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.

Christmas meeting at IPPP in Durham

Just before Christmas, Craig McNeile attended the Annual Theory Meeting and STFC Town  meeting, organized by the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology. This meeting comprises of  a series of plenary talks on topical topics in theoretical particle physics. It is also a way to meet researchers and colleagues from around the UK.

This year there were talks on: Heavy Flavour anomalies (where there is tantalizing evidence for the failure of the standard model of particle physics), and new measurements of the cosmological parameters from large scale of surveys of the Universe. The final physics talk was by Dr. David Newbold from Bristol University, who reviwed the latest results from the LHC and the plans for the upgrade of the LHC.



Talk at CMStatistics 2017.

Dr. Yinghui Wei is presenting a talk at The 10th International Conference of the ERCIM WG on Computational and Methodological Statistics (CMStatistics 2017).   The conference is being held in London.

The title of her talk is:

Restricted mean survival time in time-to-event analysis: From individual level data to aggregate data.

She is also chairing the session with the title: RECENT ADVANCES IN RESEARCH SYNTHESIS METHODS.


Modern Geometry and Physics

Dr. Marina Logares recently presented   an invited talk at the workshop “Modern Geometry and Physics”, 19-21 September, which was part of the LMS Midlands Regional Meeting held in Loughborough

Title: “Donaldson Uhlenbeck compactification for the moduli space of framed sheaves on a Deligne-Mumford stack”

Abstract: Framed sheaves over surfaces first appeared as a generalisation of framed SU(r) instantons on S^4. Later, Uhlenbeck provided a compactification for the moduli space of framed SU(r) instantons which through the Donaldson correspondence and the work of Li and Morgan produced the so called Donaldson-Uhlenbeck compactification of the moduli space of framed sheaves. We want to focus on a further generalisation to the moduli space of framed sheaves on Deligne-Mumford stacks and construct an analogous compactification. This is work in progress with U. Bruzzo.




Singular Geometry and Higgs Bundles in String Theory

Dr Marina Logares has been invited to speak at the workshop “Singular Geometry and Higgs Bundles in String Theory” in San Jose in California in October/November 2017.  This meeting is organised by the American Institute of Mathematics and participation is by invitation only.

Marina’s research is on the geometry of singular curves as used in physics theories in and beyond the Standard Model.