Faculty Profiles
Ugur G. Abdulla
Professor, Mathematical Sciences
I am a mathematician with the mission to push the boundary of knowledge in Mathematical Sciences and in emerging fields of Engineering and Natural Sciences through application of advanced methods of applied mathematics and the development of new mathematics capable of solving challenging problems of society. My mission as a teacher is to provide a robust mathematical education and introduce my students to some of the most cuttingedge analytical tools in modern mathematics. My goal is to guide the next generation of creative problem solvers, equipped with the mathematical intuition to tackle a diverse range of contemporary problems.
Personal Overview
My personal view of mathematical research may be well expressed by the citation of Kolmogorov: The goal of a mathematician is not just to prove theorems, but to comprehend the open problem. If you are interested in pursuing PhD research under my supervision in one of the fields of my current research interests (oulined below), then you can apply to our PhD program in Applied Mathematics or Operations Research. The major goal and expectation would be to guide and train you to solve an open problem and to push the boundary of current knowledge in mathematics.
Educational Background
 Dr. rer. nat. habil., Saxon State Ministry of Science and Fine Arts, Dresden, Germany 2003
 Doctor of Physical & Mathematical Sciences, Baku State University, Azerbaijan 1994
 Ph.D., Soviet Union Academy of Sciences, USSR 1988
Appointments
 Professor, Florida Institute of Technology (2004 – present)
 Head of the Department of Mathematical Sciences (20132019)
 Visiting Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Fall 2012)
 Humboldt Visiting Professor, University of Bonn, Germany (Summer 2008)
 Professor, University of Leipzig, Germany (20022004)
 MaxPlanck Research Fellow, MaxPlanck Institute, Leipzig, Germany (20002002)
 Humboldt Research Fellow, University of Paderborn, Germany (19982000)
 Royal Society Research Fellow, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom (19961998)
Selected Publications
 U. G. Abdulla, Removability of the Logarithmic Singularity for the Elliptic PDEs with Measurable Coefficients and its Consequences, Calculus of Variations and Partial Differential Equations, 57, (6), (2018), 57157.
 U. G. Abdulla, First Boundary Value Problem for the Diffusion Equation. I. Iterated Logarithm Test for the Boundary Regularity and Solvability, SIAM J. Math. Anal., 34(6), (2003), 1422–1434.
 U. G. Abdulla, Wellposedness of the Dirichlet Problem for the Nonlinear Diffusion Equation in Nonsmooth Domains, Trans. Amer. Math. Soc., 357(1), (2005), 247–265.
 U. G. Abdulla, On the Dirichlet problem for the nonlinear diffusion equation in nonsmooth domains, J. Math. Anal. Appl., 246, 2, 2001, 384403.
 U. G. Abdulla, Wiener’s Criterion at ∞ for the Heat Equation, Advances in Differential Equations, 13(56), (2008), 457488.
 U. G. Abdulla, Wiener’s Criterion for the Unique Solvability of the Dirichlet Problem in Arbitrary Open Sets with NonCompact Boundaries, Nonlinear Analysis, 67(2), (2007), 563578.
 U.G. Abdulla, Regularity of ∞ for Elliptic Equations with Measurable Coefficients and Its Consequences, Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems  Series A (DCDSA), 32, 10(2012), 33793397.
 U. G. Abdulla, Reactiondiffusion in Irregular Domains, J. Differential Equations, 164(2), (2000), 321354
 U. G. Abdulla and J. King, Interface Development and Local Solutions to ReactionDiffusion Equations, SIAM J. Math. Anal., 32(2), (2000), 235260.
 U. G. Abdulla, Exact local estimates for the supports of solutions in problems for nonlinear parabolic equations, Sbornik: Mathematics, Russian Academy of Sciences, 186(8), (1995), 10851106.
Recent Publications (20182020)
 Abdulla, Ugur G.; Removability of the logarithmic singularity for the elliptic PDEs with measurable coefficients and its consequences. Calculus of Variations and Partial Differential Equations 57 (2018), no. 6, 57:157.
