University of Bath

Bath Numerical Analysis Seminar, 2nd Semester 2013/2014

The Numerical Analysis seminar at Bath has been running continuously since 1986 and features a range of invited talks from distinguished visitors as well as internal talks by staff and students of Mathematical Sciences and other Departments at the University of Bath.

The Bath Numerical Analysis Seminar takes place Fridays at 12.15 in 4W1.7 (also known as the Wolfson Lecture Theatre). Campus maps can be found here.

Everyone is welcome at these talks and don't forget to join us for lunch after the seminar.


Date Speaker Title
07 Feb 2014 Björn Gmeiner (Erlangen/Munich) Towards a Scalable Multilevel Stokes Solver for Mantle Convection Problems
14 Feb 2014 Siân Jenkins (Bath) An introduction to Data Assimilation *
21 Feb 2014 Terence Norton (Bath) Time stepping methods for Stochastic ODEs *
28 Feb 2014 Marta Betcke (UCL) Image reconstruction from axially asymmetrically truncated cone beam projections
07 Mar 2014 Tim Rogers (Bath) SDEs for coarse-grained microscopic models via the Fokker-Planck equation *
14 Mar 2014 Tim Dodwell (Bath) A Cosserat Continuum Approach to Modelling Uncured Carbon Fibre Composites
21 Mar 2014 Euan Spence (Bath) "When all else fails, integrate by parts" - an overview of new and old variational formulations for linear elliptic PDEs
28 Mar 2014 Melina Freitag (Bath) Making sense of observations: A fresh look at the Kalman filter *
04 Apr 2014 Douglas Shanks (Bath) The Sweeping Preconditioner for the Helmholtz equation of Engquist and Ying
18 Apr 2014 No seminar (Good Friday)
25 Apr 2014 No seminar (Easter Break)
02 May 2014 No seminar (Easter Break)
09 May 2014 Ralf Kornhuber (Berlin) Mathematical Tools for Orthopedic Surgery: Subspace correction, Finite Elements, Multilevel Monte-Carlo
06 June 2014 Christoph Ortner (Warwick) Atomistic/Continuum Multiscale Methods
13 Jun 2014 Conall Kelly (Jamaica) Almost sure properties of discrete-time stochastic systems

* Reading group on "Stochastic Methods in Numerical Analysis" (wiki / resources)

How to get to Bath

See here for instructions how to get to Bath. Please email Elisabeth or Eike (address below) if you intend to come by car and require a parking permit for Bath University Campus for the day.

Tips for new students on giving talks

Since the audience of the NA seminar contains both PhD students and staff with quite wide interests and backgrounds, the following are some guidelines/hints to make sure people don't give you evil looks at lunch afterwards.

Before too much time passes in your talk, ideally the audience should know the answers to the following 4 questions:
  • What is the problem you're considering?
  • Why do you find this interesting?
  • What has been done before on this problem/what's the background?
  • What is your approach/what are you going to talk about?
There are lots of different ways to communicate this information. One way, if you're doing a slide show, could be for the first 4 slides to cover these 4 questions; although in this case you may want to revisit these points later on in the talk (e.g. to give more detail).

  • "vertebrate style" (structure hidden inside - like the skeleton of a vertebrate) = good for detective stories, bad for maths talks.
  • "crustacean style" (structure visible from outside - like the skeleton of a crustacean) = bad for detective stories, good for maths talks.

Previous Numerical Analysis Seminars

If you have any queries, please email Elisabeth (e DOT ullmann AT bath DOT ac DOT uk) or Eike (e DOT mueller AT bath DOT ac DOT uk).