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Dr Martin Homer

Dr Martin Homer

Dr Martin Homer
B.A., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Bristol)

Senior Lecturer

Area of research

Applied nonlinear mathematics

Office 2.38
Merchant Venturers Building,
Woodland Road, Clifton BS8 1UB
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+44 (0) 117 331 5607

Summary

My main research interest is mathematical modelling of real-world systems, in a wide range of application areas from engineering to the life sciences. I am an expert in the theory and computation of nonlinear dynamical systems, especially those that are nonsmooth. 

Current research problems include:

  • Hearing mechanisms in mammals and insects,
  • Collective behaviour of insect swarms,
  • High-speed atomic force microscopy,
  • Temperature-mediated architectural adaptations of plants,
  • Noise and vibration in gearboxes and other mechanical systems,
  • Cellular dynamics of intestinal crypts,
  • AMR in gonorrhoea,
  • Dynamical systems approaches to complexity sciences,
  • Smart materials.

Biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Engineering Mathematics, and a member of the Applied Nonlinear Mathematics research group.

PhD Projects

PhD funding available through the SWBio DTP, on Mechanisms for plant shape determination in Marchantia. Closing date for applications is 4th December 2017.

I am currently supervising PhDs in a range of different areas of real-world applications of mathematics; see the list of research areas above for examples. If you would like to know more about PhDs in Engineering Mathematics, please get in touch. A number of funded studentships are available each year, supported by research council, industrial, University or other funds. Self-funded or sponsored students are also very welcome to apply. More information on funding is available on the Study at Bristol webpage.

Education

PhD (1999) Department of Engineering Mathematics, University of Bristol
MSc in Advanced Fluid Dynamics (1995) School of Mathematics, University of Bristol.
BA Mathematics (1994) St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford.

Teaching

I am teaching on the following units in 2017-18:

  • EMAT20200 Engineering Mathematics 2 (Lecturer & Unit Organiser)
  • EMAT30005 Mathematical & Data Modelling 3 (Lecturer)
  • EMAT30008 Scientific Computing (Lecturer)
  • EMAT30009 Technical Project and EMATM5000 Technical Project (Unit Organiser)

Keywords

  • Mathematical Modelling
  • Nonlinear Dynamics
  • Engineering

Expertise

I'm principally interested in mathematical modelling of real-world systems, from engineering to the life sciences. I work in the general area of nonlinear dynamical systems, especially those that are nonsmooth. Some current research projects include hearing mechanisms in mammals and insects, noise and vibration in gearboxes and atomic force microscopy.

  • mathematics
  • engineering mathematics
  • modelling
  • real-world systems
  • nonlinear dynamics
  • mathematical biology
  • hearing
  • Memberships

    Organisations

    Department of Engineering Mathematics

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