UK Nonlinear News, May 2001



Dynamics Days Asia-Pacific 2

China has agreed to host DDAP2, August 1-5, 2002 in Hangzhou. Hangzhou is the most famous scenic and cultural city of China, where the legendary Westlake is located. The first announcement will be out soon.


Finding Reprint Authors' E-Mail Address

Eric Cowdrey and I have put together a web page that makes it relatively easy to find the e-mail addresses of academic colleagues, for the purpose of requesting reprints:

Finding Reprint Authors' E-Mail Addresses http://www.umanitoba.ca/faculties/medicine/radiology/search/searchindex.html.

There are no advertisements or costs. If you use it, please let us know of omissions, corrections, or improvements you'd like, and forward it to your colleagues and create a link.

Source: Dr. Richard Gordon.


Software: Announcing Global Optimization v 4.0

Global Optimization is a Mathematica application package, designed for solving nonlinear optimization problems with equality, inequality, and bounds-type constraints. Solutions are robust to local minima. Also contains Tabu search and interchange method for 0-1 integer problems (e.g. routing & scheduling) and constrained nonlinear regression and constrained maximum likelihood estimation. Ideal for engineering, model estimation, industrial design,finance, data analysis, and other applications. More information is available at http://www.wolfram.com/products/applications/globalopt/ or from the developer at craigloehl@aol.com.

Source: Criag Loehle.


Dynamical Systems Software

Did you know that there is a website listing Software for Dynamical Systems Theory? There are many sites for Dynamical Systems, with Java Applets and the like, but if you search for "Dynamical Systems Software" any search engine will inevitably lead you to

http://www.maths.ex.ac.uk/~hinke/dss/.

This website aims to collect all available software on dynamical systems theory. The idea was launched in the special year Emerging Applications of Dynamical Systems, 1997/1998, at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, Minneapolis USA.

The site is maintained by Hinke Osinga. Almost all software listed on the site is available for free, which essentially means that the packages are mainly designed for Unix/Linux. Authors of software can submit a homepage for the site so that the list not only contains packages known by the webmaster.

A very extensive list of software for nonlinear science can be found at

http://www.enm.bris.ac.uk/anm/faq-[5].html

the UK mirror site for sci.nonlinear FAQ. The DSS site may be a lot smaller, but it offers more information at a glance with contact information and a list of references.

Source: Hinke Osinga.


MRes in Mathematics in the Living Environment

This new course in Mathematics in the Living Environment at the University of York is supported by NERC, and run jointly by the Departments of Mathematics and Biology. It is designed to supply the urgent demand for people with quantitative modelling skills to tackle issues such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, habitat fragmentation, the release of GMOs, and overfishing. The mathematical techniques learned will focus on evaluating the effects of human activities (agriculture, industry, fishing etc.) on natural ecosystems. The teaching involves a combination of lectures, group laboratory work and research projects, and there will be external placements with research institutions. Graduates are sought with a good background in mathematics at the first-degree level who wish to develop and apply these skills to current problems in the environment.

The course will begin in the next academic year (October 2001), and applications are invited from graduates of mathematics and/or statistics, or with good degrees in the sciences and engineering (e.g. Physics, Chemistry, Computing, Engineering, Biology), interested in the environment, and with sufficient formal training to undertake graduate mathematics modules. The MRes is supported by 7 NERC studentships for UK nationals, with first or second class degrees. These studentships cover fees and subsistence. The studentships can also be awarded to students from other EU countries to cover tuition fees but not maintenance.

For further details visit http://www.york.ac.uk/depts/maths/gsp/mres/welcome.htm or contact

The Graduate Admissions Secretary
Department of Mathematics
University of York
York
YO10 5DD
Telephone: (+) 44(0)1904 433070
E-mail: gah6@york.ac.uk

Source Christine Cockett.


MSc in Data Analysis, Networks & Nonlinear Dynamics

The University of York is offering a new one-year MSc in "Data Analysis, Networks & Nonlinear Dynamics". The main objective of this program is to provide students with a wide range of mathematical and computing skills for interpreting and handling the sort of data from complicated systems generated in enormous amounts in science, industry and commerce. It is envisaged that some placements in industry will be available. The emphasis will be on non-linear methods and on modern techniques using sophisticated computer packages.

The course is due to begin in the next academic year (October 2001), and applications are invited from graduates of mathematics or subjects with a substantial mathematical component, such as physics, computer science or engineering.

The MSc is supported by the EPSRC who are providing ten studentships. Students from the UK with an upper second class or above are eligible; suitably qualified EU students from outside the UK are eligible for fees only.

For further details visit http://www.york.ac.uk/depts/maths/gsp/msc/welcome.htm or contact

The Graduate Admissions Secretary
Department of Mathematics
University of York
York
YO10 5DD
Telephone: (+) 44(0)1904 433070
E-mail: gah6@york.ac.uk

Source Christine Cockett.


