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JULIAN NEWMAN EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellow Room: 635 Huxley Building 
ResearchWhat is a random dynamical system? A random dynamical system (RDS) is a timehomogeneous rule determining the timeevolution of the state of a system given both its current state and the realised behaviour of some stationary random process affecting the system. Now in many contexts where a "homogeneous Markov process" appears, such a process really arises as one trajectory of an underlying RDS; thus a RDS model can be used to describe a system more fully than the Markov transition probabilities describe it. The theory of random dynamical systems has been employed in the study of a wide variety of contexts, such as finance and economics (e.g. here), filtering theory (e.g. here), neural networks (e.g. here), chemical reaction rates (e.g. here), statistical hydrodynamics (e.g. here), and more. Moreover, random dynamical systems are often the right framework in which to study the phenomenon of noiseinduced synchronisation (e.g. as in here). Discovered in the 1980s by Arkady Pikovsky, this is the phenomenon that two or more processes starting at different states are caused to synchronise in state with each other over time, due to being exposed to the same source of random perturbations. Provided that the processes do not interact with each other, and that they evolve according to the same (timehomogeneous) laws, affected equally and simultaneously by the same source of (statistically timehomogeneous) random perturbations, these processes can be regarded as different simultaneous trajectories of one random dynamical system. My current research is primarily focused on precisely this topic of synchronisation of trajectories of a random dynamical systems. When I have time, I am also involved in research on a problem in contact dynamics  namely, a disc placed between the walls of a frictional Vshaped groove, subject to gravity and a turning moment  in collaboration with Dr Oleg Makarenkov, Dr Wolfgang Stamm, and Prof Alexander Fidlin. Some results on this can be found in the paper Regularization of a disk in a frictionable wedge below. [The approach described in section 5 of this paper is potentially problematic, if collision of eigenvalues can occur. However, Dr Makarenkov and I are preparing a further paper on the disc in a wedge, in which this potential problem is overcome.] Papers
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