Events

Date/Time Event
31/01/2018
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Jeff Evans (Middlesex University)
C110, Hendon

Title – TBA

Abstract – TBA

24/01/2018
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Abhishek Deshpande (Imperial College London)
W152, Hendon

Switches in Biological and Physical Computation

Abstract

Switches are ubiquitous in both physical and biological circuits and play a pivotal role in their exquisite behaviour. We will discuss chemical “switches” in two separate scenarios: chemical reaction networks, and synthetic biology.

10/01/2018
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Dr. Christopher Townsend
W152, Hendon

Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and the Financial Markets

The seminar will give an overview of how blockchain based crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin work and describe some of the financial landscape in which they operate.

12/12/2017
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
I wasn't expecting that! - Rob Eastaway
C211, Hendon

As humans we depend on our intuition to make many of our decisions. And most of the time it works. But when intuition doesn’t work it can go spectacularly wrong. Best-selling maths author Rob Eastaway reveals some of his favourite examples, and explains why mathematicians so often seem to delight in the counter-intuitive. Brace yourself, and be prepared to get things wrong….

06/12/2017
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Dr. Ben Fairbairn (Birkbeck)
WG48, Hendon

Invertible Generating Graphs

Let G be a group. Recall that the generating graph of G is defined as follows: the vertices are the non-trivial elements of G with two vertices x and y being adjoined by an edge if and only if the pair x and y generate G. This much-studied object encodes many of the quantities studied for measuring how easily generating pairs can be found. In this talk we discuss a variant of the generating graph recently introduced by the speaker.

22/11/2017
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Dr. Nick Sharples (Middlesex)
WG48, Hendon

Non-uniqueness of differential equations

Differential equations are an important tool in modelling many phenomena in the real world. However, these mathematical abstractions may exhibit behaviours that are not physically reasonable, such has admitting multiple solutions for a given initial condition, raising questions their validity as models.

In this gentle talk I will discuss the issues of non-uniqueness of Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations in several frameworks, and some recent work to establish uniqueness for differential equations with sufficiently regular coefficients.

08/11/2017
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Dr. Jonathan Elmer (Middlesex)
WG50, Hendon

Modular coinvariants

The algebra of coinvariants of a finite group G acting on V is the quotient of the algebra of invariants k[V]^G by the ideal of k[V] generated by positive degree invariants. Unlike the algebra of invariants itself, it is fairly computable. The algebra of coinvariants sometimes contains information about the structure of the invariants. Like many things in invariant theory and representation theory, more is known in the non-modular case (where |G| is not divisible by the characteristic of K) than in the modular case. I will report on some recent work with Mufit Sezer which aims to understand more about coinvariants in the modular case.

01/11/2017
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Prof. Oleg Smolyanov (Lomonosov Moscow State University)
C217, Hendon

Feynman path integrals and quantum anomalies.

06/07/2017
10:00 am - 12:20 pm
School visit
Twyford CofE High School, Action, Action
16/06/2017
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Invariant Theory: Recent Progress and Applications
The Quad, London

A one day meeting in invariant theory: recent progress and applications will take place on Friday 16th June at Middlesex University, Hendon. The meeting aims to bring together researchers in invariant theory and researchers in other areas of algebra and geometry in which invariant theory can be applied. The following have agreed to speak:

  • Emilie Dufresne (Nottingham)
  • Jonathan Elmer (Middlesex)
  • R. J. Shank (Kent)

There is a limited amount of funding available to cover travel and accommodation expenses for PhD students. For further information, send me an email on j.elmer at mdx dot ac dot uk. The meeting is supported by an LMS scheme 1 (celebrating new appointments) grant.

There is no registration fee, but places are limited. To book your place, please use the form below.

 

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