Integrable Systems in Newcastle: 5-6 February 2016

A light symphony by Kevin Dooley CC BY
A light symphony by Kevin Dooley CC BY

The third edition of the meeting Integrable Systems in Newcastle will take place over two half days, from 5 to 6 February 2016, at the Department of Mathematics and Information Sciences of Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne.

The workshop will focus on exploring new connections between integrability and physics and will promote interactions between leading researchers in both areas.

The list of speakers will be:

  • Dr Martina Balagovic (Newcastle)
  • Dr Gennady El (Loughborough)
  • Dr Pierre-Philippe Dechant (York)
  • Prof Katrin Leschke (Leicester)
  • Dr Davide Proment (East Anglia)
  • Prof Noel Smyth (Edinburgh)
  • Prof Iain W. Stewart (Strathclyde)

There is no registration fee for this event and support for the expenses of research students may be available.

For further information visit the website at and contact Benoit Huard ( to confirm participation.

The meeting is supported by an LMS Scheme 1 Conference grant and by the Department of Mathematics and Information Sciences at Northumbria University.


Spectral Analysis with Matlab Workshop – Northumbria University, 14-16 December 2015

WaveletsAs part of her successful Newton Advanced Fellowship award, Professor Maia Angelova from the University’s Department of Mathematics and Information Sciences, is hosting a research workshop on Spectral Analysis with Matlab on 14th – 16th December 2015 at the Faculty of Engineering and Environment, Pandon Building:

The aim of the workshop is to introduce spectral analysis as a tool for data analysis for a number of applications such as signal and image processing, communication systems, engineering, mathematics, computing, physics, biology medicine and finance. It focuses principally on applications of spectral analysis techniques, such as wavelets and empirical mode decomposition. It will adopt a hands-on approach by making use of a mixture of lectures and laboratory sessions and an introduction to Matlab will be provided on the first day.

The workshop will also cover the mathematical background of wavelet analysis and will introduce examples of 1D and 2D discrete and continuous wavelet transforms with applications.

Among the speakers is Dr Ruben Fossion (UNAM, Mexico), an expert on electrophysiological signals and data-driven statistical techniques, who is the fellow supported by the Newton fund.

If you are interested in attending you can contact the workshop organising committee. The standard fee for this event is £120 and is £50 for postgraduate students. The fee include handouts, lunches, refreshments and the usage of Matlab toolboxes.


Mathematics: big data, advanced measurement and hearing aids

Mathematics by Tom Brown CC BY 2.0
Mathematics by Tom Brown CC BY 2.0
Mathematics by Tom Brown CC BY 2.0

There have been several opportunities relating to mathematics announced this week and I thought I’d wrap them up in a single post:

EC Consultation on Mathematics and Big Data/HPCAn EC consultation, open until 30th September 2014, is seeking views on how mathematics can help science to better address the big data and HPC (high performance computing) challenges. Included as part of this is an opportunity to suggest a topic for the next (2016/17) Future and Emerging Technologies work programme on HPC and e-infrastructures.

To contribute to the consultation you need to register for an ECAS account (this is the same account you’d use to prepare and submit H2020 proposals, so it’s worth getting one) and log in on the consultation web page.

EPSRC Centre for Advanced Metrology seeks mathematics feasibility studiesThis University of Huddersfield-based, EPSRC-funded centre researching the next generation of manufacturing metrology technologies seeks feasibility studies on mathematics for advanced metrology: “Mathematics plays an important role in the science of metrology and new fundamental mathematical methods and analytical tools are required to bridge the technological gaps and address the challenges in future surface manufacturing.”

Potential applicants should consult the guidance [PDF] and note that feasibility studies should be emailed to the named contact, and be no more than four sides of A4. Applications are due by 12.00 on 22nd September 2014.

Transforming approaches to hearing aid technology: This last call is open to all engineering and physical sciences researchers, including mathematical sciences and ICT. EPSRC aims to encourage interdisciplinary approaches to “disruptive technology” for hearing aids. Three specific challenges to address are: optimising hearing aid devices for individuals; speech-in-noise performance for hearing aids; and new methods of signal transduction.

The call will open on 16th September and close on 27th November 2014 (these dates are approximate at this stage), so further information on how to apply will be available then.


