Research visitor to CMS

Mathematical Sciences at Plymouth will be hosting the CERN senior research fellow Maxwell Hansen next week, collaborating with Antonio Rago and Argia Rubeo.

He will also be presenting a seminar in the theoretical physics seminar:

Title: Multi-hadron observables from lattice QCD


The strong force is governed by a mathematical framework called quantum
chromodynamics (QCD). The building blocks of QCD are quarks and gluons,
and the interactions of these constituents leads to a rich variety of
observed phenomena. A particularly intriguing aspect of QCD physics is
the nature and behavior of resonances, short-lived states that decay via
the strong force. In this talk I will discuss progress in studying these
states, by calculating multi-hadron scattering observables. This by
achieved by combining field-theoretic ideas with large scale numerical
calculations based in lattice QCD. In particular, I will focus on the
idea of using the finite volume required for numerical calculations as a
tool, rather than an unwanted artifact, to extract dynamical observables
such as two- and three-hadron scattering amplitudes.

China Visit – Mathematics and Statistics

The following article was included in a newsletter for the faculty of science and engineering.

Dr Yinghui Wei recently visited China for student recruitment. She attended the University of Plymouth’s graduation ceremony in Beijing where she provided translating support and presented the graduates.  After this, she visited six universities where she gave outreach talks to promote the University of Plymouth and its mathematics and statistics programmes, as well as research presentations to staff and students. She met with key academics and international officers in Chinese universities, to discuss recruiting Chinese students to study mathematics and statistics as well as other disciplines in Plymouth.

The Plymouth student scientist

Typically a student will do a research project in the final year of degree in mathematics. This will involve research into a topic, a presentation and writing a report on the research. The very best reports are published in a journal such as the Plymouth Student Scientist.

This year two students have had their work published:

A Comparison of Exact and Heuristic Algorithms to Solve the Travelling Salesman Problem, Matthew Chatting

Algebraic Number Theory and Fermat’s Last, Edward Evans

Year 10 taster days

There are two Year 10 taster days running on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th December.

The aim of the days are to encourage the students to consider mathematics at A level, which, while vital for a maths degree, is also useful for students to have for all STEM disciplines.

There are about 500 students and 50 teachers from 25 schools across Devon and Cornwall signed up over the two days. The days are organized by Dr Jenny Sharp.     Further information about mathematical activities for school students, which are run through out the year,  can be found here.

Some of the activities at the taster days are:

  • The Creation of Number
  • Boat Building
  • Solving the Josephus Problem
  • How seeing patterns can help you solve some problems
  • Breaking the Cipher
  • Guesstimation
  • Games and Probability
  • Experimental Design

Trip to OR career day in Birmingam

On Tuesday 27 November 2018, the majority of the second year undergraduate students in mathematics at University of Plymouth visited the Operational Research  career open day in Birmingham.   

The career day was organized by the Operational Research Society. Operational research is the area of mathematics, which helps businesses make decisions and how to efficiently organize their work. Hence OR is an important sector, which employs a lot of mathematics graduates.

The events at the open day were:

  • Listen to talks on OR with interesting case studies.
  • Find out how to apply for an OR, analytics, or data science roles.
  • Meet employers and see how areas like artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data could be part of your new job. 
  • Hear graduates’ experiences of working in OR and analytics.

Perspectives on data, information, and mathematics

On Wednesday 7th of November there was a special colloquium on mathematics at the University of Plymouth.

Perspectives on data, information, and mathematics

Speaker: Professor Arieh Iserles (University of Cambridge)

Abstract: The data and information revolution is changing our lives:
the way we socialise, shop, elect our leaders and conduct our
research. Its impact ranges across all different academic
disciplines. Yet, its engine room is mathematics—a set of emerging
methodologies in statistics, computation and pure mathematics. In this
talk I will attempt to explain in a non-technical manner this New
Brave World, demystify phrases like “deep learning”, “imaging”,
“sparse recovery” and “inverse problems”, describing how mathematics
is transforming “Big Data” and how “Big Data” is transforming