Past Special Workshop

E.g., 2020-02-21
E.g., 2020-02-21
E.g., 2020-02-21
9 September 2019
11 September 2019
See below for speaker information

Further Information: 

The goal of the research workshop "Higher-order interaction networks: dynamics, structure, data" is to bring together researchers from these different communities with distinct perspectives on network dynamics —- from network science, dynamical systems, and data science/machine learning -- to develop novel approaches to understand networked systems. By cutting across different mathematical communities, this will allow to develop new tools, for example by exploring links between data driven methods (such as machine learning) and dynamics. A particular focus of this workshop will be on the role of non-dyadic dynamical interactions (joint interactions between more than two nodes) whose importance for the modeling, analysis, and control of such networked systems have recently been highlighted.

Expressions of interest are now open with an initial deadline of June 1, 2019, with notification of acceptance no later than June 15, 2019.

Participation in the workshop will cost a nominal fee of £50 which will be used to cover catering during the workshop. Participants will also have the chance to attend the workshop dinner on Wednesday 10th September at the nearby Somerville College, the cost of which will be £30.  

Thanks to generous funding from EU and the London Mathematical Society, there is limited travel support for UK-based early career researchers available. Please indicate whether you wish to apply for support during registration.

For further information including registration please click here.

Confirmed Speakers:

Lou Pecora (Naval Research Labs)
Tanya Berger-Wolf (Illinois)
Santiago Segarra (Rice)
Tiago Pereira (USP Sao Carlos)
Marta Sales-Pardo (Barcelona)
Jacopo Grilli (Santa Fe Institute/ICTP Trieste)
Marya Bazzi (ATI)
Rebecca Hoyle (Southampton)
Ana Paula Dias (Porto)
Laetitia Gauvin (ISI Torino)
Heather Harrington (Oxford)
Rodolphe Sepulchre (Cambridge)
Jess Enright (Stirling)
Peter Ashwin (Exeter)
Pawel Dlotko (Swansea)

24 May 2019
Panos Papazoglou, Laura Ciobanu, Ian Leary

Further Information: 

1:15-2:15 Isoperimetric inequalities of Groups and Isoperimetric Profiles of surfaces - Panos Papazoglou

It is an interesting question whether Gromov's `gap theorem' between a sub-quadratic and a linear isoperimetric inequality can be generalized in higher dimensions. There is some evidence (and a conjecture) that this might be the case for CAT(0) groups. In this talk I will explain how the gap theorem relates to past work of Hersch and Young-Yau on Cheeger constants of surfaces and of Lipton-Tarjan on planar graphs. I will present some related problems in curvature-free geometry and will use these ideas to give an example of a surface with discontinuous isoperimetric profile answering a question of Nardulli-Pansu. (joint work with E. Swenson).

2:30-3:30 Title tba - Laura Ciobanu

Abstract tba

3:30-4:15 Tea/coffee

4:15-5:15 CAT(0) groups need not be biautomatic - Ian Leary

Ashot Minasyan and I construct (or should that be find?) examples of groups that establish the result in the title. These groups also fail to have Wise's property: they contain a pair of elements no powers of which generate either a free subgroup or a free abelian subgroup. I will discuss these groups.

22 March 2018
23 March 2018

The 5th Oxford Neuron and Brain Mechanics Workshop will take place on 22 and 23 March 2018, in St Hugh’s College, Oxford. The event includes international and UK speakers from a wide variety of disciplines, collectively working on Traumatic Brain Injury, Brain Mechanics and Trauma, and Neurons research.

The aim is to foster new collaborative partnerships and facilitate the dissemination of ideas from researchers in different fields related to the study of brain mechanics, including pathology, injury and healing.

Focussing on a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach to aspects of brain mechanics research, the workshop will present topics from areas including Medical, Neuroimaging, Neuromechanics and mechanics, Neuroscience, Neurobiology and commercial applications within medicine.

This workshop is the latest in a series of events established by the members of the International Brain Mechanics and Trauma Lab (IBMTL) initiative *( in collaboration with St Hugh’s College, Oxford.


Professor Lee Goldstein MD, Boston University
Professor David Sharp, Imperial College London
Dr Ari Ercole, University of Cambridge
Professor Jochen Guck, BIOTEC Dresden
Dr Elisa Figallo, Finceramica SPA
Dr Mike Jones, Cardiff University
Professor Ellen Kuhl, Stanford University
Mr Tim Lawrence, University of Oxford
Professor Zoltan Molnar, University of Oxford
Dr Fatiha Nothias, University Pierre & Marie Curie
Professor Stam Sotiropoulos, University of Nottingham
Professor Michael Sutcliffe, University of Cambridge
Professor Alain Goriely, University of Oxford
Professor Antoine Jérusalem, University of Oxford

Everybody is welcome to attend but (free) registration is required.

