Dr Matthew Craven

Dr Matthew Craven

Lecturer in Applied Mathematics

School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)


  • Lecturer in Applied Mathematics in SoCEM.
  • Lead of the Plymouth NVIDIA GPU Research Center.
  • Research interests in many aspects of Mathematics (see 'Research' section for details).
  • Programme Manager for the (six) Foundation Year programmes in SoCEM.
  • Stage tutor for five of the above six programmes.
  • Senior Personal Tutor.
  • Admissions Tutor for BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Statistics with Foundation Year.
  • Teaches across several schools, including service teaching, Mathematics degree students and 3rd year project supervision.
  • Enjoys speaking at outreach events, having given several Mathematics Masterclasses in collaboration with the Royal Institution.
  • PGCAP mentor for new staff.

Professional membership

American Mathematical Society
Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
London Mathematical Society
Foundation Year Network

Teaching interests

2016-17 Sem 1:
MATH051* Mathematical Methods I
MATH055 Mathematics I
MATH3602 Final Year Projects

2015-16 Sem 2:
MATH2604 Mathematical Methods and Applications
MATH3602 Final Year Projects

* denotes module leadership.

2015-16 Sem 1: MATH051* Mathematical Methods I; MATH3602 Final Year Projects

2014-15 Term 1: MATH1015* Mathematics with Applications 1; MATH236 Engineering Analysis; MATH3501 Final Year Project

2014-15 Term 2: MATH236 Engineering Analysis; MATH2501 Advanced Calculus and Transforms; MATH3501 Final Year Project

2013-14 Term 1: MATH1015* Mathematics with Applications 1; MATH236 Engineering Analysis

2013-14 Term 2: MATH236 Engineering Analysis; STAT008* Statistics for Extended Science

I also have a large amount of teaching experience in many different venues and levels, from foundation year to MSc levels and PhD workshops.

Research interests

I have varied research interests, and research in the following areas:

Applied Mathematics/Statistics: Experimental mathematics, Mathematical finance and economics, Dynamical systems, Combinatorial optimisation, Cryptography and cryptanalysis, Game theory;

Applicable Mathematics: Computational algebra, Combinatorial group theory, Discrete mathematics and graph theory, Mathematical sociology;

Computer Science: Evolutionary algorithms, Symbolic computation, Performance analysis of algorithms, Cybersecurity.

Other research

I am an external member of the Cybersecurity research group at the University of Abertay Dundee.

I am always interested in hearing from prospective PhD students in the above areas, and in particular, in the applications of Mathematics in Cybersecurity, Economics and Finance.

Grants & contracts

In July 2014, Plymouth University was selected as an NVIDIA CUDA Research Center, with myself as the principle investigator. Seven CMS staff and one colleague in Computing carry out research ranging from Particle Physics, Industrial Engineering to Cryptanalysis supported with hardware from NVIDIA. This status was successfully renewed in July 2015 and July 2016.

Other academic activities

  • I have taught many Royal Institute Mathematics Masterclasses in cryptography, the most recent in April 2016.
  • I am on the editorial board for Applied Computational Intelligence and Soft Computing. Also I was a Review Committee member for GECCO 2009 (GA Track), a Programme Committee member for GECCO 2010 and GECCO 2011 (both GA Track), a Programme Committee member for the GECCO-UP Workshop 2013 and a Review Committee member for the VizGEC Workshop in 2015 and 2016.
  • I review EPSRC grant applications in cryptography.
  • I am the leader of the Applied Mathematics research group on Computational Algebra and Symbolic Computation.
  • I am also the web editor for the Applied Mathematics research group.

Additional information

I am always keen to hear from prospective PhD students. For informal enquiries, please contact me directly. To apply officially for a PhD position at Plymouth, please click here.