Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Graduate Taught Course Centre Goes Live

Courses began at the new graduate taught course centre this week.

The taught course centre is a collaboration between the Mathematics Departments at the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Imperial, Oxford and Warwick. The centre is supported by a grant from the EPSRC.

The Centre aims to offer approximately 25 graduate level courses over the academic year, starting in October 2007. Access Grid technology will be used so that audiences in all five universities can participate in the lectures.

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Oxford expert to lead Welsh maths institute

<img style="float: left; margin : 0 10px 5px 0;" src="/system/files/imce/u7/terry-lyons.jpg" width="165" height="195" alt="terry-lyons.jpg" /> <p> Terry Lyons (pictured), Wallis Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, has been appointed as Director of the <a href="">Wales Institute for Mathematical and Computational Sciences (WIMCS)</a>. </p> <p> Professor Lyons will undertake the role in addition to his post at the University of Oxford’s Mathematical Institute. </p> <p> The &pound;5million WIMCS was launched at Swansea University in December 2006. Swansea is leading the collaborative venture to develop the research institute, which draws together existing mathematical and computational science excellence in Wales, to improve the competitiveness of Welsh research in these areas both in the UK and internationally. </p> <p> The Institute involves a diverse range of departments in Swansea University, Cardiff University, Aberystwyth University, and Bangor University, and is supported by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales’ Reconfiguration and Collaboration Fund. </p> <p> Professor Lyons said: "It can be difficult to grasp the full scale of the contribution mathematics makes to our daily lives. For instance, the newest generations of mobile telephones rely on statistical averaging techniques to work; sophisticated mathematical analysis is required in order to turn the data from hospital body scanners into information doctors can use." </p> <p> "I am very excited that the Welsh Assembly Government and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, together with the Welsh universities, have realised the importance of these contributions and the need to build and develop on the excellence that already exists within the Welsh mathematical and computational community, and to ensure that mathematicians collaborate across Wales." </p> <p> "I believe WIMCS can make an important contribution to creating an environment where researchers in Wales can flourish and carry out research at an international level. We can produce a steady stream of highly qualified individuals, who will contribute to the development of the disciplines, their applications, and the Welsh industrial base. I very much look forward to leading it in this direction." </p> <p> Swansea University's Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Nigel Weatherill, said: "We are delighted to have attracted such an eminent mathematician as Professor Lyons to lead the work of WIMCS. His appointment is confirmation of how the institute has already established itself as a world-class centre of research in the mathematical and computational sciences." </p>
Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Launch of the Oxford Centre for Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations

On 24th October 2007 the Oxford Centre for Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations will hold their launch meeting.

There will be a day of lectures from leading experts in the field of Nonlinear PDE followed by a drinks reception at the new Centre.

The main meeting will start at 9:30am at St Anne’s College, Oxford. Tea, Coffee and a buffet lunch will be provided.

The drinks reception will begin at around 5:00pm in the new Centre at Gibson Building/Block 21, Radcliffe Infirmary, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HA.

Monday, 17 September 2007

New Departmental website launched

After several months of development the new departmental website was launched on Monday, September 17th.

The new website includes a professional design (by Paul Krüerke) as well as several new features. Most of the old content was imported but it still needs adaptation on certain pages.

However, this is only the first step, as we are in the process of developing further extensions to enhance and simplify the user experience. We are looking forward to receiving feedback, which can be sent to

Finally we would like to thank the developers and contributors of Drupal which is the framework behind the new website.

Friday, 14 September 2007

Recognising and Rewarding Excellence in Teaching

The Mathematical Institute is pleased to announce the following awards for excellence in teaching.

  • Group award (Mathematical Finance team) - Dr Jeff Dewynne, Dr Ben Hambly, Dr Sam Howison, Dr Michael Monoyios, and Dr Christoph Reisinger
  • Individual awards - Dr Andrew Dancer, Dr Alan Day, Dr Anne Henke, Dr Glenys Luke, Dr Hilary Ockendon, Dr John Ockendon, Dr Zhongmin Qian
Friday, 14 September 2007

First issue of Oxford based journal: The Journal of Topology

The Journal of Topology will publish papers of high quality and significance in topology, geometry and adjacent areas of mathematics. Interesting, important and often unexpected links connect topology and geometry with many other parts of mathematics, and the editors welcome submissions on exciting new advances concerning such links, as well as those in the core subject areas of the journal.

The first issue is now available.

Tuesday, 17 July 2007
Tuesday, 17 July 2007

OxMOS / MULTIMAT Workshop on Microstructure

<p>From 2-5 September 2007 OxMOS (New Frontiers in the Mathematics of Solids) and MULTIMAT (Multi-scale modelling and characterisation for phase transformations in advanced materials) will hold a joint meeting on Microstructure at St Anne's College, Oxford. </p> <p>The main themes will be:</p> <ul><li>New tools and concepts for the modelling and mathematical analysis of multiscale problems,</li> <li>materials characterisation and understanding and/or computation.</li> </ul> <p>The programme will combine some longer talks by invited speakers (see below) and some shorter invited talks by participants. </p> <a href="/oxmos/multimat-ws/">Further information is available</a>.
Wednesday, 11 July 2007

Royal Society Hughes Medal

The 2007 Hughes Medal has been awarded to Professor Artur Ekert for his pioneering work on quantum cryptography and his many important contributions to the theory of quantum computation and other branches of quantum physics.

Further detail are available.

Monday, 25 June 2007

LMS Prizes 2007

Congratulations to:

  • Bryan Birch, who has been awarded the De Morgan Medal in recognition of his influential contributions to modern number theory. The LMS announcement says: `In particular, Professor Birch worked with Professor Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer, of the University of Cambridge, to create a new area of arithmetic algebraic geometry. Together they formulated the Birch-Swinnerton-Dyer conjectures. Despite the best efforts of some of the greatest mathematical minds these remarkable conjectures are still open after 40 years and are amongst seven classic unsolved mathematical problems identified by the Clay Mathematics Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Institute is offering $1 million prizes for their proofs.'
  • Nikolay Nikolov, who has been awarded a Whitehead Prize for his significant contributions to group theory, in particular for several important advances in group theory, especially in profinite groups and asymptotic aspects of arithmetic groups and finite simple groups.
  • Oliver Riordan, who joins the Institute in October. He has also been awarded a Whitehead Prize, for his major contributions to graph polynomials, random graphs, extremal combinatorics, models of large-scale real-world graphs, and percolation theory.