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Christopher Norman

Studying for an MSc leading into PhD research at the University of Warwick’s ‘Mathematics for Real-World Systems’ Centre for Doctoral Training. A talented problem solver with excellent leadership and organisational skills and a passion for determining mathematical solutions to real world problems. Research areas of particular interest include complex systems, social networks, and computational neuroscience.

Currently working part of a research study group in the CDT to explore the stability of financial markets under different populations of investor 'types'. This project is in collaboration with Sciteb, developing and expanding models of asset price in a market composed of investors adopting several different investment strategies. Over 3 months we will build on pre-existing models, derive analytical descriptions of the simulated market, and compare the models to real data from a partner of Sciteb. This will enable us to suggest strategies to financial regulators for maintaining stability in the real world financial market.

Qualifications and areas of study:

BSc MMathPhys 1st Class: University of Warwick 2012-16
Studied a unique diversity of topics with particular focus on real world applications, including:
- Mathematical Economics
- Scientific computing (including machine learning)
- Biology, Medicine & Neuroscience

- Graph theory, Game theory & Statistics

Skills and Achievements:
- Programming experience in C, C++, python, R, and MATLAB
- Analysis of large data sets and building simulations from system models.
- Laboratory experience including wet labs.
- First aid qualified.
- Managed a sports club budget of over £8,000.

Research Experience:

'Antibiotic Resistance and Group Motility in Bacterial Swarms'

Masters Project - University of Warwick: October 2015 - March 2016

A collaboration between the Physics Department and the School of Life Sciences to characterise the collective motion of swarming bacteria into a region of antibiotic.
Combining wet lab experimentation and physics based data analysis this project helped me develop my experimental practice, use of data analysis tools, and communication in the science community from working in a multidisciplinary environment.
Supervisors – Marco Polin & Munehiro Asally
Partner – Matthew Painter

'The Worm Versus the World: Behavioural Responses to Changing Environment'

Summer research project - Imperial College London Clinical Sciences Centre: July - September 2015

Of 154 applicants to the CSC I was one of the successful 6 to take part in an 8 week paid studentship. I worked with the Behavioural Genomics group using novel tracking software to identify new behaviours in the nematode C. elegans arising from varied environments.
I gained valuable experience developing my academic maturity through laboratory practice, project perseverance, and collaboration between software development, data analysis & experiments.
Supervisor – Andre Brown

Hobbies, Interests and Work Experience:

Instructor - University of Warwick Taekwondo Club: Jan 2017 - Current Date:
Teaching regular classes of 30+ students from an array of different styles and backgrounds.
President - University of Warwick Taekwondo Club: 2014/15:
Managed a team of 8 executives running a sports club with over 70 members.
General Councillor - Camp Tioga, Pennsylvania, USA: June - September 2014:
General Councillor for 9 weeks at an American summer camp working with children aged 7-17.
Treasurer - University of Warwick Taekwondo Club: 2013/14:
Managed the club financial budget of over £8,000.
Placement - VPhase PLC, Chester: August 2012:
Four weeks analysing field data at an Eco Energy company which builds voltage optimisation units.
Runner - The Duncombe Arms, Derby: January - May 2012:
5 months working alongside my A-level studies waiting tables and preparing the restaurant for service.
- Winger for 2nd XV University of Warwick Rugby team.
- 2nd Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo with over 8 years of teaching experience and success at National & International level competitions.
- I play the flute and piano in my free time.