Staff profile

Dr Ovidiu Bagdasar

Associate Professor in Mathematics

A head shot of Ovidiu Bagdasar




College of Science and Engineering


School of Computing and Engineering, University of Derby Online Learning

Research centre

Data Science Research Centre




Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



I am Associate Professor in Mathematics. This means that most of my time is spent between research, teaching, and helping everyone enjoy maths. In collaboration with colleagues, students and technology partners, I develop and deploy numeracy training support to students and staff in our university, companies, and the general public.  

I am a firm believer of internationalization in Higher Education and I coordinate the Turing and Erasmus+ schemes for Mathematics, Computing and Engineering. 

I hold BSc (2006), MSc (2007) Mathematics from UBB Cluj (Romania), PhD in Applied Mathematics in 2011 (EST Marie Curie Fellow, University of Nottingham) and PhD in Pure Mathematics in 2015 (UBB Cluj). I joined the University of Derby (UoD) in 2012 as a Lecturer in Mathematics, becoming Associate Professor in 2019. In the same year I have become Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (FIMA), and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) in 2020. 

I am a member of the London Mathematical Society (2020-), International Society for Difference Equations (2017-), American Mathematical Society (2014-), Romanian Mathematical Society (2013-) and the Marie Curie Alumni Network (2011-). I am also active member in the Research Centre in Data Science at the University of Derby.

Motto: "The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one." (M. Forbes)

Teaching responsibilities

My teaching is informed by research and is focused around number theory, simulations, optimization, computational, discrete and industrial mathematics, and also mathematical education, with a focus on maths anxiety. I have been responsible for teaching some UG and PG modules: 

With Vretta Inc, in 2020 I developed and deployed online exams which are automatically generated, graded (with moderation), and profile full solutions and feedback.
The practice has been praised by externals and adopted by colleagues. These innovations have been presented at high-profile external events or in student blogs.

Advance HE Learning and Teaching 2021:
Centre for Excellence blog:

Professional interests

Academic interests:

Key projects 

Research interests

My research interests include number theory, optimization, computational, discrete and industrial mathematics, but also mathematical education, with a focus on maths anxiety.

Much of my work is published in leading journals like Neural NetworksJournal of Global OptimizationCarpathian J Math, Mathematics and Computers in Simulation and Asian Journal of Control. I have authored work with more than 50 collaborators from UK, India, Romania, Thailand, Spain, China, Australia, or Kuwait.

Some of my UG students have produced original research, disseminated through International Symposiums, Mathematical Magazines, or journal papers. 

Contributions to the Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences: 

Membership of professional bodies




Recent conferences

Invited lectures and seminars

Conference presentations and posters


Invited speakers (selection):

Experience in industry

2018: Maple (Mathematical Education Software – now deployed at University of Derby for developing E-Assessment in Maths)

2018: Vretta – Numeracy skills platform. 3 Pilot projects deployed at University of Derby starting from September 2018.

2017: IPEC Alba Iulia (Ceramics coloring project)

2017: UPN (Logistics, Maths Group Proect at University of Derby)

2014: Bosch Thermotechnology (VSM - Value Stream Mapping)

International experience

In 2019 I initiated the first successful Erasmus ICM 107 submission (87.5k Euro for staff and student mobilities with Anhui University, China).

In April 2021 I have coordinated the School of Computing and Engineering submission for the Turing scheme (2021-22).

New Erasmus+ links: 

1.  Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca, Romania (Mathematics and Computer Science): Erasmus+@UBB  (Dec 2014, Lead Dr. Ovidiu Bagdasar)

2. "1 DECEMBRIE 1918" University, Romania (Computer Science, Mathematics, Business): Erasmus+@UAB (Dec 2014, Lead Dr. Ovidiu Bagdasar)

3. Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey (Mathematics): Erasmus+@Bogazici (Nov 2015, Lead Dr. Ovidiu Bagdasar) 

4. University of Maribor, Slovenia (Mathematics): Erasmus+@Maribor (Dec 2015, Lead Dr. Ovidiu Bagdasar) 

5. Universidade da Beira Interior, Portugal (Computer Science and Mathematics) Erasmus+@UBI (Jul 2017, Lead Dr. Virginia Franquerra)

6. University of Catania, Italy (Mathematics and Statistics, ICT)  Erasmus+@Catania (Mar 2018, Lead Prof. Antonio Liotta) 

7. University of Calabria, Italy (Mathematics and Statistics, ICT)  Erasmus+@Calabria (Mar 2018, Lead Prof. Antonio Liotta)

Erasmus+ visits: 

Erasmus+ guests:

Erasmus PhD students: 

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Conference Organisation:

Additional interests and activities

Personal Interests

Music, Reading, Theology, Sports

In the media


I am actively promoting mathematics through LinkedIn ( and Twitter ( Together with students and Marketing we have designed the Maths@Derby brand, which aims to make Maths at Derby visible to wider public through
   1. Website (blogs, events, videos):
   2. YouTube:     
       We have interviewed students, Erasmus guests, and also the President of the IMA, Dr Nira Chamberlain, OBE.
   3. Twitter: @DerbyMaths, @DerbyMathsSoc (which I promote through @BagdasarO).

Numeracy and problem solving training

I have also developed numeracy training resources, courses and case studies: 

Research in the media 

The research work on Mafia networks has reverberated in the press and led to numerous articles and interviews.

Our papers on this topic sparked significant interest from scientific newspapers and magazines

Internal news articles on international visits or academic activities 

Recent publications


Journal articles

Conference papers

Open Questions and Symposium papers: