Ian works in combinatorics, and areas of mathematics currently receiving much attention both nationally and internationally. Ian’s primary research is in the area of Latin Squares, the building blocks of combinatorial design. These are ubiquitous in pure and applied mathematics and statistics. Though Ian studies them from a theoretical viewpoint, Latin Square has an enormously wide range of applications from scheduling to the design of codes for communication.
Ian’s work has already had its applications in the design of computer software. His second Discovery Grant was for a project applying combinatorial mathematics to problems in electronic engineering and communication. Its title is “Information security & digital watermarking in Latin Squares”.