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Fry Conference Series: Challenges and Recent Advances in Mathematical Physics 2021


University of Bristol

This is the first in a series of conferences being held to celebrate the move of the School of Mathematics at the University of Bristol to the recently refurbished Grade II listed Fry Building at the heart of the university campus.

Taking place over three days, this online international conference features a distinguished line up of speakers, covering a broad range of topics in mathematical physics including quantum information, quantum field theory, integrable systems, random matrix theory and statistical physics. There will be a public lecture by Alexander Bobenko, The Discrete Charm of Geometry, on 20 January at 5:00 pm.

Speakers to include:
Alexander Bobenko (Technische Universität Berlin)

Alexander Bufetov (Aix-Marseille Université)

Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances, Bufetov’s talk has been cancelled. Please note the other session times will remain the same.

Harry Buhrman (CWI and QUSOFT)

Tom Claeys (UC Louvain)

Margherita Disertori (University of Bonn)

Eva-Maria Graefe (Imperial College)

Subir Sachdev (Harvard)

Sylvia Serfaty (New York University)

Registration is now open, please click here to register.

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PhD opportunities in mathematics and data science

This event will be hosted virtually due to the current COVID-19 circumstances.

This event is open to all undergraduate and masters students who are considering applying for a PhD in mathematics.

Wednesday 11 November

13:00- 14:00 Panel with graduate students discussing their experiences and how they came to do a PhD

14:00- 14:05 Break

14:05- 14:50 Information from the Post Graduate team

14:50- 15:00 Break

Three practitioners of mathematics to speak about what they do and how they got there:

15:00-15:30 Industry speaker- Mairi

15:30- 16:00 Industry speaker- Dr Silvia Chiappa (Google DeepMind)

16:00- 16:30 Academic speaker- Henna Koivusalo (Bristol).

16:30- 17:00 Informal discussion

If you are interested in registering for this virtual event please see here.

The workshop will take place on a variety of platforms, with the main platform for the talks being on Zoom. For Zoom guidance please see the Zoom guidance participants

As we are unable to mingle in person this year, we will be using Remo on coffee breaks. This informal gathering is to allow for speakers and attendees to meet up and socialise if they wish. 

Further details for the Remo breaks will be circulated closer to the event.

We will also be using Slack, as a way for speakers and participants to communicate during the workshop. Guidance on Slack can be found here

Deadline for registrations: Tuesday 3 November

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Virtual Open Day

Twitter: Graduation: Studying at Bristol:  

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Heilbronn Annual Conference 2020


University of Bristol

Visit the Heilbronn Annual Conference event website

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and government guidelines, this conference will now take place online.

The Annual Conference of the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research (HIMR) is the Institute’s flagship event. Taking place over two days, this online conference will cover a broad range of discrete mathematics, including algebra, combinatorics, data science, geometry, number theory, probability and quantum information.

Confirmed speakers are as follows, and lectures are intended to be accessible to a general audience of mathematicians:

Maria Chudnovsky, Princeton
Adam Harper, Warwick
Özlem Imamoglu, ETH Zurich
Kurt Johansson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Ailsa Keating, Cambridge
Hendrik Lenstra, Universiteit Leiden
Ulrike Tillmann, Oxford
Ronald de Wolf, CWI & Universiteit van Amsterdam

More information and the conference programme can be found on our website.
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Grae Worster- Colloquium

Monday 9th March, 4:00-5:00pm, The Fry Building, LG.02

Fluid dynamics of marine ice sheets

Abstract: Marine ice sheets flow on bedrock that is below sea level and terminate in floating ice shelves.  Fluid dynamics controls the location of the grounding line, where the ice sheet detaches from the bed rock and starts to float, which in turn determines the rate at which grounded ice is transported into the ocean and contributes to sea-level rise.  I will describe some simple laboratory experiments and associated mathematical models that capture the dynamics of marine ice sheets, highlighting the role of the floating shelves in buttressing the grounded ice sheet.  I will also describe a novel fluid-mechanical instability of shear-thinning, radially extensional flows that may describe certain longitudinal fractures in ice shelves. 

If you would like to attend this talk, please register by filling in this short registration form.

As always there will be a wine reception afterwards in the Staff Common room.

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Colloquium- Jonathan Rougier

Monday 17th February, 4-5pm, Fry Building LG.02 (Lower Ground Floor Lecture Theatre) followed by a wine reception in the Staff Common Room. Title: Predicting the next apocalyptic volcanic super-eruption  Abstract: Hazards tend to be summarized in terms of their frequency/magnitude curve.  For explosive volcanic eruptions, a super-eruption at the top end of the magnitude range […]

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Elmer Rees Memorial Meeting

The Fry Building, LG.22

We are holding a one-day conference in Elmer’s memory and to mark his contribution to UK Mathematics.

There will be a series of speakers throughout the day, both mathematical and personal. Please find the programme for the meeting here.

If you would like to attend this event, please register for your place here.

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Fifth Workshop on Generalised Baire Spaces

The workshop will begin on Monday at 9am and end on Tuesday at 4pm. It is open to everyone.

For more information, please see the conference website.

Description Generalized descriptive set theory studies spaces of functions on uncountable regular cardinals and properties of their definable subsets. This is a relatively new and very active field of set theoretic research. The talks will focus on generalized descriptive set theory and its connections with model theory and infinite combinatorics. There will be two tutorials on connections with model theory.

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Eric Moulines mini-series of lectures

Eric Moulines will be visiting the Heilbronn Institute of Mathematical Research as a Data Science Visitor from 27th January- 31st January. During his stay Eric will be delivering a series of lectures on Convex optimization for machine learning.

Tuesday 28th January 11:00- 12:00 G.09, The Fry Building
Thursday 30th January 13:00- 14:00, G.10, The Fry Building
Friday 31st January 10:00- 11:00, G.09, The Fry Building

Title: Convex optimization for machine learning

Abstract: The purpose of this course is to give an introduction to convex optimization and its applications in statistical learning.

In the first part of the course, I will recall the importance of convex optimisation in statistical learning. I will briefly introduce some useful results of convex analysis. I will then analyse gradient descent algorithms for strongly convex and then convex smooth functions. I will take this opportunity to establish some results on complexity lower bounds for such problems. I will show that the gradient descent algorithm is suboptimal and does not reach the optimal possible speed of convergence. I will the present a strategy to accelerate gradient descent algorithms in order to obtain optimal speeds.

In the second part of the course, I will focus on non smooth optimisation problems. I we will introduce the proximal operator of which I will establish some essential properties. I will then study the proximal gradient algorithms and their accelerated versions.

In a third part, I will look at stochastic versions of these algorithms.

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