Fridays@4

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 2019
16:00
Joseph Keir and Priya Subramanian
Abstract

Speaker: Joseph Keir (North)
Title: Dispersion (or not) in nonlinear wave equations
Abstract: Wave equations are ubiquitous in physics, playing central roles in fields as diverse as fluid dynamics, electromagnetism and general relativity. In many cases of these wave equations are nonlinear, and consequently can exhibit dramatically different behaviour when their solutions become large. Interestingly, they can also exhibit differences when given arbitrarily small initial data: in some cases, the nonlinearities drive solutions to grow larger and even to blow up in a finite time, while in other cases solutions disperse just like the linear case. The precise conditions on the nonlinearity which discriminate between these two cases are unknown, but in this talk I will present a conjecture regarding where this border lies, along with some conditions which are sufficient to guarantee dispersion.

Speaker: Priya Subramanian (South)
Title: What happens when an applied mathematician uses algebraic geometry?
Abstract: A regular situation that an applied mathematician faces is to obtain the equilibria of a set of differential equations that govern a system of interest. A number of techniques can help at this point to simplify the equations, which reduce the problem to that of finding equilibria of coupled polynomial equations. I want to talk about how homotopy methods developed in computational algebraic geometry can solve for all solutions of coupled polynomial equations non-iteratively using an example pattern forming system. Finally, I will end with some thoughts on what other 'nails' we might use this new shiny hammer on.

 

22 November 2019
16:00
Abstract

Speaker: Daniel Woodhouse (North)
Title: Generalizing Leighton's Graph Covering Theorem
Abstract: Before he ran off and became a multimillionaire, exploiting his knowledge of network optimisation, the computer scientist F. Thomas Leighton proved an innocuous looking result about finite graphs. The result states that any pair of finite graphs with isomorphic universal covers have isomorphic finite covers. I will explain what all this means, and why this should be of tremendous interest to group theorists and topologists.

Speaker: Benjamin Fehrman (South)
Title: Large deviations for particle processes and stochastic PDE
Abstract: In this talk, we will introduce the theory of large deviations through a simple example based on flipping a coin.  We will then define the zero range particle process, and show that its diffusive scaling limit solves a nonlinear diffusion equation.  The large deviations of the particle process about its scaling limit formally coincide with the large deviations of a certain ill-posed, singular stochastic PDE.  We will explain in what sense this relationship has been made mathematically precise.

29 November 2019
16:00
Jason Lotay, Anna Seigal and Dominic Vella
Abstract

Dominic Vella will talk about writing grants, Anna Seigal will talk about writing research fellow applications and Jason Lotay will talk about his experience and tips for applying for faculty positions. 

 

6 December 2019
16:00
Abstract

Dr Rachel Philip will discuss her experiences working at the interface between academic mathematics and industry. Oxford University Innovation will discuss how they can help academics when interacting with industry. 

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