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I obtained a BA in Physics and a BSc in Electrical Engineering at the Technion, Haifa, Israel and later on an MSc in Physics (relativistic field theory) and a PhD in Electrical Engineering (neural networks) at the Tel-Aviv University. In 1992 I joined the neural networks group in the physics department at Edinburgh University first as a postdoc and later on as a lecturer, working mainly on theoretical issues. In 1995 I joined the Neural Computing Research Group at Aston as a lecturer and was promoted later on to a reader (1997) and subsequently to a professor (1999).  Between 2006-2012 and again between 2015-2019 I had been the Head of the Mathematics Group.

Research Interests

  • Statistical mechanics of disordered systems
  • Advanced Inference in complex systems
  • Error Correcting Codes 
  • Multiuser communication (CDMA, broadcasting) 
  • Hard Computational Problems 
  • Computing with noise
  • Distributed resources in networks (including routing and smart grids)
  • Learning from data and neural networks

Teaching Activity

Teaching on the Mathematics programmes:

  • Partial Differential Equations (currently delivered by Bill Cox)
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Probabilistic Modelling


  • BA in Physics (Cum Laude), Technion, Haifa, Israel, 1982
  • BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, (Cum Laude), Technion, Haifa, Israel, 1982
  • MA in Physics, Tel-Aviv University, 1987
  • PhD in Engineering, Tel-Aviv University, 1992


  • 2016 - date: 50th Anniversary Chair of Complexity Physics; Head of Mathematics 2015-2019.
  • 1999 – date: Professor of Information Mathematics in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University; Head of Mathematics 2006-2012.
  • 1997 – 1999: Reader in the NCRG and Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, Aston University
  • 1995 – 1997: Lecturer in the NCRG and Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, Aston University.
  • 1993 – 1995: Lecturer in the Physics Department, University of Edinburgh.

Membership of Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Contact Details

Phone number: +44(0)121 204 3648 
Email: d.saad@aston.ac.uk 
Room number: MB313H

Education/Academic qualification


Award Date: 1 Jun 1993


Award Date: 1 Jun 1987

Award Date: 1 Jun 1982


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Research Output

Open Access
  • Reducing urban traffic congestion due to localized routing decisions

    Li, B., Saad, D. & Lokhov, A. Y., 2 Sep 2020, In : Physical Review Research. 2, 032059(R).

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  • Challenges of modern interconnected complex systems

    Saad, D., 1 Jan 2019, The Voice of the Systems - The Journal of the Israeli Systems Engineers, 23, p. 1-8 9 p.

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    Open Access
  • Entropy inflection and invisible low-energy states: Defensive alliance example

    Saad, D., Yeung, C. H., Zhou, H-J. & Xu, Y-Z., 21 Nov 2018, In : Physical Review Letters. 121, 6 p., 210602.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Exploring the Function Space of Deep-Learning Machines

    Li, B. & Saad, D., 12 Jun 2018, In : Physical Review Letters. 120, 24, 248301.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Datasets

    Power Grids with Volatile Sources - Message Passing for Optimising Electricity Distribution and Load Shedding

    Harrison, E. (Creator), Saad, D. (Creator) & Wong, K. Y. M. (Creator), Aston Data Explorer, 29 Jul 2017



    • 1 Membership of council

    Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (External organisation)

    David Saad (Member)


    Activity: Membership typesMembership of council