John Ford

University of Essex
Department of Computer Science
Wivenhoe Park
Essex CO4 3SQ

Room Number: 5B.539
Telephone: (01206) 872787
Facsimile: (01206) 872788

My main interest lies in the development of faster and more efficient algorithms for solving unconstrained optimisation problems, although many of the ideas also have applications in other areas. I focus particular attention on developing methods which are able to combine old and new information in an effective manner. Methods of this type currently under investigation are exhibiting substantially improved performance when compared with "industry standards" methods, particularly as the number of variables, and therefore the difficulty of the problem, increases. My subsidiary interests include chaos, with particular reference to the use of graphics in studying the behaviour of non-linear-equation solvers, and numerical algorithms on parallel computer systems.