Dr Matthew Craven
Lecturer in Applied Mathematics
School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
- Lecturer in Applied Mathematics (nominated for SSTAR awards in the categories of "Inspirational Teaching" and "Sensational Programme Lead").
- Lead of the Plymouth GPU Research Center and the Big Data research group.
- Programme Manager for the (six) Foundation Year Technology programmes in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Stage Tutor and Senior Personal Tutor for four of these programmes.
- Member of the University Senate since 2018.
- School disability and mental health champion. Certified Mental Health First Aider.
- Admissions Tutor for BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Foundation Year. Assistant Admissions Tutor for Mathematical Sciences.
- Interdisciplinary teaching including service teaching, Mathematics degree students and 3rd year projects supervision.
- Regular speaker at outreach events, including several Mathematics Masterclasses in collaboration with the Royal Institution.
- PGCAP mentor for new staff.
- Applied Mathematics seminar joint organiser - if you wish to give a seminar then please contact me! Current seminar details available on CMS seminars calendar and UoP Mathematical Sciences Seminar Page.
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
London Mathematical Society
Foundation Year Network
Staff serving as external examiners
PhD External at University of Greenwich (2019)
- Combinatorial enumeration methods for approximation of optimal solutions
- Hyperheuristics and machine learning for discovery of symbolic objects
- Offshore renewable energy
- Group-theoretic cryptanalysis
- Copulas and combinatorial optimisation in financial mathematics for business
- Real time visualisation and performance analysis of algorithms (particularly Evolutionary Algorithms and variants)
- Structure-preserving mappings and algorithms
- Mathematics education
I am an external member of the Cybersecurity research group at the University of Abertay Dundee.
Grants & contracts
Several journal papers currently submitted or in preparation (as of 15/09/19):
M. J. Craven, J. Sharp, Evaluation of the effectiveness of the Foundation Year in Mathematics and the impact on student recruitment and retention, in progress.
- D. I. Graham, M. J. Craven, Sifted QP Solutions of Portfolio Optimisation Problems with Small Cardinality Constraints, submitted (July 2019).
- D. J. Walker, M. J. Craven, Identifying Good Algorithm Parameters in Evolutionary Multi- and Many-Objective Optimisation: A Visualisation Approach, submitted (April 2019).
- M. J. Craven, D. I. Graham, A Matrix-Based Evolutionary Algorithm for Cardinality-Constrained Portfolio Optimisation, submitted (Sept 2019).
Key publications are highlightedJournals
Reports & invited lectures
- 05/09/19 (with T. Alotaibi and P. Tziogkidis) "Constructing Class-Based Portfolios on Gulf Markets with Metaheuristics", OR-61, Kent, UK.
- 15/07/19 (with T. Alotaibi) "Efficient Frontiers in Portfolio Optimisation with Minimum Proportion Constraints", GECCO 2019, Prague, Czech Republic.
- 11/07/19 (with J. Sharp) "Combatting the Deficit Model in Foundation Year Mathematics: Ethical Admissions and Inclusive Curricula", FYNAC19, Univ. Sussex, UK.
- 07/05/19 "Group-Theoretic Cryptanalysis Using Hyperheuristics", Queen Mary University of London, UK.
- 20/02/19 "Evolution of Cryptanalytic Attacks via Hyperheuristics", Big Data Group, Plymouth, UK.
- 06/07/18 (with J. Sharp) "Exploring the Frontiers of Foundation Years in Mathematics - An Update on a Work in Progress", FYNAC18, Nottingham, UK.
- ~/07/18 (with D. J. Walker) "Visualising the Operation of Evolutionary Algorithms Optimising Water Distribution Network Design Problems", HIC 2018, Palermo, Italy.
- 05/04/18 (with D. J. Walker) "Toward the Online Visualisation of Algorithm Performance for Parameter Selection", EVOIndustry, Parma, Italy.
- 19/03/18 "The Plymouth GPU Research Centre, Big Data Group", Plymouth, UK.
- 14/09/17 (with W. Dash) "Exploring Botnet Evolution via Multidimensional Models and Visualisation", STM (ESORICS) 2017, Oslo, Norway.
- 17/07/17 (with D. I. Graham) "Exploring the (Efficient) Frontiers of Portfolio Optimization", GECCO2017, Berlin, Germany.
- 17/07/17 (with S. P. Martin) "BBIOS: A Characterization of Evolutionary Algorithm Stability", GECCO2017, Berlin, Germany.
- 13/07/17 (with J. Sharp, M. Lavelle and C. Christopher) "Exploring the Frontiers of Foundation Years in Mathematics - An Enhanced Transition", FYNAC'17, Warwick, UK.
- 14/12/16 "Group Cryptography", Plymouth, UK
- 23/11/16 "Portfolio Optimisation in Financial Mathematics", Plymouth, UK.
- 28/07/16 (with J. R. Woodward) "The Mappings Project", Stirling, UK.
- 15/07/16 "How to Break Cryptographic Schemes with Monte-Carlo Methods and High-Performance Computing", Stirling, UK.
- 10/05/16 "Big Data: Machine Learning, Heuristic Methods and the Future of Cybersecurity in HPC Environments", Invited keynote funded by SICSA, Big Data in Cybersecurity Conference, Napier University, UK.
- 27/01/16 "Monte-Carlo Attacks on Cryptographic Protocols", Hull, UK.
- 05/06/15 "Information Security and Evolutionary Techniques", Stirling, UK.
- 12/11/14 "A Smörgåsbord of Applied Mathematical Treats", Plymouth, UK.
- 12/07/14 "EA Stability Visualization: Perturbations, Metrics and Performance", GECCO2014, Vancouver, Canada.
- 27/01/14 "Evolutionary Algorithms in Group Theory with an Application to Public Key Cryptography", Plymouth, UK.
Other academic activities
- I have taught many Royal Institute Mathematics Masterclasses and outreach events, the most recent in July 2019.
- I regularly lead sessions at Mathematical Sciences open and applicant days for undergraduate students.
- I review for the Journal of Operational Research (JORS) and Applied Soft Computing, among others. I was a Programme Committee member for the GECCO-UP Workshop 2013 and GECCO 2019, and a Review Committee member for the VizGEC Workshop in 2015-2019.
- I review EPSRC grant applications in cryptography.
- I lead the Applied Mathematics research group on Computational Algebra and Symbolic Computation, and also the Plymouth GPU Research Centre.
I am always happy to hear from prospective PhD students in the areas specified in my research section, and in particular, Group-Theoretic Cryptology and Financial Mathematics. For informal enquiries, please contact me directly. To apply officially for a PhD position at Plymouth, please click here.