Students and postdocs are invited to exhibit a poster.

For further information on the workshop, or exhibiting a poster, please contact:

The workshop is generously supported by the ERC’s ‘Computational Multiscale Neuron Mechanics’ grant (COMUNEM, grant # 306587) and St Hugh’s College, Oxford.

The International Brain Mechanics and Trauma Lab, based in Oxford, is an international collaboration on projects related to brain mechanics and trauma. This multidisciplinary team is motivated by the need to study brain cell and tissue mechanics and its relation with brain functions, diseases or trauma.

9 August 2017
Prof. Peter Grindrod CBE

This half-day research workshop will address issues at the intersection between network science, matrix theory and mathematical physics.

Network science is producing a wide range of challenging research problems that have diverse applications across science and engineering. It is natural to cast these research challenges in terms of matrix function theory. However, in many cases, closely related problems have been tackled by researchers working in statistical physics, notably quantum mechanics on graphs and quantum chaos. This workshop will discuss recent progress that has been made in both fields and highlight opportunities for cross-fertilization. While focusing on mathematical, physical and computational issues, some results will also be presented for real data sets of relevance to practitioners in network science.

2 June 2017
Minhyong Kim

Over the last few decades, a number of authors have discussed the analogy between linking numbers in three manifold topology and symbols in arithmetic. This talk will outline some results that make this precise in terms of natural complexes associated to arithmetic duality theorems. In particular, we will describe a ‘finite path integral’ formula for power residue symbols.

20 April 2015
21 April 2015

The Network and Criminality Workshop will explore the capacity of mathematics and computation to extract insight on network structures relevant to crime, riots, terrorism, etc. It will include presentations on current work (both application-oriented and on methods that can be applied in the future) and active discussion on how to address existing challenges.

Invited speakers (in alphabetical order) are as follows:

Prof. Alex Arenas, Professor of Computer Science & Mathematics, URV,

Prof. Henri Berestycki, Professor of Mathematics, EHESS,

Prof. Andrea Bertozzi, Professor of Mathematics, UCLA,

Dr. Paolo Campana, Research Fellow, Oxford,

Toby Davies, Graduate Student,  UCL,

Dr. Hannah Fry, Lecturer in the mathematics of cities, UCL,

Dr. Yves van Gennip, Lecturer in Mathematics, Nottingham,

Prof. Sandra González-Bailón, Assistant Professor at UPenn,

Prof. Federico Varese, Professor of Criminology, Oxford,


If you are interested in attending this workshop, please register by following this link:

19 January 2015
20 January 2015
Alain Goriely, Antoine Jerusalem

The 2015 Oxford Brain Mechanics Workshop 19 and 20 January, 2015 in St Hugh’s College, Oxford

Everybody is welcome to attend but (free) registration is required.

The event will include speakers from both CMU and Oxford working on Brain Mechanics and Trauma, as well as some chosen international members from the IBMTL* (

As well as focusing on various aspects of brain mechanics research, the 2015 Oxford Brain Mechanics Workshop will include the UK launch of the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) – University of Oxford ‘Brain Alliance’. We are delighted that Dr Subra Suresh, President of CMU will launch the workshop, introduced by Oxford Vice-Chancellor Prof. Andrew Hamilton.

The aim of the workshop is to foster new collaborative partnerships and facilitate the dissemination of ideas from researchers in different fields related to the study of brain mechanics, including pathology, injury and healing. The IBMTL is delighted to be a global partner in CMU’s ‘BrainHub’ initiative and further extend the truly interdisciplinary, collaborative network of IBMTL and its associated researchers in Medical Sciences, Neuroscience, Biology, Engineering, Physics and Mathematics.

  • Speakers:
  • Professor Andrew Hamilton, University of Oxford, UK
  • Dr Subra Suresh, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Mr Nick de Pennington, University of Oxford, UK
  • Professor Michel Destrade, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Dr Kristian Franze, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Professor Alain Goriely, University of Oxford, UK
  • Professor Gerhard Holzapfel, Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • Professor Jimmy Hsia, University of Illinois
  • Mr Jayaratnam Jayamohan, University of Oxford, UK
  • Professor Antoine Jerusalem, University of Oxford, UK
  • Professor Ellen Kuhl, Stanford University, USA
  • Professor Philip R LeDuc, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Professor Riyi Shi, Purdue University, USA

The workshop is generously supported by the Oxford Centre for Collaborative Applied Mathematics (OCCAM), which is led by IBMTL Co-Director, Prof Alain Goriely.