Visit of Professor M. Feckan to the Universita of Loughborough

Professor M. Feckan from Comenius University, Slovakia will visit the Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Loughborough, for one month, mid May - mid June 2001. He works in the area of homoclinic bifurcations in nonlinear dynamical systems. His visit is supported by the London Mathematical Society under Scheme 5-International Visits and Loughborough University. It is anticipated that he will give seminars in the following UK institutions University of Loughborough, The University of Warwick (Mathematics Institute) and University of Surrey (Department of Mathematics and Statistics). Professor Feckan will be involved in research activities of the Loughborough Nonlinear Complex Systems group. Further details of the visit can be obtained from Vassilis Rothos at the address below.

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/ma/staff/vr/index.html

Source: Vassilis Rothos


Matthew Nicol awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship

Matthew Nicol has been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship, one of only 140 awarded in 2001 for all academic disciplines. The fellowship allows him to devote an entire year to a focused research project on ergodic theory. Ergodic theory, the study of statistical properties of dynamical systems, has reached a stage where contact and exchange with physical and numerical experiments with highly complex dynamics is breaking exciting new ground. Matt's project will involve development and application of ergodic theory to dynamical systems with symmetry.

Source: Tom Bridges.


New postdoctoral fellow at the University of Bristol

Andre Aigner who was a PhD student with Roger Grimshaw at Monash University in Australia, has begun work on a two-year EPSRC postdoc with Alan Champneys and Vassilis Rothos (University of Loughborough). The title of the grant is `A global approach to understanding localised structures in nonlinear dispersive wave systems'.

Source: Alan Champneys.


Two new lecturers in the Department of Engineering Mathematics at the University of Bristol

Eddie Wilson who was formerly a temporary lecturer in the department has been made a permanent lecturer with effect from 1st Jan 2001. Eddies research interest cover mathematical modelling and extended dynamical systems, including reaction-diffusion equations and piecewise-linear systems with delay. He has recently been active in traffic flow modelling.

Hinke Osinga, formerly a lecturer in the department of mathematics at Exeter University has joined the University of Bristol as a lecturer in the Engineering Maths Department. Her research interests cover dynamical systems and control, especially algorithms for dynamical systems and invariant manifold computations with applications, for example to quasiperiodically forced systems.

Source: Alan Champneys.


Promotions at the University of Bristol

Alan Champneys has been awarded a personal chair with effect from 1st August 2001 Alan is also an EPSRC Advanced Fellow until August 2002.

Bernd Krauskopf has been awarded a readership with effect from 1st August 2001. At the same time he will also take up an EPSRC Advanced Fellowship for five years. This makes way for a 5-year temporary lectureship which is advertised elsewhere in UK nonlinear news

Source: Alan Champneys.


Promotions at the University of Surrey

Philip Aston has been promoted to Reader in Mathematics. Philip was formerly a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics. Stephen Gourley has been promoted to Senior Lecturer in Mathematics. Stephen was formerly a Lecturer in Mathematics. Both promotions went into effect on 1st April 2001.

Source: Tom Bridges.


A new lecturer in the Department of Biology at the University of York

Dr Jon W. Pitchford was a Mathematics undergraduate at the University of Nottingham (1992), and completed a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics at the University of Leeds (1997). He has postdoctoral experience (at Leeds) in fish recruitment processes and in the development of mathematics teaching software. His research interests involve applying the techniques of dynamical systems and stochastic processes to problems in biology and ecology, and in particular modelling the planktonic ecosystem as a multi-species excitable medium and investigating the development of fish larvae in turbulent, patchy and evolving environments.

Source Christine Cockett.


Two new lecturers in the Department of Mathematics at the University of York

Dr Zaqueu Coelho has been appointed to a lectureship in the Department of Mathematics at the University of York and joins the Networks and Nonlinear Dynamics Group. He will run a new MSc course in Data Analysis, Networks and Nonlinear Dynamics. Zaqueu studied for his BSc in Physics and MSc in Applied Mathematics in Sao Paulo and an MSc and PhD in Pure Mathematics under Klaus Schmidt at the University of Warwick. He held lectureships at the Instituto de Matematica e Estatistica da Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the universities of Aveiro and Porto in Portugal. He held a senior lectureship at Nottingham Trent University from 1998.

His main research area is Ergodic Theory, more specifically the interplay between Dynamical Systems and Probability Theory. He has worked on ergodic properties and cohomology of Markov shifts (Statistical Mechanics), asymptotic limit laws for various ergodic dynamical systems, isomorphism problems of group extensions of symbolic dynamical systems and cohomology of hyperbolic dynamical systems. Recently he has been working on some problems in Probabilistic Number Theory which uses dynamical techniques and is working on the study of recurrence times in dynamics. His general interest is to understand, when possible, the intrinsic randomness in evolutionary systems, not only from the measure-theoretic point of view, but also from the topological and differentiable point of view.

He is joined by Dr Jason Levesley, a number theorist at the Department of Mathematics, University of York who has worked on applications of non-linear dynamics in telecommunications and industry. He did his BSc at the University of Hull and a DPhil with Maurice Dodson at the University of York. Jason is interested in metric Diophantine approximation, particularly the Hausdorff dimension of sets of number theory interests and related topics including nonlinear questions. He has recently become developed an interest in dynamical systems which has a surprising number of close links with number theory.

Source Christine Cockett.


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