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School of Computational Science and Engineering

Faculty

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

Dr. Paul Ayers
Chemistry

Density functional theory; computational modelling of enzymes

Dr. Alex Bain
Chemistry

Numerical studies of spin dynamics in magnetic resonance: simulations of dynamic and two-dimensional NMR.

Dr. Narayanaswamy Balakrishnan
Mathematics & Statistics

Order statistics, distribution theory

Dr. Samir Chidiac
Civil Engineering

Durability/service life modelling of comentitious and polymeric materials, FEA/heat and Mass Transport process, Stone masonary, Buildings Science

Dr.  Hugh Couchman
Physics & Astronomy

Numerical simulation of the formation and evolution of cosmic structure

Dr. Walter Craig
Mathematics & Statistics

Mathematical analysis and differential equations; Mathematical physics and dynamical systems; Hydrodynamics of water surface waves, linear and nonlinear phenomena in condensed matter physics, and the kinetic theory of gases and plasmas

Dr. Randy Dumont
Chemistry

Time distributions for tunneling through an avoided crossing - barrier

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)

Dr. Franya Franek
Computing and Software

String Algorithms and Pattern Matching, Combinatorics and Combinatorial Algorithms, Memory management in Programming, Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Matheus Grasselli
Mathematics & Statistics

Financial Mathematics - the use of moderan mathematical tools from stochastic analysis, probablity theory and statistics to understand, model and make decisions in Financial Markets

Dr. Peijun Guo
Civil Engineering

Geomechanics and  geotechnical  engineering; Numerical modelling of complex geotechnical structures; Advanced experimental study of soil behaviour

Dr. Paul Higgs
Physics & Astronomy

Molecular Evolution and Phylogenetic Methods, RNA Secondary Structure, The OGRe Database of Mitochondreal Genomes, Food Wegs and Ecological Communities, Polymers and Soft Condensed Matter, Population Genetics and Mathematical Biology

Dr. Tom Hurd
Mathematics & Statistics

Financial Mathematics - Fat tails, Multivariate modeling for extreme events, Portfolio risk management, Electicity modeling

Dr. Nicholas Kevlahan
Mathematics & Statistics

Theory and computation of fluid turbulence, with a special interest in Adaptive Numerical Methods based on the Wavelet Transform

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.

Dr. John Luxat
Engineering Physics

Nuclear Safety Analysis, Experimental Studies in Nuclear Safety Thermalhydraulics, Theoretical Modelling Studies in Nuclear Safety Thermalhydraulics

Dr. Ned Nedialkov
Computing and 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

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

Dr. Bartosz Protas
Mathematics & Statistics

Integration of optimization and control theory with computational fluid dynamics

Dr. Sanzheng Qiao
Computing and Software

Numerical linear algebra and applications, Scientific computing, Numerical software

Dr. An-Chang Shi
Physics and 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

Dr. Shahram Shirani
Electrical & Computer Engineering

Multimedia computing systems, signal compression for multimedia communications, multimedia hardware architectures, image and video processing, ultrasound imaging

Dr. Spencer Smith
Computing and Software

Computer Aided Geometric Design, Dimensional Metrology, Industrial Geometry Inspection, Manufacturing Automation, Computer Graphics and Visualization including Haptics

Dr. Bill Smyth
Computing and Software

Combinatorial Algorithms, especially on strings & graphs; Combinatorics on Words and Applications, especially to Bioinformatics, Data Compression & Data Mining

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

Dr. Allan Spence
Mechanical Engineering

Computer Aided Geometric Design, Dimensional Metrology, Industrial Geometry Inspection, Manufacturing Automation, Computer Graphics and Visualization including Haptics

Dr. Dieter Stolle
Civil Engineering

Analytical and numerical modelling of applied mechanics/geomehcanics problems and on highway materials.

Dr. Stephen Tullis
Mechanical Engineering

Numerical modelling of turbulent flows and combustion

Dr. James Wadsley
Physics & Astronomy

Theoretical astrophysics - the formation and evolution of galaxies and the formation of gas planets

Dr. Xiaolin Wu
Electrical & Computer Engineering

Algorithms for multimedia signal processing and communications, and visual computing.

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

Dr. Christopher Anand
Computing and Software

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, High Performance Computing, Optimization, Software Engineering

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

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

Dr. Gary Bone
Mechanical Engineering

Robotics, Computer-Aided Manufacturing, Manufacturing Automation

Dr. Fei Chiang
Computing and Software

Data management, Databases, Data quality, Data privacy, Text mining

Dr. Samir Chidiac
Civil Engineering

Durability/service life modelling of comentitious and polymeric materials, FEA/heat and Mass Transport process, Stone masonary, Buildings Science

Dr. Timothy Davidson
Electrical & Computer Engineering

Signal processing; Wireless and wireline communications

Dr. Antoine Deza
Computing and Software

Combinatorial and Continuous Optimization, Discrete and Computational Geometry, Enumeration Algorithms

Dr. Wael El-Dakhakhni
Civil Engineering

Systemic Risk Modeling and Simulation, Resilience Evaluation of Interdependent Systems, Cascading Effects Prediction, Multivariate Data Analysis

Dr. Matheus Grasselli
Mathematics & Statistics

Financial Mathematics - the use of moderan mathematical tools from stochastic analysis, probablity theory and statistics to understand, model and make decisions in Financial Markets

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

Dr. Elkafi Hassini

DeGroote School of Business

Data-driven optimization and supply chain analytics

Dr. Kai Huang
DeGroote School of Business

Large-scale optimization arising in operations management, computational approaches for stochastic optimization.

