School of Mathematical Sciences

Professor Michael Farber


Professor of Mathematics

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5451
Room Number: Queens’ Building, Room: W308


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

Michael Farber is the director of the Institute for Applied Data Science (IADS) and a Turing Fellow, he serves as the Turing University Lead for the Queen Mary. 

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 currently 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.

M. Farber was awarded many research grants, among them the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. His current research project "Probabilistic and Deterministic Topology" is being supported by the Leverhulme Trust.

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

PDRA: Dr Wajid Mannan.





M. Farber, L. Mead and T. Nowik,
"Random simplicial complexes, duality and the critical dimension". 
Preprint 2019.

M. Farber and J. Oprea, 
"On higher topological complexity of aspherical spaces",
preprint 2019.

Eric Goubault, Aurelien Sagnier, Michael Farber,
"Directed topological complexity", preprint 2018.

M. Farber, M. Grant, G. Lupton and J. Oprea,
"An Upper Bound for Topological Complexity", 2018, arXiv:1807.03994.
To appear in "Topology and its applications".

M. Farber, M. Grant, G. Lupton and J. Oprea,
"Bredon cohomology and robot motion planning",
preprint arXiv:1711.10132, To appear in Algebraic and Geometric Topology