Maths and Environmental Change: EPSRC Call

Grand Challenge Equations by Duncan Hall CC BY-NC-SA 2.0EPSRC has recently released the below call as part of the year of Mathematics of Planet Earth:

Mathematical Challenges in the Forecasting of Environmental Change: Mitigation and Adaptation Approaches 

The call is for expressions of interest to attend at a workshop from 30th Sept – 1st Oct 2013 as part of EPSRC’s contribution to the cross-council Living With Environmental Change theme:

“The aim of the workshop is to identify and prioritise the opportunities where mathematical sciences research could bring new insights and add significant benefits to the forecasting, mitigation and adaptation to environmental change and establish the shape of a future funding activity.”

These kinds of workshops are usually an excellent opportunity to shape potential future calls for proposals in this area, as well as to network and meet others interested in the field. EPSRC is increasingly using networks and events to determine and sometimes restrict eligibility for future calls for funding, so it’s a good idea to get involved if it matches your interests/expertise.

EPSRC won’t pay for travel and subsistence to attend so any interested applicants from Northumbria should seek this in the first instance from your department. The deadline is 2nd September for this call.


Integrable Systems Research Event at Northumbria

Line wave 1 by Anthony Mattox CC BY-NC 2.0This is a guest blog post by Dr Sara Lombardo, Senior Lecturer in Applied Mathematics at Northumbria University:

“A two-day meeting Integrable Systems in Newcastle will take place on the 4th and 5th of October 2013 at the Department of Mathematics and Information Sciences of Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne. The event, jointly supported by the London Mathematical Society and by the Northumbria Research Conference Support Fund, celebrates four newly appointed mathematicians (Dr Sara Lombardo, Dr Matteo Sommacal, Dr Antonio Moro, and Dr Benoit Huard, in order of appointment) and promotes the activity of the research group at Northumbria within the North East and in the neighbouring Universities of Newcastle and Durham, as well as Glasgow, Edinburgh, Leeds, Loughborough and Manchester.

The workshop covers a wide range of topics in the field of integrable systems and nonlinear waves, bringing together experts from the UK community and from abroad. The list of speakers includes:

F. Calogero (Università di Roma “La Sapienza”). A. Degasperis (Università di Roma “La Sapienza”), G. El (Loughborough University), E. Ferapontov (Loughborough University), B. Huard (Northumbria University), S. Lombardo (Northumbria University), ,P. Lorenzoni (Università di Milano “Bicocca”), M. Mazzocco (Loughborough University), A. Moro (Northumbria University), J. Sanders (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), P. Santini (Università di Roma “La Sapienza”), M. Sommacal (Northumbria University), P. Sutcliffe (Durham University), J.P. Wang (University of Kent)”

Find out more about the group’s research at their research web pages:

Nonlinear phenomena appear everywhere in nature, from water waves to magnetic materials, from optics to weather forecasts, hence their description and understanding is of fundamental importance both from the theoretical and the applicative point of view. Nonlinear phenomena are generally described by differential equations whose solution often stands out as a challenging problem. Nevertheless, there is a special class of differential equations which are solvable (in some sense) – they are called integrable systems… [read more]


Research for Cyber Security

EPSRC and ESRC have issued a joint call for research consortia to explore current and future challenges in cyber security:

Consortia for Exploratory Research in Security – EPSRC

The call is part of the research councils’ Global Uncertainties Programme which seeks to examine and understand the causes of insecurity and predict, prevent and manage security risks and threats generally. This call is specifically focused on cyber security with an emphasis on novel and ambitious research solutions to protect UK interests in cyberspace: “It is estimated that at least 20 foreign intelligence services are currently operating to some degree against UK interests in cyberspace. It is widely expected that cyber attacks will be a key aspect of future warfare and it is strongly suspected that this has already begun to happen.” Phishing training and testing platform is used to reduce the risk from phishing and other cyber attacks.

The consortia are expected to work across and between disciplines and to draw on expertise from a range of institutions where necessary. Single discipline proposals, while eligible, are expected to be the exception rather than the norm. EPSRC specifically welcome proposals which include novel mathematics and/or social science content:

Mathematics will be a key theme of the CEReS call; not in the sense of the utilisation of established mathematical techniques to solve known problems but with a view to developing genuinely new mathematics which may, or could reasonably be expected to, contribute in future to improving cyber security. We expect to commit a significant proportion of the available CEReS funding to projects with a strong novel mathematical component.

The deadline for outline proposals, which must be submitted via Je-S, is 14th June 2012. Funding per consortium is expected to range between £500K and £1M for 2-4 years. There is £4M available in total for the call.