EPSRC Project with Richard Butler).
- Matt Parkinson, PhD Student, since Oct 2015, "Novel Monte Carlo Approaches for Uncertainty Quantification of the Neutron Transport Equation" (
SAMBa CDT Studentship and AMEC co-funding, with Ivan Graham).
- Will Saunders, PhD Student, since Feb 2015, "Performance portable molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo codes" (with Eike Mueller, James Grant and Steve Parker, Chemistry).
- Grigoris Katsiolides, PhD Student, since Sep 2014, "Multilevel Monte Carlo Methods for Atmospheric Dispersion" (CASE studentship with the Met Office, with Eike Mueller, Tony Shardlow, David Thomson, Met Office).
- Stef Kynaston, PhD Student, since October 2013,
"Multiscale Methods and Uncertainty Quantification in Aerospace Composites"
(with Tim Dodwell & Richard Butler, Mech Eng; Industrial CASE Studentship with GKN Aerospace, Filton).
Past Group Members:
- Tatiana Kim, Postdoc, Jan 2014 - Nov 2015, "Multiscale Modelling of Aerospace Composites" (with GKN Aerospace).
- Eike Mueller, Postdoc, Sep 2011 - Jan 2015,
"Parallel Scalability of Elliptic Solvers in Weather and Climate
Prediction" (with Met Office and STFC; now Lecturer at University of Bath).
- Elisabeth Ullmann, Postdoc, Jul 2011 - Jun 2014,
"Multilevel Monte Carlo Methods for Elliptic Problems with Applications
to Radioactive Waste Disposal" (with Nottingham, Oxford, UK Nuclear
Decomissioning Authority and Serco Assurances; now Professor at TU Munich).
- Sarah Cook, MPhil Student, Oct 2012 - Sep 2013, Thesis:
"Multilevel Monte Carlo Methods for Atmospheric Dispersion"
(with the Met Office; co-supervisor: Eike Mueller).
- Albert Ferreiro-Castilla, Royal Society Newton Fellow,
Feb 2012 - Sep 2013, "Multilevel Monte Carlo Methods for Levy Processes"
(with Andreas Kyprianou, Probability Group; now working in investment banking in Barcelona).
- Florentin Damiens, Summer Placement Student, July - Aug 2013, "Inverse problems for local volatility models" (with Andreas Kyprianou and Albert Ferreiro-Castilla, Probability Group).
- Chris Hart, PhD Student, Oct 2008 - Aug 2013,
"Numerical Computation of Spectra for PDEs on Infinite Domains"
(with Marco Marletta, Cardiff; EPSRC Studentship)
- Aretha Teckentrup, PhD Student, Oct 2009 - June 2013, Thesis:
"Multilevel Monte Carlo Methods and Uncertainty Quantification"
(now Postdoc with Andrew Stuart at University of Warwick).
- Emily Dodgson, PhD Student, Oct 2008 - Oct 2011, Thesis:
"Thermoconvective Instabilities in Porous Media" (main supervisor: Andrew Rees,
Mech Eng, Bath; BICS studentship).
- Sean Buckeridge, PhD Student, 2006 - 2010, Thesis:
"Numerical Methods for Weather and Climate Models"
(GWR studentship with Met Office; now working in the city in London).
- Jan Van lent,
Postdoc, March 2006 - June 2008, "Domain Decomposition for Multiscale
PDEs" (now lecturer at University of West of England, Bristol).
- Richard Norton, PhD Student, October 2004 - September 2008,
Thesis: "Numerical Computation of Band Gaps in Photonic Crystal Fibres"
(now at University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand).
- Graham Burton MSc Summer Project, June-September 2008,
"Numerical Evaluation of Option Prices" (with Alex Cox, Maths, Bath).
- Craig Dickinson MSc Summer Project, June-September 2008,
"Numerical Solution of Richards Equation" (with Andrew Rees, Mech Eng,
Bath, and Steve Benbow, Quintessa).
- Tristan Brindle, Research Student, February-July 2007,
"Accurate and Efficient Simulation of Emergent Behaviour in
Microstructures" (with Darryl Almond,Mech Eng, Bath).
- Peter Way MSc Summer Project, June-September 2006,
"Numerical solution of
coupled carrier diffusion and wave propagation in laser models" (with
Federica Causa, Elec Eng, Bath).
- Clare Judd, MSc Summer Project, June-September 2005,
"Numerical Simulation of the Properties of Materials with Random
Microstructures" (with Darryl Almond, Mech Eng, Bath).
- David Marquez, MSc Summer Project, June-September 2004,
"Identification of Gas Transport Parameters in Polymers"
(with Z. Benjelloun-Dabaghi and M.-H. Klopffer, IFP, Paris).
- Sally Harbinson, MSc Summer Project, June-September 2002,
"Mathematical Modelling of the Permeation of Gases in Polymers"
(with Zakia Benjelloun-Dabaghi, IFP, Paris).
Here is an out-of-date list of past and current research projects:
(For a more up-to-date list see my CV.)
