Past Forthcoming Seminars

11 April 2018
Howard Masur

An interval exchange transformation is a map  of an 
interval to 
itself that rearranges a finite number of intervals by translations.  They 
appear among other places in the 
subject of rational billiards and flows of translation surfaces. An 
interesting phenomenon is that an IET may have dense orbits that are not 
uniformly distributed, a property known as non unique ergodicity.  I will 
talk about this phenomenon and present some new results about how common 
this is. Joint work with Jon Chaika.

4 April 2018

The uniformly degenerate elliptic equation is a special class of degenerate elliptic equations. It appears frequently in many important geometric problems. For example, the Beltrami-Laplace operator on conformally compact manifolds is uniformly degenerate elliptic, and the minimal surface equation in the hyperbolic space is also uniformly degenerate elliptic. In this talk, we discuss the global regularity for this class of equations in the classical Holder spaces. We also discuss some applications.

  • Partial Differential Equations Seminar
22 March 2018
Simon Foucart

The restricted isometry property is arguably the most prominent tool in the theory of compressive sensing. In its classical version, it features l_2 norms as inner and outer norms. The modified version considered in this talk features the l_1 norm as the inner norm, while the outer norm depends a priori on the distribution of the random entries populating the measurement matrix.  The modified version holds for a wider class of random matrices and still accounts for the success of sparse recovery via basis pursuit and via iterative hard thresholding. In the special case of Gaussian matrices, the outer norm actually reduces to an l_2 norm. This fact allows one to retrieve results from the theory of one-bit compressive sensing in a very simple way. Extensions to one-bit matrix recovery are then straightforward.

  • Numerical Analysis Group Internal Seminar
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.

22 March 2018
Marie Hicks, Adrian Johnstone, Cliff Jones, Julianne Nyhan, Mark Priestly, Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze

The BSHM meeting on “The history of computing beyond the computer” looks at the people and the science underpinning modern software and programming, from Charles Babbage’s design notation to forgotten female pioneers.

Registration will be £32.50 for standard tickets, £22.00 for BSHM members and Oxford University staff, and £6.50 for students. This will include tea/coffee and biscuits at break times, but not lunch, as we wanted to keep the registration fee to a minimum. A sandwich lunch or a vegetarian sandwich lunch can be ordered separately on the Eventbrite page. If you have other dietary requirements, please use the contact button at the bottom of this page. There is also a café in the Mathematical Institute that sells hot food at lunchtime, alongside sandwiches and snacks, and there are numerous places to eat within easy walking distance.


21 March 2018

17:00 Andrew Hodges, University of Oxford, author of "Alan Turing: The Enigma” on 'Alan Turing: soft machine in a hard world.’

22 March 2018

9:00 Registration

9:30 Adrian Johnstone, Royal Holloway University of London, on Charles Babbage's design notation

10:15 Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze, Universitetet i Agder, on early numerical methods in the analysis of the Northern Lights

11:00 Tea/Coffee

11:30 Julianne Nyhan, University College London, on Father Busa and humanities data

12:15 Cliff Jones, University of Newcastle, on the history of programming language semantics

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Mark Priestley, author of "ENIAC in Action, Making and Remaking the Modern Computer"

14:45 Marie Hicks, University of Wisconsin-Madison, author of "Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge In Computing"

15:30 Tea/Coffee

16:00 Panel discussion to include Martin Campbell-Kelly (Warwick), Andrew Herbert (TNMOC), and Ursula Martin (Oxford)

17:00 End of conference

Co-located event

23 March, in Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, Symposium for the History and Philosophy of Programming, HaPoP 2018, Call for extended abstracts


21 March 2018

There is a conjecture by Colliot-Thelene (about 2005) that under specific hypotheses, a morphism of Q-varieties f : X --> Y has the property that for almost all prime numbers p, the corresponding map X(Q_p) --> Y(Q_p) is surjective. A sharpening of the conjecture was solved by Denef (2016), and later, "if and only if" conditions on f were given by Skorobogatov et al. The plan for the talk is to explain in detail the conjecture and the results mentioned above, and to report on work in progress on a different method to attack the conjecture under quite relaxed hypotheses.

  • Number Theory Seminar