Dr Amit Chattopadhyay

Amit Chattopadhyay
Postal address:
The Aston Lab for Intelligent Collectives Engineering
Aston University
B4 7ET
United Kingdom

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I am an interdisciplinary complex systems theorist specialising in quantitative problem solving in physics, biology and finance using techniques from statistical physics, nonlinear dynamics, including field theory and numerical computation.

In physics, my core interests are in statistical physics, dynamics of fluid flows including granular mechanics, critical phenomena and polymers. It was on these topics that I did a PhD way back in 2001 ('Turbulence in Low Dimensional Models'). My other areas of interest in traditional physics are in many body theories, focusing on coupled quantum systems (e.g. quantum dots) and aggravated flows around accretion discs.

Presently, though, I am more enamoured with stochastic disordered systems as evident in biology and finance:

  • In biology, my core interest areas are four fold - T/B cell immunology, atherosclerosis provoked cardio-vascular deaths (CVD), molecular motor driven cellular dynamics and population biology. Two PhD students are currently engaged in researches on the first two topics with more to join soon. On all four research areas I have vibrant international collaborations with European and transnational colleagues.

  • In mathematical finance, my choice areas are poverty economics, macroeconomics of capital flow and optimisation kinetics in supply chain management modelling. The former topic is presently funded by Royal Society, UK with an active network involving economists, business management specialists and computational experts linking up the others in a nationwide chain of topical research.

I have so far authored or co-authored over 35 research publications and 2 books. One of these books ('Heat and Thermodynamics') is the internationally accepted standard text or reference book on the subject.

I referee more than 5 principal journals in physics and interdisciplinary science and am the chief editor of an open sourced interdisciplinary journal. I am also a panelled reviewer of EPSRC.

Research interests

    • Mathematical Biology
      • Immunology - T/B cell immunological synapse & related pathways
      • Cell biology (molecular motors) - Fertilisation & muscle action
      • Atherosclerosis & CVD - Dynamics of Ageing 
      • Population biology - Diurnal variation of the Gastro-intestinal parasitic (GIP) infection 
      • Medical Imaging - Lung segmentation problem
      • Neuroscience - Delay mechanism in axon firing
    • Financial Mathematics
      • Developmental economics - Time evolution of the poverty/inequality index
      • Macroeconomics - Effects of stochasticity in Capital Asset flow
      • Supply chain management - Input/output optimisation based on industrial constraints
    • Bioinformatics
      • Gene sequencing problem - Classification of similar sequences based on a new algorithm
      • Medical imaging - Content based image retrieval, face recognition technology
    • Fluid Mechanics
      • Turbulence - Non-Newtonian flow and intermittency exponent
      • Astrophysics - Accretion flows 
    • Statistical Physics
      • Polymers - Depolymerisation mechanism of actin & kinesin
      • Spin systems- Thermal fluctuations in non-equilibrium interconnected heat baths

Teaching Activity

Presently teaching two undergraduate modules:

  • Vector Algebra & Geometry and
  • Financial Mathematics

and a postgraduate (MSc by Research) module:

  • Stochastic and Nonlinear Dynamical Systems


  • Lecturer in the Mathematics of Complex Systems at Aston University, UK: February 2010 to present
  • Associate Professor in Physics at the University of Delhi, India: January 2009 to January 2010
  • Reader in Physics at the University of Delhi, India: September 2007 to January 2009

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  1. Income and poverty in a developing economy

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Memory effects in a non-equilibrium growth model

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Nonlinear dynamics of cilia and flagella

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  4. Stochastically driven instability in rotating shear flows

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  5. Heat and thermodynamics

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  6. Dynamics of anchored polymers under an oscillating force

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  1. Growth Dynamics in the Strong Coupling Limit

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  2. Marie Curie Incoming International Fellowship (IIF)

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

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  1. Frontiers (Journal)

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  2. Scientific Reports (Journal)

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  3. Applied Mathematical Modelling (Journal)

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