Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Mathematics

Visiting Professor



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Pierre Degond is currently a Chair Professor in Applied Mathematics at Imperial College London. Before joining the College, he was at the "Institut de Mathématiques de Toulouse" in France where he held a Senior Researcher position from the French Research Centre CNRS.  

Pierre Degond was trained at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and his first appointment was in Ecole Polytechnique in Palaiseau as a Junior Researcher at CNRS. He was then appointed as a full Professor in Ecole Normale Superieure of Cachan before joining back the CNRS in Toulouse where he founded the Applied Math group. He moved to Imperial College in October 2013.

He is interested in collective dynamics, decision making and self-organization in complex systems arising from biology and social sciences. His methods combine analysis, asymptotic theory and multiscale numerical techniques. His earlier interests were in plasma physics, rarefied gas dynamics and semiconductor modeling. For more on his research interests, please, consult his Personal Web Page

He has been awarded the Jacques-Louis Lions prize 2013 of the French Academy of Sciences and he is a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holder.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Moussaid M, Guillot EG, Moreau M, et al., 2012, Traffic Instabilities in Self-Organized Pedestrian Crowds, PLOS Computational Biology, Vol:8, ISSN:1553-734X

Degond P, Tang M, 2011, All Speed Scheme for the Low Mach Number Limit of the Isentropic Euler Equations, Communications in Computational Physics, Vol:10, ISSN:1815-2406, Pages:1-31

Degond P, Deluzet F, Navoret L, et al., 2010, Asymptotic-Preserving Particle-In-Cell method for the Vlasov-Poisson system near quasineutrality, Journal of Computational Physics, Vol:229, ISSN:0021-9991, Pages:5630-5652

Degond P, Motsch S, 2008, Continuum limit of self-driven particles with orientation interaction, Mathematical Models & Methods in Applied Sciences, Vol:18, ISSN:0218-2025, Pages:1193-1215

Degond P, Motsch S, 2008, Large scale dynamics of the Persistent Turning Walker model of fish behavior, Journal of Statistical Physics, Vol:131, ISSN:0022-4715, Pages:989-1021

Berthelin F, Degond P, Delitala M, et al., 2008, A model for the formation and evolution of traffic jams, Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis, Vol:187, ISSN:0003-9527, Pages:185-220

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