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Nationality  Australian
Name  Mark McDonnell
Role  Mathematician

Education  University of Adelaide
Known for  SSR
Residence  Australia
Mark D. McDonnell Stochastic Resonance Mark D McDonnell 9780521882620

Born  28 February 1975 (age 40) Adelaide, Australia (1975-02-28)
Institutions  University of Adelaide University of South Australia
People also search for  Derek Abbott, Nigel G. Stocks, Charles E. M. Pearce
Fields  Electronic engineering, Mathematician
Doctoral advisor  Derek Abbott, Charles E. M. Pearce

Other academic advisors  Nigel G. Stocks
Alma mater  University of Adelaide

Mark Damian McDonnell (born 28 February 1975) is an electronic engineer and mathematician, notable for his work on stochastic resonance and more specifically suprathreshold stochastic resonance.



McDonnell graduated from the Salesian College, Adelaide. He received a BSc in Mathematical & Computer Sciences (1997), a BE (Hons) in Electrical & Electronic Engineering (1998), and a BSc (Hons) in Applied Mathematics (2001) all from The University of Adelaide, Australia. He received his PhD in Electrical & Electronic Engineering (2006), under Derek Abbott and Charles E. M. Pearce, also from the University of Adelaide, for a thesis entitled Theoretical Aspects of Stochastic Signal Quantisation and Suprathreshold Stochastic Resonance. During the course of his PhD, he was also a visiting scholar at the University of Warwick, UK, under Nigel G. Stocks.


McDonnell worked as a research assistant in electromagnetic propagation, ice-penetrating radar, and as a computer systems engineer, at the University of Adelaide. His main research interests are in the field of nonlinear signal processing, with applications in computational neuroscience, complex systems, and lossy compression, reliable communication, and coding of noisy signals.


In 2002, McDonnell was awarded a D. R. Stranks Fellowship, and in 2003, he was awarded a Santa Fe Institute Complex Systems Fellowship, as well as the AFUW Doreen MacCarthy Bursary. In 2004 he was the recipient of an Australian Academy of Science Young Researcher’s Award. He was awarded the Postgraduate Alumni University Medal for his PhD thesis. In 2007, he won a Fresh Science award, the Gertrude Rohan Prize, and an Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship that he took up at the University of South Australia.

Books by McDonnell

  • Mark D. McDonnell, Nigel G. Stocks, Charles E. M. Pearce, and Derek Abbott, Stochastic Resonance, Cambridge University Press, 2008, ISBN 978-0-521-88262-0.
  • References

    Mark D. McDonnell Wikipedia