# SAMBa students starting in 2020

PhD students who started at the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistical Applied Mathematics (SAMBa) in 2020.

# Cohort 7

### Cecilie Andersen

Cecilie graduated with an MMath from Oxford University in 2020. She increasingly specialised in applied mathematics and particularly in dynamical systems and finished by writing a dissertation exploring the pattern forming behaviour of the Swift Hohenberg equation, using a combination of analytical and numerical methods. Outside of Maths, Cecilie enjoys orienteering and running.

### Abby Barlow

Abby graduated from the University of Sheffield in July 2020 with an MMath degree, where she found her interest for biological applications in mathematics. Throughout her time at Sheffield she participated in multiple research projects in this field. These include a summer research project on host-parasite dynamics and evolution and her dissertation project on the modelling of stem cell pluripotency and differentiation. Additionally, as a summer project she worked on the optimisation of a two-drug chemotherapy for neuroblastoma using a genetic algorithm with the Insigneo Institute for in silico medicine. Outside of Maths, Abby enjoys spending time outdoors: hiking, camping and running.

### Guannan Chen

Guannan graduated from the University of Manchester in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Statistics. Since she was in a joint program, she got another Bachelor’s degree in Statistics from Shandong University at the same time. Then she completed her MSc in Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing at the University of Oxford. Her Master's thesis modelled a decontamination process of chemical agents. She is interested in exploring various applied topics and machine learning techniques. Aside from Maths, she also enjoys baking, travelling and sewing. Lately, she is getting started with digital painting. She tells lame jokes sometimes.

### Salvador Esquivel

Salvador completed his Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and a Master's degree at UNAM. During his Bachelor's he focused on mathematical analysis and wrote a thesis about constructions of non-measurable sets in analysis. For his Master's he focused on probability theory and stochastic processes and wrote a thesis about rough path theory. Outside Maths he enjoy playing piano, guitar and swimming.

### Carmen van-de-l'Isle

Carmen graduated from the University of Warwick with an MMathStat in 2020, with a focus on probability and stochastic processes. Her final year project was on renormalisation group methods for a class of kinetically constrained models on hierarchical lattices. Outside of Mathematics, Carmen enjoys cooking, reading, and travelling (when finally allowed again). Carmen is looking forward to continuing to spot sheep in Bath.

### Sonny Medina Jimenez

Sonny completed a Bachelor's in Actuarial Sciences at the National Autonomous University of Mexico where he was interested in statistics and especially in survey sampling. He then did a Master's in Probability and Statistics at the Center for Research in Mathematics (CIMAT) in Guanajuato Mexico, where he developed curiosity in stochastic Actuarial Risk models and later graduated with a thesis on the Gerber-Shiu function for a renewal risk model with positive jumps and diffusion perturbation. His professional experience includes working as a statistical consultant for the public sector of arts and culture. He enjoys playing the flute, listening to chamber music and doing road cycling.

### Mehar Motala

Mehar graduated with an MSci in Mathematics from University College London in 2020. During his time there he developed a particular interest in probability theory, and wrote his Master's project on reinforced random walks. He is interested in pursuing probability and stochastic analysis further, as well as exploring their various connections to fields such as financial mathematics. Outside of Maths, he enjoys reading and cooking.

### Matthew Pawley

Matthew graduated from Imperial College London in 2020 with an MSci in Mathematics. While at Imperial he developed an interest in statistics and completed projects on a range of topics, including stochastic modelling of retail systems, MCMC for Bayesian inference in astrophysics, and classifying the qualitative behaviours of spherical orbits around Kerr black holes. In his Master’s thesis, he developed a machine learning model for survival analysis. Outside of Maths, Matthew enjoys playing futsal, watching sport, and reading philosophy.

### Allen Paul

Allen completed his undergraduate and integrated masters, at the University of Warwick in 2020. Throughout his undergraduate and integrated masters, he has enjoyed working with topics in PDE, inverse problems and machine learning. His Master's project was spent working on applications of deep learning and optimal transport to inverse problems. In his spare time, Allen enjoys watching and playing football, cooking and reading.

### Timothy Peters

Timothy finished his Joint Honours degree in Applied Maths and Physics in 2020. During his time at University College Cork he gained an interest in dynamical systems and bifurcation theory. For his final year project, he examined the quantum dot and class A laser equations and how the phenomenon of the Canard explosions was introduced when considering thermal effects. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, playing the piano, board games - the entire spectrum - and ultimate frisbee.

