Lecture capture

It is increasingly a digital world, where things like the BBC Iplayer allow viewers to watch a show at a time convenient to them. In education, many people expect to be able to record the lectures. This lectures to be reviewed afterwards. For example, if a student is trying to solve a problem, it can help to review the part of the lecture where the solution to a similar problem was worked.

Plymouth University has recently installed the Panopto lecture capture system in many teaching rooms. See here for some information.
We have also used the system to record


Dirac day

The physicists who do research into lattice QCD typically need access to large supercomputers. In the UK, the supercomputer resources are in provided for by Dirac (Distributed Research Utilizing Advanced Computing). Researchers at Plymouth use resources at Edinburgh and Cambridge.

Next Thursday is Dirac day, where the majority of users of Dirac come together for a day of talks. From CMS Craig McNeile and Nicolas Garron are attending the day. Nicolas is reviewing the results obtained on Dirac by UK researchers in lattice QCD.



Extreme QCD conference at Plymouth University

Next week the lattice field theory group at Plymouth University are organizing an international conference called Extreme QCD.       The theme of the conference is nuclear physics (and related theories) under extreme conditions, such as high temperature and density. There are approximately 80 people from around the world coming to Plymouth to discuss the latest developments in extreme QCD.




Talks at the lattice 2016 conference in Southampton.

There is a large lattice field theory group at Plymouth University. However, this week, the majority of the group are not in Plymouth, but they are attending lattice 2016 international conference on lattice field theory in Southampton. Every year most of the researchers in lattice field theory meet for a  1 week conference. All the recent developments in the field are discussed. It is a time to meet with friends, collaborators (as well as competitors and sometimes even enemies) from around the world. The conference rotates between Europe, Asia, and the US. After a week long conference of plenary talks and parallel talks and conversations over coffee, some people need a long quiet rest, but many physicists are still actively discussing various intricacies of quantum field theory in a box.

This year Dr. Antonio Rago (Plymouth University) and Prof. Kurt Langfeld (Plymouth University and Liverpool University) are part of the local organizing committee  for the conference. Dr.  Agostino Patella (CERN, Plymouth) is a member of the international organizing committee. In addition Dr . Nicolas Garron and Francesco Capponi from the CMS are also presenting talks at the conference.


Poster on using statistical models to understand child eye development

A poster reporting research on using statistical models to understand child eye development was recently presented by Charlotte Taglioni at the International Society for Bayesian Analysis 2016 World Meeting that   took place in Sardinia, Italy. The research was done in collaboration with Dr. Julian Stander and Dr. Luciana Dalla Valle from the CMS at Plymouth University.

Charlotte spent one of her undergraduate years with us in Plymouth under the Erasmus scheme and then returned last year under Erasmus Plus Traineeship, work with Luciana and Julian on  the work that is reported in the poster “Using Statistical Models to Understand Child Eye Development”.  Charlotte is now doing a PhD at the University of Padova,



There is a copy of the poster below:





Talk at conference on computer algebra

Computer algebra is crucial to many applications in mathematics and science.  At Plymouth University the students are taught and can download the Maple computer algebra system from Maplesoft. Computer algebra is also important for research into mathematics. For example, next week, Dr. Daniel Robertz from the CMS at Plymouth is participating in the conference “Applications of Computer Algebra” in Kassel, Germany.

He is presenting talks in the two sessions: