Seminar Archive - 2010

Our regular seminar program covers a broad range of topics from applied mathematics, pure mathematics and statistics. All staff and students are welcome. A complete list of past seminars can be accessed via the left-hand menu.

Siddhartha P. Chakrabarty - Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India
In this talk we look at some basic methods for generating pseudorandom numbers from the uniform distribution and then extend it to generate univariate and multivariate normal variates. We then dwell...

Associate Professor Arnaud Doucet - University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) and sequential Monte Carlo (SMC) methods have emerged as the two main tools to sample from high dimensional probability distributions. Although asymptotic convergence...

Holger Wendland - University of Oxford
We study a multiscale scheme for the approximation of Sobolev functions on bounded domains. Our method employs scattered data sites and compactly supported radial basis functions of varying support...

Professor Chris Lloyd - Melbourne
For standard discrete models, bootstrap P-values perform extraordinarily well, much better than asymptotics predict. I trace this to three specific mathematical properties of the bootstrap...

Dr. Thomas Britz - UNSW
In the introduction to mathematical seminars these days, one often hears defensive arguments to convince the audience of the real-world applicability of the mathematical results to be presented. A...

Prof. JM Landsberg - Texas A&M University
L. Valiant conjectured an algebraic variant of Cook's conjecture that the complexity classes P and NP are distinct, where one instead compares the determinant and permanent polynomials. K. Mulmuley...

Dr Nicola Armstrong - Garvan Institute
Breast cancer is composed of distinct diseases with different outcomes. To determine the prognosis of patients, clinical and pathological factors are currently employed. There are several clinical...

Dr. Denis Potapov - UNSW
The talk will show that every Lipschitz function is operator-Lipschitz with respect to the Schatten classes Sp of compact operators with 1 < p < ∞. The talk will also discuss a connection with...

Dr Julien Cornebise - University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) models heavily rely on non-linear ordinary differential equations (ODEs), which are most often encompassed in non-linear mixed effects population models to...

A/Prof. Barry Jay - University of Technology, Sydney
The Church-Turing Thesis asserts that all computable, numerical functions can be computed using either the lambda-calculus of functions or a Turing Machine with its state and tape. The thesis extends...

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