Dr. Tom Hurd
Mathematics & Statistics

Financial Mathematics - Fat tails, Multivariate modeling for extreme events, Portfolio risk management, Electicity modeling

Dr. George Karakostas
Computing and 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.

Dr. Thia Kirubarajan
Electrical & Computer Engineering

Estimation, target tracking, information fusion, signal processing, communications, sensor resource management, system diagnosis and fault detection.

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.

Dr. Ned Nedialkov
Computing and 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

Dr. Bartosz Protas
Mathematics & Statistics

Integration of optimization and control theory with computational fluid dynamics

Dr. Sanzheng Qiao
Computing and Software

Numerical linear algebra and applications, Scientific computing, Numerical software

Dr. Spencer Smith
Computing and Software

Software engineering methodologies applied to scientific computation software; Mesh Generation; Finite Element Method; Formal Methods; Requirements Analysis

Dr. Allan Spence
Mechanical Engineering

Computer Aided Geometric Design, Dimensional Metrology, Industrial Geometry Inspection, Manufacturing Automation, Computer Graphics and Visualization including Haptics

Dr. Christopher Swartz
Chemical Engineering

Model-based control, integration of plant and control system design, optimization, mathematical modeling, numerical computation

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.

Dr. Rong Zheng
Computing and Software

Network resource management, mobile computing and mobile data analytics

 

Computational Biosciences

Dr. Christopher Anand
Computing and Software

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, High Performance Computing, Optimization, Software Engineering

Dr. Paul Ayers
Chemistry

Density functional theory; computational modelling of enzymes

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 neurogensiss, spatial memory and navigation, reinforcement learning, plastiicty in cortical systems, and cortical reorganization after peripheral damage.

Dr. Patrick Bennett
Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour

Visual perception, pattern vision, psychophysics, neural plasticity and development, aging, evoked potentials and EEG, neuroimaging.

Dr. Ben Bolker
Mathematics and Statistics

Dynamics of ecological and evolutionary systems; analytical, computational, and statistical methods. Particular interests in spatial population dynamics of competitive and host-pathogen systems.

Dr. Ian Bruce
Electrical & Computer Engineering

Modeling of the normal and impaired auditory periphery, theoretical and computational neuroscience, hearing aids, cochlear impants, stochastic ion channel gating, digital speech processing, nonlinear and stochastic systems.

Dr. Jonathan Dushoff
Department of Biology

Theoretical, statistical and computational approaches to understanding the evolution and spread of infectious diseases

Dr. David Earn
Mathematics & Statistics

Epidemiology, Immunization Strategies, Ecology, Conservation, Animal Behaviour

Dr. Troy Farncombe
Radiology

Radiation detector development, image reconstruction, multi-modality imaging, preclinical imaging

Dr. Franya Franek
Computing and Software

String Algorithms and Pattern Matching, Combinatorics and Combinatorial Algorithms, Memory management in Programming, Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Alexander Jeremic
Electrical & Computer Engineering

Biomedical signal processing, medical imaging, biochemical sensing and environmental monitoring, array signal processing.

Dr. Brian Golding
Biology

Frequency and properties of laterally transferred genes, the properties of protein repeats and the determinants of  volutionary rates of change.

Dr. Paul Higgs
Physics & Astronomy

Bioinformatics methods and mathematical models applied to genome analysis and molecular evolution

Dr. Paul McNicholas
Mathematics and Statistics

Big data; bioinformatics; classification; clustering; computational statistics; data science; discriminant analysis; high-dimensional data; high-performance computing; parallel computing; statistical learning; statistics

Dr. David Meyre
Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Gene identification, Epigenetics, Evolutionary genetics, System biology

Dr. Zahra Motamed
Mechanical Engineering
Development of multi-scale computational-mechanics and imaging-based algorithms for quantifying blood flow and motion of cardiovascular system with diagnostic, predictive and intervention-optimization applications

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.

Dr. Allison Sekuler
Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour

Cognitive neuroscience, visual perception
perceptual organization, face and object recognition,
motion perception, aging and vision, neuroimaging

Dr. Shahram Shirani
Electrical & Computer Engineering

Multimedia computing systems, signal compression for multimedia communications, multimedia hardware architectures, image and video processing, ultrasound imaging

Dr. Bill Smyth
Computing and Software

Combinatorial Algorithms, especially on strings & graphs; Combinatorics on Words and Applications, especially to Bioinformatics, Data Compression & Data Mining

Dr. Ranil Sonnadara
Surgery

Auditory Perception, Music Cognition, Medical Education, Motor Learning, Skill Acquisition, EEG, Neuroimaging, Motion Capture

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.

Dr. John Stone
Biology

Computational biological research at multiple heirarchical levels

Dr. Xiaolin Wu
Electrical & Computer Engineering

Algorithms for multimedia signal processing and communications, and visual computing.

Dr. Boris Zhorov
Biochemistry and 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

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

Department of Mathematics & Statistics
School of Computational Science and Engineering

Hamilton Hall, Room 218
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telephone Inquiries:
+1 (905) 525-9140 ext.24116
Graduate Email Inquiries:
graduate@math.mcmaster.ca

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

Department of Mathematics & Statistics
School of Computational Science and Engineering

Hamilton Hall, Room 218
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telephone Inquiries:
+1 (905) 525-9140 ext.24116
Graduate Email Inquiries:
graduate@math.mcmaster.ca