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The McMaster School of Computational Science and Engineering has approximately 50 faculty members drawn from a wide range of disciplines. Nearly 50 per cent of these faculty members hold prestigious Canada Research Chair, NSERC Industrial Chair or SHARCNET Chair appointments.


Computational Physical Sciences

 NameDepartmentResearch Interests
1 Dr. Paul Ayers Chemistry Density functional theory; computational modelling of enzymes
2 Dr. Samir Chidiac Civil Engineering Durability/service life modelling of comentitious and polymeric materials, FEA/heat and Mass Transport process, Stone masonry, Buildings Science
3 Dr. Hugh Couchman Physics & Astronomy Numerical simulation of the formation and evolution of cosmic structure
4 Dr. Randy Dumont Chemistry Time distributions for tunneling through an avoided crossing - barrier
5 Dr. Timothy Field Electrical & Computer Engineering Stochastic differential equation and random field theory applied to waves in random media: electromagnetic scattering and propagation; spin dynamics and relaxation, magnetic resonance physics (NMR / EPR); stochastic volatility modelling for inference problems (in a diffusion / Ito process framework)
6 Dr. Franya Franek Computing & Software String Algorithms and Pattern Matching, Combinatorics and Combinatorial Algorithms, Memory management in Programming, Artificial Intelligence
7 Dr. Matheus Grasselli Mathematics & Statistics Financial Mathematics - the use of modern mathematical tools from stochastic analysis, probability theory and statistics to understand, model and make decisions in Financial Markets
8 Dr. Peijun Guo Civil Engineering Geomechanics and geotechnical engineering; Numerical modelling of complex geotechnical structures; Advanced experimental study of soil behaviour
9 Dr. Paul Higgs Physics & Astronomy Molecular Evolution and Phylogenetic Methods, RNA Secondary Structure, The OGRe Database of Mitochondrial Genomes, Food Webs and Ecological Communities, Polymers and Soft Condensed Matter, Population Genetics and Mathematical Biology
10 Dr. Tom Hurd Mathematics & Statistics Financial Mathematics - Fat tails, Multivariate modeling for extreme events, Portfolio risk management, Electricity modeling
11 Dr. Nicholas Kevlahan Mathematics & Statistics Theory and computation of fluid turbulence, with a special interest in Adaptive Numerical Methods based on the Wavelet Transform
12 Dr. Marilyn Lightstone Mechanical Engineering Computational fluid dynamics, mathematical modelling of the interaction of particulates with a turbulent flow, modelling of fluid turbulence in nuclear subchannel geometries, modelling of solar energy components
13 Dr. John Luxat Engineering Physics Nuclear Safety Analysis, Experimental Studies in Nuclear Safety Thermalhydraulics, Theoretical Modelling Studies in Nuclear Safety Thermalhydraulics
14 Dr. Ned Nedialkov Computing & Software Numerical Methods for Ordinary Differential Equations (ODEs); Differential Algebraic Equations (DAEs); Validated Numerical Methods; Interval Methods for ODEs; Mathematical Software; Hybrid Dynamic Systems; Automatic Differentiation
15 Dr. Dimitry Pelinovsky Mathematics & Statistics Existence and stability of solitons in nonlinear dispersive wave equations, modeling of photonic crystals and Bose-Einstein condensates, analysis of discrete lattices
16 Dr. Bartosz Protas Mathematics & Statistics Integration of optimization and control theory with computational fluid dynamics
17 Dr. Sanzheng Qiao Computing & Software Numerical linear algebra and applications, Scientific computing, Numerical software
18 Dr. An-Chang Shi Physics & Astronomy Theoretical study of self-assembly and phase transitions in polymeric systems, self-assembly and morphology of block copolymer and surfactant aggregates in solutions, statistical mechanics of conformation of macromolecules, dynamics of reactive polymeric systems, theory of polymerization kinetics
19 Dr. Shahram Shirani Electrical & Computer Engineering Multimedia computing systems, signal compression for multimedia communications, multimedia hardware architectures, image and video processing, ultrasound imaging
20 Dr. Spencer Smith Computing & Software Computer Aided Geometric Design, Dimensional Metrology, Industrial Geometry Inspection, Manufacturing Automation, Computer Graphics and Visualization including Haptics
21 Dr. Bill Smyth Computing & Software Combinatorial Algorithms, especially on strings & graphs; Combinatorics on Words and Applications, especially to Bioinformatics, Data Compression & Data Mining
22 Dr. Erik Sorensen Physics & Astronomy Theory and simulation of quantum materials. In particular low dimensional strongly correlated systems, such as frustrated magnets and mesoscopic electronic systems
23 Dr. Allan Spence Mechanical Engineering Computer Aided Geometric Design, Dimensional Metrology, Industrial Geometry Inspection, Manufacturing Automation, Computer Graphics and Visualization including Haptics
24 Dr. Dieter Stolle Civil Engineering Analytical and numerical modelling of applied mechanics/geomechanics problems and on highway materials
25 Dr. Stephen Tullis Mechanical Engineering Numerical modelling of turbulent flows and combustion
26 Dr. James Wadsley Physics & Astronomy Theoretical astrophysics - the formation and evolution of galaxies and the formation of gas planets
27 Dr. Xiaolin Wu Electrical & Computer Engineering Algorithms for multimedia signal processing and communications, and visual computing
28 Dr. Li Xi Chemical Engineering Soft matter and complex fluids, polymer materials, non-Newtonian fluids, rheology, turbulence, computational fluid dynamics, molecular modeling, multiscale simulations

