Visit from researcher from the University of Rome

Professor Brunero Liseo from the University of Rome visited our Drs  Luciana Dalla Valle and Julian Stander to conduct research  on a project  entitled “High-Dimensional Bayesian Dependence Modelling
with Conditional Copulas” supported by a Royal Society grant.
One of the aims of the project is to use statistical models to providing a better understanding of how children’s eyes develop.  Because of the bad weather caused by Storm Emma, Brunero had to delay his return to Rome,  providing the team with an additional day to collaborate on the project.

Student nominated for Student Employee Of The Year

As well as studying some of our students also help with running Plymouth University. A particularly important role is that of student ambassador, which involves undertaking activities on open and applicant days and other activities.

Fyona Parker, who is a student ambassador at Plymouth University and is studying Mathematics with Education, has been nominated in the 2018 Student Employee Of The Year Awards!


Two new podcasts on statistics

The use of technology can help students learn mathematics. For example a short podcast can show a mathematical topic, which can be paused or the the key parts can be reviewed multiple times as required.

Dr. Julian Stander has just published, to our youtube channel, two new podcasts on the Binomial Distribution and Maximum Likelihood Estimation.


There are many other podcasts on our YouTube channel.


Big data talks at festival of research at Plymouth University

This week Plymouth University is running a festival of research. The week-long programme will showcase the work that is being carried out across the University and highlight how our research is making a difference in economic, environmental, social and cultural terms.

Tomorrow   Dr Luciana Dalla Valle  is presenting her research on sentiment  analysis on social media (e.g. Facebook), with other colleagues from our School Dr Marco Palomino and Dr Giovanni Masala. This event was arranged by the big data group at Plymouth University.

The program for the event is here.

See the video on facebook.


A new prime number has been discovered

The Guardian newspaper has reported that a new prime number has been recently discovered.  The new prime number is equal to two to the power of 77,232,917 and subtracting one.

The mathematics of prime numbers is taught in the first year module called: Mathematical Reasoning. Apart from the fundemental aspects of prime nunber to numbers, they are crucial to crystallography, and hence are important for national security and the internet.

A brief overview of the contents of the module are:

This module introduces the basic reasoning skills needed to develop and apply mathematical ideas. Clear logical thinking is central to the understanding of mathematics. The module explores fundamental properties of prime numbers, their random generation and use in modern cryptography.


Mathematics Master Classes

This month,  Dr. Jenny Sharp is running a series of masterclasses in mathematics for year 9 students from local schools. This year is the 22nd series of the annual Masterclass series at Plymouth which are part of a nationwide programme in association with the Royal Institution.  The events are:

  • 6th Jan: Sam Durbin, The Royal Institution, Game Theory

  • 20th Jan: Jenny Sharp, Plymouth University, An exploration of the Fibonacci numbers

  • 3rd Feb: Anton Ilderton, Plymouth University, Quantum Stuff!

  • 17th Feb: Matthew Craven, Plymouth University, Non-Euclidean Geometry

  • 3rd March: A Carousel of Activities followed by talk to parents and certificate presentation.

More details about the other activities in Mathematics can be found at.

2017 Christmas Meeting of the High Power Laser Community

Every year, just before Christmas, there is a meeting about High Powered Lasers at the Cosener’s House, close to Oxford.  The meeting aims to bring together both experimental researchers along with those involved in theory and simulation of high powered lasers.

This year Lauren Ansell, A PhD student in the Centre for Mathematics Sciences, presented a talk at the meeting with the title: Relativistic charge dynamics in laser field.