Prof. Gabriel Lord


Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer

School of Mathematical & Computer Sciences; Mathematics

Phone: +44 (0)131 451 8196
  • CMS12
  • School of Mathematical & Computer Sciences; Mathematics
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • Edinburgh
  • EH14 4AS
  • United Kingdom
Gabriel Lord

Research profile

Roles and responsibilities

My research interests are in the area of applied computational mathematics. I am interested in developing efficient numerical techniques to simulate systems numerically on a computer and in proving convergence of these methods. Much of my recent work has looked at the role of noise in systems and how this can be simulated and methods for reducing uncertainty and hence obtain better predictions.

I am interested in the efficient simulation of porous media flows - such as contamination of ground water or modelling of underground reservoirs, eg relevant to petroleum. These models are typically stochastic PDEs with advection diffusion and reaction terms. I also research in computational neuroscience looking at models at the single neuron scale - these might be a mix of stochastic PDEs and stochastic ODEs. I am also interested in models of neural fields- these are typically time dependent integral equations.

Selected publications

I obtained my PhD from Bath university where I worked with Prof Andrew Stuart on the dynamics of numerical methods for initial value problems. After my PhD I had a post-doc position at Bristol university working on localized solutions and cylinder buckling.

I worked in industry for three years at the National Physical Laboratory where there is a great interest in noise an uncertainty in measurements. I returned to academia and started at Heriot-Watt in 2000.

Further information

I am always keen to work with graduate students interested in numerical methods, dynamical systems, stochastics and applications of mathematics in particular related to porous flow or mathematical neuroscience but also other areas of applied mathematics.