 Abdulla, Ugur G.; Poggi, Bruno; Optimal Stefan Problem. Calculus of Variations and Partial Differential Equations 59, 61(2020).
 Abdulla, Ugur G.; Cosgrove, Evan; Optimal Control of Multiphase Free Boundary Problems for Nonlinear Parabolic Equations, Applied Mathematics and Optimization (2020).
 Abdulla, Ugur G.; Poggi, Bruno; Optimal control of the multiphase Stefan problem. Applied Mathematics and Optimization. 80 (2019), no. 2, 479513.
 Abdulla, Ugur G.; Abuweden, Amna; Interface development for the nonlinear degenerate multidimensional reactiondiffusion equations. Nonlinear Differential Equations and Applications NoDEA, February 2020, 27:3.
 Abdulla, Ugur G.; Goldfarb, Jonathan; Hagverdiyev, Ali; Optimal Control of Coefficients in Parabolic Free Boundary Problems Modeling Laser Ablation, Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics (2020).
 Abdulla, Ugur G.; Bukshtynov, Vladislav; Hagverdiyev, Ali; Gradient method in Hilbert–Besov spaces for the optimal control of parabolic free boundary problems. Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics, 346 (2019), 84–109.
 Abdulla, Ugur G.; Poteau, Roby; Identification of parameters in systems biology. Mathematical Biosciences, 305 (2018), 133–145.
 Abdulla, Ugur G.; Du, Jian; Prinkey, Adam; Ondracek, Chloe; Parimoo, Suneil Evolution of interfaces for the nonlinear double degenerate parabolic equation of turbulent filtration with absorption. Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, 153 (2018), 59–82.
 Abdulla, Ugur G.; Jeli, Roqia Evolution of interfaces for the nonlinear parabolic p Laplacian type reactiondiffusion equations. II. Fast diffusion vs. strong absorption. European Journal of Applied Mathematics, 31 (2020), no. 3, 385406.
 Abdulla, Ugur G.; Goldfarb, Jonathan Frechet Differentiability in Besov Spaces in the Optimal Control of Parabolic Free Boundary Problems, Inverse and Illposed Problems, Volume 26, Issue 2, 2018, 211228.
 Abdulla, Ugur G.; Poteau, Roby, Identification of Parameters for Largescale Kinetic Models, Journal of Computational Physics, 26 November 2020, 110026.
Recent Funding
 NSF REU Site on Partial Differential Equations and Dynamical Systems, National Science Foundation, 20142018, $258,567; Principal Investigator.
Twentyseven students representing twentyfour universities from eighteen different States and Puerto Rico received NSF funding to participate in the FIT REU Site on PDEs and Dynamical Systems from 201418. REU Site is designed to involve undergraduate students in innovative research in nonlinear partial differential equations, optimal control and inverse problems for systems with distributed parameters, dynamical systems and chaos theory, while utilizing modern tools of mathematical and numerical analysis. Major outcomes are outlined in FIT REU web page.
 From 20142018, our REU Research resulted in five publications in journals with high impact factors.
 From 2014 – 2018, our REU students represented eleven projects at the highly selective, NSFfunded Young Mathematicians Conference (YMC) at Ohio State University. Twentysix students were invited speakers at four YMCs in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
 Twelve lectures represented our REU in four Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM2015, 2016, 2017, 2018).
Recent Invited Lectures (20182020)
 Invited Colloquium lecture at the University of Virginia, March 22, 2018, Charlottesville, Virginia.
 Invited Colloquium lecture at Linkoping University, December 5, 2018, Linkoping, Sweden
 Invited lecture at AMS Fall Southeastern Meeting, November 2, 2019, Gainesville, Florida
 Invited lecture at AMS Fall Southeastern Meeting, November 3, 2019, Gainesville, Florida
 Invited lecture at AMS Fall Southeastern Meeting, November 3, 2019, Gainesville, Florida
 10^{th} International Conference “Inverse Problems: Modeling and Simulation”, May 1621, 2020, Malta. Due to COVID19 conference is postponed for May, 2021.
