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
1 November 2018
Dr James Maddison

The FEniCS system [1] allows the description of finite element discretisations of partial differential equations using a high-level syntax, and the automated conversion of these representations to working code via automated code generation. In previous work described in [2] the high-level representation is processed automatically to derive discrete tangent-linear and adjoint models. The processing of the model code at a high level eases the technical difficulty associated with management of data in adjoint calculations, allowing the use of optimal data management strategies [3].

This previous methodology is extended to enable the calculation of higher order partial differential equation constrained derivative information. The key additional step is to treat tangent-linear
equations on an equal footing with originating forward equations, and in particular to treat these in a manner which can themselves be further processed to enable the derivation of associated adjoint information, and the derivation of higher order tangent-linear equations, to arbitrary order. This enables the calculation of higher order derivative information -- specifically the contraction of a Kth order derivative against (K - 1) directions -- while still making use of optimal data management strategies. Specific applications making use of Hessian information associated with models written using the FEniCS system are presented.

[1] "Automated solution of differential equations by the finite element method: The FEniCS book", A. Logg, K.-A. Mardal, and  G. N. Wells (editors), Springer, 2012
[2] P. E. Farrell, D. A. Ham, S. W. Funke, and M. E. Rognes, "Automated derivation of the adjoint of high-level transient finite element programs", SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing 35(4), C369--C393, 2013
[3] A. Griewank, and A. Walther, "Algorithm 799: Revolve: An implementation of checkpointing for the reverse or adjoint mode of computational differentiation", ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software 26(1), 19--45, 2000

  • Computational Mathematics and Applications Seminar
1 November 2018
2 November 2018
Sylvie Monniaux, Mark Veraar (and others)

This is a meeting of the North British Functional Analysis Seminar.

The two main speakers will have 2 hours each (with a break!).  WE do not yet know who will speka on Thursday pm and who will speak on Friday pm.

There will probably be some shorter early-career talks.


  • Functional Analysis Seminar
2 November 2018
Jon Keating

The moments of characteristic polynomials play a central role in Random Matrix Theory.  They appear in many applications, ranging from quantum mechanics to number theory.  The mixed moments of the characteristic polynomials of random unitary matrices, i.e. the joint moments of the polynomials and their derivatives, can be expressed recursively in terms of combinatorial sums involving partitions. However, these combinatorial sums are not easy to compute, and so this does not give an effective method for calculating the mixed moments in general. I shall describe an alternative evaluation of the mixed moments, in terms of solutions of the Painlevé V differential equation, that facilitates their computation and asymptotic analysis.


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