Chris Cannings

Information last updated: 22/4/2014

Contact information

Prof. C. Cannings,
School of Mathematics and Statistics.
University of Sheffield,
Hounsfield Road,
S3 7RH.

Phone: 44-(0114)-222-3904 (direct)
Fax: 44-(0114)-222-3809


Current Research


The Hieratic Project

The central aim of HIERATIC is to develop a new framework for understanding complex systems as a multi-level hierarchy of sub-systems using non-linear decompositions. To achieve this goal, HIERATIC is structured in three interlinked sets of activities: theoretical work, deriving the novel mathematics required to identify suitable non-linear state space reductions of complex systems; software development of efficient multi-scale simulation and prediction libraries; demonstrators, illustrating the power of our results – network dynamics, cell cycle simulations, social interactions in animals. The theoretical work will use unconventional approaches from topology and dynamical systems theory to derive an algorithmic approach to identifying “coarse-grainings” of large complex systems. These algorithms will be used to develop highly efficient simulation and prediction tools, integrated with the world-leading software libraries MASON and PRISM. The demonstrators will show the potential application of these techniques, in a range of applications, including validation on large empirical data sets. The project brings together leading researchers in complex systems theory, biosystems, multi-agent simulation, and experimental ecology, from around the EU and USA.
The Amorph Project A recent EPSRC funded project AMORPH brought together researchers from the Universities of Nottingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Southampton, Royal Holloway, London and British Telecom, to study aspects of Amorphic Computing based on random graph theory. More information is given at the link above.


Member of the Advisory Editorial Board, SCIRP

Editor in Chief, Applied Mathematics,

Joint Editor, Handbook of Statistical Genetics, (with Martin Bishop & David Balding)

Editorial Boards

Current Advances in Mathematics.

International Journal of Computer Science and Applications.

International Journal of Mathematics and Statistics.

Journal of Information Security,

Research and Reviews: Discrete Mathematical Structures.


Statistics, Optimisation and Information Computing.

SM Journal of Biometrics and Biostatistics.

Recent Presentations

Some Invited Lectures


Some Lecture Courses