Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Mathematics

Visiting Professor



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Pierre Degond is a Visiting Professor in Mathematics at Imperial College London. His main appointment is at the French Research Centre CNRS, where he holds a Senior Researcher position. He is affiliated to the "Institut de Mathématiques de Toulouse". 

Pierre Degond has been a Chair Professor in Applied Mathematics at Imperial College in the period 2013-2020. 

He was trained at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and his first appointment was in Ecole Polytechnique in Palaiseau in 1985 as a Junior Researcher at CNRS. He was then appointed a full Professor in Ecole Normale Superieure of Cachan in 1990. He joined back the CNRS in Toulouse as a Senior Researcher in 1993, 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 been an invited speaker at the 2018 International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM 2018). He was awarded the Jacques-Louis Lions prize 2013 of the French Academy of Sciences and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holder in 2014-2018.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Degond P, Diez A, Frouvelle A, et al., 2020, Phase transitions and macroscopic limits in a BGK model of body-attitude coordination, Journal of Nonlinear Science, ISSN:0938-8974

Degond P, Ferreira M, Merino-Aceituno S, et al., 2020, A new continuum theory for incompressible swelling materials, Multiscale Modeling & Simulation, Vol:18, ISSN:1540-3459, Pages:163-197

Degond PAA, Manhart A, Yu H, 2018, An age-structured continuum model for myxobacteria, Mathematical Models and Methods in Applied Sciences, Vol:28, ISSN:1793-6314, Pages:1737-1770

Degond PAA, Frouvelle A, Merino Aceituno S, et al., 2018, Quaternions in collective dynamics, Multiscale Modeling & Simulation, Vol:16, ISSN:1540-3459, Pages:28-77

Carlen E, Carvalho MC, Degond P, et al., 2015, A Boltzmann model for rod alignment and schooling fish, Nonlinearity, Vol:28, ISSN:1361-6544, Pages:1783-1803

Degond P, Frouvelle A, Liu J-G, 2015, Phase Transitions, Hysteresis, and Hyperbolicity for Self-Organized Alignment Dynamics, Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis, Vol:216, ISSN:0003-9527, Pages:63-115

Degond P, Liu J-G, Ringhofer C, 2014, Large-Scale Dynamics of Mean-Field Games Driven by Local Nash Equilibria, Journal of Nonlinear Science, Vol:24, ISSN:0938-8974, Pages:93-115

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

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