UK Nonlinear News, 18 August 1999.

New Announcements

Mathematical Interdisciplinary Research @ Warwick

Autumn 1999

All programmes will take place in the Mathematics Institute and run from approximately 1.00pm-6.00pm.

Please see individual posters or our website for details:

Monday 18th October 1999 Numerical Methods for Large-Scale Bifurcation Problems
Organiser: Kurt Lust
Monday 1st November 1999 Magneto-Hydrodynamics
Organiser: Dwight Barkley
Monday 29th November 1999 Near Wall Turbulence
Organiser: Sergey Nazarenko
Monday 6th December 1999 Modelling Spatial Processes in Plant Populations
Organiser: Chris Bauch

Source: Elaine Greaves Coelho (

TUXEDO 99/00


The United Kingdom Spatially Extended Dynamics Organisation has been funded by the London Mathematical Society for a third year, to facilitate exchange of results and ideas between PhD students, postdocs and established staff in research groups at the Universities of Warwick, Cambridge, and Surrey, and University College and Queen Mary & Westfield College in London. Three 1-day meetings will be held during the academic year 99/00 at three of the above places. Participation by graduate students is particularly encouraged.

The meetings will be announced to email lists maintained by Elaine Greaves Coelho (Warwick), Tom Bridges (Surrey) and Louise Hall (Cambridge, UCL and QMW), and via a website ( user/nlc/tuxedo.html, though this has got out of date!). To get onto the email lists, email, or respectively. Participation from other groups is welcome though we regret that we can not offer LMS funding. For events at Warwick, however, some funding for other participants may be available through MIR@W.

Source: R.S.MacKay

Workshop on mathematical modelling of problems in combustion

17 November 1999, University of Leeds

Centre for Combustion and Energy Studies and the Centre for Nonlinear Studies

Room 314, Houldsworth Building, University of Leeds
2.00-2.45 Dr. Caroline Lowe, Cambridge
Gas dynamical features of solid propellant ignition and combustion
2.45-3.20 Richard Cooper, Birmingham
Mathematical modelling of tubular fuel cells
3.20-3.40 Break: Tea & Coffee.
3.40-4.15 Alex James, Department of Fuel & Energy, University of Leeds.
Path-following methods applied to a plug-flow model of catalytic combustion
4.15-5.00 Dr. John Billingham, Birmingham
The effect of heat loss on strongly exothermic combustion in premixed fuels

Meeting Organiser: Mark Nelson.
Further Enquiries: Dr. A.C. McIntosh.

London Dynamics Seminar & Meeting of Southeastern Bifurcation Theory Group

1 December 1999, Imperial College

Organizer: Jeroen S.W. Lamb (
Venue Department of Mathematics
Imperial College
180 Queen's Gate
London SW7 2BZ

10.00-11.00 Welcome Coffee
11.00-11.50 Eric Lombardi (INLN, Nice, France)
Phenomena beyond all orders and bifurcation of reversible homoclinic connections. Applications to water waves.
12.00-12.50 Richard Cushman (Utrecht, Netherlands)
Monodromy in reversible non-Hamiltonian mechanics with nonholonomic constraints.
13.00-14.30 Lunch Break
14.30-15.20 Mark Roberts (Warwick, UK)
Relative equilibria of reversible Hamiltonian systems.
15.30-16.20 John Roberts (La Trobe, Melbourne, Australia)
The reversing symmetry group of planar polynomial automorphisms.
16.30-17.00 Tea
17.00-17.50 Jon Keating (Bristol, UK)
Arithmetical symmetries of quantum torus maps.
18.00 end

This day is embedded in the 2nd Workshop on Time-Reversal Symmetry in Dynamical Systems, 1-3 December 1999, at Imperial College. For the full program of this workshop, including abstracts (also of the above lectures) and participants, see

The workshop is generously supported by the EPSRC and LMS.

Source: Jeroen Lamb.

CNLS workshop on Mathematics and computational physics of distributed nonlinear systems

13-14 December 1999, Leeds

Oxley Hall University of Leeds 13-14th December 1999 lunchtime Monday 13th to mid afternoon Tuesday 14th.

