Dr Serban Pop

Senior Lecturer

Serban graduated from the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of “Babes-Bolyai” University of Cluj, Romania, with a BSc degree in Mathematics in 1999.  He received his MSc in Applied Mathematics from the same institution in 2000, and his PhD in Applied Mathematics – Modelling and Simulation, from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany in 2005, in collaboration with ITWM Fraunhofer. Serban obtained the Postgraduate Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education from the Oxford Brookes University in 2015. He joined the Department of Computer Science of University of Chester as a Senior Lecturer in July 2015.




Before joining the University of Chester, Serban held the following positions:

  • 2014-2015: Lecturer in Mathematical Modelling – Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom.
  • 2013-2014: Research Assistant – Biomedical Research Unit for Medical Imaging and Visualization, School of Computer Science, Bangor University, United Kingdom.
  • 2010-2013: Research Assistant – Research Institute of Visual Computing, School of Computer Science, Bangor University, United Kingdom.
  • 2007-2010: Research Assistant – Wales Institute of Mathematical and Computing Sciences, School of Computer Science, Bangor University, United Kingdom. 
  • 2005-2007: Research Assistant – Centre for Mathematical Medicine, School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. 

Serban is a reviewer for International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat and Fluid Flow, Heat and Mass Transfer, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering.


During his academic years Serban was responsible with teaching a various multi-disciplinary courses combining topics from mathematics, computer science and engineering.

Lectures at Department of Computer Science, University of Chester

  • Web Technologies

Lectures at Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom

  • Engineering Mathematics: 2014-2015.
  • Introduction to Mathematics for Engineers: Fall 2014, Spring 2015.
  • Modelling and Computation: Spring 2015.
  • Thermo-Fluids: Spring 2015.

Lectures at School of Computer Science, Bangor University, United Kingdom

  • Computer Vision (Image Processing, Pattern Recognition, Augmented Reality and Virtual Environments): 2007-2012.
  • Advanced Multimedia (Web Design, Finance and Business applications, Advanced Tools): 2008-2010.
  • Advanced Software Design (Principles of Software Design, Software Security, UML, Agile Methodologies): 2009-2012.
  • Practical Graphics/Web Design (Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Flash): 2009-2013.
  • Web Technologies (HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript): 2012-2014.


Since completing his doctoral studies, Serban’s research work has been strongly identified as having two equally important, complementary elements, namely mathematical modelling and computer simulations, both in strong connection with real-life/industrial applications. The majority of his post-doctoral research has been developing mathematical models of relevant biological phenomena with application in medicine, and with the aim of better understanding their condition and predicting factors of their future evolution. One of his interests is modelling realistically, accurately and in real-time the blood flow through complex networks such as coronary collateralization during acute cardiac events. Developing robust flow models that can be subsequently incorporated into decision/planning virtual reality medical tools, is Serban’s main research topic.

Other interests involve computer vision, image processing, information and scientific visualizations and visual analytics. As part of the Bangor University team, Serban contributed to the submissions to VAST Challenge 2010 and 2011, a major Visual Analytics competition, which subsequently awarded two prizes.

Published work

  • Miles, H.C., Pop, S.R., Watt, S.J., Lawrence, G.P., John, N.W., Perrot, V., Mallet, P., Mestre, D.R. & Morgan, K.L. (2014). Efficacy of a Virtual Environment for Training Ball Passing Skills in Rugby. Transactions on Computational Science XXIII. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2014. 98-117. 
  • Walker, R., ap Cenydd, L., Pop, S.R., Miles, H.C., Hughes, C.J., Teahan, W.J., & Roberts, J.C. (2015). Storyboarding for Visual Analytics. Information Visualization, 14 (1), 27-50, 2015.
  • Walker, R., Legg, P.A., Pop, S.R., Geng, Z., Laramee, R.S. & Roberts, J.C. (2013). Force-Directed Parallel Coordinates. Information Visualization (IV), 17th International Conference, London, United Kingdom, 2013, 36-44.
  • Pop, S.R., Hughes, C.J., ap Cenydd, L. & John, N.W. (2013). A Directed Particle System for Optimised Visualization of Blood Flow in Complex Networks. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 184 (01), 330-336. 
  • Miles, H., Pop, S.R., Watt, S.J., Lawrence, G.P. & John, N.W. (2012). A Review of Virtual Environments for Training in Ball Sports. Computer & Graphics, Elsevier, 36(6), 714-726. 
  • John, N.W., Hughes, C.J., Pop, S.R., Vidal, F.P. & Buckley, O. (2009). Computational Requirements of the Virtual Patient. Proceedings of the First International Conference on Computational and Mathematical Biomedical Engineering, Swansea, United Kingdom, 2009, 140-143.
  • Buckley, O., Hughes, C.J., John, N.W. & Pop, S.R. (2009). Particle Methods for a Virtual Patient. Proceedings of the First International Conference on Computational and Mathematical Biomedical Engineering, Swansea, United Kingdom, 2009, 144-148.
  • Grosan, T., Pop, S.R. & Pop, I. (2009). Thermophoretic deposition of particles in fully developed mixed convection flow in a parallel-plate vertical channel. Heat and Mass Transfer, Springer, 45, 503–509.
  • Guerreiro-Lucas, L.A., Pop, S.R., Machado, M.J.C., Ma, Y.L., Waters, S.L., Richardson, G., Saetzler, K., Jensen, O.E. & Mitchell, C.A. (2008). Experimental and theoretical modelling of blind-ended vessels within a developing angiogenic plexus. Microvascular Research, 76, 161-168.
  • Grosan, T., Pop, I. & Pop, S.R. (2008). Radiation and variable viscosity effects in forced convection from a horizontal plate embedded in a porous medium. Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai, Series Mathematica, 53(3), 13-24.
  • Pop, S.R., Waters, S., Richardson, G. & Jensen, O.E. (2007). Shock formation and nonlinear dispersion in a microvascular capillary network. Mathematical Medicine and Biology, Oxford University Press, 24(4), 379-400.