New Professor will take maths at Bath to another dimension

We are delighted to announce the arrival of Professor Anthony Dooley who joins our Department of Mathematical Sciences from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia.

Professor Dooley works across a broad area of mathematical analysis, a branch of mathematics that can be applied to diverse fields such as economic and financial modelling, and climate and weather prediction.

Professor Dooley was Head of the School of Mathematics & Statistics at the UNSW for four years, where he had risen through the academic ranks after joining the university as a Post Doctoral researcher in 1980.

Amongst his many accomplishments, he has been chair of the Academic Board at UNSW, a member of the UK EPSRC Peer Review College for Mathematics and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He established the Australian Centre for Commercial Mathematics (ACCM), bringing together mathematicians and experts from a range of industries to solve real-life commercial problems from traffic modelling to mining subsidence.

Professor Dooley’s research interests include the mathematics behind quantum mechanics and relativity theory, and how the geometry of the Universe can be used to predict the particles which can exist. The “Lie groups” which describe the symmetries of these geometries were studied by Lie in the late 19th century, and now form a major part of modern mathematics.

Professor Dooley also works in the area of dynamical systems, which is the mathematical study of how chaotic systems evolve as time elapses. He has worked with statisticians to apply these systems to climate modelling and the prediction of financial markets.

He said: “My work includes studying more dimensions than the three that exist in the physical world. If you can understand the world in, say, 100 dimensions, you can apply the same theory to predict complex systems such as the performance of stock portfolios.

“I’m really excited to be working at Bath. I’ve had collaborations with European researchers for many years and so I’m really looking forward to being part of the European network in my research field.”

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