Henning Mortveit joined Virginia Tech in 2005 as a Senior Research Associate in the Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory at Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics. In 2011,he was promoted to Associate Professor at the Department of Mathematics. Mortveit received his doctorate in mathematics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2000, and spent five years at Los Alamos National Laboratory, first as a postdoctoral fellow and then as a technical staff member.
His current research is focused on the area of finite dynamical systems, in particular the class called graph dynamical systems (GDS). This class of systems represents a natural framework and modeling tool for biological systems, social systems, and distributed systems. This framework can capture single processes over networks as well as coupled networked systems. He is working on applications of this involving the implementation and study of simulation models capturing coupled social and physical infrastructure systems. These arise for example in the study of evacuations related to natural and human-caused disasters. One of his main interests is stability analysis of such systems related to sensitivity analysis, uncertainty quantification and validation.
Earlier, he has also been involved in the study and implementation of large-scale, generalized cellular automata on specialized computing architectures such as field programmable gate arrays.