Dr Erzsebet Dombi

Teaching Fellow

Mathematics and Statistics

Personal statement

After finishing an MSc Mathematics with Teaching degree at Bolyai Institute, University of Szeged (Hungary), I started doing research in semigroup theory under the supervsion of Prof Maria Szendrei which led me to complete a PhD degree at the University of St Andrews in 2005 under the supervision of Prof Nik Ruskuc.  Subsequently, I was a visiting researcher at Heriot-Watt University and at the University of Glasgow before securing a Research Associate position in the Management Science Department at the University of Strathcylde, where I taught undergraduate and postgraduae classes and started doing research in the area of combinatorial optimization. 

I joined the Department of Mathematics and Statistics as a Teaching Associate in 2013. I teach a wide range of undergraduate classes and supervise fourth year projects. My current responsibilities include convening the Athena SWAN self-assessment team, second year co-ordination, MM117 class co-ordination and supporting students in the organisation of the Department's Alumni networking event. As a STEM Ambassador, I am also very keen to promote mathematics in primary and secondary schools and deliver outreach activities.

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Automatic semigroup acts
Dombi Erzsébet R, Hartmann Miklós
Journal of Algebra Vol 435, pp. 286–307 (2015)
A note on automatic semigroups
Dombi Erzsebet
Semigroup Forum Vol 86, pp. 555-570 (2013)
On the minimum weight bounded length circuit cover problem on grid graphs
Dombi Erzsebet
Strongly F*-inverse covers for tiling semigroups
Dombi E, Gilbert ND
Periodica Mathematica Hungarica Vol 59, pp. 185-202 (2009)
The tiling semigroups of one-dimensional periodic tilings
Dombi Erzsebet, Gilbert ND
Journal of the Australian Mathematical Society Vol 87, pp. 153-160 (2009)
On generators and presentation of semidirect products in inverse semigroups
Dombi Erzsebet, Ruskuc N
Bulletin of the Australian Mathematical Society Vol 79, pp. 353-365 (2009)

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I am teaching the following classes in 2019/20:

First semester

MM302 Differential Equations

MM201 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations 

MM117 Mathematics 1M

Second semester

MM117 Mathematics 1M

MM211/MM213  Mathematics 3B/Engineering Mathematics 3E


Project supervision

In recent years, I supervised fourth year projects in the following areas:

  • Cryptography
  • Shortest Path Algorithms
  • Automata and Formal Language Theory
  • Conformal Mappings
  • Riemann zeta function
  • Inverse semigroup theory


Research interests

Research problems I have worked on relate to the following areas:

  • inverse semigroups, automata and formal language theory
  • combinatorial optimization

Pedagogical research interests include:

Professional activities

Student Transitions Beyond Strathclyde: Alumni networking event in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics (Event)

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