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
8 November 2018
Prof. Christian Kreuzer

A posteriori error estimators are a key tool for the quality assessment of given finite element approximations to an unknown PDE solution as well as for the application of adaptive techniques. Typically, the estimators are equivalent to the error up to an additive term, the so called oscillation. It is a common believe that this is the price for the `computability' of the estimator and that the oscillation is of higher order than the error. Cohen, DeVore, and Nochetto [CoDeNo:2012], however, presented an example, where the error vanishes with the generic optimal rate, but the oscillation does not. Interestingly, in this example, the local $H^{-1}$-norms are assumed to be computed exactly and thus the computability of the estimator cannot be the reason for the asymptotic overestimation. In particular, this proves both believes wrong in general. In this talk, we present a new approach to posteriori error analysis, where the oscillation is dominated by the error. The crucial step is a new splitting of the data into oscillation and oscillation free data. Moreover, the estimator is computable if the discrete linear system can essentially be assembled exactly.

  • Computational Mathematics and Applications Seminar
8 November 2018
Marta Lewicka

Variational methods have been extensively used in the past decades to rigorously derive nonlinear models in the description of thin elastic films. In this context, natural growth or differential swelling-shrinking lead to models where an elastic body aims at reaching a space-dependent metric. We will describe the effect of such, generically incompatible, prestrain metrics on the singular limits' bidimensional models. We will discuss metrics that vary across the specimen in both the midplate and the thin (transversal) directions. We will also cover the case of the oscillatory prestrain, exhibit its relation to the non-oscillatory case via identifying the effective metrics, and discuss the role of the Riemann curvature tensor in the limiting models.

  • Industrial and Applied Mathematics Seminar
9 November 2018
Isobel Falconer

In 1897 J.J. Thomson 'discovered' the electron. The previous year, he and his research student Ernest Rutherford (later to 'discover' theatomic nucleus), collaborated in experiments to work out why gases exposed to x-rays became conducting. 

This talk will discuss the very different mathematical educations of the two men, and the impact these differences had on their experimental investigation and the theory they arrived at. This theory formed the backdrop to Thomson's electron work the following year. 

  • History of Mathematics
12 November 2018

In the context of randomly fluctuating surfaces in (1+1)-dimensions two Universality Classes have generally been considered, the Kardar-Parisi-Zhang and the Edwards-Wilkinson. Models within these classes exhibit universal fluctuations under 1:2:3 and 1:2:4 scaling respectively. Starting from a modification of the classical Ballistic Deposition model we will show that this picture is not exhaustive and another Universality Class, whose scaling exponents are 1:1:2, has to be taken into account. We will describe how it arises, briefly discuss its connections to KPZ and introduce a new stochastic process, the Brownian Castle, deeply connected to the Brownian Web, which should capture the large-scale behaviour of models within this Class. 


  • Stochastic Analysis Seminar


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