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Dr Nicholas Korpelainen

Senior Lecturer in Mathematics

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College of Science and Engineering


School of Computing and Engineering

Research centre

Data Science Research Centre




Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



I work at the School of Computing and Engineering, and my office is at MS229, Markeaton Street (STEM Annex).

My office phone number is +44(0)1332591674.

I am a Senior Tutor (Deputy Chair of Learning & Teaching) for Computing and Mathematics, and Programme Leader for the BSc Mathematics Scheme.

I am Module Leader for:

I am the supervisor for ca. 15 final years and MSc dissertations each year.

I am a moderator for our mathematics-related social media channels and the Microsoft Teams groups for Computing & Mathematics Students and Maths@Derby.


“Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty—a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show.”    

- Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

"The most shattering experience has been the realization that an exact solution of Einstein's equations of general relativity, discovered by the New Zealand mathematician, Roy Kerr, provides the absolutely exact representation of untold numbers of massive black holes that populate the universe. This shuddering before the beautiful, this incredible fact that a discovery motivated by a search after the beautiful in mathematics should find its exact replica in Nature, persuades me to say that beauty is that to which the human mind responds at its deepest and most profound."

- Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (1910-1995)

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Recent publications

17. An Inescapable Region for the Chessboard Pebbling Problem on Four Quadrants
Electronic Notes in Discrete Mathematics, 70 2018, p.55

16. A Boundary Class for the k-Path Partition Problem
Electronic Notes in Discrete Mathematics, 67 2018, p.49

15. Infinitely many minimal graph classes of unbounded clique-width
With A. Collins, J. Foniok, V. V. Lozin and V. Zamaraev. Discrete Applied Mathematics, 248 (2018) p. 145

14. Linear Clique-Width for Hereditary Classes of Cographs 
With R. Brignall and V. Vatter. Journal of Graph Theory, 84(4) (2017) p. 501

13. A New Graph Construction of Unbounded Clique-width
Electronic Notes in Discrete Mathematics, 56 (2016) p. 31

12. Well-quasi-order for Graphs and Permutation Graphs Omitting a Path and a Clique
With A. Atminas, R. Brignall, V. V. Lozin and V. Vatter. Electronic Journal of Combinatorics, 22(2), (2015)

11. Dominating induced matchings in graphs without a skew star
With V. V. Lozin and C. Purcell. Journal of Discrete Algorithms, 26 (2014) p. 45

10. Split Permutation Graphs
With V. V. Lozin and C. Mayhill. Graphs and Combinatorics, 30 (2014) p. 633

9. Minimal Classes of Bipartite Graphs of Unbounded Clique-Width
With A. Atminas, R. Brignall and V. V. Lozin. (Extended abstract.)

8. Boundary properties of well-quasi-ordered sets of graphs
With V. V. Lozin and I. Razgon. Order 30 (2013), p. 723

7. Two forbidden induced subgraphs and well-quasi-ordering
With V. V. Lozin. Discrete Mathematics 311 (2011) p. 521

6. Bipartite induced subgraphs and well-quasi-ordering
With V. V. Lozin. Journal of Graph Theory, 67 (2011) p. 235

5. Boundary properties of graphs for algorithmic graph problems
With V. V. Lozin, D. S. Malyshev and A. Tiskin. Theoretical Computer Science 412 (2011) p. 3545

4. On the complexity of the dominating induced matching problem in hereditary classes of graphs
With D. M. Cardoso and V. V. Lozin. Discrete Applied Mathematics 159 (2011) p. 521

3. Hamiltonian Cycles in Subcubic Graphs: What Makes the Problem Difficult
With V. V. Lozin and A. Tiskin. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 6108 (2010) p. 320

2. Bipartite Graphs of Large Clique-Width
With V. V. Lozin. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 5874 (2009) p. 385

1. A Polynomial-time Algorithm for the Dominating Induced Matching Problem in the Class of Convex Graphs
Electronic Notes in Discrete Mathematics 32 (2009) p. 133