 Invited lecture at AMS Spring Southeastern Meeting, March 1314, 2021, Atlanta, Georgia
Research
I am an expert on Partial Differential Equations and its applications. My research interest and contributions can be classified into four groups.
 Partial Differential Equations
 Optimal Control and Inverse Problems for PDEs
 Dynamical Systems and Ergodic Theory
 Quantum Biology and Mathematical Biosciences
1. Partial Differential Equations (PDEs)
1.1. Potential Theory & PDEs
Norbert Wiener's celebrated result on the boundary regularity of harmonic functions is one of the most beautiful and delicate results of 20^{th} century mathematics. It has shaped the boundary regularity theory for elliptic and parabolic PDEs, and has become a central result in the development of potential theory at the intersection of functional analysis, PDE, and measure theories. My recent developments precisely characterize the regularity of the point at ∞ for second order elliptic and parabolic PDEs and broadly extend the role of the Wiener test in classical analysis. The Wiener test at ∞ arises as a global characterization of uniqueness in boundary value problems for arbitrary unbounded open sets. From a topological point of view, the Wiener test at ∞ arises as a thinness criteria at ∞ in fine topology. In a probabilistic context, the Wiener test at ∞ characterizes asymptotic laws for the characteristic Markov processes whose generator is the given differential operator. The counterpart of the new Wiener test at a finite boundary point leads to uniqueness in the Dirichlet problem for a class of unbounded functions growing at a certain rate near the boundary point; a criterion for the removability of singularities and/or for unique continuation at the finite boundary point. Recent related publications are listed below:
 Removability of the Logarithmic Singularity for the Elliptic PDEs with Measurable Coefficients and its Consequences, Calculus of Variations and Partial Differential Equations Volume 57:157, December 2018.
 Regularity of ∞ for Elliptic Equations with Measurable Coefficients and Its Consequences, Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems  Series A (DCDSA), 32, 10(2012), 33793397.
 Wiener's Criterion at ∞ for the Heat equation and its Measuretheoretical Counterpart, Electronic Research Announcements in Mathematical Sciences, 15 (2008), 4451.
 Wiener’s Criterion at ∞ for the Heat Equation, Advances in Differential Equations, 13, 56(2008), 457488.
 Wiener’s Criterion for the Unique Solvability of the Dirichlet Problem in Arbitrary Open Sets with NonCompact Boundaries, Nonlinear Analysis, 67, 2(2007), 563578.
1.2. Geometric Boundary Regularity Tests for PDEs and Asymptotic Laws for Wiener Processes
One of the oldest problems in the theory of PDEs is the problem of finding geometric conditions on the boundary manifold for the regularity of the solution of the elliptic and parabolic PDEs. There is a deep connection between this problem and the delicate problem of asymptotics of the corresponding Wiener processes. In my paper
 First Boundary Value Problem for the Diffusion Equation. I. Iterated Logarithm Test for the Boundary Regularity and Solvability, SIAM J. Math. Anal., 34, 6, 2003, 14221434.
I proved a geometric iterated logarithm test for the boundary regularity of the solution to the heat equation. In addition, I proved an exterior hyperbolic paraboloid condition for the boundary regularity, which is the parabolic analogy of the exterior cone condition for the Laplace equation. In fact, for the characteristic top boundary point of the symmetric rotational boundary surfaces, the necessary and sufficient condition for the regularity coincides with the wellknown KolmogorovPetrovsky test for the local asymptotics of the multidimensional Brownian motion trajectories:
 Multidimensional KolmogorovPetrovsky test for the boundary regularity and irregularity of solutions to the heat equation, Boundary Value Problems, 2, 2005, 181199.
In the case when symmetric rotational boundary surfaces extend to t=∞, the regularity of the point at ∞ in my sense precisely characterize the uniqueness of the bounded solutions. I proved a geometric necessary and sufficient condition for the regularity of ∞. In the probabilistic context the result coincides with the KolmogorovPetrovsky test for the asymptotics of the multidimensional Brownian motion trajectories at infinity. My related publications are listed below.
 Necessary and sufficient condition for the existence of a unique solution to the first boundary value problem for the diffusion equation in unbounded domains, Nonlinear Analysis, 64, 5(2006), 10121017.
