Conference programme for TMT 2016

Those speakers marked with * have been short-listed for the GCHQ Prize. For more information about each talk, see the abstracts

Time Event
10.00 Registration
10.15 Tony Mann and Noel-Ann Bradshaw: Welcome and Introduction
10.30 Andrew Silverman, Birkbeck, University of London, Pascal's Triangle: Beyond the Non-Negative Integers
10.50 Max Masters, University of Greenwich, How I scientifically lost my money on the Grand National
11.10 Rachael Whyman, University of Kent, Tiling Time with Music and Juggling
11.30 Coffee Break (Coffee courtesy of Taylor and Francis)
11.50 *Tom O'Neill, Aberystwyth University, From Butterflies to Bridges: A Study of Wave Propagation Through Periodic Structures
OR
Georgia Rubinstein, University of East Anglia, The Story of Émilie Du Châtelet
12.10 *Hannah Pybus, University of Nottingham, Mathematical Models of Growth Factor Activation during Bronchoconstriction in Asthma
OR
Demetra Vasiliou, University of Glasgow, Lagrange's Contribution to Mechanics
12.30 *Matjaz Leonardis, University of Oxford, What group theory is really about
12.50 Lunch
1.45

Splinter Session 1 – attend a choice of 5 streams


Maths and the physical world:

Andris Thompson, University of East Anglia, Applications of Mathematics to Lepidopterology: Chaos Theory and the Butterfly Effect
Jake Holdroyd, Nottingham Trent University, Bayesian modelling of Platelet Aggregation
Daniel Burrows, University of Sussex, Beyond Fourier: A Study of Wavelets

Probability and Data:

Yiliu Wang, University of Oxford, Paradoxes in Probability
Paul Bowen, Coventry University, Self-avoiding walk models for polymers in solution: Monte Carlo investigation of the collapse transition of a walk model
Uday Mohur, University of Manchester, Data Analytics and Portfolio Management

Quantum:

Sahra Ahmed Kulmiya, University of Greenwich, How has abstract mathematics impacted the discovery of the Higgs Boson?
Joe Pollard, University of Oxford, Quantum Chaos in the Delta-Kicked Oscillator
Alissa Kamilova, Swansea University, Quantum Computing for a Quantum World

Algebra and Topology:

Thomas Wright, York University, Banach Algebras and Automatic Continuity
Cameron Whitehead, University of Oxford, D-modules on singular schemes
Henrique Rui Neves Aguiar, University of Oxford, Why Antarctica seems so big

GCHQ Shortlist:

*Robert Findlay, University of Durham, Classifying Tiling Spaces of the same Cohomology
*Chan Bae, University of Oxford, Embedding graphs in ℜ3 without self-intersections
*Vitalijs Brejevs, University of Glasgow, Frobenius algebras and cobordism diagrams

2.45 Break
3.05

Splinter Session 2 – attend a choice of 3 streams

Optics:

Robert Long, Coventry University, Numerical studies of electro-optic properties of PbSe Nano-crystals
Andrew Kelly, Birkbeck, University of London, Solving commercial colour-rending problems of LED illumination using multi-die sources and linear programming

The Continuum Hypothesis and Chaos:

David Paintin, University of East Anglia, The Continuum Hypothesis
Jacob Bennett-Woolf, University of Glasgow, Infinity is Weird: The Axiom of Choice And You And You And You And You And You And You And You And You And You...


ODEs and PDEs:

Ruoyu Wang, University College London, Theory of Distributions and Linear Differential Equations
Rasa Giniunaite, University of Warwick, Numerical schemes for geometric PDEs

Biological models:

Lizhi Zhang, University of Strathclyde, The stability of classic predator-prey models and modification
Bin Wang, University of Strathclyde, Comparative Study of Two Epidemic Models on Realistic Networks

3.50 Award of GCHQ Prize
4.00 Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Eugenia Cheng, University of Sheffield and Scientist in Residence at the Art Institute of Chicago, Deep Structures: my journey into abstract mathematics

Abstract: I will talk about mathematics as a way of thinking, as opposed to a way of calculating the correct answers. I will give a personal account of how I was drawn to more and more abstract mathematics, until I finally found my mathematical home in Category Theory. Abstraction for me is the process of shedding details to get to deep structures that are holding things together. I will describe some of my favourite abstract structures and show how abstraction reveals connections between apparently unrelated ideas.
5.00 Finish