EPSRC Project on Multilevel Monte Carlo for Radioactive Waste Management
Domain Decomposition for Multiscale PDEs
The work on overlapping additive Schwarz is joint work with Ivan Graham
(Bath), Eero Vainikko (University of Tartu, Estonia) and Jan Van lent.
Recently I have extended the work, together with Clemens Pechstein (Linz),
FETI methods, and started to work with Frederic Nataf (Paris) on two-level
DD methods with Robin-type interface conditions.
The novel coarsenings and the theoretical results are also of interest in the
context of multiscale numerical approximation and have lead to recent
collaborations with Tom Hou (Caltech) and Ludmil Zikatanov (Penn State).
Preconditioning for Multiphase Flow in Porous Media
This is a project in collaboration with the Institut Francais du
Petrole (IFP), Paris, France, notably Roland Masson, Philippe Quandalle,
Stephane Requena (all three Division Informatique Scientifique et Mathematiques
Appliquees), and Johannes Wendebourg (Division Geologie-Geochimie).
Algebraic Preconditioners for High-Contrast Media
This is joint work with Ivan Graham (Bath), Burak Aksoylu (Louisiana State) and
Hector Klie (Austin) on rigorously justified algebraic preconditioners for
high-contrast media using singular perturbation arguments, and initiated from
a visit in Mary Wheeler's group at Austin. For first results see
Further work and some mathematical details will be available soon in
- B. Aksoylu, I.G. Graham, H. Klie and R. Scheichl,
Towards a Rigorously Justified Algebraic Preconditioner for High-Contrast
Diffusion Problems, Computing and Visualization in Science 11
(Special Issue Dedicated to Prof. W. Hackbusch on the Occasion of his
60th Birthday), pp. 319-331, 2008.
- R. Scheichl,
A Rigorously Justified Algebraic Preconditioner for High-Contrast
Diffusion Problems, in preparation.
Numerical Computation of Spectra for PDEs on Infinite Domains - Application in Bandgap Calculations for Photonic Crystal Fibres
This is work that initiated through discussion with David Bird (Physics, Bath).
Together with my PhD student Richard Norton (ORS Award) we carried out a
rigorous numerical analysis of planewave expansion (or spectral Galerkin)
methods for elliptic eigenproblems in 1D and 2D as they are used in the
physics community in bandgap computations for photonic crystal fibres. Three
papers on this work are in preparation. For first results see
[Extended Abstract for Waves '07].
I have recently started another collaboration on the subject with Marco
Marletta (Cardiff) to exploit novel theoretical ideas to numerical compute
localised modes of Schroedinger-type operators avoiding spectral pollution.
A new PhD student, Chris Hart, has started to work on this project in October
2008, under our joint supervision (funded from/based in Bath).
Numerical Methods for Weather and Climate Models
This is joint work with Mike Cullen (The Met Office), Jon Thuburn
(Exeter), and my PhD student Sean Buckeridge (GWR Grant). It concentrates on
the development and analysis of fast parallel multigrid preconditioners for
elliptic PDEs in spherical geometries arising in weather, climate, and data
Quasi-Monte Carlo and Multilevel Monte Carlo Techniques for Stochastic
These are two very recently started projects with Ivan Graham (Bath),
Ian Sloan, Dirk Nuyens, Frances Kuo (all UNSW, Sydney) and Mike Giles
Preconditioning Techniques for Discontinuous Galerkin Methods
This is a recent project in collaboration with Peter Bastian, Markus Blatt,
Christian Engwer (all Stuttgart) and with David Kay (Oxford).
Emergence in Random Microstructures
This is project in collaboration with Darryl Almond (Mech Eng, Bath) and
Nick McCullen (Maths, Bath) from BICS Theme C, which I have worked on in
three MSc summer projects Clare Judd (2005), Sean Buckeridge (2006),
Tristan Brindle (2007).
Iterative Solution of Saddle Point Problems with Applications to
Uncertainty Quantification in Groundwater Flow
This is a project I started during my PhD at the University of
Bath under the joint supervision of Ivan Graham (University of Bath) and
Andrew Cliffe (University of Nottingham). Part of the work has
also been done in collaboration with Linda Stals (Old Dominion
University, Norfolk, VA). [Further Details]
Permeation of Gases in Polymers: Parameter Identification and
Nonlinear Regression Analysis
This is a project in collaboration with the Institut Francais du
Petrole (IFP), Paris, France, in particular Zakia Benjelloun-Dabaghi
(Applied Mathematics Department), Marie-Helene Klopffer and Bruno Flaconneche
(both Applied Chemistry and Physical Chemistry Department).
Parallel Solution of the Multigroup Neutron Diffusion Equations
This is work I did for my master's thesis during a one-year undergraduate
placement at Siemens, Munich, under the joint supervision of Ulrich Langer
(University of Linz, Austria) and Meinhard Paffrath (Siemens ZT,
Munich, Germany), and in collaboration with Herbert Finnemann
(Siemens KWU, Erlangen, Germany). [Further Details]
[Department of Mathematical Sciences]
[University of Bath]
Last updated 15/09/2016