 Kolmogorov problem for the heat equation and its probabilistic counterpart, Nonlinear Analysis, 63, 57, 2005, 712724.
1.3. Qualitative Theory of Nonlinear PDEs
PDEs arising in a majority of realworld applications are nonlinear. Despite its complexity, in the theory of nonlinear PDEs, one can observe key equations or systems which are essential for the development of the theory for a particular class of equations. One of those key equations is the nonlinear degenerate/singular parabolic equation, so called nonlinear diffusion equation. In a series of publications, I developed a general theory of the nonlinear degenerate and/or singular parabolic equations in general nonsmooth domains under the minimal regularity assumptions on the boundary. This development was motivated with numerous applications, including flow in porous media, heat conduction in a plasma, free boundary problems with singularities, etc. For example, primarily by applying this theory, I solved Barenblatt's problem about the shorttime behavior of interfaces for the reactiondiffusion equations. Related publications are listed below.
 Wellposedness of the Dirichlet Problem for the Nonlinear Diffusion Equation in Nonsmooth Domains, Transactions of Amer. Math. Soc., 357, 1, 2005, 247265.
 Reactiondiffusion in nonsmooth and closed domains, Boundary Value Problems, Special issue: Harnack estimates, Positivity and Local Behavior of Degenerate and Singular Parabolic Equations, Vol. 2007 (2007).
 On the Dirichlet problem for the nonlinear diffusion equation in nonsmooth domains, J. Math. Anal. Appl., 246, 2, 2001, 384403.
 Reactiondiffusion in Irregular Domains, J. Differential Equations, 164, 2000, 321354.

Reactiondiffusion in a closed domain formed by irregular curves, J. Math. Anal. Appl., 246, 2000, 480492.
 Interface Development and Local Solutions to ReactionDiffusion Equations (together with J.R.King), SIAM J. Math. Anal., 32, 2, 2000, 235260.
 Evolution of interfaces and explicit asymptotics at infinity for the fast diffusion equation with absorption, Nonlinear Analysis, 50, 4, 2002, 541560.
 Local structure of solutions of the Dirichlet problem of Ndimensional reactiondiffusion equations in bounded domains, Advance in Differential Equations, Volume 4, Number 2, 1999, 197224.
 Evolution of interfaces for the nonlinear parabolic pLaplacian type reactiondiffusion equations (together with R.Jeli), European Journal of Applied Mathematics, Volume 28, Issue 5, 2017, 827853.
 Evolution of Interfaces for the Nonlinear Double Degenerate Parabolic Equation of Turbulent Filtration with Absorption (together with J.Du, A.Prinkey, Ch.Ondracek, S.Parimoo), Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, 153 (2018), 5982.
 Evolution of interfaces for the nonlinear parabolic p Laplacian type reactiondiffusion equations. II. Fast diffusion vs. strong absorption. European Journal of Applied Mathematics, March 2019
 Evolution of Interfaces for the Nonlinear Double Degenerate Parabolic Equation of Turbulent Filtration with Absorption. II. Fast diffusion case (together with A. Prinkey, M. Avery), submitted, March 2019, arXiv#1903.08155
 Interface development for the nonlinear degenerate multidimensional reactiondiffusion equations (together with Amna Abuweden), Nonlinear Differential Equations and Applications NoDEA, February 2020, 27:3.
 Instantaneous shrinking of the support of a solution of a nonlinear degenerate parabolic equation. (Russian) Mat. Zametki 63(1998), no.3,323331; translation in Math. Notes 63(1998), no.34,285292.

On sharp local estimates for the support of solutions in problems for nonlinear parabolic equations. (Russian) Mat. Sbornik 186(1995), no.8,324; translation in Sb. Math. 186(1995), no.8,10851106.
