Curtin University
Research Field: Theory and applications of control and optimization

Dr Loxton’s research is in the field of optimal control, which aims to use mathematical techniques to find ways of controlling realworld systems in an optimal manner. Applications of optimal control are varied from, determining optimal harvest times for shrimp harvesting to maximizing crystal size in batch crystallization processes. The main focus of his work is on the development of computer
algorithms for finding optimal ways of controlling real-world systems. These algorithms are being used by researchers at the Harbin Institute of Technology in China for the design of control strategies for hypersonic vehicles, and by researchers at the Dalian University of Technology in China to improve the efficiency of bioconversion processes.

Ryan has been part of the Mathematics Enrichment program at Curtin University since 2008. He has designed fun and educational worksheets for children to use within the program. He has been actively involved in National Science Week, Curtin University’s open day, creating fun maths activities and games to help stimulate interest in maths and encourage children and young adults to pursue further studies in this area.