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Dr Alison Hale

Senior Research Associate

Alison Hale

Lancaster University

Furness Building



Research Interests

Recently I have moved to the CHICAS group in the Lancaster Medical School.  My current research interests include developing statistical models and software for real-time surveillance of routinely recorded diseases in the veterinary sector.  In addition I have an interest in developing statistical models and software for estimating disease risk of a population travelling through a geographical region in which there are small pockets of pollution posing a health risk; the population is tracked by global positioning systems (GPS).

I have spent several years researching in the Mathematical Physics Group where, notably in 2013, I developed a covariant electrodynamic constitutive field theory for hysteresis (both ferromagnetic and ferroelectric) materials which directly couples to Maxwell’s equations; to our knowledge this was a previously unsolved problem.  The hysteretic material may be either stationary or moving (up to around the speed of light). Furthermore I have worked on ways to extend the standard models for stationary media (dispersive materials) to models of media in motion (relativistic and non-relativistic). For situations where analytical solutions are unobtainable I developed numerical programs to simulate the evolution of electromagnetic fields (in three dimensional space).

For a short period I also undertook research in the Nonlinear Biomedical Physics Group which included creating mathematical models to simulate macroscopic human brain dynamics. The models were compared to electroencephalographic (EEG) signals from surgical patients. Biological systems are intriguing as they present highly challenging nonlinear open regimes with a spectacular ability to form patterns.


I have a broad background gained in industry and business where I spent many years, first training and then working as an electronic engineer at GEC Marconi. Later I was employed as an IT Senior Systems Analyst at Ford Motor Company. In 2002 I commenced my university education at Lancaster University, gaining a First Class Honours Masters degree in ‘Physics with Cosmology’ in just three years, then submitting my PhD thesis (supervised by Prof. R.W. Tucker) three years later in 2008. Since then I have had the good fortune to conduct research in the mathematical physics group and non-linear biomedical physics group; often developing new equations and models.  Most recently I took the opportunity to move to the Lancaster Medical School where I am now learning about, and contributing research to, public health issues.

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