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Symmetries, Mechanics, and Applications

In this focus area, the notion of symmetry as well as its natural extension, which is of critical importance to modern science, plays a role.  The fundamental nature of symmetry ensures that it arises in several areas in mathematics, engineering and physics and therefore provides an arena for interdisciplinary research. 

This focus area is intended to be broad,and covers areas of research where theory and analytic methods associated with symmetry play a role, including mechanics, fluids, gravitational theories, mathematical and theoretical physics, dynamical systems, differential geometry and all types of differential and difference equations.

The aim of the focus area and associated sub-areas of investigation could provide avenues to broaden the interdisciplinary research across other focus areas.  Noting that this focus area is itself very broad, we strive on creating intersecting collaborative work.  These could be both applied as well as theoretical in nature. 


Sunil Maharaj (UKZN) Focus Area Coordinator (FAC)
Sifiso Ngubelanga Junior Focus Area Coordinator (JFAC)
Abdul Kara (Wits)
Anslyn John (Stellenbosch)
David Mason (Wits)
Denis Pollney (Rhodes)
Fazal Mahomed (Wits)
Joel Moitsheki (Wits)
Kesh Govinder (UKZN)
Masood Khalique (NWU)
Megan Govender (DUT)
Rituparno Goswami (UKZN)
Sameerah Jamal (Wits)
Sibusiso Moyo (DUT)
Sudan Hansraj (UKZN)