Research Group Details

Discrete Mathematics


Discrete mathematics is the study of mathematical structures that are by nature discrete rather than continuous. It includes combinatorics and graph theory

Seminar series

Discrete Structures and Algorithms

Academic Staff

Dr Richard BRAK (Senior Lecturer)
Research interests: Enumerative combinatorics, Statistical Mechanics, Stochastic Processes, Critical Phenomena (phase transitions), Markov processes, Combinatorics, Orthogonal functions and polynomials, Polymers, Modelling of biological systems
Prof Jan DE GIER (Head of School)
Research interests: Stochastic Processes, Integrable models, Mathematical Physics, Combinatorics
Prof Aleks OWCZAREK (Professor)
Research interests: Exact solutions of lattice models, Statistical Mechanics, Enumerative combinatorics, Mathematical Physics, Integrable systems, Lattice polymer models
Prof Arun RAM (Professor)
Research interests: Representation theory
Dr Michael WHEELER (Senior Lecturer)
Research interests: Algebraic Combinatorics, Exactly solvable lattice models , Stochastic Processes, Integrable probability, Symmetric function theory
Dr Binzhou XIA (Lecturer)
Research interests: Group Theory, Combinatorics, Algebraic Graph Theory
Prof Sanming ZHOU (Professor)
Research interests: Algebraic Graph Theory, Graph Structure and Dynamics, Random Graph Processes, Network Optimisation, Algebraic Combinatorics, Operations Research, Theoretical Computer Science

Research Fellows

Dr Nicholas BEATON (Research Fellow)

Dr Jesper IPSEN (Research Fellow)

Research interests: Combinatorics

Honorary Staff

Professor Andrew BARBOUR
Professorial Fellow (Associate)
Professor Daryl DALEY
Professorial Fellow (Associate)
Emeritus Professor Anthony (Tony) GUTTMANN
Emeritus Professor (Associate)


Dr Yangming LI (Department of Mathematics, Guangdong University of Education)
Dr Benjian LYU (Beijing Normal University)

Postgraduate Students

ANDERSEN Patrick – ‘Coverage and connectivity in wireless sensor networks
CHEN Zeying – ‘Exact solutions to multi-species exclusion processes
FOXCROFT John – ‘Combinatorial Enumeration and the Bethe Ansatz
MOORE William – ‘Bi-orthogonal Polynomials and the Combinatorics of Asymmetric Simple Exclusion Process
SURANI Muhammad Adib – ‘The Isoperimetric Problem in Block Designs
XU Ruijie – ‘Some interacting quarter plane walk rpoblems
ZHENG Shasha

Masters (RT) Students

YAP Roro