Computational Mathematics and Optimisation Research Group

We focus on the development of computational and mathematical methods to solve complex dynamic problems.

We use techniques from:

  • symbolic computation
  • exponential analysis
  • metaheuristic and stochastic search methods
  • multi-objective and constrained optimisation
  • Bayesian inference
  • differential equations

We apply our techniques in wide a range of application domains. Specific recent applications we have worked on include:

  • lung and skin cancer detection
  • reconstruction of disease transmission pathways
  • cardiac modelling
  • aircraft ground movement and runway sequencing
  • automated software improvement
  • staff scheduling and rostering
  • direction of arrival estimation in antenna design
  • fluorescence lifetime imaging

External partners and collaborators

COMMON has strong national and international connections with a range of collaborators.

Individual Researchers

Academic Groups

  • Optimisation and Logistics Group, Computer Science, University of Adelaide​, Australia
  • PDEs and Applications group, Department of Mathematics, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain
  • University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Glasgow Parallelism Group, School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Building Energy Research Group, School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering, Loughborough University, UK
  • Computational Optimisation and Learning (COL) Lab, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Operational Research Group, Queen Mary University of London, UK
    Centre for Smart Data Technologies, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK
  • Saint Petersburg State University, Russia
    St. Petersburg Department of Steklov's Mathematical Institute, Russia
  • Antenna Systems for the SKA, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • Centre for Research on Evolution, Search and Testing, University College London, UK
  • Symbolic Computation Group, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo, Canada

Companies and other organisations

  • Air France KLM
  • Airspace Unlimited Scotland
  • British Telecom
  • Manchester Airport
  • Maplesoft, Canada
  • Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON), Netherlands
  • Virtonomy GmbH, Germany

We are also an active member of the EXPOWER consortium, an H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie RISE project. Consortium members are listed here.

Research Group Members

Contact Computational Mathematics and Optimisation Research Group Leader


Dr Jozsef Farkas

Computing Science and Mathematics