Talk on Trust in Numbers

Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter FRS, OBE gave a talk on Trust in Numbers to the SW RSS local group on the 25th of April. He stressed the importance of statisticians in helping people form critical thinking and that organisations should seek to be trustworthy rather than aimed to be trusted. The photo shows the Secretary of the local group, Dr Yinghui Wei, with David on Plymouth Hoe.

New award of computer time on Dirac supercomputer

Dr. Vincent Drach from the Centre for Mathematical Sciences at Plymouth University has been awarded 830 000 CPUhs from Dirac (a distributed supercomputer in the UK)  for a project with the title:  Signature of compositeness at the LHC. The aim is to study the resonance properties of the vector state in the theory, because this will provide useful information in the search for this theoretical particle at the LHC.

Public lecture on statistics

Next week the RSS South West Local Group have organized a public lecture on statistics. The details are below:

Speaker: Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter, President of the Royal Statistical Society

Title:       “Trust in Numbers”

 Date:     Wednesday 25 April 2018

Time:     5pm

Venue:   Lecture Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, PL4 8AA


New paper on visualisation of algorithm parametrisations.

Dr Matthew Craven has published a collaborative work on the visualisation of algorithm parametrisations. The algorithms are of several different widely-used types and are used on OR/Mathematical benchmark problems and water network design in the water industry. The paper was presented by collaborator, Dr David Walker from the University of Exeter, yesterday at the EvoIndustry conference in Parma, Italy, and feeds in to a journal paper currently being written for imminent submission.

The work is available here:

Complex Analytic Geometry

Dr. Marina Logares   is presenting her research at the Discussion Meeting on “Complex Analytic Geometry (CAG)” March 26 – 30, 2018 Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India.

Complex analytic geometry is a very broad area of mathematics straddling differential geometry, algebraic geometry and analysis. Much of the interactions between mathematics and theoretical physics, especially string theory, channels through complex analytic  geometry.

Student talks on their projects

A very important module for the third year students in our school is called Mathematical Sciences in Context.  There are similar modules in the Mathematics with Statistics, Mathematics with Theoretical Physics, Mathematics with Finance and Mathematics with High Performance Computing degrees.

In this module, students work in teams of 4 on a structured, but open ended project in an advanced topic related to their degree. For projects with marks above 70%, there is the possibility of publishing an article in the Plymouth Student Scientist journal.      For example, see this article   on the Riemann hypothesis.


On Wednesday 14th March all the students on the module made 20 minute presentations on their projects, to the staff on the module and other interested students.

To give an insight into the topics covered, the list of talk titles is below.

60th British Applied Mathematics Colloquium

Plymouth University will be well represented at the 60th British Applied Mathematics Colloquium, held at the University of St. Andrews from March 26th to 29th. Norjan Jumaa and Seemaa Mohammed will be giving talks, and Zainab Bu Sinnah presenting a poster, related to the lattice-Boltzmann method with applications to fluid flow, under the supervision of Dr. David Graham. Ruaa Wana will give a talk about work done on smoothed particle hydrodynamics and applications to tsunami generation, supervised by Dr. Jason Hughes and in collaboration with Dr. Alison Raby of Plymouth’s COAST Lab. Omar Al-Tameemi, also under the supervision of Dr. David Graham, will present work on the virtual source method for numerical simulations of nonlinear water waves. Dr. Raphael Stuhlmeier will present work on the nonlinear interaction of random sea-surface waves.

The website for the conference, with more information and abstracts is here:

Award for best paper on teaching statistics

 Our Dr Luciana Dalla Valle and Dr Julian Stander are delighted to have been awarded the Journal of Statistical Education Best Paper Award 2017 for their paper “On Enthusing Students About Big Data and Social Media Visualization and Analysis Using R, RStudio, and RMarkdown”.

The Chair of the Journal of Statistical Education Best Paper Panel wrote “The Committee agreed that your paper was the clear winner”. The paper shares the authors’ experiences of teaching Data Science at the University of Plymouth.