Friday, 27 December 2019

Nick Woodhouse appointed CBE in 2020 New Year Honours List

Professor Nick Woodhouse, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics in Oxford and Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College, former Head of the Mathematical Institute and previously President of the Clay Mathematics Institute has been appointed CBE in the 2020 New Year Honours List for services to mathematics.

Nick has had a distinguished career as both a researcher and a leading administrator in the University. His research has been at the interface between mathematics and physics, initially in relativity, and later in more general connections between geometry and physical theory, notably via twistor theory.  In parallel he led the Mathematical Institute in Oxford at a time of major expansion and was the leading figure in the Institute's move to the Andrew Wiles Building, completed in 2013. His time as President of the Clay Mathematics Institute saw its profile and influence increase and its roster of talented Clay Research Fellows grow.

Nick also played a leading role in the administration of the wider University including a period as Deputy Head of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division; and was a member of the North Commission set up in 1997 to review the management and structure of the collegiate University and whose recomendations helped shape Oxford as it operates in 2020.

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

James Maynard awarded the 2020 Cole Prize in Number Theory

Oxford Mathematician James Maynard has been awarded the 2020 Cole Prize in Number Theory by the American Mathematical Society (AMS) "for his many contributions to prime number theory."

James is one of the leading lights in world mathematics, having made dramatic advances in analytic number theory in the years immediately following his 2013 doctorate. These advances have brought him worldwide attention in mathematics and beyond and many prizes including the European Mathematical Society Prize, the Ramanujan Prize and the Whitehead Prize. In 2017 he was appointed Research Professor in Oxford.

James paid tribute to the many people whose work laid the foundations for his own discoveries and the people who have guided him in his career, from his parents to school teachers and university supervisors. He added: "the field of analytic number theory feels revitalised and exciting at the moment with new ideas coming from many different people, and hopefully this prize might inspire younger mathematicians to continue this momentum and make new discoveries about the primes."

The Cole Prize in Number Theory recognizes a notable research work in number theory that has appeared in the last six years. The work must be published in a recognized, peer-reviewed journal.

Friday, 1 November 2019

Ehud Hrushovski awarded the Heinz Hopf Prize

Oxford Mathematician Ehud Hrushovski has been awarded the 2019 Heinz Hopf Prize for his outstanding contributions to model theory and their application to algebra and geometry.

The Heinz Hopf Prize at ETH Zurich honours outstanding scientific achievements in the field of pure mathematics. The prize is awarded every two years with the recipient giving the Heinz Hopf Lecture. This year Ehud spoke on 'Logic and geometry: the model theory of finite fields and difference fields.'

Friday, 25 October 2019

Martin Bridson wins Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition from the American Mathematical Society

Oxford Mathematician Martin Bridson together with co-author André Haefliger has won the 2020 Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition awarded by the American Mathematical Society for the book 'Metric Spaces of Non-positive Curvature', published by Springer-Verlag in 1999. 

In the words of the citation "Metric Spaces of Non-positive Curvature is the authoritative reference for a huge swath of modern geometric group theory. It realizes Mikhail Gromov's vision of group theory studied via geometry, has been the fundamental textbook for many graduate students learning the subject, and has paved the way for the developments of the subsequent decades."

Professor Martin Bridson is Whitehead Professor of Pure Mathematics in Oxford, A Fellow of Magdalen College and President of the Clay Mathematics Institute. His research interests lie in geometric group theory, low-dimensional topology, and spaces of non-positive curvature. Born on the Isle of Man, In 2016 Martin became only the second Manxman to ever be elected to the Royal Society, after Edward Forbes.

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Early Prediction of Sepsis from Clinical Data - Oxford Mathematicians win the PhysioNet Computing in Cardiology Challenge 2019

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition caused by the body’s response to an infection. In the US alone, there are over 970,000 reported cases of sepsis each year accounting for between 6-30% of all Intensive Care Unit (ICU) admissions and over 50% of hospital deaths. It has been reported that in cases of septic shock, the risk of dying increases by approximately 10% for every hour of delay in receiving antibiotics. Early detection of sepsis events is essential in improving sepsis management and mortality rates in the ICU.

