Dr Anna Matala
Centre Manager Adjunct Senior Researcher
University of Tasmania
Dr Anna Matala has background in technical physics and mathematics. She was working with varying topics of fire research at the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) from 2007 until the beginning of 2019. She received her degree of Doctor of Science (Tech) from Aalto University, Finland, in 2013. The dissertation studied methods and applications of pyrolysis modelling of polymeric materials.
Anna’s core expertise is pyrolysis modelling and fire simulations using complex fuels, such as electrical cables. Major part of her work and research has been numerical, and she has been contributing to the verification and validation of the Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) version 6. She has also experience in small and bench scale fire testing, especially Cone Calorimeter and Microscale Combustion Calorimeter.
Originally from Finland, Anna moved to Tasmania in the beginning of 2019, and is currently working as Centre Manager at the Fire Centre Research Hub.