UK Nonlinear News, November 2003

Two postdocs appointed at the University of Bristol

The EPSRC funded Bristol Centre for Applied Nonlinear Mathematics has appointed two new postdocs who started on 1st Oct 2003.

Bob Wieman will receive his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from North Carolina State University in December. At NC State, he studied continuum models of the flow of granular materials in hoppers. As a research assistant in the Centre, he will investigate both continuous and discrete models of granular materials, and seek models which reflect spatially periodic patterns observed in physical experiments.

Frank Schilder started studying mathematics in 1991 at the TH Merseburg. In 1993 he went to the Technical University of Ilmenau and graduated with an MSc in mathematics in 1997. From 1998 to 2003 he was a PhD student working on computation and continuation of invariant tori of ODEs. He will continue to work on this subject as a research assistant in the Centre with potential application to helicopter dynamics.

Source: Alan Champneys

Dr Vassilis Rothos appointed at Queen Mary, University of London

Dr Vassilis Rothos has been appointed to a temporary lectureship for one year from September 20th, 2003 in the School of Mathematics Sciences at Queen Mary, University of London.

Source: David K. Arrowsmith.

Ian Roulstone Appointed at the University of Surrey

Ian Roulstone has been appointed to a Readership at the University of Surrey from 5th January 2004. He will be known to many people as a key link person between the academic community and the Met Office, where he has worked since 1989.

Ian received his first degree from Queen Mary College and his DPhil from Oxford, supervised by Professor P. Tod and Professor R. Penrose. He then joined the Met Office where he has been involved in the development of mathematical techniques for meteorological problems. His research interests include storm scale modelling, geometric numerical integration, Hamiltonian structures of atmospheric dynamics, and data assimilation.

Source: Philip J Aston (

Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson (Emeritus Professor of Nonlinear Dynamics at UCL) has been appointed as an Honorary Fellow in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University. Contact details are:

Room G1.20,
Centre for Mathematical Sciences,
Wilberforce Road,
CB3 0WA.
Direct Line: 01223 766 891.

Source Michael Thompson (

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