The Festival of Physics will be at the University of Plymouth on Saturday 18th November. The event is free and you can get tickets here. The event is organized by the South-West branch of the Institute of Physics.
There will be a poster from CMS at the lunch time session.
The post below was written by Edward Evans, a student just starting the third year of an undergraduate degree in mathematics at Plymouth University.
The LMS Summer School, held at the University of Manchester, consisted of six short lecture courses designed to give an introduction to areas of higher mathematics unlikely to have been encountered as part of a typical undergraduate mathematics degree.
The topics were fairly evenly split between pure and applied mathematics to reflect the varying interests of the participants. Accompanying each lecture course were group based problem sessions, giving us a chance to talk about and develop the concepts that had been discussed in the lectures. I found the discussion element of these sessions particularly enjoyable, owing to the diversity of the other participants’ interests (that is, I learned about a lot of exotic physical principles with cool names).
In addition to these more formal lecture courses, there were daily colloquia, again on a range of pure and applied mathematical topics. These were often more (mind-blowingly) difficult to follow and didn’t go into as much detail, but were extremely interesting nonetheless, with topics including the Radon transform (with applications in the reconstruction of CT scan images) and Alexander Grothendieck’s “Dessins d’Enfants” (a type of combinatorial graph which supposedly resembles a child’s drawing, hence the name).
Most days also included some sort of entertainment (live music etc.), organised by Dr. James Montaldi of Manchester University, and there were weekend excursions to the Museum of Science and Industry and to the Peak District.
After attending the summer school I’m certain I’d like to continue my study of mathematics after my undergraduate degree, and if you are thinking about doing the same then I’d highly recommend speaking to a lecturer about the summer school; I loved it!
12 days ago, Dr Matthew Craven and William Dash presented a full paper at the STM ESORICS Workshop in Oslo. William is a student who completed a Nuffield placement with Plymouth University in August 2015.
The title of the work is “Exploring Botnet Evolution via Multidimensional Models and Visualisation” and is published in the LNCS series.
Dr. Marina Logares recently attended the workshop: Vector Bundles on Algebraic Curves 2017 at University Duisburg-Essen in Germany.
Today the poster entitled “Bayesian Inference for Bivariate Copula Additive Models: an application in paediatric ophthalmology” by our Julian Stander and Luciana Dalla Valle and other international collaborators was presented at the Royal Statistical Conference RSS2017 in Glasgow.
This work is supported by a Royal Society grant.
The people in the center of Mathematical Sciences at Plymouth University, who do research into lattice gauge theory, make extensive use of the high performance computers in Dirac (Distributed Research utilising Advanced Computing). DiRAC is the UK’s HPC facility for astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear physics and particle physics
Every year researchers, who use the resources from Dirac, come together for a one day meeting (called Dirac Day) to share research results and experiences. This year Dirac Day is in Exeter.
Craig McNeile is presenting a poster with the title:
Using parallel eigensolvers in lattice QCD calculations
Dr. Nathan Broomhead recently presented his latest research at the Nankai Symposium on Physics, Geometry and Number Theory 2017 in China.
The Chern Insitute is a legacy of Prof. S-S Chern who had the vision of having a symposium at his Alma Mater of Nankai University in the direction of the dialogue between modern mathematics and theoretical physics.
The article below was circulated on the Staff bulletin.
Dr Ben King and Dr Tom Heinzl, both Lecturers in Theoretical Physics, have received the 2016 Editor-in-Chief Choice Award from the journal High Power Laser Science and Engineering (HPL). Their paper Measuring vacuum polarization with high-power lasers (doi: 10.1017/hpl.2016.1) was commended for delivering ‘new and important results’, and the pair have been invited to collect the award and give a talk on their research at the 3rd International Symposium on High Power Laser Science and Engineering in Suzhou, China next year.
In the Cube3 gallery space in the Portland Square Building on the campus, there are two portraits of Professor David McMullan (Associate Head of School ) and Dr. David Wilton (former head of Mathematics). Dr. Wilton is currently chair of the Plymouth Astronomical Society.
The pictures were painted by the local artist Jo beer. There is more information about the exhibition here.
This week the center for mathematical sciences has hosted a student from Callington Community College, who is studying for GSCEs, for work experience. The student was interested in learning more about quantum mechanics. The list of his activities is here.
The ultimate goal was to learn enough physics to work with IBM’s quantum computer in the cloud.