Rainer Klagers LML External Fellow

Rainer Klages


External Fellow

My research combines dynamical systems theory, nonequilibrium statistical physics and stochastic theory to understand complex systems, with applications to nanoscience and biology. I spent several years as a postdoctoral researcher in the USA, Hungary, Belgium and Germany before moving as a lecturer to Queen Mary University of London in 2004. I am interested in the emergence of fractal structures in chaotic transport processes such as diffusion. More recently I started to apply the theory of anomalous stochastic processes to understand the foraging of biological organisms; examples are stochastic models of biological cell migration and bumblebee flights. My research in theoretical physics and applied mathematics thus stretches from mathematical foundations to experimental applications.

Website: http://www.maths.qmul.ac.uk/~klages

Positions Held

  • 2015 – 2016 — Convenor of an Advanced Study Group and guest scientist at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (MPIPKS), Dresden
  • 2012 – 2015 —Director of Postgraduate Research Studies at the School of Mathematical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)
  • Since 2011 — Reader in Applied Mathematics at QMUL
  • 2004 – 2011 — Lecturer in Applied Mathematics at QMUL
  • 2000 – 2004 — Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at the MPIPKS
  • 1997 – 2000 — Postdoc at the Center for Nonlinear Phenomena and Complex Systems, Free University of Brussels
  • 1997 – Postdoc at the Eoetvoes University, Budapest
  • 1996 – Postdoc at the Institute for Physical Science and Technology (IPST), University of Maryland, USA
  • 1992 – 1995 – Ph.D. Student at the Technical University Berlin and at the IPST

Selected Publications

  • R.Klages, W.Just, C.Jarzynski (Eds.), Nonequilibrium statistical physics of small systems: Fluctuation relations and beyond (Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2013), 428 pages
  • F.Lenz, T.Ings, A.V.Chechkin, L.Chittka, R.Klages, Spatio-temporal dynamics of bumblebees foraging under predation risk, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 098103 (2012)
  • R. Klages, G.Radons, I.M.Sokolov (Eds.), Anomalous transport (Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2008), 584 pages
  • P.Dieterich, R.Klages, R.Preuss, A.Schwab, Anomalous dynamics of cell migration, PNAS 105, 459 (2008)
  • R.Klages, Microscopic Chaos, Fractals and Transport in Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics, Advanced Series in Nonlinear Dynamics Vol.24 (World Scientific, Singapore, 2007), 456 pages
  • R.Klages, J.R.Dorfman, Simple maps with fractal diffusion coefficients, Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 387 (1995)

Prizes, Awards and Distinctions

  • Since 2014 Divisional Associate Editor for Physical Review Letters
  • Since 2013 scientific assessor for ARC (Australia), NOLTA (Japan), VQR (Italy) and DFG (Germany)
  • Since 2010 member of the EPSRC Peer Review College, grant panel member and co-chair
  • 2010 Outstanding Referee Award from the American Physical Society
  • 2008 QMUL University Contribution Reward
  • 1982 – 1986 five awards at a nationwide German Young Scientist Competition