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    • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom


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    Personal profile


    I am Lecturer in Mathematics at Aston University since September 2016, since November 2017 I combine this appointment with an MSCA Fellowship at the Aston Institute for Photonic Technologies (AIPT). My research is in the field of nonlinear dynamics and photonics, I am specifically interested in coupled semiconductor lasers and in general, coupled oscillators, network dynamics and time-delay systems.


    Research Interests

    Delayed Complex Systems

    My research concentrates on the dynamics of networks, and specifically the role of connection delays. Such delays appear in a variety of fields, as in most networks the interaction between is not instantaneous: it takes time for information to travel from one node to another in communication networks, or between coupled optical elements. In gene regulatory networks the process of assembling mRNA and proteins can be modelled with a delay time, whereas in neural networks the delay accounts for the conduction of an electric signal along the axon. Models incorporating a delay also appear in population dynamics, traffic dynamics, or between coupled electronic gates… Even if this delay is small compared to the internal time scale of individual network nodes, it can result in a huge traveling time across a complex network.

    I am interested in fundamental properties of delay systems, as the role of network structure in the dynamics, synchronisation and symmetry-breaking in time-delay networks, the interplay of time-delay and stochastic effects, the effect of a distributed delay... as well as in specific problems relevant to neuroscience or engineering.


    Laser dynamics

    Semiconductor lasers provide one of the best controlled and best understood experimental systems that show nonlinear effects; these nonlinear effects give rise to numerous applications. I collaborate with experimental groups, to study dynamics of coupled semiconductor laser systems.

    My interests include delayed feedback lasers, synchronisation and mean field effects in opto-electronically coupled lasers, mode locking effects in fiber lasers and the application of complex photonic dynamics for novel computational methods.




    • 09/2016 to date: Lecturer in Mathematics in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University. 


    • 10/2014-5/2016: Postdoctoral Associate, Duke University, USA

    In the group of Prof. Daniel Gauthier I worked on dynamics and information processing in experimental time-delay electronic networks.


    • 10/2011-9/2014: Postdoctoral Researcher, Universitaet Wuerzburg, Germany

    In the computational physics group of Prof. Wolfgang Kinzel I investigated fundamental properties of delayed chaotic systems, and the interplay of noise and delay


    • 10/2007-9/2011: PhD Fellow, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium)

    As a Fellow the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen), my PhD research, under supervision of Prof. Ingo Fischer and Prof. Jan Danckaert, concentrated on synchronisation in small networks of delay-coupled generic oscillators and their relation to semiconductor lasers.



    • Licentiate in Physics,  Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, 2007 
    • PhD in Sciences and Bio-engineering, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

    Teaching Activity

    • Time Series Analysis (AM30TS) 
    • Introduction to Matlab (AM10IM) 

    PhD Supervision

    I currently have the possibility for a funded PhD studentship: students interested in doing a PhD in the area of network dynamics, semiconductor laser dynamics and time delay systems are encouraged t apply at'huys-advert.pdf

    Also students interested in doing a Master in this area are always welcome to get in contact!



    Contact Details

    Phone number: +44(0)121 204 3314 
    Room number: MB313K

    Education/Academic qualification

    PG Cert

    Award Date: 31 Jan 2018


    • QC Physics
    • non-linear dynamics
    • mathematical physics
    • laser dynamics
    • networks

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    Research Output

    • 19 Article
    • 1 Conference contribution
    • 1 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
    • 1 Conference article

    Mode hopping in oscillating systems with stochastic delays

    Klinshov, V., Shchapin, D. & D'Huys, O., 13 Jul 2020, In : Physical Review Letters. 25, 034101.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Synchronization of delayed fluctuating complex networks

    Rodríguez-Laguna, J., D'Huys, O., Jiménez-Martín, M., Korutcheva, E. & Kinzel, W., 26 Feb 2019, In : AIP Conference Proceedings. 2075, 1, 2075.

    Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

    Open Access
  • Understanding the enhanced synchronization of delay-coupled networks with fluctuating topology

    D'Huys, O., Rodríguez-Laguna, J., Jiménez-Martín, M., Korutcheva, E. & Kinzel, W., 12 Dec 2018, In : European Physical Journal. 227, 10-11, p. 1129–1150

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Embedding the dynamics of a single delay system into a feed-forward ring

    Klinshov, V., Shchapin, D., Yanchuk, S., Wolfrum, M., D'Huys, O. & Neokorkin, V., 27 Oct 2017, In : Physical Review E. 96, 4, 9 p., 042217.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Synchronization of fluctuating delay-coupled chaotic networks

    Jiménez-Martín, M., Rodríguez-Laguna, J., d'Huys, O., de la Rubia, J. & Korutcheva, E., 16 May 2017, In : Physical Review E. 95, 5, 11 p., 052210.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access