Alan Tayler Lecture

The Alan Tayler Lecture - 5pm, November 20, 2017

Venue: St Catherine's College, Oxford

Speaker: Prof Kate Smith-Miles (University of Melbourne)

Title: Optimization in the Darkness of Uncertainty when you don't know what you don't know, and what you do know isn't much!


About Alan Tayler

Alan Tayler, the first applied mathematics fellow to be appointed to St Catherine's College, died in January 1995. His lifelong commitment was to the promotion of practical application of mathematical ideas to problems arising in science and industry. His vision provided the inspiration for the instigation and development of many national and international collaborations on the theme of mathematics-in-industry. The annual Smith Lecture was renamed the Alan Tayler Lecture in 1995, as a tribute to his efforts and achievements.


Previous Lectures

2016 Prof Gilbert Strang (MIT) Matrices of Data and Singular Values

2015 Prof Philip Bond (University of Bristol) How Long is a Piece of Spacetime

2014 Prof Alan Champneys (University of Bristol) The Dynamics of Mathematics with Industry

2013 Prof Alan Newell (University of Arizona) Phyllotaxis, pushed pattern fronts, and optimal packing

2012 Prof Dr Volker Mehrmann (Technische Universität Berlin) Models for Optimal Control and Design of New Cars and Airplanes.

2011 Prof. John Ockendon (Univeristy of Oxford) Mathematical Modelling: Under the Bonnet.

2010 Dr Lincoln Wallen (Dreamworks Animation) Telling Great Stories: the Mathematics and Systems Engineering of Movie Production.

2009 Prof. Lord Desai (London School of Economics and Political Science) Mathematics, Economics and Decision Making.

2008 Prof. A. Quarteroni (l'École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) Mathematical Modeling in Medicine, Sports and Technology.

2007 Prof. I. Stewart (Warwick) Symmetries in Biological and Physical Networks.

2006 Prof. H. Berestycki (EHESS) Modelling spatial diffusion: From flames to social norms.

2005 Prof. J. Bush (MIT) Walking on Water: biolocomotion at the interface.

2004 Dr D. Acheson (Oxford) 1089 and all that.

2003 Prof. L. Mahadevan (Harvard) Geometry and Physics of Packing and Unpacking, from DNA to Origami.

2002 Prof H Neunzert (Fraunhofer-ITWM, Kaiserslautern) What did we "Europeans" learn from Alan Tayler?

2001 Prof J C R Hunt (University College London) Maths in industry: past experiences and new challenges.

2000  Prof Sir Tony Hoare (Microsoft Research) Assertions in programs: out of research and into production.

1999  Prof H E Huppert (University of Cambridge) Explosive vulcanism: extreme mechanics.

1998  Prof G I Barenblatt (University of California, Berkeley and University of Cambridge) Turbulence: an old challenge and new perspectives.

1997  Prof L N Trefethen (University of Oxford) Eigenvalues: what they do and do not tell us about dynamics.

1996  Prof P J Fryer (University of Birmingham) Milk, carrots and Weetabix: the mathematics of food.

1995  Dr S D Howison (University of Oxford) Risk and reward: the role of mathematics in finance.

1994  Prof J D Murray (University of Washington) Mathematical biology: nonlinear problems with alligators, aggression and survival of wolves.

1993  Prof H B Keller (California Institute of Technology) The circle lattice problem, quantum statistics and computer graphics.

1992  Prof M van Dyke (Stanford University) Nineteenth century roots of the boundary-layer idea.

1991  Dr E J Hinch (University of Cambridge) Sedimentation, aggregation and compaction.

1990  Prof J L Lions (College de France) Some new mathematical questions arising from space research technology.

1989  Prof Sir James Lighthill (University College London) What triggers the trigger-fishes?

1988  Prof A Friedman (University of Minnesota) Mathematics in industry: a growing commitment.

1987  Prof M V Berry (University of Bristol) Catastrophes and credit cards.

1986  Prof D G Crighton (University of Cambridge) Aeronautical acoustics: a model for applied mathematics.