SIAM-IMA Student Chapter

University of Bath joint chapter of SIAM and IMA

Posts By: Dan Green

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.

 

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.

 

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.