UK Nonlinear News, May 1998

Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ANZIAM'98) Conference

By Harvinder S. Sidhu

Harvinder S. Sidhu (, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University College (University of New South Wales), Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra ACT 2600, AUSTRALIA.

The annual meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ANZIAM) took place at Greenmount Beach Resort, Coolangatta, Queensland, Australia from 7-11 February 1998. There were approximately 120 delegates, resulting in around 123 talks (including 23 student presentations). The wide ranging topics of the presentations which included combustion, doppler ultrasound, epidemiology, fluid mechanics, geothermal modelling, liver kinetics supercoiled DNA, and vision research, provided something of interest for delegates in most fields of Applied Mathematics at each session. The invited speakers were:

Dr. Richard Paris University of Abertey Dundee, United Kingdom
Recent Developments in Asymptotics
Professor Colin Pask Australian Defence Force Academy, Australia
Seeing the Mathematics
Professor Tim Pedley University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Flow Structure Interactions in Biomechanics
Professor Hugh Possingham University of Adelaide, Australia
Maths for Managing Populations: Conservation Fisheries and Pests
Professor Vernon Squire University of Otago, New Zealand
Applying Mathematics When It's Cold
Professor Gil Strang MIT, USA
The Discrete Cosine Transform, Block Toeplitz Matrices, and Wavelets

The excellent location and venue of the conference together with the well presented seminars, made this meeting thoroughly enjoyable. I certainly cannot wait for ANZIAM'99 which will be held at Mollymook, Ulladula, New South Wales, Australia in February 1999 (

Fire Analysis Group Meeting

The Anziam'98 conference was followed by a two day combustion workshop which brought together, for the very first time, all of the research groups in Australia and New Zealand which are involved in combustion modelling. This meeting resulted in the formation of the Fire Analysis Group ( which is basically an inter-institutional research group interested in fire and combustion research.

Day One of the meeting was led by Professor Brian Gray and this was followed by Professor Graeme Wake on Day Two. Topics covered during this workshop included combustion waves and critical initial conditions for ignition.

We would also like to take this opportunity to announce a Combustion meeting in honour of Professor Brian Gray on the occasion of his 65th birthday. The meeting will be held on the 11th and 12th of February 1999 (immediately after the ANZIAM'99 conference). There will be a proceedings for this meeting, as well as a special issue in Journal of the Australian Mathematics Society Series B. For further details please read the up-to-date information on

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