Research course

Optimal algorithms for elastic fibre networks

University of Leeds · School of Computing

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2.1), or equivalent, in computer science or artificial intelligence. If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Fibrous materials are widespread in industry (tissue engineering scaffolds, non-woven fabrics, paper) and nature (cellular cytoskeleton). There is an unmet need to predict their mechanical properties in silico, to reduce the number of lengthy, costly experiments and accelerate the development of tailored materials. The student will design and implement parallel multi-level algorithms optimized for models of elastic fibre networks, achieving representative, and practical, volumes for the first time. Analysis and experiments will confirm the algorithms scale optimally on HPC architectures. Existing cross-campus contacts with application domains (Chemistry, Non-Wovens, Dentistry) will allow experimental collaborations and validation.

Keywords: Modelling, multi-level, parallel, fibre networks

Fees and funding

This scholarship is part of Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarship scheme.

This scholarship is fully funded covering fees and a maintenance of £14,254 in 2016/17

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details

Dr Mark Walkley