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I obtained a BA in Physics and a BSc in Electrical Engineering at the Technion, Haifa, Israel and later on an MSc in Physics (relativistic field theory) and a PhD in Electrical Engineering (neural networks) at the Tel-Aviv University. In 1992 I joined the neural networks group in the physics department at Edinburgh University first as a postdoc and later on as a lecturer, working mainly on theoretical issues. In 1995 I joined the Neural Computing Research Group at Aston as a lecturer and was promoted later on to a reader (1997) and subsequently to a professor (1999).  Between 2006-2012 and again between 2015-2019 I had been the Head of the Mathematics Group.

Research Interests

  • Statistical mechanics of disordered systems
  • Advanced Inference in complex systems
  • Error Correcting Codes 
  • Multiuser communication (CDMA, broadcasting) 
  • Hard Computational Problems 
  • Computing with noise
  • Distributed resources in networks (including routing and smart grids)
  • Learning from data and neural networks

Teaching Activity

Teaching on the Mathematics programmes:

  • Partial Differential Equations (currently delivered by Bill Cox)
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Probabilistic Modelling


  • BA in Physics (Cum Laude), Technion, Haifa, Israel, 1982
  • BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, (Cum Laude), Technion, Haifa, Israel, 1982
  • MA in Physics, Tel-Aviv University, 1987
  • PhD in Engineering, Tel-Aviv University, 1992


  • 2016 - date: 50th Anniversary Chair of Complexity Physics; Head of Mathematics 2015-2019.
  • 1999 – date: Professor of Information Mathematics in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University; Head of Mathematics 2006-2012.
  • 1997 – 1999: Reader in the NCRG and Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, Aston University
  • 1995 – 1997: Lecturer in the NCRG and Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, Aston University.
  • 1993 – 1995: Lecturer in the Physics Department, University of Edinburgh.

Membership of Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Contact Details

Phone number: +44(0)121 204 3648 
Room number: MB313H

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Improving Training Methods in Neural Networks via Modification of the Internal Representations, Tel Aviv University

Award Date: 1 Jun 1993

MSc, Off-Shell Electromagnetism in Relativistic Quantum Mechanics, Tel Aviv University

Award Date: 1 Jun 1987

BSc Electrical and electronic engineering, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

Award Date: 1 Jun 1982


  • QC Physics


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