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 Programme Leader for MSc Computational Mathematics, MSc Big Data Analytics and Departmental Coordinator for Mathematics and Computing for Erasmus+. I have been Placement Tutor for Mathematics students since 2012 and I am the International Recruitment Tutor for Mathematics programs and MSc Big Data. I am also Outreach Coordinator for Mathematics, selecting and training students for outreach activities.

Motto: "All what is correct thinking is either mathematics or feasible to be transposed in a mathematical model." (G. Moisil 1906 - 1973)

I hold BSc (2006), MSc (2007) Mathematics from UBB Cluj (Romania), PhD in Applied Mathematics in 2011 (EST Marie Curie Fellow, Nottingham) and PhD in Pure Mathematics in 2015 (UBB Cluj). I joined the University of Derby (UoD) in 2012 as a Lecturer in Mathematics when I became a member of IMA and Fellow of the HEA. In 2015, I became Senior Lecturer in Mathematics and Erasmus Departmental Coordinator for Mathematics and Computing. Since 2016 I involved students in URSS, Erasmus and research.

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

Teaching responsibilities

My teaching is informed by research in areas including number theory, 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: 

Professional interests

Academic interests:

Income generation and Research projects 

1. URSS (Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme) - £2000/project  

URSS 2017-041 Project: "On the geometry and applications of complex recurrent sequences"

Eve Hedderwick prepared a poster, attended TREPAM’17, co-authored a paper with me (published in ENDM) and gave the VoT 2018.  

URSS 2018-054 Project: "Automatic Design and Correction of Ceramic Colours"

Manzal and Chandni Mohammad visited UAB Alba Iulia between July-September 2018 as Erasmus training students.

URSS 2018-073 Project: "Water Management and Renewable Energy for Sustainable Agriculture Under Climate Change" (with T. Wilmshurst)

Navraj Ghataure studied the potential of using renewable energy by 6 farms in Kenya during the summer of 2018. 

2. PN-III-P2-2.1-PED-2016-1835: Computational Models for the reproduction of ceramic colors (co-investigator, 103K Euros) (August 2017)

3. DANCOP (with Outreach, School Liaison): £9420  (March 2018)

4. OCIS (On-Line Campus Internship Scheme): 120 posts for three students (March 2018)

Research interests

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

In 2018, I had articles accepted in Neural NetworksJournal of Global OptimizationCarpathian J Math, Mathematics and Computers in Simulation and Asian Journal of Control. I have authored work with 40 collaborators from UK, India, Romania, Spain, China and Kuwait.

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

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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

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)

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Additional interests and activities

Personal Interests

Music, Reading, Theology, Sports

In the media


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