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Students organise brilliant first SAMBa conference

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📥  Statistical Applied Mathematics

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We welcomed in mid-summer with our first SAMBa conference. The conference was organised by students Ben Robinson and Adwaye Rambojun, with many more of our students presenting talks or posters over the two days. These presentations showcased the range of excellent research that is taking place across the continuum of statistical applied mathematics.


External speakers Anja Sturm (University of Göttingen), Colin Morice (Met Office), and Richie Gill (Mechanical Engineering) showcased their work on branching and coalescing particle systems, reconstruction of daily air temperature variations, and in silico clinical trials, respectively.


Our partners, GKN, Schlumberger, AstraZeneca, and BT, each sponsored a session, and we were pleased to welcome a number of staff and students from UK universities, and industrial organisations, with 80 people attending over the two days.


Paul Milewski, co-Director of SAMBa, said: “It is wonderful to see the breadth of research taking place in SAMBa, and how well it was presented. The combination of talented students, diversity of research, and a cohort approach, where students continuously discuss with each other, has worked out extremely well.”


Anja Sturm, one of the invited speakers, said: "I was very impressed with the SAMBa programme and the conference. The talks and presentations were excellent and I was particularly taken by the great enthusiasm the students showed for their projects - which were indeed quite diverse and very interesting both from a mathematical, as well as an application point of view."


The atmosphere during the conference was great, with lots of discussion and a real sense of celebrating the achievements of SAMBa. We are already looking forward to next year!

More photos can be viewed here on Flickr.


SAMBa's 2nd cohort impress with talks introducing their PhD projects

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📥  Statistical Applied Mathematics

Over two afternoons in October, our second cohort of students presented their research to the rest of the SAMBa cohort, staff from the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the wider University, and some of our external partners.  Topics presented ranged from Modelling of Host Parasite Dynamics (complete with increasingly disgusting pictures) to Random Walks in a Changing Environment (or how to get from the University to Combe Down via Po Na Na) and encompassed all aspects of the statistical applied mathematics portfolio.

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Above, clockwise from top left, are Aoibheann Brady, Gianluca Detommaso, Anna Senkevich and Adwaye Rambojun presenting their research.

Our new students, who are just beginning their MRes year, were in the audience and we even managed to get a photo of almost the entire SAMBa cohort 3 years in.


An impressive array of SAMBa hoodies

The transfer day talks presented a breadth of research from students working in collaboration with industrial partners on clinical trial design or medical imaging, to those with projects involving branching processes, applications of nucleation theory, and finite element methods for elliptic PDEs. The presentations were of an excellent standard and it is great to see how much our students have developed both in mathematical expertise and presenting skill over the last year. More details on all our SAMBa projects can be found on our website.

We are looking forward to seeing the progress of our research students and working with our 3rd cohort as they move through their MRes year. Watch out for their Transfer Day presentations this time next year!