• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

    B4 7ET Birmingham

    United Kingdom

19962018
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General

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  I had been the Head of the Mathematics Group and again since 2015.

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

Qualifications

  • 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

Employment

  • 2016 - date: 50th Anniversary Chair of Complexity Physics
  • 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

PhD

MSc

Keywords

  • QC Physics

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Research Output 1996 2018

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
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entropy
simulated annealing
free energy
configurations
energy

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

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function space
machine learning
entropy
physics

Slow spin dynamics and self-sustained clusters in sparsely connected systems

Rocchi, J., Saad, D. & Yeung, C. H., 29 Jun 2018, In : Physical Review E. 97, 6, 062154.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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Spin Dynamics
spin dynamics
Random Graphs
Spin Glass
Local Field

Chimera-like states in structured heterogeneous networks

Li, B. & Saad, D., 18 Apr 2017, In : Chaos. 27, 4, 8 p., 043109.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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Heterogeneous networks
Heterogeneous Networks
Topology
Vertex of a graph
Coexistence

Commodity prices rise sharply at turning points

Li, B., Saad, D., Wong, K. Y. M., Chan, A. H. M., So, T. Y. & Heimonen, H., 2017, (Submitted) American Physical Society.

Research output: Working paper

File
Turning point
Commodities
Commodity prices
Resources
Agent-based model

Thesis

Digital image watermarking

Author: Bounkong, S., Apr 2004

Supervisor: Saad, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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Optimising power flow in a volatile electrical grid using a message passing algorithm

Author: Harrison, E., 2017

Supervisor: Saad, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

File

Statistical physics of error-correcting codes

Author: Vicente, R., Oct 2000

Supervisor: Saad, D. (Supervisor) & Kabashima, Y. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

File

Typical case behaviour of spin systems in random graph and composite ensembles

Author: Raymond, J. R., Nov 2008

Supervisor: Saad, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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Activities 2012 2012

  • 1 Membership of council

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (External organisation)

David Saad (Member)
2012

Activity: Membership typesMembership of council