Prof Aleks OWCZAREK

Professor

School of Mathematics and Statistics

  • Room: 192
  • Building: Peter Hall Building
  • Campus: Parkville

Research Interests

  • Exact solutions of lattice models
  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Enumerative combinatorics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Integrable systems
  • Lattice polymer models

Research Groups

Publications

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Extra Information

Professor Aleks Owczarek is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics. Aleks undertook the role of Dean, Faculty of Science (August 2018 - December 2020), after eighteen months as Deputy Dean (February 2017 - August 2018). Aleks was Head of the School of Mathematics and Statistics for six years (2011-2016) and Associate Dean (Graduate programs), also known as Director of the Graduate School of Science, for more than seven years (November 2009 - January 2016). Aleks is a Fellow of the Australian Mathematical Society. Aleks's area of expertise is mathematical statistical mechanics, which lies within the discipline of mathematical physics. In particular, he works in the area of phase transitions and critical phenomena of model polymer systems, using lattice walk models. Aleks's work endeavours to uncover the universal geometric and topological features of long chain molecules such as DNA in a variety of generic conditions. The models he studies arise naturally in discrete mathematics/combinatorics and in stochastic processes as well as in theoretical physics. He currently has two major projects. The first is on integrable lattice polymer models at the interface of algebra, analysis and combinatorics. The second is on next generation simulation of polymer networks with complex topologies.

Past Postgraduate Supervision

Name Thesis title
Debra BENNETT-WOOD "Numerical studies of Self-avoiding walks"
Eduardo DAGROSA "Statistical Mechanics of twist-storing polymers"
Paul FIJN "The combinatorics and graph theory of stochastic interface and lattice path problems"
Will JAMES "The enumeration of heaps and almost-convex polygons"
Heather LONSDALE "Compact directed percolation near a damp wall"
Paul NIDRAS "Critical behaviour of geometric cluster models"
Judy-anne OSBORN "Combinatorics of pavings and paths"
Andrew RECHNITZER "Some problems in the counting of lattice animals, polyominoes, polygons and walks"
Rami TABBARA "Generalised directed walker models of adsorption and gelation"
Henry (Ling Heng) WONG "Topics on Lattice Models in Statistical Mechanics"
Ruijie XU "Interacting Quarter-Plane Lattice Walk Problems: Solutions and Proofs"

Past Honours & MSc Students

Name Project title
Andrew OPPENHEIM "Directed walkers on the square and triangular planar lattices"
Andrew RECHNITZER "An investigation of Directed Percolation"
Rami TABBARA "A generalised model of a semi-flexible polymer at an adsorbing wall"

Recent Grant History

Year(s) Source Type Title
2016 - 2018 ARC Discovery Interplay of Topology and Geometry in Polymeric Critical Phenomena
2012 - 2014 ARC Discovery Advanced numerical and analytical techniques for exact studies in combinatorics and statistical mechanics

Responsibilities

  • Academic Consultation Coordination Committees
  • AMSI Advisory Board
  • Bachelors of BioMed/BSc Standing Committee member
  • Buyers Committee (Business Services) member
  • Chancellor's Prize for PhD thesis in Tri-Faculty Group member
  • Deputy Dean
  • Employment Fundamentals Project Governance Committee
  • Engagement at Melbourne Academic Leadership Committee
  • Faculty of Science Education Executive (Chair)
  • Faculty of Science Indigenous Engagement Advisory Group (Chair)
  • Faculty of Science Planning and Resources Committee
  • Faculty Planning & Resources Committee member
  • Faculty Promotions and Appointments Committees (Chair)
  • MATRIX Board
  • MSE2025 Board
  • OEP Community and Advisory Board
  • University's Westpac Fellowship Committee Buyers Committee (Business Services)

Committees

  • Strategic Planning Committee