Lecturer in Applied Mathematics

University College London



i.smears [at] ucl.ac.uk
Department of Mathematics
University College London
25 Gordon Street
London WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom


In September 2017, I joined University College London as a Lecturer in Applied Mathematics.

In September 2015, I joined the research group SERENA at INRIA Paris to work with Martin Vohralík and Alexandre Ern.

In June 2015, I was awarded the 17th IMA Leslie Fox Prize in Numerical Analysis, along with Alex Townsend from MIT.


Foundations of Computational Mathematics, Barcelona, 2017.

Reliable Methods of Mathematical Modeling, Berlin, 2017.


Starting Research Position, INRIA Paris, 2015-present

DPhil in Mathematics, University of Oxford, 2015.
Thesis: Discontinuous Galerkin finite element approximation of Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman equations with Cordes coefficients, supervised by Prof. Endre Süli

MMath Master of Mathematics
University of Durham, 2011.


  • A posteriori error analysis & adaptivity
  • High-order finite element methods
  • Fully nonlinear PDE & Hamilton—Jacobi—Bellman equations


17th IMA Leslie Fox Prize in Numerical Analysis 2015.

SIAM Student Paper Prize 2014.

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