2. Optimal Control and Inverse Problems for PDEs
I developed a new variational formulation of the inverse Stefan problem, where information on the heat flux on the fixed boundary is missing and must be found along with the temperature and free boundary. This research project is motivated by the bioengineering problem on the laser ablation of biological tissues. I employed optimal control framework, where boundary heat flux and free boundary are components of the control vector, and optimality criteria consists of the minimization of the sum of L2norm declinations from the available measurement of the temperature on the fixed boundary and available information on the phase transition temperature on the free boundary. This approach allows one to tackle situations when the phase transition temperature is not known explicitly, and is available through measurement with possible error. It also allows for the development of iterative numerical methods of least computational cost due to the fact that for every given control vector, the parabolic PDE is solved in a fixed region instead of full free boundary problem. Below are recent papers published by my research group on Optimal Control and Inverse Problems:
 U. G. Abdulla On the Optimal Control of the Free Boundary Problems for the Second Order Parabolic Equations. I. Wellposedness and Convergence of the Method of Lines, Inverse Problems and Imaging, Volume 7, Number 2(2013), 307340.
 U. G. Abdulla On the Optimal Control of the Free Boundary Problems for the Second Order Parabolic Equations: II. Convergence of the Method of Finite Differences, Inverse Problems and Imaging, Volume 10, Number 4(2016), 869898.
 U. G. Abdulla and B. Poggi Optimal control of the multiphase Stefan problem, Applied Mathematics & Optimization, 80, 2(2019), 479513.
 U.G. Abdulla and J. Goldfarb Frechet Differentiability in Besov Spaces in the Optimal Control of Parabolic Free Boundary Problems, Inverse and Illposed Problems, Volume 26, Issue 2, 2018, 211228.
 U. G. Abdulla, E. Cosgrove, J. Goldfarb On the Frechet Differentiability in Optimal Control of Coefficients in Parabolic Free Boundary Problems, Evolution Equations and Control Theory, Volume 6, Issue 3, 2017, 319344.
 U. G. Abdulla, V. Bukshtynov, A. Hagverdiyev Gradient Method in HilbertBesov Spaces for the Optimal Control of Parabolic Free Boundary Problems, Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Volume 346, January 2019, 84109.
 U. G. Abdulla and B. Poggi Optimal Stefan Problem, Calculus of Variations and Partial Differential Equations, 59, 61(2020).
 U. G. Abdulla and E. Cosgrove, Optimal Control of Multiphase Free Boundary Problems for Nonlinear Parabolic Equations, Applied Mathematics and Optimization (2020).
 U. G. Abdulla, J. Goldfarb and A. Hagverdiyev Optimal Control of Coefficients in Parabolic Free Boundary Problems Modeling Laser Ablation, Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics (2020).
3. Dynamical Systems and Ergodic Theory
This project relates to two topics of Dynamical Systems and Chaos Theory: 1. Classification of periodic orbits for the continuous endomorphisms in the interval, and 2. Asymptotic behavior of parameter dependent continuous maps, chaos phenomena and universal transition from periodic to chaotic behavior for nonlinear maps. The first topic originates from the celebrated result by Sharkovski (1964) on the coexistence of periodic orbits of continuous maps on the interval, which presents a surprisingly simple and elegant hierarchy of distribution of periodic orbits according to their periods. This second topic originates from the pioneering work of Feigenbaum (1978) on the universal transition route from periodic to chaotic behavior through period doubling bifurcations for the logistic type unimodal maps. Recently my Dynamical Systems and Ergodic Theory research team solved an open problem on the classification of second minimal odd orbits of the continuous endomorphisms on the interval. It is proved that there are 4k−3 types of second minimal (2k+1)orbits, each characterized with unique cyclic permutation and directed graph of transitions with accuracy up to inverses. We then revealed a fascinating universal law of distribution of periodic orbits in chaotic regime for oneparameter family of unimodal continuous maps on the interval, and very deep connection between Sharkovski ordering and universality in chaos. Recent papers are listed below:
 A. U. Abdulla, R.U. Abdulla, U.G. Abdulla, On the Minimal 2(2k+1)orbits of the Continuous Endomorphisms on the Real Line with Application in Chaos Theory, Journal of Difference Equations and Applications, Volume 19, 9(2013), 13951416
 U. G. Abdulla, R.U. Abdulla, M.U. Abdulla and N.H. Iqbal, Second minimal orbits, Sharkovski ordering and universality in chaos., Volume 27, Number 5, May 2017, Arxiv:1610.00814.