Computational Optimization, Design and Control

 NameDepartmentResearch Interests
1 Dr. Christopher Anand Computing & Software Magnetic Resonance Imaging, High Performance Computing, Optimization, Software Engineering
2 Dr. Mohamed Bakr Electrical & Computer Engineering Optimization methods, computer-aided design and modeling of microwave circuits, smart analysis of microwave circuits and efficient optimization using time/frequency domain methods
3 Dr. Narayanaswamy Balakrishnan Mathematics & Statistics Order statistics, distribution theory
4 Dr. J.W. Bandler Electrical & Computer Engineering CAD/CAE of electronic, RF, wireless, microwave, high-speed and mixed-signal circuits and systems, device modeling, analog simulation, statistical design centering and yield-driven design, optimization theory and algorithms, space mapping and surrogate model optimization
5 Dr. Gary Bone Mechanical Engineering Robotics, Computer-Aided Manufacturing, Manufacturing Automation
6 Dr. Fei Chiang Computing & Software Data management, Databases, Data quality, Data privacy, Text mining
7 Dr. Samir Chidiac Civil Engineering Durability/service life modelling of comentitious and polymeric materials, FEA/heat and Mass Transport process, Stone masonry, Buildings Science
8 Dr. Timothy Davidson Electrical & Computer Engineering Signal processing; Wireless and wireline communications
9 Dr. Antoine Deza Computing & Software Combinatorial and Continuous Optimization, Discrete and Computational Geometry, Enumeration Algorithms
10 Dr. Wael El-Dakhakhni Civil Engineering Systemic Risk Modeling and Simulation, Resilience Evaluation of Interdependent Systems, Cascading Effects Prediction, Multivariate Data Analysis
11 Dr. Matheus Grasselli Mathematics & Statistics Financial Mathematics - the use of modern mathematical tools from stochastic analysis, probability theory and statistics to understand, model and make decisions in Financial Markets
12 Dr. Elkafi Hassini DeGroote School of Business Data-driven optimization and supply chain analytics
13 Dr. Simon Haykin Electrical & Computer Engineering Cognitive radio, Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) Wireless Communications, Adaptive Hearing Systems, Cognitive Radar, Passive Sensing of Multi-Function Radars
14 Dr. Kai Huang DeGroote School of Business Large-scale optimization arising in operations management, computational approaches for stochastic optimization
15 Dr. Tom Hurd Mathematics & Statistics Financial Mathematics - Fat tails, Multivariate modeling for extreme events, Portfolio risk management, Electricity modeling
16 Dr. George Karakostas Computing & Software Design and analysis of algorithms (in particular approximation algorithms for hard problems); Computational Complexity; Application of theoretical results to practice. Game-theoretical study of large data and communication networks
17 Dr. Thia Kirubarajan Electrical & Computer Engineering Estimation, target tracking, information fusion, signal processing, communications, sensor resource management, system diagnosis and fault detection
18 Dr. Vladimir Mahalec Chemical Engineering Software engineering and application design, development, and implementation (advanced process control, process engineering and design, planning, scheduling, plant optimization, feedstock selection, trading and logistics). Expertise in value chain optimization in petroleum, petrochemicals, and other process industries
19 Dr. Ned Nedialkov Computing & Software Numerical Methods for Ordinary Differential Equations (ODEs); Differential Algebraic Equations (DAEs); Validated Numerical Methods; Interval Methods for ODEs; Mathematical Software; Hybrid Dynamic Systems; Automatic Differentiation
20 Dr. Christopher Swartz Chemical Engineering Model-based control, integration of plant and control system design, optimization, mathematical modeling, numerical computation
21 Dr. Sash Vaid DeGroote School of Business Deep learning models; Bayesian neural network; Interdisciplinarity; Digital economy; Digital marketing & sales; Marketing & finance interface; Innovation
22 Dr. Manish Verma DeGroote School of Business Developing analytical approaches (optimization and solution algorithm) for multimodal network design of transportation systems; risk assessment and management of dangerous goods; disruption and resilience issues in supply chain management
23 Dr. Manaf Zargoush DeGroote School of Business Aged health care, artificial intelligence and image processing, optimization
24 Dr. Rong Zheng Computing & Software Network resource management, mobile computing and mobile data analytics
25 Dr. Yun Zhou DeGroote School of Business Optimization models and methods in revenue management and inventory management, Queueing theory and models in service operations