### Jenny Power

Jenny graduated from the University of Limerick, Ireland, in 2020, with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Physics. During her studies, Jenny discovered an interest for inverse problems, waves, and geometrical optics. In the summer between her second and third year, she undertook a summer research project where she focused on geometrical optics, with an application to ultrasound imaging. Her final year project focused on caustics in geometrical optics. In her third year, she completed an 8-month research internship in the High-Tech Campus in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, where she worked in a laser lab on a circuitry printing technique known as LIFT. Outside of her studies, Jenny's main hobbies include Musical Theatre, photography, and watercolour painting.

### Seb Scott

Seb graduated from the University of Bath in 2020 with an MMath , where he developed a keen interest in numerical analysis. His Master’s dissertation on “efficient prior conditioning for edge enhancement in imaging” involved the regularisation of discrete ill-posed linear inverse problems. He is looking forward to exploring the topics of both machine learning and data assimilation. Other than maths, Seb also enjoys hiking, watching horror movies, and practicing karate.

### Andrei Sontag

Andrei holds a BSc in Physics from the University of São Paulo, and an MSc in Physics from the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the São Paulo State University. During his Master's project, he analysed the problem of population dynamics in periodic-forced environments. Looking for further insight, he is investigating the effects of demographic noise in this setting, fostering his curiosity in stochastic effects and programming. He's especially interested in population dynamics, models for evolution, mathematical ecology, epidemiology, complex systems, and the emergent properties of such systems. Outside Maths and Physics, Andrei enjoys learning new languages, reading, cooking, running, and dancing.

### Marcel Stozir

Marcel graduated from the University of Cologne in 2020 with a MSc in Mathematics, after completing a BSc degree in Mathematical Economics at the University of Mannheim in 2018 during which he also spent one semester at the University of Florida in 2016. While his research interests in Mannheim solely revolved around the theory of stochastic processes, a subsequent internship at a risk-consultancy firm sparked his fascination of financial mathematics as well as time-series analysis and machine learning. Through his supportive role in concepting and implementing a prediction algorithm of EEX spot market prices for a multinational energy company, he gained crucial modelling expertise for his minor in Informatics in Cologne. There, his dissertation on typical distances in scale-free random networks supported a research group in their analysis of spatial networks. Outside of his studies, Marcel is a passionate tennis player who collects scuba diving and kickboxing trainer licenses.

### Fraser Waters

Fraser graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2019 with an MMath degree. In his undergraduate studies he focused on applied mathematical methods and modelling, with particular interests in dynamical systems, perturbation methods, and mathematical biology. Before his final year at Cambridge, he spent the summer collaborating on a project examining how ethical issues can arise from the practice of mathematics, in conjunction with the Cambridge University Ethics in Mathematics project. During his Master’s year, he wrote an essay on finite compartment disease models and the (now somewhat infamous) basic reproductive ratio ‘R_0’. In his spare time, he enjoys reading science- and fantasy-fiction, learning languages, and practising archery.

# SAMBa 2020 Aligned Students

Aligned students work on PhD projects generated by SAMBa, or work in close collaboration with the cohort. They are often co-funded by our partners.

### Daniel Miles

Working on multivariate regression on high dimensional networks. (Supervisors: Sandipan Roy and Vangelis Evangelou)

### Pawel Rudnicki

Working on self-interacting random walks and random environment. (Supervisors: Daniel Kious and Hendrik Weber)

Pawel graduated from the University of Durham with an MMath in 2020 where his main interest was probability theory and statistics. For his final year project, he studied the discrete percolation; in particular, he investigated various methods to obtain bounds for critical probabilities. He is now looking forward to exploring more about random walks and random environment. Apart from Maths, he enjoys playing volleyball, cooking and he loves to learn about the British royal family.

### Theodora Syntaka

Working on the derivation of kinetic equations from particle systems, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. (Supervisor: Karsten Matthies)

Theodora completed the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics at the University of Ioannina in Greece, in 2018. Then she graduated from the same department in Greece, with a Master's degree in "Mathematics (Analysis-Algebra-Geometry)", in 2020. Her Master's project was in partial differential equations with the thesis's title: "The Cauchy problem for the Navier-Stokes and Euler equations in three-dimensional space and the vanishing viscosity limit". Outside of Mathematics, she enjoys listening to music, jogging, and drinking beer.

### Oliver Townsend

Working with Diamond Light Source on adaptive undersampling for sSpectro-microscopy. (Supervisor: Silvia Gazzola)

Oliver graduated from University of Bath with an MMath in 2019. His studies involved analysis and applied mathematics, with a bit of quantum physics thrown in. During his fourth year, he completed his project on the Krein-Rutman theorem, studying its linear and non-linear proofs and applications. His research now focuses on adaptive under sampling techniques for micro spectroscopy in collaboration with Diamond Light Source plc. Outside of his studies, he enjoys water sports of all types, especially kayaking on white water.