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Mathematics Department News - 2004

10/11/04
Article in the Times Higher Educational Supplement, October 22, 2004, p.58, `Best Practice', discussing the work of the Centre for the Popularisation of Mathematics.

20/10/04
Congratulations to Jan Abas: his website IslamicArt has received the Cliff Pickover Award For Excellence in Uniting Art and Science:

Dear Jan
I have recently instituted an award called:
The Cliff Pickover Award For Excellence In Uniting Art And Science.
My purpose is to to encourage artistic creativity among scientists and offer non-scientists the opportunity to appreciate science.
As you know, I have long admired your work that focuses on symmetrical patterns. In the light of present events in the Middle East and elsewhere in the Islamic world, your efforts to promote rational, scientific, tolerant and humane values through developing the Islamic heritage in geometrical art is most commendable and deserves encouragement and support. For this reason, I and a panel of others I have consulted have decided that you shall be the first recipient of this award.
I hope very much that the award will help to bring your work to the attention of a wider audience and the media and that you will receive support to develop your art.
I also hope that Jews, Moslems, Christians, Bahá'ís, Hindus and people of other faiths collaborate on a linked set of web sites with the goal of promoting artistic symmetry and a sense of wonder and tolerance, to create an uplifting message for future generations. Your site is the seed, a spark to ignite the imagination and help us float on the shoreless sea of love.
With best wishes, Cliff

His work on symmetry is also being considered for use in a forthcoming documentary:

Dear Dr. Abas
We are a small non-profit organization preparing a documentary video on Eugene Wigner, the Hungarian-American scientist who won the Nobel Prize in 1961.
As you are undoubtedly aware, Wigner was a pioneer in applying the principles of symmetry to the structure and behavior of the atom.
Prior to learning about your work, I contacted Dr. Chen Ning Yang, also a Nobel Prize winner, about helping us to explain atomic symmetry to the average viewer.
Dr. Yang recommended your book, Symmetries of Islamic Geometrical Patterns. I was delighted by the book and am convinced that your images and descriptions can go a long way toward helping viewers understand the principles of symmetry.
This documentary is part of a larger documentary that focuses on Budapest around the turn of the last century. More information can be found at www.ARKION.net.
If possible, we would like to use material from your book in the documentary to help illustrate some of the ideas of symmetry. Please let us know if this is possible.
Best regards, John Fairstein.

06/10/04
Congratulations to Peter and Genevieve Hines on the birth of their first child, Morgan.

13/09/04
Revised Workshop Announcement: APRMI 2004, Advanced Pattern Recognition and Visual Imaging, Bangor, 22 Sep. 2004.
The purpose of this workshop is to explore collaboration perspectives with partner institutions abroad in the area of advanced pattern recognition and medical imaging. All are welcome. If you are thinking of attending, please let me know so that we have sufficient tea/coffee and sandwiches for all the participants.

23/08/04 - MathCymru Mathematics Week Lectures
MathCymru, in collaboration with University of Wales Bangor, are organising an event for pupils between the ages of 15 and 18 years
to be held on the 11 October 2004 at the Dean Street lecture theatre, University of Wales, Bangor.

The programme for the event is as follows:

  • 10.30 - 11.00 Arrival and Refreshments - with lecturers from the Mathematics, Computer Science and Electronic Engineering Departments available to discuss careers and courses available at Bangor University.
  • 11.00 - 12.00 Session 1, Juggling Theory and Practice, by Colin Wright
  • 12.00 - 12.30 Break for lunch.
  • 12.30 - 13.30 Session 2, Planning and scheduling - some serious and some not so serious puzzles, by Chris Wensley and Tim Porter.
There are currently 300 seats available, so if you wish to reserve places for pupils at the event, please contact: Prof. Tim Porter, preferably by e-mail, t.porter@bangor.ac.uk,
or by letter to: Prof. Tim Porter, Department of Mathematics, School of Informatics, University of Wales Bangor, Dean Street, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 1UT, as soon as possible.

20/08/04
An updated departmental leaflet which outlines our single and joint honours undergraduate courses in Mathematics may be requested from ug_admissions@cs.bangor.ac.uk
This leaflet is also available on-line in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) form, bangor_maths_leaflet.pdf
(To view and print PDF files you will need Adobe Reader which is available to download free from http://www.adobe.com.)

01/08/04
We wish Mark Lawson every success in his new position at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.

28/07/04
Workshop announcement: APRMI 2004, Advanced Pattern Recognition and Visual Imaging, Bangor, 22 Sep. 2004.
The purpose of this workshop is to explore collaboration perspectives with partner institutions abroad in the area of advanced pattern recognition and medical imaging. All are welcome. If you are thinking of attending, please let me know so that we have sufficient tea/coffee and sandwiches for all the participants.

13/07/04
Thje department welcomes Salvador Sanzhez (Dept. Lenguajes y Sistemas Informaticos, University Jaume I, Castellon, Spain)
to work with Lucy Kuncheva on Prototype selection and ensemble methods.
This visit is supported by a Mobility Grant from the Spanish Ministry of Education.

09/07/04
The department welcomes back

These Bangor graduates have come to work with Ronnie Brown and Tim Porter on local-to-global methods in differential topology.
Their visit is supported mainly by the Turkish Government, with some additional support from the London Mathematical Society and the Brown's Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship.

29/06/04
The department welcomes back Rafael Sivera (University of Valencia, Spain) for a 4-week visit to work with Ronnie Brown on Part 2 of their book Nonabelian Algebraic Topology

28/06/04
Thje department welcomes Stefan Hadjitodorov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS)) for a 2-week visit to work with Lucy Kuncheva on pattern recognition.
He is the Scientific Secretary of BAS and works also at the Central Laboratory of Biomedical Engineering.
On Friday 2nd July at 14:00 he will give a seminar entitled: A System for Laryngeal Pathology Detection.

21/06/04:
Congratulations to Catherine Shipp on the award of a PhD for her thesis
"A Study on Diversity in Classifier Ensembles"

10/06/04:
The Department welcomes Rainer Dirl (Institute for Theoretical Physics, Technical University, Vienna) back for another 4-week visit.

02/06/04:
Ronnie Brown & Rafael Sivera announce the availability on the web of the first part of their three-part book: "Nonabelian Algebraic Topology".
From the Preface: Our aim for this book is to give a connected and we hope readable account of the main features of work on extending to higher dimensions the theory and applications of the fundamental group.

17/05/04:
The Department welcomes Jim Glazebrook (Eastern Illinois University, Charleston) back for another 3-week visit.

26/04/04:
Alliance Project Meeting, May 3-4 in Paris.

02/04/04:
Gareth Roberts is organising a conference on Industrial Rheology for the Institute of non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics in Chester from 5th to 7th April 2004.

02/03/04:
Congratulations to Genevieve Hines on the award of a PhD for her thesis
"Simulation of the micromagnetic behaviour of nanoelements by an adaptive wavelet method "

12/02/04:
Congratulations to Joe Matthews on the award of a PhD for his thesis
"Topological ideas in inverse semigroup theory"

06/02/04:
Congratulations to Magnus Forrester-Barker on the award of a PhD for his thesis
"Representations of crossed modules and cat1-groups"

02/02/04:
The Department welcomes Philippe Malbos (Universite Montpellier II) as Visiting Researcher until the end of 2004.

01/01/04:
London Mathematical Society Newsletter report on a Royal Institution Discourse (31/10/03) and an Exhibition by John Robinson.

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