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Monash University Handbook 2010
Postgraduate areas of research  Faculty of Science
Mathematical sciences
Coordinators: Professor John Lattanzio (Clayton) and Dr Alistair Carr (Gippsland)
Candidates in mathematical science may enrol for programs leading to the MSc and PhD degrees. The programs reflect the research interests of staff, which at present include astrophysics, solar and planetary physics, geophysical fluid dynamics, computational fluid dynamics, computational solid mechanics, numerical analysis, dynamical meteorology, climate dynamics, radiation and remote sensing, physical oceanography, nonlinear dynamics, curve motion, general relativity, geophysics, dynamics of solid planets, biomathematics, optimisation, control theory, computer algebra, history of mathematics, algebra, group theory, semigroup theory, functional analysis, number theory, differential geometry, nonlinear partial differential equations, geometric analysis, applied probability, branching processes, financial mathematics, statistical inference, stochastic processes, medical statistics, modelling and statistics in sport, industrial statistics and statistical computing. There are regular specialist and general seminars. More detailed information can be obtained from the director of postgraduate studies in the school of Mathematical Sciences.
Applied mathematics
Research supervision is available in the applied mathematics fields listed above. If there is sufficient demand, advanced lecture topics may be offered in these areas.
Atmospheric science
Atmospheric science is a modern interdisciplinary subject, drawing heavily on applied mathematics, fluid dynamics, physics, chemistry and computer science, and our research and graduate training programs are an exciting blend of field experiments, theoretical analysis, numerical modelling and data analysis. Research supervision is available in the atmospheric science fields listed in the above paragraph.
Mathematical statistics
Candidates may undertake either an MSc or a PhD degree involving a written thesis in some area of probability theory, stochastic processes and applications, statistical theory, or applied statistics. Further details may be obtained from the director of postgraduate studies.
Pure mathematics
Research supervision is available in the pure mathematics fields listed in the above paragraph.
Mathematical sciences at the Gippsland campus
The School of Applied Sciences and Engineering also offers research opportunities in selected areas. These include:
 mathematical and statistical modelling, including environmental and ecological applications
 algebraic topology
 discrete mathematics with computer science applications
 numerical methods
 process based distributed hydrological modelling
 water quality modelling, sediment dynamics, flood disaster risk management
 climate change impacts on water resources
 mathematics education including interactive multimedia learning materials for undergraduate mathematics.
Mathematics and science learning
Applications of new technology to distance education, and interactive multimedia learning materials.
Centres
Key Centre for Statistical Science
The Key Centre for Statistical Science is a cooperative venture established in 1984 between Monash University, The University of Melbourne, La Trobe University, and RMIT University. Further information may be obtained from Dr Aidan Sudbury.
Centre for Stellar and Planetary Astrophysics
This centre brings together Monash University researchers working on the astrophysical properties of stars and planets, in the broadest context. Members of the centre are drawn from the School of Mathematical Sciences as well as the School of Chemistry. Research supervision is available for theoretical and observational studies from star and planet formation through to the properties of black holes.
Centre for Modeling of Stochastic Systems
The main objectives of the centre are to develop the modelling part of the theory of stochastic systems, which is an integral step towards applications to practical problems in industry; to promote cooperation in research and graduate supervision in these areas and other more established areas across different groups in the School and across the Faculties of Science and Business and Economics, and to develop an Actuarial program at Monash University.
