• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom


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    Personal profile


    I am:

    • A Senior lecturer in the Mathematics Subject Group at Aston University.
    • The Principal Investigator in a Project on Automated University Timetabling.
    • A member of SARI - Systems Analytics Research Institute.
    • External Examiner for the Mathematics Programmes at Northumbria University.
    • A Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
    • A RITE mentor at Aston University.
    • A member of the SEAS Learning and Teaching Committee.

    I have been:

    • Postgraduate Programme Director for the MSc by Research PANN - Pattern Analysis and Neural Networks - 2004-2008.
    • Post-Graduate Programme Director for the MSc by Research MACS - MAthematics of Complex Systems - (2009-2011).
    • Undergraduate Programme Director for Mathematics Programmes at Aston University (2011-2019).
    • Academic Advisor for a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with FactoryMaster.
    • Local organiser of the 2010 one day mini-conference on the Statistical  Mechanics of Glassy and Complex Systems.

    Research Interests

    •  Statistical Mechanics of Disordered Systems
    •  Optimisation Algorithms
    •  Time Tabling
    •  Graph Colouring
    •  Error Correcting Codes
    •  Neural Networks
    •  Glasses and Spin Glasses
    •  Theory of Protein Folding
    •  Agent-Based Optimisation
    •  Distribution Networks


    Teaching Activity

        In 2019/2020, I teach the following modules:

    •     AM10MT Mathematical Thinking
    •     AM20PP Professional Practice
    •     DS40ML Machine Learning

        I have previously taught the following modules:

    •    AM10PB Probability
    •    AM10SP Statistics and Probability
    •    AM10TM Transition Mathematics
    •    AM20IS Investigative Skills
    •    AM20PA Statistical Pattern Analysis
    •    AM20PB Probability Distributions
    •    AM20ST Statistics
    •    AM40AM Algorithms and Computational Mathematics



    • Degree in Physics, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 1990 (B)
    • PhD in Physics, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 1996 (B)
    • SFHEA, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2019 (UK)  


    Contact Details

    Room Number: MB310C

    Phone number: 0121 204 3649

    Email: j.vanmourik@aston.ac.uk

    School of Engineering and Applied Science
    Aston University
    B4 7ET


    •         Post-Doctoral Research Fellow 1996-1998 Condensed Matter, SISSA-ISAS, Trieste (I)
    •         Post-Doctoral Research Fellow 1998-2000 Mathematics, King's College London, (UK)
    •         Post-Doctoral Research Fellow  2000-2001 NCRG, Aston University, Birmingham (UK)
    •         Lecturer 2001-2012 Mathematics,  Aston University, Birmingham (UK)
    •         Senior Lecturer 2012-.... Mathematics,  Aston University, Birmingham (UK)


    PhD Supervision

    • Dr. Diar Nasiev (2004-2010), supervisor, awarded, title: "Statistical mechanics of distribution networks"
    • Dr. Harry Goldingay (2007-2011), supervisor, awarded, title: "Agent Based Models of Competition and Collaboration"
    • Dr. Mirghiasaldin Seyedebrahimi (2011-2015), co-supervisor, awarded, title: "Quality-driven resource utilization methods for video streaming in wireless communication networks"
    • Clement Eke, lead supervisor, writing up, subject: "Automated University Time Tabling"


    Contact Details

    Phone number: 0121 204 3649 
    Email: j.vanmourik@aston.ac.uk 
    Room Number: MB313N


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