Morris’s Modelling Group
 
Latest News
Nov 2008 Richard gives three talks on chaos and his car breaks down - this is an unwanted demonstration of the butterfly effect, thank you.
Nov 2008 Scott takes up his new position as Lecturer in Computational Biology - congratulations from all of us!
Oct 2008 Emma joins the group for her first rotation project - welcome!
Sep 2008 Sergey’s shampoo was stolen again and he therefore returns to Germany after a highly productive and very successful project - well done and thank you!
Aug 2008 Sergey is back again for a summer practical
July 2008 Richard & Scott are back as invited lecturers on the prestigious EU Mathematics in Plant Science intensive programme in Paris
July 2008 Paper on Plant Pathway Bioinformatics accepted in Plant Cell
June 2008 Carl & Scott’s work on continuous valued Zernike representations accepted in the Journal of Computational Biology
June 2008 Richard gets an EEE and really likes it.
May 2008 Saul’s work on chaos gets accepted for publication in PNAS!
Jan 2008 BBSRC Tools & Resources Grant awarded to study the use of Zernike Moments
Jan 2008 Scott & Richard’s paper on Benford’s law accepted for Bioinformatics
Dec 2007 Lora passes her PhD viva with success - congratulations!
Dec 2007 Saul & Scott participate in the Inaugrial Mathematics in Biology in Nottingham
Dec 2007 Another Faculty of 1000 recommended paper (3.2) for Richard & Abdullah’s (from Janet Thornton’s group) project on shape variation in protein binding pockets
Dec 2007 Prasad joins the group again to help out with our Zernike Moment work
Nov 2007 Richard & Scott voted best lecturers on the below EU workshop
Oct 2007 Scott gives a great talk at the ASM - Well done!
Oct 2007 Carl Roberts (UEA) joins the group to work on the mathematics of shape fluctuations
Jul 2007 Richard & Scott invited lecturers on the prestigious EU Mathematics in Plant Science intensive programme in Paris
 
Summary of Research Activities
The group employs a variety of mathematical and computational techniques to address problems of biological relevance for plant and microbial research. A particular emphasis is on signal processing aspects of biological problems, such as molecular recognition or calcium signaling. The approaches are highly interdisciplinary ranging from standard numerical, physical and chemical techniques to methods of artificial intelligence, machine learning, computational geometry, computer vision, evolutionary algorithms and especially information theory. We have expertise in shape analysis, optimization, graph theory, statistics, protein structure, ODEs, PDEs, and algorithm design and implementation in most high-level programming languages.
 
Current Projects
Mathematical Modeling of Root Hair Growth
Bayesian Integration for Protein Function Prediction
Transcriptional Control of Nitrogen Fixation
Shape Description & Molecular Recognition
Non-linear Data Analysis of Calcium Spiking