Computational Biosciences

 NameDepartmentResearch Interests
1 Dr. Christopher Anand Computing & Software Magnetic Resonance Imaging, High Performance Computing, Optimization, Software Engineering
2 Dr. Paul Ayers Chemistry Density functional theory; computational modelling of enzymes
3 Dr. Susan Becker Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour Computational neuroscience; neural network models of perceptual and cognitive processes including cortical and hippocampal memory systems, hippocampal pathology in stress-related psychiatric disorders, the function of hippocampal neurogenesis, spatial memory and navigation, reinforcement learning, plasticity in cortical systems, and cortical reorganization after peripheral damage
4 Dr. Patrick Bennett Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour Visual perception, pattern vision, psychophysics, neural plasticity and development, aging, evoked potentials and EEG, neuroimaging
5 Dr. Ben Bolker Mathematics & Statistics; Biology Dynamics of ecological and evolutionary systems; analytical, computational, and statistical methods. Particular interests in spatial population dynamics of competitive and host-pathogen systems
6 Dr. Ian Bruce Electrical & Computer Engineering Modeling of the normal and impaired auditory periphery, theoretical and computational neuroscience, hearing aids, cochlear implants, stochastic ion channel gating, digital speech processing, nonlinear and stochastic systems
7 Dr. Jonathan Dushoff Department of Biology Theoretical, statistical and computational approaches to understanding the evolution and spread of infectious diseases
8 Dr. David Earn Mathematics & Statistics Epidemiology, Immunization Strategies, Ecology, Conservation, Animal Behaviour
9 Dr. Troy Farncombe Radiology Radiation detector development, image reconstruction, multi-modality imaging, preclinical imaging
10 Dr. Franya Franek Computing & Software String Algorithms and Pattern Matching, Combinatorics and Combinatorial Algorithms, Memory management in Programming, Artificial Intelligence
11 Dr. Brian Golding Biology Frequency and properties of laterally transferred genes, the properties of protein repeats and the determinants of evolutionary rates of change
12 Dr. Alexander Jeremic Electrical & Computer Engineering Biomedical signal processing, medical imaging, biochemical sensing and environmental monitoring, array signal processing
13 Dr. Paul McNicholas Mathematics & Statistics Big data; bioinformatics; classification; clustering; computational statistics; data science; discriminant analysis; high-dimensional data; high-performance computing; parallel computing; statistical learning; statistics
14 Dr. David Meyre Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics Gene identification, Epigenetics, Evolutionary genetics, System biology
15 Dr. Kathy Murphy Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour Development of vision and the areas of the brain that process visual information. The development of vision and the visual system. Visual and neural changes associated with lazy-eye (amblyopia). We use a variety of neurobiological, computational, and psychophysics techniques in our experiments. Development of the visual cortex from new perspectives, searching for, and finding clues that help us to understand how vision develops
16 Dr. Allison Sekuler Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour Cognitive neuroscience, visual perception, perceptual organization, face and object recognition,motion perception, aging and vision, neuroimaging
17 Dr. Shahram Shirani Electrical & Computer Engineering Multimedia computing systems, signal compression for multimedia communications, multimedia hardware architectures, image and video processing, ultrasound imaging
18 Dr. Bill Smyth Computing & Software Combinatorial Algorithms, especially on strings & graphs; Combinatorics on Words and Applications, especially to Bioinformatics, Data Compression & Data Mining
19 Dr. Ranil Sonnadara Surgery Auditory Perception, Music Cognition, Medical Education, Motor Learning, Skill Acquisition, EEG, Neuroimaging, Motion Capture
20 Dr. Jennifer Stearns Medicine Microbial community maturation within the context of a maturing host environment. Early infant nutrition choices on bacterial succession. Microbial contribution to early life origins of disease
21 Dr. Jon Stone Biology Computational biological research at multiple hierarchical levels
22 Dr. Xiaolin Wu Electrical & Computer Engineering Algorithms for multimedia signal processing and communications, and visual computing
23 Dr. Boris Zhorov Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences Molecular modeling of ion channels with drugs and toxins. We use program ZMM that employs the method of Monte Carlo-energy minimization in the space of generalized coordinates
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