Theoretical modelling

Getting to grips with complexity

Igor Abrikosov Marcus Ekholm

Research in theoretical physics at LiU aims to understand the properties of materials. Monica Westman

Advanced simulations and models are used to get to grips with complex problems. Research in theoretical modelling at LiU covers a very wide field. Researchers study everything from molecular motors and patient-specific drug treatments to processes in biological ecosystems and how the universe functions.

Theoretical modelling is becoming an increasingly important research area. Realistic simulations of complex systems can be used to supplement practical experiments, which are often both expensive and time-consuming. In some cases, mathematical models and simulations can completely replace experiments that may be dangerous, or experiments within geophysics and astrophysics that are extremely difficult or impossible to carry out.

New and exciting possibilities are now available to solve several important problems in a realistic way. Rapid developments in computer technology, efficient calculation algorithms, computer programs and databases filled with information give rise to an increased need for research and education in theory and modelling.

At LiU, research is carried out within bioinformatics, theoretical physics, theoretical chemistry, theoretical biology, and theory and modelling in organic electronics.