frederic diasFrédéric Dias is Professor at the School of Mathematics and Statistics, University College Dublin, Ireland. Professor Dias is also a principal investigator with MaREI, the SFI Research Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, and holds a position at Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay, France.

Current research interests are focused on wave breaking, tsunami inundation, and wave-current interaction.

Frédéric Dias is an elected member of the Royal Irish Academy, of Academia Europaea and of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

He is a former Secretary General of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM). He has held two European Research Council Advanced Grants (MULTIWAVE from 2012 to 2016 and HIGHWAVE from 2019 to 2024) and one European Research Council Proof of Concept Grant (WAVEMEASUREMENT from 2014 to 2015).

daniel santiagoDaniel Santiago is a PhD student (2020-2024) at the UCD School of Mathematics and Statistics under the supervision of Professor Frederic Dias and co-supervision of Dr. Vikram Pakrashi. His PhD is funded by the ERC-HIGHWAVE project and is focused on breaking waves measurements. He is originally from Medellín, Colombia, where he graduated from the Faculty of Mines at the National University of Colombia with a degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Engineering in Hydraulic Resources. During this time, he was part of the OCEÁNICOS research group. In 2015, Daniel moved to México to join The Waves Group at the Ensenada Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education (CICESE) where he held a Master of Science in Physical Oceanography and worked for two years as a scientific assistant in The Gulf of Mexico Research Consortium (CIGoM). His main research interests involve air-sea interactions, in particular ocean waves and their effects on the marine boundary layer. Daniel combines data processing techniques with mathematical and numerical models to improve the understanding of physical processes at the air-sea interface. He also likes to develop scientific software. He is an open-source and open-science enthusiast.

Brendan MurphyBrendan Murphy is Full Professor and Head of School in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at University College Dublin.

He has research interests in clustering, classification and latent variable modeling. He is interested in applications from social sciences, food science, sensors, medicine and biology.

Brendan is currently Editor for Social Sciences and Government for the Annals of Applied Statistics. He has recently co-authored a research monograph on Model- Based Clustering and Classification.


james steer picJames Steer joins the HIGHWAVE project as a post-doctoral research assistant based in University College Dublin's Wave Group headed by Professor Frederic Dias.

After receiving his Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering at The University of Liverpool, James studied at the Wind and Marine Energy Systems Doctoral Training Centre, leading to a PhD at The University of Edinburgh under the supervision of Dr. Ton van den Bremer, and Professor Alistair Borthwick. During his time in Edinburgh, James used a combination of laboratory experiments and theoretical models to investigate the evolution of unstable water waves that can lead to extreme, or 'rogue', events capable of causing catastrophic damage to ships and offshore structures. As well as in Edinburgh, James completed wave-current interaction experiments at University College London, and investigated the effect of directionality on wave stability at the FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility. James will now be moving his knowledge of extreme waves in the laboratory to the west coast of Ireland.

Vikram PakrashiVikram Pakrashi is Assistant Professor at the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, University College Dublin, Ireland. Dr. Pakrashi is also a funded investigator with MaREI, the SFI Research Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, and is the President of Civil Engineering Research Association of Ireland.
Current research interests are focused on structural dynamics, structural health monitoring and control, infrastructure risk assessment, and fluid-structure interactions.

Vikram Pakrashi is Chartered Engineer and directs the interdisciplinary Dynamical Systems and Risk Laboratory in UCD, which received Engineering Laboratory of the Year at the Irish Laboratory Awards in 2017 and 2018.

He is the principal investigator of several projects with industrial funding and extensively collaborates with engineers, physicists and mathematicians.

James HerterichJames Herterich is a Lecturer in Applied Mathematics and Statistics in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, UCD.

His research interests involve fluid mechanics: geophysical flows, environmental and industrial problems, and particulate-laden flows. James uses mathematical modelling and scientific computing to address a range of problems in the natural world that involve the flow of liquid and transport of matter. His most recent work is based on the interaction of storm waves with coastal structures, specifically the creation and movement of very large boulders during storms.

Recently, James held a short-term JSPS fellowship at Kyoto University within the Coastal Engineering Laboratory in the Disaster Prevention Research Institute. He was also a postdoctoral researcher in Frederic Dias's Wave Group at University College Dublin. James is a member of the UCD Earth Institute.

Tatjana KokinaTatjana Kokina is a PhD student (2019-2023), under the supervision of Professor Frederic Dias. She is part of the Wave Group in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, University College Dublin. Originally from Riga, Latvia, she has been living in Ireland for the last thirteen years.
Tatjana graduated from University College Dublin in 2019 and holds a degree in Theoretical Physics. During her years at UCD, Tatjana was a member of Mathematics and Physics Societies, visited CERN in 2018, and in 2019 became an Associate Member of the Institute of Physics. She received her degree as a mature student, returning to college after working in the financial sector for eight years. During that period, she used mathematical and computational tools to work with shares and stocks.
Tatjana, who speaks Russian, English, Latvian and Spanish, brings to HIGHWAVE an interesting blend of private sector working experience and academic research. Her research interests involve ocean waves, fluid mechanics and aerodynamics (F1 racing).

ryan smithRyan is a PhD student in the Centre for Research Training in the Foundations of Data Science and funded in this program by Science Foundation Ireland. He completed his undergraduate studies at University College Dublin in Theoretical physics in 2019 and joined the Wave Group shortly after starting his postgrad studies under the supervision of Professor Dias.

He has interests in numerical methods for simulation of fluids and in combining modern machine learning and image processing techniques to find new ways to study the dynamics of breaking waves. This work also links in closely with that of the ERC HighWave project.

Ryan also works as a tutor within the UCD Mathematics and Statistics department for a variety of undergraduate modules during the academic year.

Claire Bergin
Claire is a PhD student (2020-2024), funded in this program by MaREI. She is part of the Wave Group in University College Dublin’s School of Mathematics and Statistics under the supervision of Professor Frederic Dias and Doctor Vikram Pakrashi.

Claire graduated with a degree in Applied and Computational Mathematics from University College Dublin in 2019. During this time, she worked in UCD’s Mathematics Support Centre and tutored various mathematics modules in the School of Mathematics and Statistics.

Her research interests include wave-breaking and the effect of rainfall on the amplitude of water waves. This work is closely related to that of the ERC HighWave project.

Arnaud DisantArnaud Disant is a Senior Research Engineer with a strong maritime background in electronics and electrics including IoT, sensors and marine data communications. He is also the inventor of SeaFi.

Arnaud is a consultant for the private and public sectors (CIT, UCD, Irish Navy). Anticipating the IoT revolution, he has designed and delivered private marine wireless network infrastructures for Port of Cork, Port of Waterford and Rosslare Europort in Ireland. Arnaud has been awarded several Innovation Awards.

As a Lecturer in Marine Data Communications to Electro Technical Officers for the National Maritime College of Ireland, he was presented in 2015 the Excellence in Maritime Education Award by the Maritime Community for his work in Marine Electro-Technical Engineering.
In 1987, at the age of 21, Arnaud spent a year as coxswain in the Amazon deep forest with the French 24th Regiment of Naval Infantry.

Since 2020, Arnaud holds the world record title for the longest transmission between a vessel at sea and a lighthouse.