 U. G. Abdulla, R.U. Abdulla, M.U. Abdulla, N.H. Iqbal, Classification of the Second Minimal Odd Periodic Orbits in the Sharkovskii Ordering, 2017, ArXiv:1701.02695
4. Quantum Biology and Mathematical Biosciences
4.1. Identification of Parameters in Systems Biology
Systems Biology is an actively emerging interdisciplinary area between biology and applied mathematics, based on the idea of treating biological systems as a whole entity which is more than the sum of its interrelated components. These systems are networks with emerging properties generated by complex interaction of a large number of cells and organisms. One of the major goals of systems biology is to reveal, understand, and predict such properties through the development of mathematical models based on experimental data. In many cases, predictive models of systems biology are described by large systems of nonlinear differential equations. Quantitative identification of such systems requires the solution of inverse problems on the identification of parameters of the system. In a recent project we consider the inverse problem for the identification of parameters for systems of nonlinear ODEs arising in systems biology. A new numerical method which combines Pontryagin optimization, Bellman's quazilinearization with sensitivity analysis and Tikhonov's regularization is implemented. The method is applied to various biological models such as LotkaVolterra system, bistable switch model in genetic regulatory networks, gene regulation and repressilator models from synthetic biology. The numerical results and application to real data demonstrate that the method is very well adapted to canonical models of systems biology with moderate size parameter sets and has a quadratic convergence. Software package qlopt is developed to implement the method and posted in GitHub under the GNU General Public License v3.0. One recent paper is listed below.
 U. G. Abdulla and R. Poteau, Identification of Parameters in Systems Biology, Mathematical Biosciences, Volume 305, November 2018, 133145.
To address adaptation and the scalability of the method to inverse problems with significantly larger size of parameter sets we developed a modification of the method by embedding a method of staggered corrector for sensitivity analysis and by enhancing multiobjective optimization which enables application of the method to largescale models with practically nonidentifiable parameters based on multiple data sets, possibly with partial and noisy measurements. Application of the modified method to benchmark model of a threestep pathway modeled by 8 nonlinear ODEs with 36 unknown parameters demonstrate geometric convergence with a minimum of five data sets and with minimum measurements per data set. MATLAB package AMIGO2 is used to demonstrate the advantage of qlopt over most popular methods/software such as lsqnonlin, fmincon and nl2sol. Here is a current preprint:
 U. G. Abdulla and R. Poteau, Identification of Parameters for Largescale Kinetic Models, Journal of Computational Physics, 26 November 2020, 110026
4.2. Cancer Detection through EIT and Optimal Control Theory
EIT is a noninvasive imaging technique recently gaining popularity in various medical applications including breast screening and cancer detection. Our recent project is on inverse EIT problem on recovering electrical conductivity tensor and potential in the body based on the measurement of the boundary voltages on the electrodes for a given electrode current. The inverse EIT problem presents an effective mathematical model of breast cancer detection based on the experimental fact that the electrical conductivity of malignant tumors of the breast may significantly differ from conductivity of the surrounding normal tissue. We analyze the inverse EIT problem in a PDE constrained optimal control framework in Besov space, where the electrical conductivity tensor and boundary voltages are control parameters, and the cost functional is the norm declinations of the boundary electrode current from the given current pattern and boundary electrode voltages from the measurements. The state vector is a solution of the second order elliptic PDE in divergence form with bounded measurable coefficients under mixed Neumann/Robin type boundary condition. To address the highly illposed nature of the inverse EIT problem, we develop a "variational formulation with additional data" which is well adapted to clinical situation. We prove existence of the optimal control problem and Frechet differentiability in the Besov space setting. Based on the Frechet gradient and optimality condition effective numerical method based on the projective gradient method in Besov spaces is developed. Below is the recent preprint.