This overnight residential workshop, consisting of invited and contributed talks, is part of the ERSRC Computing with Programmable Matter Network ( series of workshops, which itself is one of the EPSRC Emergent Computing Networks ( .)

Some support for accommodation and travel is available.

Several research communities are converging on the need for new computational paradigms aiming not only to circumvent the predicted stagnation of conventional silicon and computing technologies but also, as more pressing needs, to comprehend and control complex systems. Complex systems can exhibit behaviours - some beneficial, some not - which are properties of the whole system. Such behaviours have long been recognised in many living systems. Man-made systems, both organisational and physical, can display such emergent behaviours - always unintended and often detrimental. The timeliness of this activity is apparent not just from technology needs but from developments in diverse fields - many lying outside the traditional boundaries of information technology and computer engineering - development of unifying mathematical models for non-linear distributed systems, increased activity on intelligent multi-agents, evolutionary descriptions and related themes, rapid growth in understanding of the molecular basis of living metabolic and other systems, detailed simulation of naturally occurring self-organising self-cooperating systems, and extensions of neural computing perspectives.

The Leeds workshop will primarily focus on the behaviours exhibited by different spatially extended nonlinear systems, and the development of unifying mathematical models for non-linear distributed systems - with a view to phenomena that might have impact on hardware or software technologies.


Source: Professor Arun V. Holden (

Numerical Methods and Random Dynamical Systems

Spring-Autumn 2000

The London Mathematical Society is sponsoring a series of three meetings on numerical methods and random dynamical systems under its Scheme 3 programme. The proposal was submitted by three groups: from the University of Surrey (grant holder), the University of Warwick, and the University of Leicester.

Random dynamical systems occur in many areas of science and engineering, notably the material sciences and molecular modelling. Whilst the theory of random dynamical systems has been developed in recent years, effective numerical methods for the study of random dynamical systems have yet to be developed. The purpose of the grant is to enable a closer working collaboration between researchers who either work on numerical methods and/or random dynamical systems.

The first meeting will be held at the University of Warwick in early spring next year. The second meeting is planned as a satellite meeting of the Dynamics Days 2000 to be held at the University of Surrey in June 2000. The last meeting is to be organized at the University of Leicester in the autumn 2000.

All are welcome, and there is some funds to cover travel costs for interested participants and speakers. Further information can be obtained by contacting Sebastian Reich (

Source: Sebastian Reich (

International Spring School on Fundamental Issues of Nonlinear Laser Dynamics

The Dutch island of Texel (16-19 April 2000)

More information, including the abstracts of the presentations and registration information can be found at the Spring School Home Page.

The Spring School is aimed at young researchers who are interested in working at the forefront of applied nonlinear mathematics in general and nonlinear laser dynamics in particular. In a highly interdisciplinary spirit, there will be tutorial presentations from

The Spring School presents a unique chance for young researchers to deepen their understanding of nonlinear phenomena in general, and to learn more about an exciting area of application. The presentations will be of a tutorial nature suitable for an interdisciplinary audience. Some background knowledge of either dynamical systems theory or laser physics would be useful, but most important are curiosity and enthusiasm!

A further goal of the Spring School is to stimulate interaction between the participants, which may lead to long-lasting international contacts and research collaborations. Young researchers will present their area of research in a poster session. All young researchers will be asked to organize a special morning session of 15 minute talks by speakers from their midst.

Organizing Committee

Source: Bernd Krauskopf.

Twentieth European Dynamics Days

25-29 June 2000, The University of Surrey

European Dynamics Days is a major international conference concerned with the theory and application of Nonlinear Dynamics to problems in the sciences and engineering. Invited speakers are:

The University of Surrey is situated on a pleasant campus approximately 20 minutes walk from Guildford railway station and town centre. Guildford is 35 miles south-west of London and there are fast trains to London Waterloo (35 minutes) providing easy connections to the London airports, Eurostar channel tunnel services and the channel ports. Accommodation, meals and lectures will all be on the campus. Details, deadlines and on-line registration are now available at our website.