Since 2000, PhysioNet has hosted an annual challenge on clinically important problems involving data, whereby participants are invited to submit solutions that are run and scored on hidden test sets to give overall rankings. This year’s challenge was the “Early prediction of Sepsis from Clinical data.”
A team from Oxford Mathematics and Oxford Psychiatry which consisted of James Morrill, Andrey Kormilitzin, Alejo Nevado-Holgado, Sam Howison, and Terry Lyons ranked in first place out of 105 entries. The team built a method based on feature extraction using the Signature method. They showed how the model predictions could be used to provide an early warning system for high risk patients who can be given additional treatment or subject to closer monitoring.

Their work was made possible by support from the The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Alan Turing Institute.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Sam Cohen appointed to lead Public Engagement with Research for Oxford Mathematics

Oxford Mathematics is delighted to announce that Professor Sam Cohen has been chosen as one of seven Public Engagement with Research Leaders in the University of Oxford.

Mathematical research is an integral part of all our lives, though many people are blissfully unaware of the connection. Sam's role will be to encourage colleagues to explain that connection and to find smart and entertaining ways for them to do it, building on our mix of Public Lectures, Research Case-studies and social media.

Sam's own research is in stochastic analysis and mathematical finance. Beyond mathematics, he has interests in philosophy and Christian theology. Watch this space.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Oxford Mathematician Sarah Waters elected Fellow of the American Physical Society

Oxford Mathematician Sarah Waters has been elected Fellow of the American Physical Society. Sarah's research is in physiological fluid mechanics, tissue biomechanics and the application of mathematics to problems in medicine and biology. In the words of the citation Sarah was elected "for exposing the intricate fluid mechanics of biomedical systems and impactfully analyzing them with elegant mathematics.” 

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Nick Trefethen elected to the Academia Europaea

Oxford Mathematican Nick Trefethen has been elected to the Academia Europaea. Nick is Professor of Numerical Analysis in Oxford, a Fellow of Balliol College and Head of Oxford Mathematics's Numerical Analysis Group. He has published around 140 journal papers spanning a wide range of areas within numerical analysis and applied mathematics, including non-normal eigenvalue problems and applications, spectral methods for differential equations, numerical linear algebra, fluid mechanics, computational complex analysis, and approximation theory.

Nick will be an invited speaker at the 8th European Congress of Mathematics in Slovenia in 2020.

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Oxford Mathematicians win teaching and equality and diversity awards

Oxford Mathematics is part of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division (MPLS) here in Oxford and every year the division gives teaching and equality and diversity awards in recognition of the fact that teaching and the learning environment are at the very core of what we are about and from where all future success will derive.

This year Oxford Mathematicians were successful in various ways. In the teaching category Mareli Grady (who splits her time with the Department of Statistics) won for raising awareness of mathematics and engagement with the public through the Oxford Maths Festival; while Ian Griffiths, Sam Cohen and Frances Kirwan were recognised for their work on Fridays@4, an initiative which since 2015-16 has enhanced graduate students' study skills and their long-term educational development, and helped integrate students within the department.

Under the equality and diversity heading the Outstanding Contribution by a Staff Member – Student Choice Award is made to an individual (academic, researcher or administrator), nominated by a student or group of students, who has made an important contribution to advancing equality and diversity. Dominic Vella from Oxford Mathematics was nominated for creating and fostering a diverse and inclusive research group, with people from many different countries, socio-economic and educational backgrounds, and varying ethnic, gender and age profile.


Monday, 8 July 2019

Siddharth Arora and colleagues win Martin Black Prize for 2019 from the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine

The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine has announced the winners of the Martin Black Prize for 2019, which is awarded for the best paper published in Physiological Measurement.

The winner was 'Big data in Parkinson’s disease: using smartphones to remotely detect longitudinal disease phenotypes’ by Oxford Mathematician Siddharth Arora and John Prince and Maarten de Vos from Oxford's Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Engineering Science respectively.

The paper's objective was to better understand the longitudinal characteristics of Parkinson’s disease through the analysis of finger tapping and memory tests collected remotely using smartphones. More on Siddharth's work can be found here.