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Inverse Problems Group

Inverse Problems typically involve the recovery of some physical characteristics of a material from its response to some excitation such as electromagnetic fields, heat or mechanical vibrations. Inverse problems are often illposed, which means the process of recovering the unknown parameters is very sensitive to errors in the measured response.

The Inverse Problems Group looks at both practical and theoretical aspects of the subject, working closely with engineers and scientists in industrial and medical research, as well as other mathematicians.

Some of the applications of inverse problems in which we are interested


Prof Bill Lionheart
Dr Oliver Dorn
Dr Sean Holman
Dr Simon Cotter
Dr Will Thompson (postdoctoral RA)
Dr Nicola Wadeson (postdoctoral RA)
Michael Crabb (CASE PhD student with Philips Research Cambridge)
Russell Miller (PhD student)
Kernel Prieto Moreno (PhD student CONACyT)
Taufiq Khairi bin Ahmad Khairuddin (PhD student)
Francis Watson (PhD student with Find a Better Way)
Sophia Coban (PhD student joint with School of Materials funded by BP)
Naeem Desai, (PhD student)
James Webber, (CASE PhD student with Rapiscan)
Henry Tregidgo, (PhD student)

Some former members

Dr Hanno Hammer
Dr Nick Polydorides
Dr Romina Gaburro
Dr Manuchehr Soleimani Email
Dr Cees van Berkel
Dr Marta Betcke
Dr Wagner Muniz
Dr Saleh al Humaiadi
Dr Abdul Aziz al Humaidi
Dr Chris Munro (now at the Rutherford Lab)
Dr Kyriakos Parides

Help wanted

We are often on the look out for PhD students in both pure and applied aspects of inverse problems, short term post-doctoral researchers, MSc and undergraduates looking for projects or vacation work. We often have funding for small programming projects involving Finite Elements and numerical methods for Inverse Problems, usually in Matlab and c or c++. Contact Bill Lionheart.


Some of our collaborators



Inverse Problems at the University of Manchester

Here of some of the groups around Manchester who have interesting practical inverse problems