 U. G. Abdulla, V. Bukshtynov, S. Seif Breast Cancer Detection through Electrical Impedance Tomography and Optimal Control Theory: Theoretical and Computatonal Analysis, ArXiv:1809.05936, September 16, 2018.
 U. G. Abdulla, S.Seif Discretization and Convergence of the EIT Optimal Control Problem in 2D and 3D Domains, to appear in Inverse and Illposed Problems, 2020.
Ph.D. Students
Mr. Bruno Poggi
 Graduated with M.S. degree in Applied Mathematics in July, 2015
 S. Thesis: Optimal Control of the Multiphase Stefan Problem, July, 2015, Florida Institute of Technology
 Publication: U. G. Abdulla and B. Poggi, Optimal control of the multiphase Stefan problem. Applied Mathematics and Optimization. 80 (2019), no. 2, 479513.
 Publication: U. G. Abdulla and B. Poggi, Optimal Stefan Problem, Calculus of Variations and Partial Differential Equations, 59, 61(2020).
Dr. Jonathan Goldfarb
 Graduated with Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematics in May, 2016
 Dissertation: On the Optimal Control of the Free Boundary Problems for the Second Order Parabolic Equations, May, 2016, Florida Institute of Technology.
 Publication: U.G. Abdulla and J.Goldfarb, Frechet differentiability in Besov spaces in the optimal control of parabolic free boundary problems. Journal of Inverse and IllPosed Problems, 26 (2018), no. 2, 211–227.
 Publication: U. G. Abdulla, E. Cosgrove, J. Goldfarb, On the Frechet differentiability in optimal control of coefficients in parabolic free boundary problems. Evolution Equations & Control Theory 6 (2017), no. 3, 319–344
Dr. Naveed Iqbal
 Graduated with Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematics in May, 2017
 Dissertation: On the Classification of the Second Minimal Orbits of the Continuous Endomorphisms on the Real Line and Universality in Chaos
 Publication: U.G. Abdulla, R.U. Abdulla, M.U. Abdulla and N.H. Iqbal Second Minimal Orbits, Sharkovski Ordering and Universality in Chaos, International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, Volume 27, Number 5, 2017
 Publication: U.G. Abdulla, R.U. Abdulla, M.U. Abdulla, N.H. Iqbal Classification of the Second Minimal Odd Periodic Orbits in the Sharkovskii Ordering, Submitted, 2017
Dr. Habeeb Aalrkhais
 Graduated with Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematics in May, 2018
 Dissertation: On the Qualitative Theory of the Nonlinear Degenerate Second Order Parabolic Equations Modeling ReactionDiffusionConvection Processes.
 Publication: U.G. Abdulla and H. AalRkhais, Development of the Interfaces for the Nonlinear ReactionDiffusion Equation with Convection, 2019, IOP Conf. Ser.: Mater. Sci. Eng. 571 012012
Dr. Roqia Jeli
 Graduated with Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematics in December, 2018
 Dissertation: On the Qualitative Theory of the Nonlinear Parabolic pLaplacian Type ReactionDiffusion Equations,
 Publication: U.G. Abdulla and R. Jeli, Evolution of Interfaces for the Nonlinear Parabolic pLaplacian Type ReactionDiffusion Equations, European Journal of Applied Mathematics, Volume 28, Issue 5, 2017, 827853
 Publication: U.G. Abdulla and R. Jeli, Evolution of interfaces for the nonlinear parabolic p Laplacian type reactiondiffusion equations. II. Fast diffusion vs. strong absorption, European J. Appl. Math. March, 2019
Dr. Adam Prinkey
 Graduated with Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematics in May, 2019
 Dissertation: Qualitative Analysis of the Nonlinear Double Degenerate Parabolic Equation of Turbulent Filtration with Absorption
 Publication: U.G. Abdulla, J. Du, A. Prinkey, Ch. Ondracek, S. Parimoo Evolution of Interfaces for the Nonlinear Double Degenerate Parabolic Equation of Turbulent Filtration with Absorption, Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, Volume 153, November 2018, 5982.
