Department of Mathematics

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Mr Reese Wilkinson

Post:Doctoral Tutor (Mathematics)
Other posts:Research student (Physics and Astronomy)
 Research Student (Astronomy Centre)
Location:PEVENSEY 3 4C2
Email:Reese.Wilkinson@sussex.ac.uk

Telephone numbers
Internal:3433
UK:01273 873433
International:+44 1273 873433
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Biography

Early Life

 

I was born in Poole, in England, though I grew up just outside of Southampton in a "village" called Hounsdown. I attended the comprehensive school called Hounsdown Science College, where I started playing rugby and joined the local team Tottonians. 

 

A - levels and University

 

As my school did not have a 6th form, I went on to an A-level college called Totton college, which was situated next to the rugby grounds for Tottonians. In particular, it was the encouragement of my A-level Further Maths teacher that enabled me to reach university, and was also where I met my fiancee, who used to throw paper at me from across the table!

 

While at college I studied, Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry. With my A-levels, I went on to the University of Sussex to complete my undergraduate degree in theoretical physics. I chose Sussex University due to its location near Brighton and the Sussex downs, its campus is beautiful and from every window, it should be possible to see a tree. While at University, I began the University of Sussex Blind Football Team with Daniel Hajas, another student studying Theoretical Physics. 

 

In my fourth year at Sussex, I undertook a project with Dr. Veronica Sanz looking at a Higgs Effective Field Theory and placing constraints on the coupling parameters c_g and c_gamma. This project was programming intensive and involved exploring a parameter space using Markov Chain Monte Carlo techniques and the Metropolis-Hastings algorithm. 

PhD

 

I am currently completing my first year as a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Kathy Romer, Head of Astronomy here at Sussex. Prof Romer is head of the X-ray Cluster Survey (XCS) and a Builder of the Dark Energy Survey (DES). 

Role

I am a first year PhD student here at the University of Sussex. I spend the majority of my time researching Extragalactic Astronomy as well as teaching as a Doctoral Tutor on some of the UG courses here at Sussex.

Community and Business

I work as a Data Analyst at Fatfish Games, a mobile app development company. I develop predictive models, track user data, and optimize in-game currencies. Other work has included modeling cognition data for My Cognition, as well as currently working on implementing machine learning and neural networks in the analysis of big data.

Qualifications

MPhys Theoretical Physics - 1st Class - University of Sussex - 2017

Activities

This is a list of my activities