Career History

  • Lecturer in Applied Mathematics, University of East Anglia (2010– )
  • Departmental Lecturer, University of Oxford (2009–2010)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Oxford (2007–2010 )
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Nottingham (2006–2007)
  • PhD Student, University of Cambridge (2002–2006)

Academic Background

Robert Whittaker is an applied mathematician, specialising in fluid mechanics. His research generally involves the application of continuum-mechanics modelling and asymptotic methods to problems of industrial, biological or geophysical relevance.

Website: http://robert.mathmos.net/research/

Follow this link for details of current PhD opportunities in Mathematics. But feel free to email Dr Whittaker to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.

All Publications

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Whittaker, R., Walters, M. C.

(2016)

Boundary Layers for a 'Tube Law' at the Clamped End of an Elastic-Walled Tube,

(Abstract)

(Published)


Whittaker, R., Cox, S.

(2015)

Stability of a Helicoidal Surface inside a Cylinder with Pinned Diameters,

in Quarterly Journal of Mechanics and Applied Mathematics

68

(1)

pp. 23-52

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Deacon, N., Parau, E., Purvis, R., Whittaker, R.

(2015)

Nonlinear flexural waves in fluid–filled elastic channels,

in Journal of Fluids and Structures

52

pp. 16-36

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Whittaker, R.

(2015)

A Shear-Induced Boundary Layer near the Pinned Ends of a Buckled Elastic-Walled Tube,

in IMA Journal of Applied Mathematics

80

(6)

pp. 1932-1967

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Halvorsen, S. A., Thisted, U., Jones, G. W., Whittaker, R.

(2015)

Slag Interface Instability,

107th European Study Group with Industry

(Commissioned report)

(Published)


Bonshek, R., Stewart, P., Whittaker, R.

(2015)

Understanding patterns of retinal haemorrhage,

2014 UK Mathematics in Medicine Stdy Group

(Commissioned report)

(Published)


Ghosh, S., Whittaker, R.

(2014)

Train positioning and track location using video odometry and track curvature,

100th European Study Group with Industry, University of Oxford

(Commissioned report)

(Published)


Schley, D., Whittaker, R., Neuman, B. W.

(2013)

Arenavirus budding resulting from viral-protein-associated cell membrane curvature,

in Journal of The Royal Society Interface

10

(86)

pp. 20130403

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Bushell, N., Mac Manus, L., Brown, M., Lewis, A., Melnik, A., Manuel Ramos, A., Brett, C., Wood, D., von Glehn, I., Dewynne, J., Katterbauer, K., Berger, L., Bulkowski, P., Roberts, P., Whittaker, R., Grandison, S., O'Keefe, S.

(2012)

Inertial Navigation for Divers,

(Other contribution)

(Published)


Hearnden, V., Begum, N., Okrinya, B., Reddyhoff, D., Richardson, G., Ward, J., Whittaker, R.

(2012)

Designing drugs for transmucosal delivery in the oral cavity. What are the optimum chemical properties?,

(Other contribution)

(Published)


El Haj, A., Kwan, T., Whittaker, R.

(2012)

Targeting stem cells following i.v. injection using magnetic particle based approaches,

2012 Mathematics in Medicine Study Group

(Commissioned report)

(Published)


Whittaker, R., Heil, M., Waters, S.

(2011)

The Energetics of Flow through a Rapidly Oscillating Tube with Slowly Varying Amplitude,

in Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society A - Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences

369

(1947)

pp. 2989-3006

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Allwright, D., Whittaker, R.

(2011)

Efficient Silicon Melting,

(Other contribution)

(Published)


Neuman, B., Schley, D., Whittaker, R.

(2011)

Unraveling the Arenavirus Budding Mechanism,

(Other contribution)

(Published)


Whittaker, R., Heil, M., Jensen, O., Waters, S.

(2010)

Predicting the onset of high-frequency self-excited oscillations in elastic-walled tubes,

in Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences

466

(2124)

pp. 3635-3657

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


O'Hare, D., Whittaker, R. J.

(2010)

Measuring Vesicular Release from Neurons,

(Other contribution)

(Published)


Please, C., Whittaker, R. J.

(2010)

Transport and Reaction Processes in Soil,

(Other contribution)

(Published)


Whittaker, R., Heil, M., Boyle, J., Jensen, O., Waters, S.

(2010)

The energetics of flow through a rapidly oscillating tube. Part 2. Application to an elliptical tube,

in Journal of Fluid Mechanics

648

pp. 123-153

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Whittaker, R., Heil, M., Jensen, O., Waters, S.

(2010)

A Rational Derivation of a Tube Law from Shell Theory,

in Quarterly Journal of Mechanics and Applied Mathematics

63

(4)

pp. 465-496

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Whittaker, R., Waters, S., Jensen, O., Boyle, J., Heil, M.

(2010)

The energetics of flow through a rapidly oscillating tube. Part 1. General theory,

in Journal of Fluid Mechanics

648

pp. 83-121

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


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Key Research Interests

Robert Whittaker's research generally involves the application of continuum-mechanics modelling and asymptotic methods to problems of industrial, biological or geophysical relevance. Areas and applications in which he has a particular interest include:

  • Instabilities in pipe and channel flow
  • Flow in curved pipes
  • Tissue engineering
  • Convection in the Earth's mantle

Research Group Membership

Current Postdocs

Former PhD Students

  • Martin Walters (Oscillations in Flow Through an Elastic-Walled Tube)
  • Neil Deacon (Linear and Nonlinear Waves in Hydroelastic Fluid-Filled Pipes)

Teaching Interests

Dr Whittaker has taught a range of applied mathematics courses, including: first-year calculus, second-year differential equations, third-year waves, and fourth-year viscous fluid mechanics.

He also gives a graduate course on Advanced LaTeX.

Key Responsibilities

  • MTH Website Editor
  • CIMR Research Facilitator
  • CIMR Seminar Coordinator
  • CIMR Webmaster