Dr Mauro Mobilia
- Position: Associate Professor
- Areas of expertise: non-equilibrium statistical mechanics; evolutionary dynamics; complex systems; individual-based models; stochastic processes; mathematical biology; evolutionary game theory; opinion dynamics.
- Email: M.Mobilia@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 1591
- Location: 10.15 (Maths Satellite) E C Stoner
- Website: Personal home page | Research web page | Googlescholar | Researchgate | ORCID
I obtained my PhD in Theoretical Physics at the Swiss Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) in 2002 for a thesis on non-equilibrium statistical mechanics. From 2002 to 2005, I was a postdoctoral fellow at Boston University and Virginia Tech on a Research Fellowship of the Swiss National Science Foundation. In 2005, I was awarded a Humboldt Research Fellowship that I held at the University of Munich (LMU) until 2007. I then worked as an Advanced Research Fellow at the Mathematics Institute and Centre for Complexity Science of the University of Warwick (2007-2009). In June 2008, I accepted the offer of a faculty position at the University of Leeds. Since 2009, I am at the School of Mathematics of the University of Leeds where I am an associate professor in Applied Mathematics.
- PhD (2002) and MSc (1998) from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
- Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Boston University and Virginia Tech, USA (2002-2005)
- Humboldt Research Fellow at University of Munich (LMU), Germany (2005-2007)
- Advanced Research Fellow at University of Warwick (2007-2009)
- Lecturer (2009-2013) and Associate Professor (2013-present) at University of Leeds
More about my academic profile: see my 2-page CV
I coordinate the School of Maths' Undergraduate Summer Bursary Scheme
- Summer Bursary Scheme Coordinator
- Organiser of the Maths-Bio-Medicine Seminar Series
- Coordinator of the Applied Maths Postgraduate Seminar
My current research is chiefly concerned with multidisciplinary applications of non-equilibrium statistical mechanics to problems of evolutionary dynamics and to complex systems in the life and behavioural sciences. Some important challenges in these areas concern the emergence of cooperative behaviour, the maintenance of biodiversity, the dynamics of cultural changes, and the self-organisation of mobile populations. In my research, mathematical modelling is usually at the individual-based level and leads to deal with stochastic many-body problems. These are tackled by using a combination of methods drawn from statistical physics, nonlinear dynamics and evolutionary game theory.
As examples of recent research outcomes, one can mention a series of works on 'rock-paper-scissors' games to study the self-organisation and biodiversity in cyclically competing populations; another series of papers on the effects of heterogeneities ('zealots') in models of opinion dynamics; and works on metastability and large fluctuations as well as the joint effects of demographic and environmental noise in population dynamics.
More details and links to all my research papers, as well as some videos, can be found on my personal home page.
Possible PhD projects: see below and on my research web-page
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- PhD (Dr. Sc. EPF)
- MSc (Dipl. Phys. EPF)
- FHEA (Fellow of the Higher Education Academy)
- Member of the U.K. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) College
- Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
- Member of the American Physical Society
- Member of the European Physical Society
- Member of the international Complex Systems Society
- Member of the Humboldt Foundation's Network of Fellows
Courses currently taught
- MATH3567: Evolutionary Modelling and MATH5567M: Advanced Evolutionary Modelling (every other year, next in 2019/20)
- MATH0390: Foundation Pure and Applied Mathematics (from 2018/19)
Current PhD students:
- Alexander Murray (started in 2018, NERC funded)
- Xiang Li (started in 2018, funding by Chinese Scholarship Council & UoL)
- Leonardo Miele (started in 2017, NERC funded)
- Robert West (started in 2016, EPSRC funded)
- Giacomo Baldo (started in 2016, UoL funded)
- Fabio Peruzzo (started in 2015, NERC funded)
Former PhD students at Leeds:
- Andrew Mellor (2013-2017, EPSRC CASE-KTN funded)
- Maria Nowicka (2012-2018)
- Bartosz Szczesny (2010-2014, EPSRC funded)
Research groups and institutes
- Applied Mathematics
Postgraduate research opportunities
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