Dr Vanessa Robins

Dr Vanessa Robins
Position
Fellow
Department
Department of Applied Mathematics
Office phone
59603
Email
Office
Le Couteur 1 17
Webpage
http://people.physics.anu.edu.au/~vbr110/ (...

Research interests

My main research interest is in computational topology and geometry. I work on the underlying mathematics, algorithms, and applications to scientific problems. See my (old) webpage for more details.

Take a look at EPINET: a web database of periodic network structures.

Education

I'm actively seeking outstanding Honours and PhD students to conduct projects in applied geometry and topology.  See the Available projects tab and contact me for further details.   

I supervise a few undergraduate research projects each year.  Recent examples include "Investigating the relationship between curvature and deflection of thin sheets", "Symmetries of graphs on surfaces", "Polyhedral models of periodic minimal surfaces" with advanced studies students from Physics, Mathematics, and Engineering. 

I lecture one-third of PHYS 3032: Condensed Matter Physics, covering the basic principles of crystallography, x-ray diffraction, and thermal properties of lattices. 

Grants and awards

ARC Future Fellow 2014-2019  Topological data analysis for enhanced modelling of the physical properties of complex micro-structured materials. 

Outreach

I've worked with three artists in residence from the ANU School of Art under the ANU Vice-Chancellor's College Artist Fellowship scheme: Erica SeccombeJulie Brooke, and Al Munroe

Erica and I published an essay "3D X-ray art" about the techniques used in her work in the Australian Physics magazine, Jan 2015. 

Biography

BSc (Hons I and University Medal) in Mathematics, ANU (1994)

MSc, PhD in Applied Mathematics, University of Colorado, Boulder (2000)

ScienceWise research articles

ScienceWise Magazine - Knots and networks
When dialing an ANU extension from outside the university:
  • (02) 612 XXXXX (within Australia)
  • +61 2 612 XXXXX (outside Australia)
Where XXXXX is the 5 digit extension number you are after.
Anti-Spam notice: The email addresses from this directory are made available to support the academic and business activities of ANU. These email addresses are not published as an invitation to receive unsolicited commercial messages or 'spam' and we do not consent to receipt of such materials. Any messages that are received which contravenes this policy is strictly prohibited, and is also a breach of the Spam Act 2003. The University reserves the right to recover all costs incurred in the event of breach of this policy.

Updated:  15 June 2016/ Responsible Officer:  Head of Department/ Page Contact:  Physics Webmaster