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School of Mathematical Sciences

Professor Michael Farber


Professor of Mathematics

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5451
Room Number: Mathematical Sciences Building, Room: MB-527


Michael Farber is Professor of Mathematics at the School of Mathematical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London.

Prior to Queen Mary, M. Farber held professorships at the Universities of Warwick, Durham and Tel Aviv. Michael Farber obtained his PhD and D.Sc. degrees in the USSR.

His research interests focus on applied and computational topology, topological robotics, applications of topology to statistics and computer science. M.Farber is involved in several collaborations: using topological methods in distributed computing in computer science, machine learning techniques in genomics and cancer research and using methods of stochastic topology for modelling brain connectivity. 

Michael Farber is the author of several monographs: Invitation to topological Robotics (EMS, 2008), Topology of closed one-forms (AMS, 2004), Topology and Robotics (AMS, 2007).

M. Farber was awarded many research grants, among them the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. 

One of his current research projects "Probabilistic and Deterministic Topology" is supported by the Leverhulme Trust.

M.Farber is Principal Investigator on the EPSRC research grant “Topology of automated motion planning” which is being implemented in partnership with the University of Chicago. 

PhD students: Lewin Strauss, Gabriele Beltramo, Lewis Mead. 


Examples of research funding:

  • Funder reference: EP/V009877/1
  • Value £ 368,192
  • Title: DMS-EPSRC Topology of automated motion planning
  • Start date: 01 July 2021
  • End date: 30 June 2024
  • Funder reference: RPG-2018-201
  • Value £ 257,621
  • Funder name: Leverhulme Trust
  • Title: Probabilistic & deterministic topology
  • Start date: 7 Jan 2019
  • End date: 6 Jan 2023



  1.  D.C. Cohen, M. Farber and S. Weinberger, Parametrised topological complexity of collision-free motion planning in the plane. arXiv:2010.09809. To appear in "Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence".
  2.  C. Even-Zohar, M. Farber and L. Mead, Ample simplicial complexes, "European Journal of Mathematics", 8 (2022), no. 1, 1–32
  3. M. Farber and S. Weinberger, Parametrized motion planning and topological complexity, Preprint arXiv:2202.05801 to appear in WAFR - Workshop on Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics.
  4. M. Farber and S. Weinberger, Topological complexity of spherical bundles. Preprint arXiv:2202.05796
  5. 3. D. C. Cohen, M. Farber and S. Weinberger, Topology of parametrised motion planning algorithms. "SIAM journal of Applied Algebra and Geometry", 5(2021), pp. 229-249
  6. M. Farber, D. Kishimoto, D. Stanley, Generating functions and topological complexity, "Topology and Its Applications" 278(2020), 107235
  7. C. Even-Zohar and M. Farber, Random surfaces with boundary. "Journal of Discrete and Computational Geometry", 66 (2021), no. 4, 1463–1469.
  8. M. Farber, L. Mead and L. Strauss, The Rado simplicial complex,  "Journal of Applied and Computational Topology", 5 (2021), no. 2, 339–356
  9. M. Farber and T. Nowik, Topological embeddings into random 2-complexes,  "Random Structures and Algorithms", Volume 58, Issue 4, 2021, pp. 664-675
  10. E. Goubault, A. Sagnier, M. Farber, Directed topological complexity, "Journal of Applied and Computational Topology", volume 4,(2020), pages1127.
  11. M. Farber, L. Mead, Random simplicial complexes in the medial regime, ”Topology and Its Applications”, Volume 272, 1 March 2020, 107065
  12. M. Farber, L. Mead and T. Nowik, Random simplicial complexes, duality and the critical dimension. to appear in ”Journal of Topology and Analysis”. 



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