We welcome submission of contributed presentations (posters and short talks) by 17th March 2000. Notification of approved presentations will be given soon after 14th April 2000.

The standard registration fee is set at GBP 100. This includes lunch, coffee and tea on Monday to Thursday, abstracts etc but does not include breakfast or evening meal. After 1st May 2000 a late registration fee of GBP 120 will apply. Accommodation, breakfast and evening meals are available at a cost of GBP 40-50 per night. There will be a limited number of reduced registration places; these will be assigned to participants whose presentations have been accepted. Priority will be given to PhD students, Eastern European and FSU scientists. We regret however that we cannot provide funds for travel.

We are happy to announce that the conference is partially sponsored by the EPSRC and is recognised as a European Physical Society `Euroconference'. This means that some delegates may be eligible to apply for funds from their home countries' EPS affiliated Physical Society.

The Dynamics Days UK Advisory Committee is:

P. Ashwin (Surrey) P.J Aston (Surrey) M. Nicol (Surrey)
S.J. Hogan (Bristol) C. Baesens (Cambridge)
C. Sparrow (Cambridge) J. Stark (UCL) D. Barkley (Warwick)

Source: Peter Ashin (


17-22 July 2000, Imperial College, London

The International Congress on Mathematical Physics 2000 will include a Dynamical Systems session, organised by Gene Wayne and Robert MacKay. To submit an abstract, use (deadline 31 March 2000). We do not promise to select all abstracts for presentation, but will be pleased to receive abstracts from any researchers in dynamical systems. For general information about the Congress, which runs 17-22 July 2000 at Imperial College London, see The programme for the Dynamical Systems session will be linked to that page in due course.

DS2000: As a satellite of ICMP2000, the ICMS (Edinburgh) is hosting a workshop on Dynamical Systems, organised by K Khanin, M. Pollicott and R.S. MacKay, 10-14 July 2000. See, or get onto the email list for information by emailing

Source: R.S.MacKay

NATO Advanced Workshop Dynamo and Dynamics, a Mathematical Challenge

21-26 August 2000, Cargese, France

The onset and dynamics of a magnetic field sustained by the motion of an electrically conducting fluid (the dynamo problem), is a problem in which multidisciplinary expertise is very important in order to solve even the most basic questions. The aim of the workshop is to facilitate interaction and discussions among three major research areas related to the dynamo problem:

  1. large scale simulations
  2. nonlinear dynamics - bifurcations, chaos and spatio-temporal data analysis
  3. laboratory scale experiments

A major goal of the workshop is to relate theoretical developments in astrophysics, MHD and dynamical systems theory to recent simulation experiments and to the real experiments currently coming on line.

The workshop will take place at the Institut d'Etudes Scientifiques de Cargese (CNRS and Universities of Corte and of Nice) in Corsica. It is situated about 60 kilometers north of Ajaccio airport, in a beautiful area next to the beach. The institute is set up as a scientific conference center with a large conference room with air conditioning, meeting rooms, computers (web access) and other facilities. Housing is provided in hotels and studios in the village of Cargese. Attendance will be limited to 70 participants.

Source: Juliana Oprea (

Water Waves 2001

12 August-1 September 2001, Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge

The two main themes of this three-week conference are (a) three dimensional aspects of nonlinear waves and patterns and (b) wind-wave, wave-wave and wave-turbulence interactions. Subthemes at the conference will include: Large-amplitude and breaking waves; Wind-wave and wave-wave interactions; Hamiltonian and multi-symplectic formulations; Solitary waves and fronts; Water-wave turbulence and Euler-turbulence; Linear and nonlinear asymptotic models; Stability of waves and patterns; Effect of dissipation and forcing; Analysis and development of model PDEs; Statistical versus deterministic nonlinear models; The limiting form of 3D waves; Integrability of water waves and model PDE. The conference organisers are S.E. Belcher (Reading), T.J. Bridges (Surrey) and S.G. Sajjadi (Salford). As planning develops, information about the conference will be posted at the website .

Source: Tom Bridges.

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