Forthcoming Seminars

Please note that the list below only shows forthcoming events, which may not include regular events that have not yet been entered for the forthcoming term. Please see the past events page for a list of all seminar series that the department has on offer.

Past events in this series
16 November 2017
Giovanni Samaey

We present a framework for the design, analysis and application of computational multiscale methods for slow-fast high-dimensional stochastic processes. We call these processes "microscopic'', and assume existence of an approximate "macroscopic'' model that captures the slow behaviour of a selected set of macroscopic state variables. The methodology combines short bursts of microscopic simulation with extrapolation at the macroscopic level. The methodology requires the careful study of a few key algorithmic ingredients. First, we need to properly initialise the microscopic system, based on a given macroscopic state and (possibly) a prior microscopic state that contains additional information about the system. Second, we need to control the variance of the noise that originates from the microscopic Monte Carlo simulation. Third, we need to analyse stability of the extrapolation step. We will discuss these aspects on two types of model problems -- scale-separated SDEs and kinetic equations -- and show the efficacity of the resulting methods in diverse applications, ranging from tumor growth to fusion energy.

  • Industrial and Applied Mathematics Seminar
17 November 2017

Image use continues to increase in both biomedical sciences and clinical practice. State of the art acquisition techniques allow characterisation from subcellular to whole organ scale, providing quantitative information of structure and function. In the heart, for example, images acquired from a single modality (cardiac MRI) can characterise micro- and macrostructure, describe mechanical function and measure blood flow. In the lungs, new contrast agents can be used to visualise the flow of gas in free breathing subjects. This provides rich new sources of information as well as new challenges to extract data in a way that is useful to clinicians as well as computer modellers.
I will describe efforts in my group to use the latest advances in machine learning to analyse images, and explain how we are applying these to the development of accurate computer models of the heart.

  • Mathematical Biology and Ecology Seminar
20 November 2017

In this talk, I am going to report on some on-going research at the interface between Rough Paths Theory and Schramm-Loewner evolutions (SLE). In this project, we try to adapt techniques from Rough Differential Equations to the study of the Loewner Differential Equation. The main ideas concern the restart of the backward Loewner differential equation from the singularity in the upper half plane. I am going to describe some general tools that we developed in the last months that lead to a better understanding of the dynamics in the closed upper half plane under the backward Loewner flow.
Joint work with Prof. Dmitry Belyaev and Prof. Terry Lyons

  • Stochastic Analysis Seminar


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