Friday, 10 April 2009

Raphaël Rouquier wins the 2009 Adams Prize

The Adams Prize is awarded jointly each year by the Faculty of Mathematics and St John's College Cambridge to a young (normally under 40 years of age), UK-based researcher doing first class international research in the Mathematical Sciences.

This year's topic was Representation Theory, and the Prize has been awarded to Professor Raphaël Rouquier of the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford.

Professor Timothy Pedley, Chairman of the Adams Prize Adjudicators, said:

The quality, depth and influence of Professor Rouquier's work is already highly impressive. He has a long list of fundamental results, extending back to the late 1990s, on both the two main areas of representation theory: representations of general finite-dimensional algebras and derived categories, and representations of Lie groups in various forms.

Every one of the six papers submitted by Professor Rouquier has already had a major impact, despite the fact that no fewer than four of them were published in 2008 alone.

For further information see the original Cambridge University news article

Tuesday, 31 March 2009
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Friday, 6 March 2009

Mathematical Institute joins OpenCourseWare Consortium

The Mathematical Institute has for many years made almost all of the course materials published on its website accessible for others to read. At the beginning of the academic year 2008/9 the department started making some material more widely available under the principles of the Open CourseWare Consortium. Lecturers are generally encouraged to make their material available under these terms.

The department became a formal member of the Open CourseWare Consortium at the beginning of March 2009.

For further information see the current list of Open CourseWare course materials available and the departmental notice on the Open CourseWare Consortium.

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

The Measurement Problem of Physics

At 9am on Thursday 5th March there will a Radio 4 programme on 'The Measurement Problem of Physics' featuring Melvyn Bragg, Basil Hiley, Roger Penrose (of the Mathematical Institute) and Simon Saunders (of the Faculty of Philosophy).

The programme will be repeated at 9:30pm also on Thursday 5th March

Sunday, 1 March 2009
Saturday, 21 February 2009

Keble College - Research Fellow and Tutor in Logic

The College proposes to elect a Research Fellow and Tutor in Logic for a period of four years (fixed-term, non-renewable) from 1 October 2009. Scholars in receipt of another source of income, who would like a college association, are welcome to apply. The research interests of the person elected should include Logic or neighbouring areas of philosophy or mathematics, and there will be a requirement to teach Logic at undergraduate level. The teaching may be carried out in the joint school of Mathematics and Philosophy, and/or in any one of the other schools whose syllabus has a formal logic component. In addition the post holder may be involved in departmental class teaching. The teaching stint will be four hours per week averaged over the academic year. The Fellow may be asked to help in a limited way with the academic and pastoral organisation of the Philosophy side of the Mathematics and Philosophy joint school. Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Edward Harcourt at

The Fellow will not be a member of the College Governing Body, but will be a full member of the Senior Common Room and be entitled to lunch and dinner at the Common Table as well as to an academic allowance of £464 p.a. and a student allowance of £217 p.a. (both current rates, reviewed annually). A shared teaching room will be available. The stipend for up to 4 hours of teaching per week averaged over the year will be £4,256 p.a. (current rate). In addition, a Fellow not in receipt of other significant financial support will receive a housing allowance of £4,018 p.a. (current rate). The Fellow will be eligible to join USS. Selection will be made on the basis of research potential and teaching ability.

The closing date for applications is 20 March 2009. Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae (including the names, addresses and telephone numbers of two referees) and a statement of their research activity and teaching experience to Mrs Trish Long, Warden's PA, Keble College, Oxford OX1 3PG (e-mail: .), and should ask their referees to write directly to the Warden's PA by the same date.

Keble College is an Equal Opportunities employer committed to excellence in research and teaching.

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Tsou Sheung Tsun elected President of CIMPA

In January 2009 Tsou Sheung Tsun was elected President of CIMPA (International Centre for Pure and Applied Mathematics). This is a UNESCO Centre, mainly supported by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research and is based in Nice. Its mission is to promote research in the mathematical sciences in the developing world.

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

University Matlab License Server Upgrade

Please see the announcement below from OUCS about changes to the matlab license server.

The MATLAB License server at OUCS is going to be upgraded on Tuesday 24th February. The old server will be switched off and replaced with a new server between 7:30 to 8:00.

If everything goes to plan, it is possible that you will not even notice the switch over. However, it is also possible that your MATLAB session will crash and you will loose all your work. For this reason, OUCS recommend that you do not use MATLAB in the period between 7:30 to 8:00.

The main reason for the upgrade is to introduce idle session time outs. Matlab will return all licenses to the server if it is unused for more than 4 hours. Please note that :-

  1. A time out cannot occur while a program is running. For a time out to occur, MATLAB must be completely idle with no input and no calculations for 4 hours.
  2. If your session times out, entering a new command will restart the session straight away. There will be a message in the MATLAB command window to tell you that the license has timed out. A new license will automatically be requested as soon as any activity is detected.
  3. At the moment we are running out of Matlab licences on a regular basis. We hope that the time outs will reduce the load so that everybody that wants to use MATLAB can. Therefore, it is desirable that all sessions running on the old server are closed and restarted on the new server after 8:00.
  4. Can you please make sure that all MATLAB sessions are terminated before 7:30 on Tuesday 24th February. If you do have a MATLAB session that is working through this period, can you please restart it as soon as possible.
Wednesday, 4 February 2009

New Windows Terminal Server

A new Windows Terminal Server will be in place between the Wednesday and Thursday. An exact time of the update is not available as it depends on the internet provider of the end-user. The new Terminal Server will offer several innovations including:

  • 16 CPU Cores
  • 64GB of RAM
  • Windows 2008
  • 64bit mathematical applications (Maple, Mathematica, Matlab)
  • Updated software for everyday use, as it is available on the new Windows desktops.
  • Visual Studio 2008

You will automatically be redirected to the new terminal server if you connect to 

The old Windows Terminal Server (pandora) will still be available as a backup for a short period of time on

Please note, that due to a limitation in the current version of the Linux Terminal Server Client (rdesktop) you need to select a normal RDP (as opposed to RDPv5) session when connecting to the new Terminal Server. We hope to resolve this issue in the near future.

Please send any feedback and comments to