An understanding of mathematics and its application is vital across all sectors, particularly with the data-rich environments of industry today. Dr Yanfeng Liang, an experienced mathematician, joins TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory's digital services team to enhance the team’s expertise in data science and mathematical modelling.
Dr Liang began her academic career at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics in 2012. She then began a PhD, also at the University of Strathclyde, under the supervision of Prof. Xuerong Mao and Prof. David Greenhalgh. The focus of this doctoral project was to use mathematical modelling to look at the dynamical behaviour of various infectious diseases such as measles, tuberculosis, the common cold and HIV. The models developed were used to predict the spread of infection under the influence of different environmental and demographic factors, the effectiveness of preventative measures and the potential for eradication.
After completing her PhD, Dr Liang continued to apply her expertise to infectious disease, working on a Postdoctoral project with Prof. Greenhalgh, and several collaborators from Malaysia, on the vector-borne disease, Dengue. This British Council-funded project brought together academic collaborators from Malaysia and the UK to work with the winners of the 2016 Dengue Tech challenge to support the commercialisation of dengue-related research and products in Malaysia. Here, Dr Liang created several models to demonstrate how dengue spread over time by incorporating different influential factors such as temperature, assess the effectiveness of the new product developed by the Dengue Tech challenge winners, and its cost effectiveness when compared with traditional methods such as chemical fogging.
Dr Liang will join our Digital Services Team at an exciting time. Head of Digital Services, Gordon Lindsay, commented: “Our new Advanced Multiphase Facility will open shortly , giving our team access to unique data sets pertaining to multiphase flow at high pressures. We hope to develop new data analytic techniques to help industry better understand the digital data output from sensors installed in the field, building end-user confidence in condition-based calibration methods. Dr Liang’s expertise will provide a new dimension to our developments.”
“My PhD and Postdoctoral projects were firmly based on the application of mathematics to real-world products and challenges” commented Dr Liang. “With the sheer volumes of data available in industry today, modelling can be used to find correlations between data that otherwise would be missed. I am excited to apply my knowledge in a new sector and look forward to seeing the benefits for TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory and our customers.”
For further details contact Dr Liang.