Dr Thomas House
Reader in the School of Mathematics
Thomas works primarily on mathematical epidemiology, an area of interdisciplinary applied mathematics that involves a large number of quantitative techniques applied to the study of patterns of disease at the population level.
Epidemiology is the science of counting ill people - a simple description that hides major mathematical complexity. A tremendous number of different factors combine to determine the risk that any of us might become ill, however if we could disentangle these from each other then it might be possible to target the most important factors systematically. His work is mainly on the mathematical, statistical and computational methods that are needed to understand these phenomena. Thomas is currently working on the EPSRC-funded project 'Operationalising Modern Mathematical Epidemiology'.
Other interests include complex networks, numerical probability, statistics / inverse problems, and model simplification.