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Introduction
The study of nonlinear dynamics is one of the most exciting and fastest growing branches of the mathematical sciences. It is having an increasingly important impact on a variety of applied subjects ranging from the study of turbulence and the behaviour of the weather, through the investigation of electrical and mechanical oscillations in engineering systems, to the analysis of biological and economic phenomena. It has also fired the public's imagination under the popular name of "chaos".

The Centre for Nonlinear Dynamics and its Applications is a leading interdisciplinary centre established at University College London to act as a focus for research in the theory of nonlinear dynamics and its applications across science and engineering. It is based within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering under the directorship of Professor J.M.T. Thompson, FRS, whose seminal book on "Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos" has played a fundamental role in stimulating the application of nonlinear dynamics to problems in engineering and the sciences. The Centre currently has 18 members ranging from permanent staff to postgraduate research students and regularly plays host to a variety of overseas visitors. It has good links with many other research groups both in the UK and abroad and with a number of engineering companies.

The Centre offers many opportunities for postgraduate research within a large and active group, working on a variety of topical problems in the theory and applications of dynamical systems. Current areas of research are described on a separate page. Further subjects will always be considered to suit the strengths and interests of individual candidates. Financial support may be available including UK EPSRC studentships and CASE awards (subject to eligibility).

Since October 1993 the Centre has taught a MSc in Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos. Research students will be encouraged to attend at least some of the MSc lecture courses. Alternatively, candidates may wish to consider initially registering for the MSc and then transferring onto the PhD programme. In such a case the project component of the MSc could be chosen in such a way as to provide a good foundation for the proposed research programme.

Application forms, details of fees, and general information regarding postgraduate study at University College London can be obtained from:

Further Information
Application forms, details of fees, and general information regarding postgraduate study at University College London can be obtained from:

Dr. S. Bishop,
Centre for Nonlinear Dynamics and its Applications,
University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT, UK.

Telephone: +44-171-380-7729, Facsimile: +44-171-380-0986.

Electronic mail: s.bishop@ucl.ac.uk.

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