Dr Alejandro Diaz

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Job title: Lecturer
Division: School of Engineering
Organisation: University of Liverpool
Tags: Fellowship: Innovation Fellowship, Researcher, University of Liverpool

Biography

I received my BSc in Applied Mathematics at the Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology (ITAM). I studied an MSc in Statistics at the University of Essex and a PhD at Swansea University. After a postdoc in Swansea I joined the University of Liverpool in 2013. 

My Fellowship

The aim of my Fellowship is to fundamentally transform modern computational engineering by: a) developing algorithms that are accountable and b) enabling industry to adopt these algorithms. By "accountable" I mean algorithms capable of quantifying the uncertainty arising from computation itself, delivering simulations that are transparent, traceable and at the same time more efficient. This will allow decision-makers to monitor and diagnose the quality of computer simulations using statistical methods. The approach will provide new insights into established methodologies such as the Finite Element Method and the Stochastic Finite Element Method. In particular, the Fellowship aims to produce new solutions to industrial problems in Robust Design, Reliability Analysis and Biomechanics. 

The current developments in Uncertainty Quantification, Statistics and Data Science are incredibly exciting, but are happening at enormous speed. I applied for the Fellowship in order to have the time, freedom and focus to develop a research agenda at the interface of these disciplines whilst delivering economic and social impact. 

Motivation to Apply

The current development in Uncertainty Quantification, Statistics and Data Science are incredibly exciting, but are happening at enormous speed.  I applied for the Fellowship in order to have the time, freedom and focus to develop a research agenda at the interface of these disciplines whilst delivering economic and social impact.

How do you think your career can benefit from having the Fellowship?

The Fellowship will provide a platform to develop impactful mathematics and algorithms.  It will allow me to expand my research group and to create and strengthen links with academics and decision-makers, through academic and industrial visits.  This will provide a gateway to knowledge transfer and will lay the foundations for the next steps in my career.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about applying for an EPSRC fellowship

Start with a clear idea, but let it evolve and adapt whilst writing.  If your project is clearly multidisciplinary, talk to experts in every discipline involved.  Don't be discouraged if they challenge your vision.  The application process can be daunting, but rest assured that you will learn something valuable about yourself.