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  • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

    B4 7ET Birmingham

    United Kingdom

19962020

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Personal profile

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 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

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; 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

PhD

MSc

Keywords

  • QC Physics

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Research Output

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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.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

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  • 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

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  • 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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  • 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

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  • 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

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    Statistical physics of error-correcting codes

    Author: Vicente, R., Oct 2000

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

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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    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

    • 1 Membership of council

    Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (External organisation)

    David Saad (Member)
    2012

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of council