Robin Whitty — summary CV

Robin Whitty took a degree in Mathematics at what is now Queen Mary University of London and a PhD in Software Engineering at what is now London South Bank University. He lectured in Computer Science at Goldsmiths and then at London South Bank University. The year 1996–97 he spent on sabbatical at LAAS du CNRS in Toulouse.

He taught mathematics at Queen Mary University of London 2010–2014; he was responsible, 2008–2014, for modules in Computer Security and Combinatorial Optimisation for the University of London International Programmes degree in Computing and Information Systems; and he has taught regularly for Oxford University's Department for Continuing Education.

He has supervised 7 successful PhDs and examined 13. He has been external examiner for MSc courses at Napier University and Abertay University and for the University of London International Programmes degree in Maths, Stats and OR.

His research interests are in combinatorics, combinatorial optimisation, public engagement in science and the history of mathematics. Some representative publications are:

"Some comments on multiple discovery in mathematics", read at British Society for the History of Mathematics, Xmas meeting, Birmingham, December 2014.
"Decidability and the Entscheidungsproblem" in The Turing Guide (J. Bowen et al, eds.), Oxford University Press, to appear.
"Turing's mathematics" (with R.J. Wilson) in The Turing Guide (J. Bowen et al, eds.), Oxford University Press, to appear.
"Pancyclicity when each cycle must pass exactly k Hamiltonian chords" (with F. Affif Chaouche and C.G. Rutherford), Discussiones Mathematicae Graph Theory, to appear.
"Prime density and centre of mass" M500 Magazine, Issue 260, October 2014, 10–12.
"Objective functions with redundant domains" (with F. Affif Chaouche and C.G. Rutherford), J. Combinatorial Optimization, August 2013, 26, 2, 372–384.
"Rook polynomials on 2-dimensional surfaces and graceful labellings of graphs," Discrete Math., vol. 308, no. 5/6, 2008, 674–683.
"Modelling human intelligence: a learning mechanism" (with Segura, E.C.) in Proc. MICAI 2005, Springer-Verlag, LNAI 3789, 2005, 1–10.

He is creator of the website www.theoremoftheday.org which was awarded the 2013 Lucy Hawking Award for Best Public Engagement Resource.


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