 Publication: U.G. Abdulla, A. Prinkey, M. Avery, Evolution of Interfaces for the Nonlinear Double Degenerate Parabolic Equation of Turbulent Filtration with Absorption. II. Fast Diffusion Case, March, 2019.
Dr. Roby Poteau
 Roby Poteau
 Graduated with Ph.D. degree in Operations Research in May, 2019
 Dissertation: Identification of Parameters in Systems Biology,
 Publication: U.G. Abdulla, R. Poteau Identification of Parameters in Systems Biology, Mathematical Biosciences, Volume 305, November 2018, 133145
 Publication: U. G. Abdulla and R. Poteau, Identification of Parameters for Largescale Kinetic Models. Journal of Computational Physics, 26 November 2020.
Dr. Lamees Alzaki
 Graduated with Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematics in Fall 2019
 D. student in Applied Mathematics
 Dissertation: Analysis of Interfaces for the Nonlinear Degenerate Second Order Parabolic Equations Modeling DiffusionConvection Processes
Dr. Amna Abuweden
 Graduated with Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematics in Fall 2019
 Dissertation: Some Free Boundary Problems for the Nonlinear Degenerate Multidimensional Parabolic Equations Modeling ReactionDiffusion Processes
 Publication: U. G. Abdulla, A. Abuweden, Interface Development for the Nonlinear Degenerate Multidimensional ReactionDiffusion Equations, Nonlinear Differential Equations and Applications, NoDEA, February 2020, 27:3
Dr. Saleheh Seif
 Graduated with Ph.D. degree in Operations Research in Spring 2020.
 Dissertation: Optimal Control of Elliptic Equations with Biomedical Applications
 Publication: U.G. Abdulla, V. Bukshtynov, S. Seif, Breast Cancer Detection through Electrical Impedance Tomography and Optimal Control Theory: Theoretical and Computational Analysis, Math Arxiv:1809.05936, September 16, 2018
 Publication: U. G. Abdulla, S.Seif Discretization and Convergence of the EIT Optimal Control Problem in 2D and 3D Domains, to appear in Inverse and Illposed Problems, 2020.
Dr. Ali Hagverdiyev
 Graduated with Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematics in Spring 2020
 Dissertation: Optimal Control of Coefficients for the Parabolic Free Boundary Problems
 Publication: U.G. Abdulla, V. Bukshtynov, A. Hagverdiyev Gradient Method in HilbertBesov Spaces for the Optimal Control of Parabolic Free Boundary Problems, Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Volume 346, January 2019, 84109
 Publication: U.G. Abdulla, J. Goldfarb, A. Hagverdiyev ; Optimal Control of Coefficients in Parabolic Free Boundary Problems Modeling Laser Ablation, Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics Volume 372, July 2020.
Dr. Evan Cosgrove
 Graduated with Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematics in Summer 2020
 Dissertation: Optimal Control of Multiphase Free Boundary Problems for Nonlinear Parabolic Equations
 Publication: U.G. Abdulla, E. Cosgrove Optimal Control of Multiphase Free Boundary Problems for Nonlinear Parabolic Equations, Applied Mathematics and Optimization (2020)
 Publication: U.G. Abdulla, E. Cosgrove Optimal Control of Singular Parabolic PDEs Modeling Stefantype Free Boundary Problems, ArXiv:2006.07426, 12 June 2020.
Mathematical Blog
I run the linked Mathematical Blog as a service to the math community worldwide. It is also connected to the FIT Mathematical Sciences YouTube account. Below are some of my lectures online:
 Introduction to Nonlinear PDEs I. Nonlinear Diffusion Equation
 Introduction to Nonlinear PDEs II. Weak Solutions and Uniqueness
 Introduction to Nonlinear PDEs III. Energy Estimate and Existence
 Introduction to Nonlinear PDEs IV. Nonlinear Diffusion in Nonsmooth Domains
 Optimal Control and Inverse Problems for PDEs I. Inverse Stefan Problem
 Dynamical Systems and Chaos Theory I. Proof of Sharkovski’s Theorem Part 1
 Frechet Differentiability in Optimal Control of Parabolic PDEs Part 1
 Frechet Differentiability and Gradient Projection Method