UK Nonlinear News, November 1998

Royal Society awards 1998 Hughes Medal to Professor Raymond Hide

The Royal Society has awarded the 1998 Hughes Medal to Professor Raymond Hide CBE, FRS "in recognition of his distinguished experimental and theoretical investigations of the hydrodynamics of rotating fluids and the application of such basic studies to the understanding of motions in the atmospheres and interiors of planets". A graduate of the Universities of Manchester and Cambridge, Professor Hide has held posts at the University of Chicago, the Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell, the University of Durham (King's College, Newcastle-upon-Tyne), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the UK Meterological Office, and the University of Oxford, where he is now an Emeritus Professor of Physics and Honorary Fellow of Jesus College. He has also served during his career as Professor of Astronomy at Gresham College in the City of London and as President of the Royal Meterological Society, the Royal Astronomical Society and the European Geophysical Society.

In recent years Professor Hide has also elected to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and received 1997 Award of the William Bowie Medal of the American Geophysical Union.

UKIE Siam Section Web Page

The UKIE section web server is now up and running

The web server includes a short annual report of section activities (circulated to SIAM council in July) together with a statement of section finances.

Source: Email sent to the UKIE SIAM Section mailing list.

LMS renews support for TUXEDO

The LMS have renewed support for TUXEDO (The UK Spatially Extended Dynamics Organisation) for the academic year 98/9. Its membership has also expanded to Nonlinear Systems Lab, Warwick; Nonlinear dynamics group, QMW London; Nonlinear mathematics group, Surrey; Centre for nonlinear dynamics and its applications, UCL; Nonlinear Centre, Cambridge. Meetings, which are open to all, will be announced via

Provisional TUXEDO meetings
4th December 1998 Mathematics, University of Surrey.
combined meeting on Travelling Fronts
3rd March 1999 King's College Research Centre, Cambridge.
Ecological and biological spatiotempaoral dynamics
14th June 1999 Mathematics, University of Warwick.

Source Robert S. MacKay.

Seminar Series on Spatially-Extended Dynamics

King's College Research Centre, Cambridge

Starting October 1st, 1998, King's College has launched a research centre project on spatially-extended dynamics. This project will involve mathematics, biology, and statistical physics. In connection with this project we will organise a seminar each term, addressing different topics. This term, mostly members and advisors of the research centre group will give talks to illuminate the various facets, and starting points, for the project.

Oct 21 Jonathan Swinton (King's College and Zoology)
Problems in Spatial Dynamics of Disease
Oct 28 Maurice Courbage (Paris 7)
Description and Abundance of Travelling
Waves in Cellular Automata and Chaotic CML
Nov 4 Robert MacKay (DAMTP)
Phase Transitions in Spatially Extended
Dynamical Systems: What are the Questions?
Nov 11 Neil O'Connell (BRIMS, Bristol)
Nov 18 Gesine Reinert (King's College and Statslab)
Stein's Method with Application to the
Anti-Voter Model
Nov 25 Matt Keeling (King's College and Zoology)
Bubonic Plague in Europe - Extinction or
Dec 2 Guy Gielis (King's College and Statslab)
Time Inhomogeneous Dynamics: Applications
to Simulated Annealing
WHEN: Wednesdays 5.05-6 pm
Refreshments will be available at 4:45 pm
WHERE: King's College Research Centre, Seminar Room
CONTACT: Rosemarie Baines
phone (01223) 331420
Gesine Reinert
phone (01223) 331328

Source: Gesine Reinert (

Informal Dynamics Seminars at the University of Warwick

Informal Dynamics Seminars, Math Institute, University of Warwick: ROOM 123 from 15:30 - 16:30 on Tuesdays
Tuesday 3/11 Florian Wagener
Introduction to quasi-periodic bifurcation Theory II
Tuesday 10/11 James Robinson /TD>
Finite dimensional attractors in infinite dimensional systems
Tuesday 17/11 Florian Wagener
Applications of quasi-periodic bifurcation Theory

Source: Hans Henrik Rugh (

Short course on ``Computation and Chaos: modern methods in nonlinear dynamics''

University of Warwick, 18-24 April 1999

The University of Warwick Mathematics Institute to run new intensive short course on Computation and Chaos: modern methods in nonlinear dynamics, at the Mathematics Institute, University of Warwick from the 18th to the 24th of April 1999.

The goal of this course is to give participants both an overview of the new techniques emerging in nonlinear systems and practical experience in their use. The Warwick Mathematics Department is an international leader in this area, and the course tutors will include a number of researchers who have played an important role in the development of these ideas and techniques.

The past 15-20 years have seen an explosion in both theoretical and practical aspects of nonlinear dynamics. On the one hand new areas such as chaos and nonlinear time-series analysis have emerged, and techniques such as bifurcation analysis have advanced immeasurably. On the other, these ideas have found wide ranging application to many different areas, from meteorology to AIDS, from financial analysis to chemical reactions, and from control of nonlinear systems to signal analysis. New and powerful computation techniques have developed in parallel.

The course will combine theory and practical work through a combination of lectures, seminars, computer workshops (UNIX and PC), and interactive workshops. As well as benefiting from discussion and feedback with other participants and course leaders, participants will be sent a questionnaire before the start of the course, giving them the opportunity to submit specific problems they would like discussed.

This course is aimed at practitioners and researchers involved in the modelling and simulation of nonlinear systems. It is envisaged that the course will be of particular use to professionals in many fields, including engineers across a wide spectrum of engineering practice, practitioners in financial analysis, as well as researchers involved in simulation and data analysis of complex systems.

More detailed information and an application form can be found on our web pages:

or by contacting:

MIR@W Programme Secretary
Mathematics Institute
University of Warwick

Tel: +44 (0)1203 523870
Fax: +44 (0)1203 524182

Source: Dean Asker (

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