SIAM-IMA Student Chapter

University of Bath joint chapter of SIAM and IMA

Dan's trip to the SIAM Annual Meeting 2018

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In the start of July, I went to the SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) Annual Meeting, this year held in Portland, Oregon, having been awarded a SIAM Travel Award in order to attend.
I was also attending as the representative for the University of Bath SIAM Student Chapter, as I was the Secretary of the chapter.

This meant that I was invited to give a talk as a student representative in the Student Days minisymposium, speaking about my recent research on “Preconditioning weak constraint variational data assimilation problems”, and to attend a breakfast with the SIAM leadership, where the chapter representatives learnt what other chapters had done in the past year.

 

The conference was the largest I have attended during my PhD, and had over 1300 registered attendees from across the world. There was also a large number of students attending, including a good showing from the UK and Ireland, many of whom had attended the SIAM UKIE National Student Chapter Conference which we hosted in Bath in June.

There were some very interesting talks at the conference, including one on elastoplasticity, and the technology they created to produce the snow in the film “Frozen” using it, and the community lecture about paradoxes, and the crisis they caused in mathematics a century ago.
A hidden gem however, was at the conference “Applied Mathematics Education” which ran in parallel to the Annual Meeting. At lunchtime on the Tuesday, Gil Strang gave a talk on teaching undergraduates about deep (machine) learning. Despite it being relatively hidden in the conference program, and many people saying afterwards they wished they’d gone, there was standing room only for the talk, even if you’d arrived five minutes early.
Gil Strang is a big name in mathematics, particularly in Linear Algebra, and has been a professor at MIT since 1962, writing a number of books, having been awarded many prizes, and is still on top form at the age of 83, cracking some good (mathematical) jokes. His talk explored a few questions about how to teach this particular area of mathematics, and whether some tried and tested ideas should be changed.

 

The conference was a great opportunity to speak to and hear from a wide range of mathematicians, particularly those based in North America. It also gave me a chance to visit the west coast of the USA, having only previously visited the east coast.

 

Reflections on the SIAM UKIE National Student Chapter Conference

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On the 18th and 19th June 2018, the University of Bath SIAM-IMA Student Chapter hosted the SIAM UKIE National Student Chapter Conference. This annual conference is organised by, and for, the SIAM Student chapters in the UK and Ireland. The 2018 edition was the 7th such event, the first hosted by the University of Bath, and the first to be held over two days. The conference brought together students working in all areas of applied and industrial mathematics, and related fields, from across the UK and Ireland. There were opportunities for students to showcase their research through a talk or a poster, and to hear talks by distinguished plenary speakers. The conference included 4 plenary talks, 29 contributed talks and 23 contributed posters, and was attended by 104 registered participants from 24 different institutions.

SIAM UKIE National Student Chapter Conference

Attendees came from across the UK and Ireland, with representatives from France and Germany, ranging from undergraduates, through graduate students to post-docs and academics. A number of attendees were not mathematicians, but rather came from departments of architecture; physics; psychology; economics; and biomedical, mechanical, and civil engineering.

Nicole Spillane - SNSCC 2018

The conference featured four fantastic plenary talks from leading researchers. Nicole Spillane (École Polytechnique) described her work on Domain Decomposition Methods with Adaptive Multipreconditioning, beginning with an introduction to domain decomposition methods before moving on to describe adaptive multipreconditioning, a preconditioning method that combines the best parts of iterative and direct solvers. Our second plenary session was given by Marta Blangiardo (Imperial College London), who gave an overview of the methods, examples, and challenges in spatio-temporal statistics. We saw examples including tracking the changes in prostate cancer mortality rates across Spain, and exploring the correlation between high temperatures and mortality across the UK.

The first evening of the conference featured a poster session and wine reception with 23 posters, which included a wide variety of research, ranging from using topology to design frame structures for buildings to dynamically optimising clinical trials, via methods for high-order nonlinear PDEs, boundary layers on rotating discs, techniques for analysing RNA data in cancer, and modelling indoor wifi signals.

Poster Session at SNSCC 2018

The second day of the conference featured talks from Ian Griffiths (University of Oxford & Princeton University) and Simon Chandler-Wilde (University of Reading). Ian spoke about his work applying fluid dynamics to industrial problems, such as the removal of arsenic from water supplies in Bangladesh and the manufacture of glass screens for smartphones. The conference was concluded with Simon Chandler-Wilde presenting his recent work, answering a long-standing open question. He gave a clear introduction to the analytic concepts involved in showing that the convergence of Galerkin methods for Laplace’s equation is not guaranteed on arbitrary Lipschitz domains.

