Seminar Archive - 2012

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.

Thomas Watson - The University of New South Wales
Using LaTeX to typeset beautiful documents is simple when only the most basic of documents is desired, but can be a real pain in the arse if you ever want to include pictures or diagrams. Several...

Natalya Levenkova - School of Mathematics and Statistics, UNSW
In many fields of contemporary science the target complex systems are treated by representing them as graphs. For example, epidemiologists use graphs to construct different types of contact networks...

Peter J. Olver - University of Minnesota
In this talk, I will describe a new approach to the theory of moving frames. The method is completely algorithmic, and applies to very general Lie group actions and even infinite-dimensional pseudo-...

Dr Zdravko Botev - School of Mathematics and Statistics, UNSW
Importance sampling and Markov chain Monte Carlo are typically considered two distinct simulation methods, where importance sampling is predominantly used for rare-event estimation problems, and...

Mike Hirschhorn - UNSW
In his first letter to Hardy, Ramanujan included about 100 formulas. Hardy said of four of these  ``[They] ... are on a different level and obviously both difficult and deep. ... [they] defeated me...

Eve Slavich - The University of New South Wales
Origami is now far more complicated than paper cranes. In this fun talk, I introduce origami as a mathematical field of study with many technological applications. 

Simon Kristensen - Aarhus University
The celebrated Littlewood conjecture in Diophantine approximation concerns the simultaneous approximation of two real numbers by rationals with the same denominator. A cousin of this conjecture is...

Dr Joanna Wang - University of Sydney
This work considers a Bayesian analysis of stochastic volatility (SV) models using an asymmetric Laplace distribution (ALD) for return. The skewness parameter with the value on (0, 1) of the ALD...

Daniel Mansfield - UNSW
This week's math movie is a Disney classic, where Donald Duck discovers the many applications of mathematics.

Nick Cavanagh - The University of Waikato
A defining set for an array is a partially filled-in array with precisely one completion subject to some kind of combinatorial constraint. (For example, a Sudoku puzzle!) We examine what is known...

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