Seminar Archive - 2014

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.

Sharon Stephen - UNSW School of Mathematics and Statistics
I will discuss recent theoretical investigations into the stability of non-Newtonian flows. In particular, we consider crossflow instability of the flow due to a rotating disc for a shear-thinning...

Randell Heyman, Jonathan Kress and Thanom Shaw - UNSW
Lately we have been hearing and reading about teaching in the 'Flipped Classroom' model, for example in the recent Technical Paper by Seaton, King and Sandison in May 2014 Volume of the AustMS...

Assoc/Prof Jingjing Wu - University of Calgary, Dep. of Statistics and Actuarial Science
The successful application of the Hellinger distance approach to fully parametric models is well known. The corresponding optimal estimators, known as minimum Hellinger distance (MHD) estimators, are...

Assoc/Prof Ajay Jasra - National University of Singapore, Dep. of Statistics and Applied Probability
We investigate the stability of a Sequential Monte Carlo (SMC) method applied to the problem of sampling from a target distribution on $\mathbb{R}^d$ for large $d$. It is well known that using a...

Boris Lerner - UNSW
This is the first of 2 maybe 3 talks. My goal is to introduce the Nakayama functor, the Auslander-Reiten translation and show how they are related in both the classical theory and in "higher AR...

Stephen Meagher - UNSW
A compact surface with $g$ holes can be endowed with the structure of complex manifold (which for $g > 0$ is not unique). When this is done it turns out that it can be embedded into projective...

John Ball - University of Oxford
Solid phase transformations give rise to a variety of unusual kinds of interfaces between different phases, some only observed in recent experiments. The lecture will discuss ways of describing and...

Michael Coons - University of Newcastle
I will survey some recent and not-so-recent results surrounding the areas of Diophantine approximation and Mahler's method related to variations of the Chomsky-Schützenberger hierarchy.

Randell Heyman - UNSW
The Eisenstein criterion is one of few simple sufficient criteria  for determining the irreducibility of rational coefficient polynomials. The last 15 years has yielded results regarding the counting...

Bishakhdatta Gayen - Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University
Horizontal convection (HC) is driven by a horizontal difference in temperature or heat flux at a single horizontal boundary of a fluid. In a thermally equilibrated state net heat flux over the...

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