SNSCC Posters

In addition to the plenary talks, students from 15 universities presented their work through contributed talks. These talks covered mathematical topics which included strategies for the Prisoner’s dilemma, the predictability of the climate, the spreading of droplets, models for image registration, modelling biodegradable polymers, adaptive numerical methods for singular reaction-diffusion equations, models for simulating fingerprints, numerical simulation of scattering by ice crystals, and the simulation of individuals moving across a network, amongst many others. (See the details in the conference programme.)

Marta-SNSCC

All in all, the conference was a great success. The conference has grown in the number of attendees, the number of talks presented, and the number of days over which it was held. Many attendees enjoyed the conference enormously, with some commenting that they “all certainly had a great time”, they “really enjoyed the talks and meeting everyone” and that “the high level of organisation didn’t go unnoticed”.

Since the conference, we've put together a photo gallery of the event. If you want to keep up to date with future events organised by the University of Bath SIAM-IMA Student Chapter, you can see what we're up to on the student chapter website.

The conference was very generously supported by grants from SIAM and the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications (IMA). The organisers also secured grants from the University of Bath’s Doctoral College, Institute for Mathematical Innovation, and Department of Mathematical Sciences, as well as industrial sponsorship from CFM, MyLife Digital, and Overleaf.

Overleaf ducks

 

One Month till the 2018 National Student Chapter Conference

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The University of Bath SIAM-IMA Student Chapter is hosting the 7th annual SIAM UKIE National Student Chapter Conference in just one month. This will take place at the University of Bath on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th June 2018.

Registration and poster submission is still open until the end of the month! Please complete the registration form by Thursday 31st May 2018.

The full conference program is available online now at http://people.bath.ac.uk/br275/siam-ima/SNSCC-2018/programme.pdf

The aim of the conference is to bring together students working in applied or industrial mathematics, and areas which use them, from across the UK and Ireland. There will be the opportunity for students to showcase their research through a talk or poster, or to discuss more informally over coffee or the provided lunch on both days.

There will be talks and posters from all areas of applied mathematics, statistics, and those which have potential applications to industry.

During the two day conference, we will host four fantastic plenary speakers:
Marta Blangiardo (Imperial College London)
Simon Chandler-Wilde (University of Reading)
Ian Griffiths (University of Oxford)
Nicole Spillane (CMAP, École Polytechnique)

and thirty student talks!

For further information and registration, please see the conference website at http://go.bath.ac.uk/SNSCC-2018. Alternatively contact the committee at siambath@gmail.com.

We look forward to welcoming you to the University of Bath in June.

 

National Student Chapter Conference – 18/19th Jun 2018

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The University of Bath SIAM-IMA Student Chapter is privileged to be hosting the 7th annual SIAM UKIE National Student Chapter Conference. This will take place at the University of Bath on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th June 2018.

Abstract submission deadline extended till Friday 27th April 2018.

Registration is now open. Please complete the registration form by Friday 18th May 2018.

The aim of the conference is to bring together students working in applied or industrial mathematics, and areas which use them, from across the UK and Ireland. There will be the opportunity for students to showcase their research through a talk or poster, or to discuss more informally over coffee or the provided lunch on both days.

We welcome talks and posters from any area of applied mathematics, statistics, or any mathematics which has potential applications to industry. There is some funding available for those students with an accepted presentation.

During the two day conference, we will host four fantastic plenary speakers:
Marta Blangiardo (Imperial College London)
Simon Chandler-Wilde (University of Reading)
Ian Griffiths (University of Oxford)
Nicole Spillane (CMAP, École Polytechnique)

The relevant deadlines for the conference are:
The deadline for contributed talk abstracts is Friday 30th March 2018 Friday 27th April 2018.
The deadline for poster submissions is Friday 13th April 2018 Friday 27th April 2018.
The deadline for registration is Friday, 18th May 2018.

For further information, registration and abstract submission, please see the conference website at http://go.bath.ac.uk/SNSCC-2018. Alternatively contact the committee at siambath@gmail.com.

We look forward to welcoming you to the University of Bath in June.

 

Ben Robinson receives SIAM award

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Congratulations to Benjamin Robinson, the treasurer of the chapter, who was awarded a Certificate of Recognition by SIAM for his contributions in this last academic year of 2016-17.

 

Ben Robinson receiving the SIAM Certificate of Recognition from the Chapter's Faculty Advisor Dr Melina Freitag

On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank you for all the valuable work you have done so far, not only for the chapter but also for the department as a whole (organizing seminars, conferences, and so on).

Look forward to be working with you for another year! 🙂

 

Chapter Website, Twitter and Email.

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The chapter has had a refresh of website, twitter and email. We will continue to use the blog for longer news updates, but for information, and brief updates we will additionally use the website and twitter.

