A little bit about me
I am a mathematician that is embarking on a career as an academic. My current posting is as a postdoctoral researcher at the Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB). I have been working at ZIB in the optimisation group since February 2014 and will remain here for a couple more years. It is fun and exciting and at this stage of my career it is great to be surrounded by an interesting group of people. I am looking forward to the rest of my time at ZIB.
I would like to provide just as a little bit of my background (all of the specific details can be found throughout this website). I was awarded my PhD in mathematics from the University of New South Wales, Australia (UNSW) in January 2014. Very fortunately, I was able to graduate from my PhD with my wife in October that same year, my wife having completed her PhD in climate science. My PhD applied the technique of recoverable robustness to airline planning applications. More generally, I formulated and solved integer programming problems that attempted to make the allocation of aircraft (and crew) to flights less susceptible to disruptions, such as bad weather or late arriving aircraft, on a daily basis.
Since completing my PhD I worked briefly at UNSW as a postdoctoral fellow applying integer programming techniques to the analysis of HIV amino acid structures. The goal of this work was to identify specific locations on the HIV amino acid sequence that could be targeted by a vaccine. The end result was the development of a large-scale mixed integer program that was solved to find a connected subgraph solution.
That brings me to my work at ZIB. I have been really busy getting started on my academic career, trying to get myself writing and publishing as much as possible. As a result I have picked up a number of projects that either help the development of the mixed integer programming solver SCIP, developed and maintained at ZIB, or use SCIP for a specific application. I have projects with applications in aviation, HIV analysis, Steiner tree problems and the simplex method. A focus of my work at ZIB is the development of SCIP, with my contribution related to the simplex method and branch-and-price.
The specific details about myself can be found throughout this website. I have also a blog that I update regularly with topics related to early career researchers and optimisation. I am also on Twitter (@sj_maher), where I try to tweet about relevant and interesting topics. I hope that you have the time to browse this site and read some of my blog posts.