UK Nonlinear News, May 2003



Healthy Heart: insights from chaos and complexity science

Toronto cardiologist Dr V Rambihar was an invited speaker at the Five Chief's Family Practice Annual Meeting in Toronto on "Healthy Heart: insights from chaos and complexity science." He focused on using chaos and complexity in health promotion, drawing from a decade of experience, and a chaos and complexity conceptual model for the use of evidence in practice, and for translating evidence to the individual or subgroup. This model is a modification of the Stacey practice diagram adding a chaos and complexity probability gradient and porous borders to allow the expression of chaos and complexity in a probabilistic fashion everywhere in the map. This was well received and considered useful and practical. Power Point slides of this model are available from the speaker.

Source VS Rambihar.


Mathematics in Industry Study Group visits New Zealand

By arrangement with ANZIAM (Australian New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics) the ANZIAM Mathematics-in-Industry Study Group (MISG), which has operated in Australia since 1984, is visiting New Zealand in 2004 and 2005. Initiated by Dr Noel Barton of CSIRO, the MISG meetings have moved around the state capitals of Australia, and most recently were hosted by the University of South Australia in Adelaide.

The goals of MISG are to show the power of mathematics when applied to industrial (interpreted very broadly to include biological, medical and financial applications, as well as the traditional engineering-based ones) problems. Through the holding of MISG meetings, academic mathematicians find out about real applications, and many postgraduate projects in Industrial Mathematics arise through MISG involvement. The impact on the teaching of Applied Mathematics is very positive in every country where these types of activities exist (e.g., UK, Europe, USA, Australia).

Following the formation of the Centre for Mathematics in Industry (CMI) within the Institute of Information and Mathematical Science (IIMS) at Massey University's Albany campus, it has been recommended that the MISG's in 2004 and 2005 be organised from there, using a network of collaborating institutions throughout the country.

Principal arrangements are now being made by Professor Robert McKibbin (Head of IIMS) and Professor Graeme Wake (Adjunct Professor of Industrial Mathematics within CMI). It is intended that the Centre will continue this kind of industry-linkage after the MISG (ANZIAM) returns to Australia in 2006.

We are pleased to announce that MISG 2004 will be held:

(Note that ANZIAM 2004 follows immediately afterwards in Hobart, 1 - 4 February 2004).

To provide new links with potential industrial partners, three regional preliminary workshops are planned for later this year, following ICIAM 2003. These will be held in:

New industrial participants will be exposed to past MISG case studies at these informal meetings. It is expected that industrial partnerships will form with mathematics groups as a result of these activities.

Everyone is invited to participate in all of these meetings - there is no charge for academic and student participants. Industrial participants in MISG 2004 and 2005 will be asked to contribute to the costs of those meetings.

Source Graeme Wake


BLADE exhibit Movers and Shakers selected for Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

Every year the Royal Society holds its Summer Science Exhibition (RSSSE) to showcase the UK's leading scientific research to school children, their teachers, the press, the Government, MPs and other dignitaries, and of course the Fellows of the Royal Society. This year the event will take place 1-3 July 2003.

As one of 18 exhibits in total the Royal society chose the exhibit Movers and Shakers -- Performing Structures by the Bristol Laboratory for Advanced Dynamics Engineering (BLADE). The BLADE project is funded by a 15M Joint Infrastructure Fund grant and by a further 2M from the University of Bristol, and state of the art experimental facilities are currently being built. BLADE is more than a building, however. It provides a new, multidisciplinary approach to testing, designing, engineering, building and managing the performance of complex systems such as aircraft, bridges and transport infrastructures, with a clear emphasis on dynamics. This is reflected in the RSSSE exhibit, where visitors will have a chance to build a model structure and then test it on an earthquake-shaking table programmed to reproduce the effects of real earthquakes from recordings.

Source: Bernd Krauskopf .


Promotions at the Bristol Centre for Applied Nonlinear Mathematics

In the recent round of promotions at Bristol two colleagues of the Bristol Centre for Applied Nonlinear Mathematics at the Department of Engineering Mathematics were promoted, effective 1st August 2003.

Mario di Bernardo was promoted to Reader in Nonlinear Systems. Mario was employed as a Temporary Lecturer in the Department in August 1997 and moved on a permanent contract in August 1999. He is well-known for his work on dynamics of control and piece-wise smooth systems; see www.enm.bris.ac.uk/anm/staff/enmdb/home.html.

Bernd Krauskopf was promoted to Professor in Applied Nonlinear Mathematics. Bernd was hired by the Department as a Lecturer in 1998 and promoted to Reader in 2001. He was appointed in September 2002 to a chair in Mathematical Physics (bijzonder hoogleraar or visiting chair) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Details of Bernd's research can be found at www.enm.bris.ac.uk/staff/berndk/.

Source: John Hogan


Michele Vincenzo Bartuccelli appointed Reader in Mathematics at the University of Surrey

Michele Vincenzo Bartuccelli has been promoted to Reader in Mathematics at the University of Surrey with effect from the 1st April 2003. Michele was formerly a Lecturer in Mathematics at Surrey from 1992 to the present.

Source: Tom Bridges


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