Computational Modelling Group

Hans Fangohr

Engineering Sciences (FEE)
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Research in Computational Methods

Hans is a Professor of Computational Modelling at the University of Southampton, and head of this Computational Modelling Group, director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Next Generation Computational Modelling, and co-director of the Institute and EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre for Complex Systems Simulations.

He received his undergraduate degree "Diplomphysiker" in physics from the University of Hamburg (Germany) and completed his PhD studies in High Performance Computing in the department of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton.

His research interests are computer simulation methodology and applied computer simulation, in particular the application of computational modelling to physical and engineering processes and materials, to underpin, support and direct experimental and design work in academia and industry.

His interests in Computational Modelling methodology include the development of algorithm and numerical methods, efficient exploitation of existing and emerging infrastructure for massive numerical computations, effective analysis of simulation results and software engineering for research codes, and uptake and further development of tools and techniques that foster rigour and reproducibility in computational science.

Within these areas, he is working with particle simulations - such as Molecular Dynamics and Monte-Carlo methods - and finite difference and finite element schemes. He is also interested in multi-scale and multi-physics simulations, with emphasis on nanoscale systems and devices.

Current research projects include micromagnetic modelling, distributed data archives, astrophysical simulations, the simulation of the vortex state in layered superconductors and adatom dynamics on surfaces. Several projects are being performed in close collaboration with experimental groups characterising and fabricating materials that Hans' group is investigating numerically. The group has developed the nmag simulation package and a number of other open source tools, which are used by researchers in academia and industry across the globe.

Hans is passionate about teaching, and delivers training in computational modelling to undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment and the Centre for Doctoral Training in Next Generation Computational Modelling, which includes numerical analysis and simulations methods, programming on different levels, and software development for simulation work in research and development.

He researches learning and teaching methods appropriate to education in computational science, and has been awarded the Deputy Vice Chancellor's Teaching Award in 2006, 2010 and 2013 for his innovative redesign of the engineering computing curriculum, the introduction of the Elevator Pitch presentations for Group design projects, and the introduction of automatic and instant feedback provision for computer codes developed by the students. His lectures are rated highly by the students.


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Hans's team members

Richard Boardman
Senior Research Fellow, Engineering Sciences (FEE)
Aleksander Dubas
Research Fellow, Engineering Sciences (FEE)
Thomas Kluyver
Research Fellow, Engineering Sciences (FEE)
Alejandra Vergara Lope
Postgraduate Research Student, Engineering Sciences (FEE)
Dmitri Chernyshenko
Postgraduate Research Student, Engineering Sciences (FEE)
Mukarramah Yusuf
Postgraduate Research Student, Civil Engineering & the Environment (FEE)
Ben Schumann
Postgraduate Research Student, Engineering Sciences (FEE)
Maximilian Albert
Postgraduate Research Student, Engineering Sciences (FEE)
Rebecca Carey
Postgraduate Research Student, Engineering Sciences (FEE)
Valerio Vitale
Postgraduate Research Student, Electronics and Computer Science (FPAS)
Ryan Pepper
Postgraduate Research Student, Engineering Sciences (FEE)
James Snowdon
Postgraduate Research Student, Civil Engineering & the Environment (FEE)
Lucy Upton
Postgraduate Research Student, Engineering Sciences (FEE)
Elena Vataga
Technical Staff, iSolutions
Susanne Ufermann Fangohr
Administrative Staff, Civil Engineering & the Environment (FEE)
Petrina Butler
Administrative Staff, Research and Innovation Services
Stuart Curtis
Alumnus, University of Southampton
Matteo Franchin
Alumnus, Engineering Sciences (FEE)
Andreas Knittel
Alumnus, Industry
Massoud Najafi
Alumnus, Arbeitsbereich Technische Informatik Systeme, University of Hamburg, Germany
Vince Coleman
Weiwei Wang
Alumnus, Ningbo University
Dan Mason
Alumnus, University of Southampton
Mark Vousden
External Member, University of Southampton
Marijan Beg
External Member, Imperial College London

Joint projects with...

Atul Bhaskar
Senior Lecturer, Engineering Sciences (FEE)
Neil Bressloff
Professor, Engineering Sciences (FEE)
Seth Bullock
Professor, Electronics and Computer Science (FPAS)
Kees de Groot
Professor, Electronics and Computer Science (FPAS)
Peter de_Groot
Alumnus, Physics & Astronomy (FPAS)
Jonathan Essex
Professor, Chemistry (FNES)
Thomas Fischbacher
Alumnus, Engineering Sciences (FEE)
Ian Hawke
Lecturer, Mathematics (FSHS)
Peter Horak
Reader, Optoelectronics Research Centre
James Scanlan
Professor, Engineering Sciences (FEE)
Suleiman Sharkh
Professor, Engineering Sciences (FEE)
Chris-Kriton Skylaris
Lecturer, Chemistry (FNES)
Kenji Takeda
Alumnus, Engineering Sciences (FEE)
Weiwei Wang
Alumnus, Ningbo University
Ben Waterson
Lecturer, Civil Engineering & the Environment (FEE)

Research Groups



Schematic represenation of thermally assisted writing process on patterned media. Spot 1 is heated for 1 nano second (to 800K), then spot 2 is heated (instantaneously) to 800K. The colourmap shows the diffusion of temperature in the material. The last plot shows isosurfaces, i.e. layers of constant temperature in the material. The spacing of the iso surfaces is 50K.

3d array of ellipsoids that could be used at bit patterned magnetic media.