UK Nonlinear News, May 1998

Academic News

Sebastian van Strien and Michael Benedicks awarded ESF grant.

Sebastian van Strien (, of the Mathematics Institute, University of Warwick, together with Michael Benedicks of the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm Sweden, is spearheading a new five year pan-European ESF-PESC (European Science Foundation - Physical and Engineering Sciences) programme PROBAB - Probabilistic Methods in non-hyperbolic dynamics after having been awarded a ESF grant. The initiative will involve scientists from the following countries: Belgium, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and UK.

Probabilistic and statistical methods are becoming increasingly important in understanding deterministic dynamical systems. This programme will help to unify European efforts directed at meeting the challenge of extending and generalising the techniques of hyperbolic dynamics to study non-hyperbolic systems.

The ESF acts as a catalyst for the development of science by bringing together leading scientists and research funding agencies to debate, plan and implement pan-European initiatives. The ESF provides an opportunity for Europe's top scientists to discuss and contribute to the long term development of sciences.

Programmes are medium to long term activities focused on specific themes. They bring together substantive research projects carried out by multi-national teams of researchers, and may include limited fellowship schemes. They concentrate on how expertise can be coordinated and developed effectively at a European level.

The Foundation's Executive Council approved Van Strien and Benedicks' proposal at its meeting in Strasbourg on 27 November 1997. The proposal was one of six selected from a total of 42 outline proposals received in response to the Committee's 1996-97 two stage call for programme proposals. Stefano Luzzatto, also of the Mathematics Institute, University of Warwick, was heavily involved in the grant application.

The new programme began in January 1998, and will run for five years. The annual budget allocated to the programme is 690kFF, or approximately 69K sterling; over five years this amounts to 345,000 sterling. A meeting of the programme's steering committee is scheduled for the last week in April 1998.

Additional details about the grant are available at:

Source: Dean Asker (

Graduation Project in Nonlinear Analysis of Electronic Oscillators.

Project title: Nonlinear Analysis of Electronic Oscillators.
Area: Nonlinear Dynamics of Electronic Circuits.
Reference: Gian Mario Maggio and Dr. Michael Peter Kennedy.
Place: University College Dublin (UCD).
Duration: Six months (including report).
Starting date: Preferably around May 1998.
Financial support: A grant equivalent to the Socrates ERASMUS rates is available.
Requirements: The ideal candidate should have a good background in Electronics, an interest in
nonlinear dynamics and chaos and a satisfactory knowledge of English.

Project description:

It has recently been shown that classical electronic oscillators can exhibit chaotic behaviour. The aim of this project is to characterise the dynamical behaviour of a class of electronic oscillators.

In particular, the work will be structured as follows:

Note: If interested the candidate may carry out also some experimental work

Contact information:

Gian Mario MAGGIO
Dept. of Electronic & Electrical Engineering [Room 324]
University College Dublin, Belfield - Dublin 4

Tel : +353-1-706 1998
Fax : +353-1-283 0921
E-mail :

Source: Gian Mario Maggio (


EC Postdoctoral Appointments to the Cambridge node of the GB team of the EC network on Nonlinear dynamics and statistical physics of spatially extended systems

The GB team consists of the Nonlinear Systems Laboratory, University of Warwick, the Nonlinear Centre, University of Cambridge, and the Dynamics Group, Queen Mary & Westfield College, London.

Source: Robert MacKay

Jan Kristensen appointed to a postdoc at Oxford

Dr. Jan Kristensen has been appointed to a 3-year EPSRC postdoctoral research assistantship in the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford. The project is on Local Minimisers in the Calculus of Variations. Dr Kristensen was previously supported at Oxford on a Danish Research Fellowship.

Source: Professor J.M. Ball (

Bernhardt Pilgram and Michael Small appointed to postdocs at the University of Western Australia

Dr. Bernhardt Pilgram (PhD student of Danny Kaplan, just completed) and Mr Michael Small (now completing PhD with Kevin Judd) have both accepted Research Officer positions at the University of Western Australia in projects concerning modelling of nonlinear dynamical systems from time series.

Source Alistair Mees (

Andrew Yool appointed to a postdoc at Southampton

Andrew Yool has just started as a postdoctoral RA at the Southampton Oceanography Centre, working under Dr. Mike Fasham and Dr. Ian Totterdell on general circulation model (GCM) implementations of an oceanic carbon cycle model (based around a ZPND plankton model). The work will form part of a European Union project, GOSAC, to study the role of the world ocean in the dynamics of CO2.

Source: Andrew Yool (

Steve Coombes appointed to a lectureship at Loughborough

Steve Coombes, previously a postdoctoral research associate in the Nonlinear and Complex Systems Group at Loughborough, has been appointed to a permanent Lecturership. Steve is interested in mathematical neuroscience and applied nonlinear dynamics.

Source: Andy Osbaldestin

Sebastian Reich appointed to the Foundation Lectureship in Mathematics at Surrey

Sebastian Reich has been appointed to the Foundation Lectureship in Mathematics at Surrey. Sebastian received his PhD from the TU Dresden in 1990. Since then he has been a Research Associate at the Weierstrass Institute in Berlin and most recently a Research Associate at the Konrad-Zuse Zentrum in Berlin. He has recently submitted his Habilitation Thesis (Dynamical Systems, Numerical Integration and Exponentially Small Estimates) at the Free University in Berlin. His research interests include: numerics of dynamical systems, symplectic integrators, simulations of molecular dynamics and numerics of differential-algebraic systems.

Source: Tom Bridges (

Paul Bressloff appointed to a Personal Chair at Loughborough

Paul Bressloff has been awarded a Personal Chair in Nonlinear and Complex Systems in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Loughborough University. He joined Loughborough as a Lecturer in 1993 after working in industry for five years as part of the Nonlinear Systems Theory Group at GEC-Marconi. Paul's main research interests lie in the area of mathematical biology and in particular the application of principles from nonlinear dynamics and statistical physics to the study of neural and other complex systems.

Source: Andy Osbaldestin

Mark Michaels appointed to Center for Parkland College, in Champaign, Illinois

Mark Michaels, the founder of The Chaos Network, which served as one of the first organisations to provide newsletters, international conferences, and networking relating chaos to social systems, has been appointed as Director of the Business Training Center for Parkland College, in Champaign, Illinois. Mark will continue his work on Chaos/complexity applications while he pursues growing up and making a living. (His first manuscript is finally being reviewed for publication.)

Source: Mark Michaels (

Visits and Visitors

Michael Bialy visits Cambridge

Dr. Michael Bialy (Tel Aviv, Israel) will be visiting the Nonlinear Centre, University of Cambridge, from 23 August 1998 to 22 August 1999 to work on Symplectic Geometry, Hamiltonian Dynamics and Calculus of Variations, supported by EPSRC and an exchange agreement between the Royal Society and the Israel Academy.

Source: Robert MacKay

Alex Craik visis the Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Kyoto University

Alex Craik has leave of absence from St. Andrews University to take up a one-year research post (February 1998 - January 1999) at the Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Kyoto University. He is presently working on aspects of thermal convection and nonlinear wave interactions in fluids, and also on the history of British mathematics in the 19th century.

His e-mail is

Source: Alex Craik

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