The Bath SIAM-IMA Student chapter website can be found at

go.bath.ac.uk/SIAM-IMA

This contains a concise and up to date information about the chapter, and will be the hub for information about the upcoming UKIE SIAM National Student Chapter Conference 2018 which we are privileged to be hosting in June 2018. More information about the conference will be available at

go.bath.ac.uk/SNSCC-2018

when available.

The chapter twitter account is https://twitter.com/SIAMBath

Finally, an easy way of contacting the committee is by email at SIAMBath@gmail.com

 

2017 Committee (By-)Election Results

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After a year on the Bath SIAM-IMA Student Chapter Committee, Adwaye and Anna decided to step down from their roles as Vice President and Media officers respectively. We thank them both for their valuable contributions to the committee, and hope they’ll continue to take part in the chapter’s events if not in an organisational role.

This resulted in a vacancy on the committee, and we held an election, inviting nominations for the roles of both Vice President, and additional committee members.

Amy Middleton stood for, and was elected to Vice President.
Malena Sabate-Landman was appointed to the committee,
Owen Pembery was also appointed to the committee.

As such the committee for the 2017/8 academic year is:

President: Francisco De Melo Virissimo (F.de.Melo.Virissimo@bath.ac.uk)
Vice President: Amy Middleton (A.L.L.Middleton@bath.ac.uk)
Secretary: Dan Green (D.L.H.Green@bath.ac.uk)
Treasurer: Benjamin Robinson (B.A.Robinson@bath.ac.uk)
Committee Member: Owen Pembery (O.R.Pembery@bath.ac.uk)
Committee Member: Malena Sabate-Landman (M.Sabate.Landman@bath.ac.uk)

Note the committee decided to remove the specific roles of Social Secretary and Media & Promotion, in favour of generic committee members, highlighting the flexibility of the committee member roles.

 

New SIAM UKIE President and Vice President elected!

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The new SIAM UKIE section President is local: congratulations to Professor Ivan Graham for his election!

Best of luck for Prof Graham and Dr MacKenzie. We are looking forward for working together as part of this big SIAM community!


(Extracted from the SIAM UKIE section blog)

The SIAM UKIE election results are in. Of the 283 eligible voters, 122 people voted, which is a good turnout. Many thanks to those who have voted!

Ivan Graham

Prof Ivan Graham

John MacKenzie

Dr John MacKenzie

Congratulations go to Prof. Ivan Graham (University of Bath) and Dr John MacKenzie (University of Strathclyde) on being elected as the new President and Vice President of our SIAM UKIE section. Ivan and John will serve in their roles for a period of two years until the end of March 2019. We are all looking forward to working together.

The full article can be read here.

 

 

Bath SIAM-IMA Student Conference 2017

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It is a pleasure to announce that the University of Bath SIAM-IMA Student Chapter will be hosting a local student conference on 1st March 2017. This one day meeting will be a great opportunity for PhD students to discuss their research with their peers, and to share their work via a talk or poster in a relaxed environment.

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All PhD students in the country are welcome to attend, and there is a programme of talks and poster presentations by students from Bath and other local universities.

The student talks will be complemented by two plenary speakers: Philippe Blondel is a physicist from the University of Bath, who will describe how he uses mathematics in his work to study the Earth's oceans; and Jon Chapman from the University of Oxford will discuss divergent series, and how they crop up in his area of applied mathematics research.

A full schedule and list of abstracts is available at the conference webpage.

Registration will be open until 12:00 on Wednesday 22nd February, and we will still welcome additional poster presentations until that time.

The details are as follows:

Bath SIAM-IMA Student Conference
09:30 – 16:00 Wednesday 1st March 2017
University of Bath

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We hope to see you at the conference in March!

Warmest wishes,

Adwaye, Amy, Anna, Ben, Dan and Francisco
The Bath SIAM-IMA Student Chapter Committee

 

Women in Maths and Athena Swan

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In April this year, as part of the 150 years of LMS (London Mathematical Society) celebrations the annual Women in Maths conference was extended from the usual 1 day to 4 days.
It was a brilliant opportunity to meet women at the forefront of research in their field and many members from industry as well as a large cohort of other female maths students from around the country and a few from abroad too! There was also opportunity to discuss some of the issues facing women in academia and routes for career progression.

More details on the conference and a few photos can be found here
https://www1.maths.ox.ac.uk/events/conferences/women-maths

At the University of Bath we are committed to progress towards gender equality and representation, progression and success for all,  I am therefore delighted to announce that both I and Katy will be working with the Departmental Self-Assessment Team to submit an application for an Athena Swan Award
http://www.ecu.ac.uk/equality-charters/athena-swan/